Tuesday, January 31, 2023

How to Be Outstanding in Your Leadership














Being an outstanding leader is a combination of having the right skills, mindset, and behaviors. An outstanding leader is someone who can inspire, motivate and guide their team to achieve a common goal while fostering a positive and inclusive work environment. In this blog post, I will explore some of the key characteristics and behaviors that are essential for being an outstanding leader in 2023 and beyond.

An outstanding leader must possess excellent communication skills, which means you need to invest in this skill. They should be able to communicate their vision and goals clearly, concisely, and in a way that is easily understood by their team. They should also be able to listen actively and respond to the concerns and feedback of their team members. This will foster a culture of open communication and trust, which is essential for building a high-performing team. Think about times you may have done this.

Secondly, an outstanding leader must lead by example. They should act in a way that aligns with the values and principles of the organization and set a good example for others to follow. They should be willing to take the lead and be the first to step up in difficult situations. This will earn the respect and trust of their team members, and set the tone for a positive and productive work environment.

Thirdly, an outstanding leader must be able to inspire and motivate their team. They should have a clear and compelling vision and be able to inspire others to work together to achieve that vision. They should also be able to recognize and reward the contributions of team members and provide opportunities for growth and development. This will create a sense of purpose and belonging among team members and will keep them motivated. Recognize with frequency and publicly.

Fourthly, an outstanding leader must be able to lead with empathy and emotional intelligence. They should be able to understand and respond to the emotional needs of their team members, especially during difficult times. They should also be able to create a sense of community and connection among team members, even when they are working remotely or apart. This will foster a culture of trust, respect, and support, which is vital for the well-being of team members.

An outstanding leader must be able to think strategically and anticipate future trends and challenges. They should be able to make data-driven decisions and be able to adapt and adjust their strategies as needed. This will keep the organization competitive and prepare them for future challenges.

Being an outstanding leader requires a combination of skills, mindset, and behaviors. A leader who possesses excellent communication skills, leads by example, inspires and motivates their team, leads with empathy and emotional intelligence, and can think strategically will be able to guide their team to achieve the common goal while fostering a positive and inclusive work environment.

Best, 

Manal


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Build a Strong and Effective Team

 













As a leader, one of the most important responsibilities is to build and grow a strong, effective team. Whether you're leading a small startup or a large corporation, your ability to attract and retain top talent, and foster an environment that promotes collaboration and growth, will be key to your success. In this article, I will explore some of the key strategies and best practices for growing your team as a leader in 2023 and beyond.

First and foremost, a leader must be able to attract and retain top talent. This means creating a compelling vision and mission that resonates with potential team members, and being able to communicate this vision effectively. Additionally, leaders must be able to create an attractive, competitive compensation and benefits package, as well as opportunities for growth and development.

Once you have attracted top talent, it is essential to create an environment that promotes collaboration and teamwork. This means fostering a culture of open communication and transparency and encouraging team members to share their ideas and perspectives. Leaders must be able to provide opportunities for team members to work together on projects and initiatives, and to build relationships across different teams and departments.

Another important aspect of growing your team is investing in the development and growth of your team members. This means providing opportunities for training and professional development, as well as mentoring and coaching. It is essential to recognize and reward the contributions of team members, and to provide opportunities for leadership and advancement.

Creating an inclusive and diverse environment is key. This means fostering a culture of respect and understanding, and actively recruiting and promoting team members from different backgrounds and perspectives. Additionally, it is essential to provide opportunities for team members to connect and collaborate across different teams and departments, and to create a sense of community and belonging.

A leader must be able to lead by example and be a role model for the team. This means leading with integrity and authenticity, and being able to inspire and motivate others to do their best work. Leaders must be able to lead with empathy and emotional intelligence and be able to understand and respond to the needs of team members.

Growing your team as a leader requires a combination of skills and strategies, including the ability to attract and retain top talent, foster an environment that promotes collaboration and growth, invest in the development and growth of your team members, create an inclusive and diverse environment, and leading by example. By implementing these strategies and best practices, leaders can build and grow a strong, effective team that will help drive the success of their organization in 2023 and beyond.

Best,  

Manal

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Leading Hybrid Teams

 


Leading a hybrid team, a team that is composed of both remote and in-person employees can be a challenging task. However, with the right strategies and best practices, leaders can effectively manage and lead a hybrid team to achieve their goals. In this article, I will explore some of the key strategies and best practices for leading a hybrid team in 2023 and beyond.

First and foremost, a leader must be able to communicate effectively with their hybrid team. With remote work becoming increasingly prevalent, leaders must be able to communicate their vision and goals clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. They must also be able to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with team members, despite the challenges of social distancing and remote work. This can be achieved through regular virtual meetings, video conferencing, and instant messaging platforms.

