Positive Leadership

Healthy leadership always moves along a positive path. Forget about those age-old images of the stern, dour-faced manager, cracking the whip and doling out punishments and hard work to embittered employees. In today’s world, great leaders are recognized by the positive effects they have on people. They promote teamwork, encourage excellence, foster growth and even offer criticism in a productive way. Toastmasters provides many opportunities for members to practice positive leadership skills. Many corporations around the world encourage their current and future managers to join. If you’re looking for a good place to work on your leadership skills, why not give Toastmasters a try?
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Laws of Positive Leadership How to Find Leaders Requiem for the Heroic Manager

Laws of Positive Leadership
How to be a leader others want to follow. Examples abound of poor leadership. Who hasn’t had a teacher or boss who invoked feelings of disrespect? A positive leader is someone who inspires, motivates, energizes and unites, while generating loyalty and producing results. In his article for the Toastmaster magazine, Victor Parachin offers 10 rules on how to be that kind of leader:
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Give more than you expect others to give. Combine optimism and perseverance. See everyone as a diamond in the rough. Express appreciation; accept responsibility. Keep your ego in check. Show respect for the people around you. Treat team members as family. Be a source of inspiration. Stress cooperation, not competition. Maintain a sense of humor.

How to Find Leaders
Want to find leaders for your organization? John Maxwell, Ph.D., is an expert on leadership and author of more than 30 books on that topic. In his monthly e-newsletter, Leadership Wired, he answers the question, “How can I be sure to hire the right person?”

the heroic archetype was the most popular image of corporate leadership. According to recent scholarship. good leaders: • • • • Focus on the success of the organization rather than their own personal success. leadership research conducted in the past 20 years paints a very different picture. who listens? Do others respect them? Can they create or catch a vision? Do they show a willingness to take responsibility? Do they finish the job? Are they emotionally strong? Do they possess strong people skills? Will they lead others with a servant’s heart? Can they make things happen? Requiem for the Heroic Manager Ideas about effective leadership are changing. Finding a great hire often goes hand in hand with identifying potential leaders. Maxwell credits his friend Fred Smith with helping him arrive at these 11 questions to ask when looking for a leader: • • • • • • • • • • • Does the person question existing systems and push for improvements? Do they offer practical ideas? When they speak. And Toastmasters is here to help. Celebrate the accomplishments of employees and make them feel like heroes. In other words. According to this image. decisive individual. Enable success in others and share the glory of success with the group. In its place. But as Dave Zielinski points out in his article "Requiem for the Heroic Manager. • • Motivational Speech Techniques The 10 Commandments of Communication .To accomplish anything of significance. you must have the right people by your side. and good leaders need communication skills to be effective. you have to learn to speak like a leader. if you want to be a leader. People with good communication skills are more likely to be promoted to leadership positions. There are many good reasons why Toastmasters teaches both communication and leadership skills. capable of single-handedly driving a business to success and glory. Speak Like a Leader Communication and leadership skills go hand in hand. a good manager was a rugged." the heroic archetype of leadership is on its deathbed. In the past. Acknowledge personal weaknesses as well as strengths.

Say you and we. Have something meaningful to say. Deliver your message loud and clear. By Michael Landrum. stories and anecdotes. Pay attention to them. 3. Even if you think they are wrong and you are the advocate of sweeping change.Motivational Speech Techniques Five simple strategies to motivate your listeners. Step to the lectern with the intention of making a difference to your audience. there are some simple guidelines you can follow to help build team motivation with only your words and your voice: • • • • • Be enthusiastic. two-dollar words I can swap for a single 10-cent syllable. A highly motivated group of talented people. think about the aspects of the subject that you find most interesting. The best way to ensure audience understanding is to break down complex ideas into simple components. Along with their obvious entertainment value. Without motivation. keeping your promise. not I and me. While it’s true that motivating people involves more than just changing the way you speak. honoring your word. keep listening. Delete therefore. 2. Even something as simple as “Is that clear?” can reestablish contact. Ask questions. Align with your audience. One of the most important elements of leadership is the ability to motivate people. Use quotes. quotes and stories can lend authority to your topic and provide concrete examples that people can relate to. That’s real economy in writing. and what they expect from you. Remember that the basic unit of communication is not the word but the idea.” How do you listen to an audience? Do your research. We may consider it our task to speak to the audience. they’re motivated by what they understand. Speak with confidence. Aren’t these two phrases the same? No indeed: “Say what you mean” is about telling the truth. When you step to the lectern. Maintain eye contact with your listeners. and don’t be afraid to let that interest come through in your voice. “Mean what you say” is about making a commitment. looking for big. Don’t mumble or slouch. what they need and want. Find out who they are. Emerson said: “First seek to understand. Express those thoughts and feelings that you share with them. pause and listen. present ways for them to work together to achieve their goals. ATMB 1. Enthusiasm is contagious! Before you present your ideas. backward or on each other? Be willing to depart from your prepared remarks to recover your rapport with them. Use the fewest words with the fewest syllables. Instead of telling people what you want them to do. Are they ready to hear you? During your speech. but it is sometimes more important to speak for them. insert so. I run afoul of this one all the time. Say what you mean and mean what you say. then to be understood. can move mountains. It’s the main reason I rewrite so often. on the other hand. Keep it simple. Are they leaning forward. Involve listeners in the success of the group. The 10 Commandments of Communication How to speak like a leader. People aren’t motivated by what you say. you must first . 4. even the most skilled team of seasoned professionals is unlikely to achieve great things. Listen generously.

