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Think, Feel and Act Like a Leader

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Think Like a Leader

Do you know a happy leader? Last time, we looked at discouraged leaders. But why are happy leaders the way they are?  Is it simply their personality – or is it something more? Like all personal attributes it will be a mix – but happiness can be cultivated. And a leader who is ‘at peace’ with themselves radiates a sense of satisfaction and wellbeing to others – a powerful asset in any organisation.

Feel Like a Leader

Of course, no-one always feels happy! But we do know that happiness in leadership comes from a blend of the personal and professional – feelings from one area of your life spill out into the other, regardless of how hard you try to draw a line.

Act Like a Leader

A miserable leader is never one worth following. Being deliberate about bringing happiness to both your personal and professional life can bring balance and contentment. Getting the balance right is a constant challenge, but one worth pursuing. Recent research from the World Economic Forum shows that, generally, happy leaders make for better leaders. Acting happy won’t cut it though – you need to be happy.
The Journal Of A Happy, Successful Leader’ is a podcast presented by Natalie Potts. She asks, ‘How often do you take time to reflect on life? To reflect on what is happening and whether you are happy? Success has a different meaning for us all. In this episode, she asks a few key questions to get you consciously being self-aware of noticing what you notice. 
Leaders Listen!
10 Amazing Secrets of Happy and Successful Leaders
Too many of us are missing a critical element when it comes to our lives—happiness says Lolly Daskal, the leadership author. She then lists ten attributes of happy leaders.

1. Their life has purpose and meaning.
2. They concentrate on positive thoughts.
3. They judge their wins and failures the same.
4. They prioritise what's important.
5. They don't compare themselves with others.
6. They cultivate meaningful relationships.
7. They invest in diversity.
8. They're constantly growing.
9. They do what they say they're going to do.
10. They believe in themselves.

Leaders Read!
There are three billion working people on this planet, and only 40 percent of them report being happy at work. Michael C. Bush shares his insights into what makes workers unhappy -- and how companies can benefit their bottom lines by fostering satisfaction. 
Leaders Watch!

The Leader's View

Beaches make a lot of people happy – especially children.  But this beach made me smile when I landed on it recently!  It is Barra – the only place in the world with scheduled beach landings – there is no runway!

Longer Read

Managing for Happiness Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team By Jurgen Appelo was published by Wiley in 2016. 

Management expert Jurgen Appelo offers a unique formula for making your organisation vibrant and productive. Appelo shows how to put his advice into practice. Instead of focusing on theoretical approaches to building motivation and contentment, he provides games and exercises that you can implement.

The playful layout of his pages may interest you – or drive you crazy!  One of his key messages is about the ‘Value of Values’. Companies function best when employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders believe in and reinforce shared values.

Your culture should reflect the values of your management and workforce. Values make people who they are, so strengthen your employees’ convictions and help them make decisions based on their beliefs. Before you institute new values, safeguard the values your stakeholders already share.

Team members can identify the values they admire. Managers can do the same, and both groups can discuss which values they want to put into practice. You must live your values. For example, Enron displayed words such as “excellence” and “integrity” at its corporate headquarters; then it went bankrupt after a scandal growing out of executive corruption.

Embracing specific values means being prepared to back them up. The way your organisation conducts business showcases its values and culture.


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...and finally

...without a little reflection, there is no Insight Added.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King
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