Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Leading with Perseverance

When things become tough, either at work or in life, it requires grit and perseverance. The road to success is rarely a bed of roses, and it takes hard work and patience to see things through. The only way out is through it.

Perseverance simply means continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or oppositionthe action or condition or an instance of persevering: steadfastness (Merriam-Webster). 

We know perseverance is essential in work because it allows people to continue working towards their goals even when things get tough.  It allows individuals to develop the necessary skills that will elevate them to the next level. There is a tendency to want to help others eliminate or reduce their struggle, and in doing so, we may unintentionally deprive them of necessary growth.

Instead of rescuing others, we can support them in ways that give them the fortitude to carry on and move through the challenge, resulting in a renewed sense of self-confidence and belief.

Perseverance helps you build character and reap rewards that are everlasting. Here are the top three qualities Perseverant Leaders possess:

  1. They Keep Asking Why
    People who persevere are the ones who continue to ask ‘why’. It serves as a constant motivator and keeps you on track. It can be as simple as: why am I doing this? The more you remind yourself, the clearer your purpose gets. This is the fuel that moves you forward.


  1. They Have Self-Belief
    You may have heard people say: if you don’t believe in yourself, how will they? If you want to achieve anything, you need to believe in your skills and abilities. Successful leaders understand the connection between self-belief and the change they want to make in the world. Fostering your self-belief is developed through perseverance.

  1. They Make Room For Vulnerability
    It isn’t easy to face your failures, and it especially isn’t easy to ask for help. Successful people persevere because they know how to learn from their mistakes and overcome setbacks. Instead of giving up, they know how to pick themselves up and ask for help. They aren’t afraid of being vulnerable and reaching out to others in times of need.  

In today’s world, leaders have to consistently challenge their mindset, remain flexible and creative in how they solve issues and persevere with vulnerability. Brene Brown says, “Vulnerability is the best measure of courage”.  



Tuesday, September 6, 2022

How Feedback Helps Teams Grow


Every great leader has a different mix of skills and personality traits that allow them to thrive in this role. Some are extroverts, and some are introverts. Some are collaborative and others are authoritative. They have all worked on developing certain traits of a good leader. These traits allow them to take decisive action, inspire others and communicate a powerful vision. You can too.

The two characteristics we’ll look at today are of Humility and Creativity. Both are required in a questionable, rapidly changing business environment. Being able to change pace quickly is a skill that is mandatory for the success of today’s teams.

Humility is one of the oft-misunderstood leadership attributes that’s actually critical for heading any type of team. Humility is one of the top leadership qualities, but it doesn’t mean being a doormat. Humility shapes your character so that you’re able to embrace your own weaknesses without losing confidence. From this place of self-respect, you’re receptive to others’ feedback, which opens you up to new ideas and solutions. Humility also softens you to genuine connections with other people because it makes you approachable. You’re able to interact with your team, customers, and colleagues from a place of shared humanity, which breaks down communication barriers.

Creativity is one of the most underrated leadership attributes. Yet especially in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing market, it’s actually one of the top leadership qualities in successful businesses. That’s because creativity and innovation go hand in hand. Both are essential to finding your differentiating factor and ensuring that you stand out from the competition.

Companies are creating open work environments that allow the employees and the leaders to work together in collaboration. In our digital, hybrid world, people are on zoom or other video conferencing systems that allow people to be in their own space where they are comfortable. This also tends to lend to the creativity of a team. 

In reference to feedback (and remaining humble), in moments of receiving hard feedback is typically what has allowed those around me to grow the most. When people are growing, they tend to be more creative. Remember this as a leader. Do not be afraid of giving feedback to help your teams grow, be creative, and thrive. 



Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Building an Ownership Culture


As much as all of us aim for perfection and to never have anything go wrong, as a leader, you’re going to make mistakes. It isn’t the mistakes themselves that are terrible, it is how they are handled typically. Taking ownership for your mistakes is a key leadership distinction.

Blaming others, justifying your actions or pretending like mistakes never happened erodes trust among your team and will discourage them from being accountable for their own mistakes. Great leaders take more than their share of blame and less than their share of credit, which creates an organizational culture of accountability, trust, empathy and humility. 

When you’re accountable, you can also hold your team accountable for their actions, ultimately creating a sense of responsibility that will keep them continually striving for their personal – and your business’ – goals.

As surprising as this may seem, the logic is straightforward. When you want to connect with someone, having empathy allows you to discern whether you’ve gotten your message across. When you’re able to see another person’s perspective, you’re able to predict the effect your words and actions will have on them.

Without empathy, the reverse happens and you risk alienating the very people you’re attempting to create connections with, whether they’re your customers, employees, colleagues or competitors. Cultivating empathy is the precursor to almost every other soft skill required for leadership, from self-awareness to critical thinking.

Powerful leaders have a clear sense of purpose and are able to take their teams in the right direction.

Additionally, as they lead their group, they utilize strong leadership qualities to create a supportive sense of community for all who are involved. Becoming an empowering leader is about not only creating something that’s better for the group, but encouraging those around you to embrace their strong leadership attributes as well.



Tuesday, August 23, 2022

What Does Honest & Postive Leadership Look Like?


What has your experience with leaders been? They say more people leave their jobs because of leadership than any other reason. 