You groom your appearance. is all wrapped up in how they are spoken. 10. and a thousand other tiny. Serve your audience well by keeping their interests foremost in your mind. however: Beware of elevating yourself with a high horse. People appreciate the scenery more with a glance at the road map every now and then. and by whom. the word to the action. positive. Be aware of your non-verbal communication. well-constructed talk and then whisper. The highest self is where hope resides. members take turns filling various meeting roles. their actual meaning. accolades or personal glory. Having an opinion is a meager accomplishment. optimistic view. color and range. coach and writer in New York Teamwork Harnessing the power of the group. kicked the dog and slammed the door” is specific. unuttered elements actually carry the true and specific meaning of your communication. Don’t say “I’m glad to be here” while looking at your wristwatch. On most occasions a modest demeanor improves communication. Be humble. But their true importance. This is a tough one for some people. crisp. and it’s not about earning awards. too. energy. mutter or mumble. It will be easier for you to remember. scattering generalities as they go. detailed examples. Share with them the form of your thoughts as well as the content and they will be able to follow more complex ideas.understand and articulate their feelings. In Toastmasters. Speak to be understood. parables and examples rather than generalities and abstractions. This is the golden rule of speaking. Speak for the benefit of others. They love to wander through a topic in the abstract. The great teachers and speakers pepper their talks with vivid. It’s all about the ability to motivate and inspire people to work together as a team. so why not cultivate your voice? With a little effort it can be strong. giving everyone access to hands-on leadership and team-building experience. Have the courtesy to develop your voice so that all may hear you. 6. clear and various in texture. There must be a caveat attached to this rule. “He seemed upset as he left” is general. • • Delegating Authority Turning Team Conflict into Team Harmony . Curious? Find a meeting location near you and see for yourself. 7. posture. 9. ATMB. 8. Your gestures. is a speaker. Michael Landrum. Nothing communicates more clearly than intention. It’s sad when speakers expend their energy to create a vivid. “He blew his nose. 5. Structure your speech. We can understand the words “I love you” well enough. Great leaders know that leadership begins with the pronoun we. One valuable way to make your talk memorable is to speak to a structure and make your listeners aware of it. Effective leadership has nothing to do with promotions or job titles. Speak from your highest self. anecdotes. As any astronaut will tell you. Suit the action to the word. Be specific. It has no relationship to the number of people who work under you. To lead effectively requires a courageous. tone of voice. Use stories. if you get high enough you will be in perpetual sunshine. facial expressions. As an audience member you can easily tell when a speaker is self-serving.

