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14 Developing Leadership

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Leadership is the ability to enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

—Sir John Harvey Jones

Leadership can be a lonely role, and a key to being an effective leader is coming to terms with the responsibility it entails. Since you are the pivot for providing vision and support to others, you need a network of support yourself such as mentors, colleagues, family, and friends. It is also important to understand that you may be a leader in a particular sphere, but this doesn’t necessarily make you a suitable leader in all spheres.

Effective leaders:

◆ Have a strong belief in their own and other people’s capabilities and set out to release this latent power in themselves and others

◆ Respect others and believe that they, given the opportunity, will contribute to the success of the organization through their own inner conviction and drive

◆ Personalize rather than generalize their leadership approach, in that they do not seek or use a single best-practice approach, but set out to create an empathetic relationship in which leader behavior matches the needs of those being led

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10 Creating a Wellness Program

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Creating a




Why create a wellness program? For the good of the company or the good of the individual? We can see company health and individual health here as two sides of the same coin. The company can only be a healthy working entity when the parts are working well, both individually and together. The physical and psychological well-being of employees contributes to their effectiveness and motivation both in and out of the workplace. That is not say that a healthy person will necessarily be a good worker, but if a company can encourage a good health program, this will be a positive investment in the employees who are any company’s most valuable asset.

Stress and Nutrition

When life becomes busy, it’s tempting to forget about a balanced diet by skipping meals or eating while on the run. However, when your body doesn’t get the balance of nutrients it needs, you may end up trying to do more with less energy. Even healthy low-fat foods don’t constitute a high-energy diet on their own. Below are some hints to remedy this.

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37 Rethinking Your Values

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Your Values


A value is the worth that you place on something you believe in or consider to be important. Rethinking your values is important to strengthening selfesteem because the process helps you decide what is right for you. Your values help influence your decisions and the goals you set. Values initially develop in response to basic needs—for example, children naturally adopt the values of the people they rely on for love and approval. However, throughout life’s stages, and as a result of experiences, values evolve and are modified in response to changing circumstances. A good example of this is the case of someone who is promoted to management and, in order to carry out the job effectively, takes on the values of their new peer group.

If self-esteem is the value you place on yourself, what makes you a worthwhile person? Using criteria such as the size of your social circle, your level of education, or your income to evaluate worthiness means that you have self-esteem only if you earn it. While this perspective of conditional self-esteem may be a powerful motivator to work hard and do your best, what happens when you apply your best effort and still do not reach your goal?

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41 Speaking Skills

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When speaking to groups of people, the rule of thumb is, if you don’t have their attention in the first 30 seconds, you never will. Listed below are some guidelines for effective public speaking:

◆ Let your uniqueness and individuality come through when you speak.

◆ Make yourself interesting to others.

◆ Create your own interesting soundbites of wisdom so that your audience quote you.

◆ Mention your own name in your stories to help your audience remember who you are.

◆ Make sure that you know exactly who is going to be in the audience, why they are there, and why they invited you to speak.

◆ Check the setting. Check the microphone, lighting, audiovisual equipment, and any other factors that might affect your performance.

◆ Meet the audience members as they arrive; this is an excellent way to build rapport with a captive audience.

◆ Start with a bang. The first 30 seconds have the most impact. Don’t waste these precious seconds; begin with a startling statement, quote, or story.

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17 Generating Creative Solutions

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If you can develop your creative abilities, you are better placed to find solutions to problems. Also, the more you can blend creativity with your logical planning and evaluation skills, the more effective you will be and the more you can produce. Channeling creativity in productivity involves going through a number of processes, such as:

◆ Gathering data: concerned with analyzing tasks, gathering data, and trying out ideas

◆ Frustration: when we doubt our ability and become bored or irritated

◆ Gestation: when we put the issue on hold and it sinks into the unconscious

◆ Birth: the moment of inspiration from the unconscious as promoted by the right side of the brain

◆ Reality testing: living and testing out the reality

Hemispheres in the Brain

Did you know that the left hemisphere of the brain is almost always larger than the right hemisphere, and that there is a difference in the function of each hemisphere?

One of the most important advances in the study of the brain occurred in the 1960s when Roger Sperry of the California Institute of Technology led a team of researchers to a new understanding that the two hemispheres of the brain each control different processes.

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