You’re A Leader If You Do These 3 Things

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What makes a good leader during times of adversity? It’s not about what sales pitch you have to offer or how fancy you can get. Rather, in this day and age, it falls back on – emotional intelligence. Some business owners have emotional intelligence built in their DNA, some have to work towards it. I have seen many businesses fall back on their emotional intelligence to rally their community and create positive change. Below are 3 ways to change your leadership habits.

1. Lead with a learning mindset

The learning mindset is an infinite mindset. You aren’t stagnant in your ways nor hold yourself higher than others. There is always something you can learn. Paul Jarman, CEO of NICE inContact, says: “When you keep your mind open and give everyone in your organization a voice, every interaction is an opportunity for growth – personally and professionally.” The key takeaway from this point is, challenge yourself to keep on learning.

2. Lead with a positive mindset

Negativity restructures the brain over time. Many studies have proven this via advanced imaging. To lead with a negative mindset doesn’t help the business owner or their employees. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. However, it isn’t that every day will be a win. How can you lead with a positive mindset during hard times? According to Wade Brannon, CEO of Pigtails & Crewcuts, it’s by “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!” By consciously reminding yourself to remain positive, your co-workers and employees will learn the behavior and support you. It’ll also convince you that hard times will pass.

3. Lead with a community mindset

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. It’s pivotal to remember that leading cannot be done alone. You need a team. You need a community. CEO of Augury, an A.I.-based machine health solutions company, Saar Yoskovitz, states that creating culture is their secret weapon to success. How can you continue to create community during a pandemic? By using digital platforms and catering to the people that are supporting the legs to your foundation. Remember, it doesn’t always have to be about work. Take your employees on a digital happy hour or log onto Zoom just for a friendly chat. Let your employees know that, together, we will go far.

Dr. Milan Modi

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