Leaders must be able to provide clear guidelines and expectations for their hybrid team. This means setting clear goals and objectives and providing clear instructions and guidelines for completing tasks. Additionally, leaders must be able to provide regular feedback and support and hold team members accountable for their work.

A leader must be able to foster a sense of community and connection among their hybrid team. This means creating opportunities for team members to connect and collaborate, and build relationships across different teams and departments. This can be achieved through regular virtual team-building activities, social events, and opportunities for informal virtual interactions.

Fourthly, a leader must be able to provide equal opportunities and support for their hybrid team, regardless of location. This means providing equal access to resources, training, and development opportunities, and recognizing and rewarding the contributions of remote team members. Additionally, leaders must be able to provide support and accommodations for remote workers, such as flexible schedules and remote work tools and equipment.

Finally, a leader must be able to lead by example and be a role model for their hybrid team. This means leading with integrity and authenticity, and being able to inspire and motivate others to do their best work. Additionally, leaders must be able to lead with empathy and emotional intelligence and be able to understand and respond to the needs of team members, regardless of location.

Leading a hybrid team requires a combination of skills and strategies, including effective communication, clear guidelines and expectations, fostering a sense of community and connection, providing equal opportunities and support, and leading by example. By implementing these strategies and best practices, leaders can effectively manage and lead a hybrid team to achieve their goals in 2023 and beyond.

Best, 

Manal


Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Navigating Leadership in 2023












As we enter the year 2023, the world is facing a variety of challenges and changes. From the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to the shifting political and economic landscape, leaders at all levels are being called upon to navigate complex and uncertain situations. In this article post, I will explore some of the key characteristics and skills that are essential for effective leadership in 2023 and beyond.

A leader in 2023 must be adaptable and flexible. With so much change and uncertainty in the world, leaders must be able to pivot and adjust their strategies as needed. This means being open to new ideas and perspectives, and being willing to take calculated risks when necessary. Additionally, leaders must be able to think strategically and anticipate future trends and challenges, in order to stay ahead of the curve.

Another important characteristic of a leader in 2023 is the ability to communicate effectively. With remote work and virtual communication becoming increasingly prevalent, leaders must be able to communicate their vision and goals clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. They must also be able to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with team members and stakeholders, despite the challenges of social distancing and remote work.

In addition, a leader in 2023 must be able to lead with empathy and emotional intelligence. With so many people facing stress and uncertainty, leaders must be able to understand and respond to the emotional needs of their team members and colleagues. This means being able to listen actively, provide support and reassurance, and create a sense of community and connection even when people are physically apart.

Finally, a leader in 2023 must be able to inspire and motivate others. This means being able to articulate a clear and compelling vision and inspiring others to work together to achieve that vision. Additionally, leaders must be able to recognize and reward the contributions of team members and provide opportunities for growth and development.

As we move forward into 2023, leaders at all levels will be called upon to navigate a complex and rapidly changing world. The key to success will be the ability to adapt and adjust to new circumstances, communicate effectively, lead with empathy, and inspire and motivate others. With these skills and characteristics, leaders can help guide their organizations and communities through the challenges of the coming year and beyond.

Best,

Manal

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Leaders Keep Asking Questions

 

In the spirit of analyzing your year and doing your own year-end audit, here are a few more questions to play with as you wrap up 2022. In our last article, I provided 30 questions to sit with and answer. 

Leaders who reflect and then make key decisions from the reflection have more influence over those they lead. 

Here are 33 more questions for your own personal leadership reflection: 