When done right. Why we don’t delegate Some leaders hesitate to delegate authority for the following reasons: • • • • They think they can do it better themselves. Establish how and when you want feedback on progress. Get the person’s agreement. Truth is. Describe the project or task to be completed. It also gives people the opportunity to shine while freeing up the leader’s time for more important or appropriate activities. Do you prefer daily reports? A weekly e-mail? Give appropriate authority. Don’t give a team member a project that he or she does not have the power to complete! For example. there are a few guidelines that should be followed: • • • • • Choose the right person. In his article for the Toastmaster magazine. They think team members won’t like them if they give them a lot of work and responsibility. In order to best accomplish the team’s goals and objectives.Delegating Authority The best way to wield power is to share it responsibly. They fear others will make mistakes. Whether it’s in school. the results expected and the timetable. Select someone who is capable. How do people with diverse backgrounds. Make expectations clear. the careful delegation of authority is one of the most important aspects of team building. he or she must carefully delegate authority to team members. “Turning Team Conflict Into Team Harmony.” Dave Zielinski . don’t assign someone a task that requires access to a database that they can’t get into. A leader is only one person and can only do the work of one person. aptitudes and belief systems set aside their differences and start “rowing together as one?” Elusive as good teamwork may be. The team member should commit to and be willing to carry out the work Turning Team Conflict into Team Harmony How to get people to rally together for a common cause. They’re afraid the person will perform too well and make them look bad. being a “team member” is a challenging role. How to delegate While delegating authority and responsibility is crucial to team success. at the office or on the playing field. able and willing to take on the responsibility. it plays to the team’s strengths and gives team members valuable experience. there are steps organizations can take to ensure their work teams are high-performing and well-adjusted.

Complete the CL application in the manual and ask your vice president education to submit it online to World Headquarters. Take a quick look at your local bookstore’s shelves and you will likely find hundreds of volumes about leadership. if you wish. it’s a place to try your hand at leadership instead of just reading about it. You'll receive a CL certificate and. you are eligible for Competent Leader recognition. Learning Leadership The best way to learn how to lead is to become a leader. No matter how good some of these books might be. Scan the table of contents of a handful of them and you’ll find that there are many different – even contradictory – theories about what leadership is. World Headquarters will send your employer a letter about your accomplishment. Promote peer pressure as a tool for accountability. The Competent Leadership manual is the core of the leadership track. The Toastmasters approach is hands-on and participatory. Offer meaningful rewards for good performance. That’s where Toastmasters comes in. It features 10 projects. and what to do when your team isn’t working. give Toastmasters a try. supportive environment. there’s no arguing that it’s difficult to advance your leadership skills without actually taking on leadership roles yourself. For example. and how to be a good leader. • • Leadership Track Leadership Essentials Leadership Track Learn to lead with practical practice Members working in the leadership track learn and practice leadership skills by serving in club roles.cites team-building experts who offer advice on how to be a team leader. When you complete the manual. So if you’re looking for a place to put some of those leadership ideas you’ve been reading about into practice in a safe. not dry and academic. In Toastmasters. Advanced Leader Program . Zielinski says a team’s chances of success depends on the leader’s ability to: • • • • • Use “people skills.” Set precise and measurable objectives. which you complete while serving in various club meeting roles. leading volunteer-based teams. helping you to improve. Provide regular and actionable feedback. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project. members advance in the Leadership track of the educational program by participating in club leadership activites.

Establishing trust. When a leader demonstrates values that are in sync with the company’s mission and the team’s goals. Motivating people. and to the success of the team as a whole. concise and timely feedback is essential to each team member’s success. With clear goals and effective planning. By sharing responsibilities with the team. leaders make their expectations understood and team members know what to do at all times. facilitate communication and provide an environment where team success is more likely to occur. Giving feedback. providing expert advice. encouragement and suggestions for improvement. everyone benefits. a leader instills a sense of purpose and empowerment. By providing a good example. A leader’s job is to resolve the conflict in a just and reasonable way so that productivity and morale do not suffer . Working for the team. It’s an abstract concept that evokes as many different reactions as there are different kinds of people. and we can often tell when good leadership is missing by the way a team or organization struggles without it. At Toastmasters. Yet most of us know good leadership when we see it. and not always a bad thing. The job of leadership is usually too big to handle alone. Members working in this program are eligible for Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) and Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) recognition Leadership Essentials Leadership is difficult to define. Great leaders encourage participation. Planning and goal-setting. A clear mission helps the leader to focus the team so that they can ignore distractions and pay attention to what’s most important. Resolving conflict. effective leadership: • • • • • • • • • • Mission. playing to individual strengths. our leadership training program identifies the following areas as essential to quality. Constructive.After earning the CL award you can further refine and develop your leadership skills by working in the advanced leader program. A good leader must take on the role of trainer now and then. Values. Team building. learning each team member’s needs and giving rewards and incentives when appropriate. encouraging people to work together – all are important aspects of team building. a leader can inspire people to achieve higher levels of performance. Conflict between team members is inevitable. Coaching team members. Delegating authority.

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