The Top 5 Mistakes That Leaders Make (Part 1)

The Top 5 Mistakes That Leaders Make (Part 1)

Leaders make mistakes. And a lot of them. But leadership is not about being perfect; it’s about how we respond to the mistakes that we make and learning from them.
 
In this latest leadership training session, I interview my good friend and mentor Fred Pate. Fred has been President of Kluber Lubrication North America for 23 years. In this session, we discuss the top two mistakes that leaders make, and how to navigate through those mistakes.
 
 
 

 

Question

What are some of the mistakes that your bosses have made that make it difficult for you to do your job? What can you learn from those mistakes?
 

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Becoming a Better Public Speaker

Becoming a Better Public Speaker

Public speaking is one of the top three fears that Americans have. (Heights and bugs, snakes, and other creepy animals are also in the top three.) Those other two fears don’t bother me too much, but I can relate to the fear of speaking in public. 
 
The first time I spoke in public was my junior year and the setting was to my entire high school at an assembly. I was so nervous that I almost ghosted the speech. Thankfully, I had some good friends who didn’t let me leave and made me give the speech.
 
It’s been 20 years since I first spoke in public and I’m sure I’ve given well over 100 speeches since then. I still get nervous before going on stage, but over the years I have developed some tips and tools that have helped me become a better public speaker. 
 
You can watch the videos on how I became a better public speaker here:
 

 

How about you? What are some tips and tools that have helped you develop your public speaking skills? Share in the comments section below, or join the conversation on social media.
The Best Motivation Technique

The Best Motivation Technique

The statistics are clear. When an employee is motivated, they are:

  • 31% more productive
  • 87% less likely to quit

And 70% of an employee’s motivation is influenced by his or her manager. The same could be said for parenting. So, since motivation is so important, how do we motivate the people around us?

 

 

Session Recap

  • Vision is the best motivational technique. It brings meaning to the mundane.
  • Our “why” reminds us of our purpose, no matter what it is that we are doing.

 

Game Plan

Do this quick assessment: What areas do you lack motivation or passion in? Your marriage, your parenting, your job?

Now, start by remembering the “why.” Why did you get married to your spouse? Why were you so excited to start a family and have kids? What benefits are your job providing?

 

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One of the Most Underrated Leadership Skills

One of the Most Underrated Leadership Skills

What is one leadership skill that you feel is very underrated? Be thinking about that…we’ll come back to it in a moment, because I’d love to hear what you think. 

In this leadership training session, I share my thoughts on one of the most underrated leadership skills. One that is often overlooked, but incredibly powerful when developed and utilized. And I learned more about it by reading Bob Tiede’s newest book, “Now That’s a Great Question”

 

 

Session Recap

  • Are you a benevolent dictator? Are you likable and kind, but making things all about you?
  • Great leaders ask questions. This helps your team think for themselves instead of relying on your opinion all the time. And that produces great results in the long run.
  • A few favorite quotes:
    • “Bob’s 4 most favorite questions: What do you think? What else? What else? What else?”
    • “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” -David Augsburger
    • “Telling creates resistance. Asking creates relationships.” -Andrew Sobel
  • Great leaders build influence through relationships.

 

Question

What is one leadership skill that you feel is very underrated? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or join the conversation on social media. You can find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram.

 

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Ways We Can Equip You To Reach Your Potential

Ways We Can Equip You To Reach Your Potential

Over the last week I’ve shared some exciting news. We have formed the Shawn Welch Company, which exists to equip organizations, leaders, and their teams for maximum influence.

I’ve also shared some of the new services we are providing to help support and equip organizations for success. If you missed those videos, check out the links in the Resources section below.

Today, I’m sharing a new resource that we have for aspiring leaders like yourself.

 

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Resources

Ways We Can Equip Your Organization For Success (Part 1)

Ways We Can Equip Your Organization For Success (Part 2)