  1. Does your job correspond with your passion?

  2. Where do you see yourself next year? Will you be doing the same thing or not?

  3. What do you wish you had done this year?

  4. How much have you earned and saved this year? Are you meeting your yearly goals?

  5. How much debt do you have at the moment? How much has it changed throughout this year?

  6. What is the most worthy investment of your time/money this year?

  7. What are some poor financial decisions you’ve made this year? 

  8. From a score of 1 to 10, how will you rate your personal finance this year?

  9. What do you plan to spend less next year?

  10. What are your money goals next year? How do you plan to achieve them?

  11. Who is your closest friend? Anything memorable happened between you this year? 

  12. How is your love life this year?

  13. What new lessons have you learned about your relationships this year?

  14. Who provides you with the strongest support this year?

  15. What new understandings do you have towards a friend, a family member, or someone you know?

  16. Have you spotted anyone toxic in your circle? How do you handle it?

  17. Have you reconnected with anyone this year? 

  18. How much quality time have you spent with your family? 

  19. If you can only contact three people for the next entire year, who will they be, and why?

  20. What is your biggest loss this year? How have you been healing?

  21. Describe the best day of the year. 

  22. How will you rate your mental health at the moment? 

  23. What have you done this year to improve your mental health? (therapy, journaling, support group)

  24. What is one thing you regret not doing this year? Why haven’t you?

  25. What keeps you awake at night?

  26. What is a tough period for you this year? How did you cope?

  27. Who has inspired you the most this year? Why?

  28. What are you most grateful for this year?

  29. What is the most heartwarming thing you have been told this year?

  30. Pick your color of the year, and why do you choose it?

  31. What is one difficult decision you’ve made this year?

  32. Describe a “moment of awakening” this year.

  33. What are you most excited about for the year to come?

Wishing you an amazing review and a grand 2023!

The world needs your leadership.

Best,

Manal


Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Reflection: A Year In Review for Leaders

 

As you look at 2022, let’s all take some time to review this year. 


Set aside a few hours and grab a pen and piece of paper(s) or a journal and ask yourself some questions. 


The year-end review we talk about in this post is no different than what a company does in a year-end review except that we are doing it ourselves. It’s a self-reflection process that allows us to learn from our achievements and mistakes.

Throughout the entire review, make sure that you are not judging your answers. The purpose of this self-interview is to evaluate how well you’ve done this year. The more transparent and specific your answers are, the more you will benefit from the process.

Here are some of the benefits of a personal year-end review:

  • Know more about your strength and weakness

  • Find ways to improve your performance and life

  • Maintain the balance among different aspects of life

  • Set better goals for the year to come

  • Track and celebrate your accomplishments 

Ask yourself these questions: 

  1. How would you describe this year with a single word?

  2. Take a look back at the goals you set for this year. How well have you accomplished them?

  3. What is your biggest challenge this year? How do you handle it?

  4. What is a good habit that you built this year? How has it influenced your life?

  5. What is one bad habit you quit this year? How did you quit it, and does it change your life?

  6. Name one thing you are most proud of this year.

  7. What didn’t go as planned this year? Why?

  8. What surprises you the most this year? 

  9. Name a book you read that inspires you the most.

  10. What is the most courageous thing you’ve done this year? 

  11. Name one change you have made that improves your life.

  12. Have you taken on any new roles? How does it go so far?

  13. If this year is a game, what are your difficulty settings now?

  14. If you could travel back to a year ago, what would you tell yourself?

  15. Describe the best thing that happened to you this year?

  16. In what aspect are you doing better than last year?

  17. What did you excel in this year?

  18. What did you struggle with this year?

  19. How well do you take care of yourself this year?

  20. What is one thing you regret doing this year?

  21. What is one thing you don’t have time to do this year?

  22. What is the biggest challenge you face at work this year?

  23. Does your job reflect your core values?

  24. Are you happy with what you have achieved professionally?

  25. Are you using your time wisely? Any room for improvement?

  26. What do you love the most about your job?

  27. What new challenges do you take on this year? How does it go?

  28. Which part of your job bores you?

  29. Which part of your job stresses you the most?

  30. What mistakes have you made this year? What are the lessons learned?

We’ll give you 30 more questions in our next article. 


Wishing you an amazing review and a grand 2023!

The world needs your leadership.

Best,

Manal


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Co-Elevation In the Workplace

 













What can combat the Quiet Quitting that is happening in the workplace? 

COVID-19 has shifted the way the world does business and it might be changing the way the world sees and follows leadership. There is a new trend out there in the workplace called lateral leadership. 


As you think of your dream culture does it include a hierarchy of leadership or is it more organic? 


Lateral Leadership is a new kind of leadership for these times. Lateral leadership means leadership without disciplinary leadership, without authority. The guide direction is not limited from top to bottom. Lateral or peer leadership has an explicit effect on the horizontal level. Everyone has leadership responsibilities towards their colleagues. It does not matter where they are located in the artificial hierarchy. This explicitly includes the direction of the employee to the boss. The great challenge for employees is to recognize the importance of their own leadership and to take responsibility for it and to find ways and ways to do it.


Lateral leadership is a step in the right direction when it comes to not allowing Quiet Quitters to run the workplace.


Job titles do not equate to leadership skills. Many people have experienced this first hand. 


So why does lateral leadership work so well? Imagine a team that all works well together. They are in sync with each other and they all help each other be their best. 


Lateral Leadership is about crafting a vision, understanding the drivers and motivations of your peers, strengthening relationships, and building coalitions. It's about knowing the best next step for the organization and assembling the team to get there -- all without line authority or mandates.


This concept of lateral leadership is also being referred to as co-elevation. This is a new concept to many of us but inherently we all want each other to win. When a company does this, all the players win.  


Best, 


Manal