Many people believe that successful leaders are inherently dishonest, but strong leaders treat others just as they expect to be treated – in an honest fashion. Being honest is not only one of the leadership qualities that will allow you to lead your business with integrity, but it’s the only real way to make strong connections with others. Whether you’re leading your business or your family, the truth is that every single person you interact with looks to your own honesty and code of ethics to set their own bar.

Make sure each member of your team knows what your culture and core expectations are, and show them how much you value honesty in your everyday interactions with others by setting a valuable example. Don’t sugarcoat information, but find a way to deliver honest comments and feedback in a direct and compassionate manner.

You can be both honest and positive with your feedback. 

One of the top leadership qualities of truly great leaders is a sense of abundant positivity that energizes everyone in the room. It’s not that true leaders never have moments of frustration or disappointment, but that they’re able to take a positive approach to tackle challenging issues. Inspiring leaders know how to turn setbacks into successes and make a point to display optimistic leadership attributes on a daily basis.

Choose empowering beliefs that will propel you forward, not negative thought patterns that will weigh you down. Seeing challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles is one of the most important qualities of a good leader. When you practice positive thinking, it becomes a powerful cognitive habit and allows you to reassure and elevate those around you.



Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Focus on What You Really Want


Have you learned how to really focus on what you want?

Those who embody strong leadership qualities keep their eye on the prize. They are very organized and plan ahead while still remaining flexible enough to handle unexpected challenges. Like a grandmaster in a chess game, a good leader thinks out each strategy and understands how each action will affect the rest of any given scenario.

Distractions can be one of your biggest business saboteurs, but those who display strong leadership attributes don’t let them intrude. Focus is a key leadership quality. Limit distractions by creating an environment that is conducive to focus. 

For example, your office can have an open door policy between certain hours so your team can freely communicate, but make it known that you will not be as available during your “focus times.” This helps you get deeper into your work without having to deal with the many moving parts of your business.

Most leaders didn’t get where they are because they were born with innate leadership qualities. Becoming a leader doesn’t always come naturally. You must be willing to embrace a growth mindset, develop your skills, work on your weaknesses and challenge yourself daily. You must be willing to do your best and fail – then get back up and fail again.

This inner strength comes from realizing that life happens for you, not to you. Everything you experience can teach you something if you let it. Learn how to find the lesson in all of life’s events, take it to heart, and get back out there. You’ll inspire others to do the same.



Tuesday, August 9, 2022

2 Attributes of the Art & Skill of Leadership

Leadership has both an art and a skill to it. Everyone can learn the skills but the art of leadership takes time, finesse, and practice.

We are going to take a look at some of the key characteristics of a leader that has both art and skill. Today, we’ll look at two characteristics: confidence and vision.

True leaders are confident and know they can think – and act – outside the box to take their companies to the next level. They know that leadership qualities like openness, emotional agility, and resourcefulness are often more important than being able to make a sale or wow a group of investors.

How does one display the confidence necessary to be a good leader? More than half of human communication comes from nonverbal cues. Know how to set the right tone as a leader by letting your confidence show. Confident leaders win over and inspire others because everyone else wants to embody confidence, too. Practice strong nonverbal communication by standing tall, making eye contact, and learning to control your fidgeting. When you appear confident – even if you don’t feel confident – others will be more likely to follow your lead and believe in your authority.

Think of some of the world’s greatest leaders: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Mother Teresa. Each of them had very different leadership attributes, but they all had one thing in common: a powerful vision not only for their own lives but for the world. They had an unstoppable belief in themselves and in their dreams.

This type of vision can only come from having a purpose that is so crystal-clear, that others see it too. A purpose that gives your life meaning and leaves you feeling fulfilled. One that is so strong you inspire others to join you. Having a clear purpose allows you to not only achieve your goals but to foster leadership among your staff as well.



Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Be a Better Leader

In talking to some of the business leaders in my life, we have concluded that investing time is an important part of leadership. 

There are meetings to attend, community events, leadership training, conferences, and events. But, it was taking the time to invest in yourself that most people don’t do. Invest in time to rest. 

Life is busy and taking time to rest is not always at the top of our priorities. I think of myself as a highly productive person but I understand that there must be clear boundaries for work, family, community, and self. If I don’t take care of myself through rest, I will not be able to keep up my productive life. 

Resting is an investment in yourself. It allows you to recalibrate, refocus and rejuvenate. 

Resting doesn’t mean you need to take two weeks off and fly to some tropical island though I think we all can agree that sounds amazing too. 

Let’s take some examples from other areas of our life that support the investment of rest. 

When you work out, your body needs recovery time. Just like the muscles in your body recover and get stronger through rest, your leadership muscles do the same.

Taking time away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life also allows you to see the things you are passionate about. Much like the gym, it is a moment where your mind and body can reflect. The heart and soul of a person rekindle too. People tend to go to the things they love when it is their time!

Taking a moment to reflect is generally best done when you step away from a situation or environment. Reflection allows you to see things from a different angle, have a new perspective, or get a flow of new ideas to move forward. 

As a leader, we need to rest so we can build our leadership muscles, reflect, and follow our passion. When you do this on a routine basis, you will not burn out and your leaders and team will know they must carry the torch in your absence. 

Resting is one of the most important investments you can make. 


Manal This article was first published in Locala Magazine