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Management Tips
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Management Tips

with Todd Dewett

Video: So you want to be a leader?

I hear a lot of young professionals state that they want to grow into the ranks of leadership. Most of them do mean it, but unfortunately they have no idea what they're talking about. Being a leader is a classic example of something you just don't understand until you have the chance to do it. Sometimes people say they want to be promoted into leadership and they mean it, but what they really want are the perceived perks that come with being a leader. They want the feeling of admiration that often comes with the higher title and status. They, of course, want the higher pay.
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  1. 5m 14s
    1. So you want to be a leader?
      2m 39s
    2. Inspiration is a choice
      2m 35s
  2. 31s
    1. Welcome
      31s
  3. 4m 56s
    1. Being a leader, not a micromanager
      2m 21s
    2. Managing your manager
      2m 35s
  4. 5m 11s
    1. Managing millennials
      2m 18s
    2. Managing a multigenerational workforce
      2m 53s
  5. 4m 48s
    1. Avoiding burnout at work
      2m 30s
    2. Learning how to say no
      2m 18s
  6. 5m 38s
    1. Managing poor performance
      2m 45s
    2. Delivering employee feedback
      2m 53s
  7. 5m 26s
    1. Cultivating future leaders
      2m 46s
    2. Hiring to fill gaps in your team
      2m 40s
  8. 5m 12s
    1. Networking within your organization
      2m 43s
    2. Understanding organizational politics
      2m 29s
  9. 5m 8s
    1. Retaining top performers
      2m 31s
    2. Engaging your high potentials
      2m 37s
  10. 5m 29s
    1. Getting your team unstuck
      2m 48s
    2. Coaching your team
      2m 41s
  11. 4m 54s
    1. Offering a needed apology
      2m 25s
    2. Fixing mistakes
      2m 29s
  12. 5m 24s
    1. Creating a lasting first impression
      2m 33s
    2. Reading body language
      2m 51s
  13. 5m 45s
    1. Becoming a change agent
      3m 0s
    2. Finding targets for innovation
      2m 45s
  14. 4m 41s
    1. Earning your next promotion
      2m 33s
    2. Planning for your next raise
      2m 8s
  15. 5m 23s
    1. Making work fun
      2m 43s
    2. Finding purpose in your work
      2m 40s
  16. 5m 0s
    1. Becoming a better listener
      2m 44s
    2. Communicating with candor
      2m 16s
  17. 5m 48s
    1. Assessing your organization's change readiness
      2m 51s
    2. Initiating change conversations
      2m 57s
  18. 5m 6s
    1. Building trust
      2m 32s
    2. Avoiding blame
      2m 34s
  19. 5m 39s
    1. Embracing failure
      2m 33s
    2. Developing your creativity
      3m 6s
  20. 6m 25s
    1. Making better decisions at work
      3m 9s
    2. Creating solutions, not policies
      3m 16s
  21. 5m 42s
    1. Motivating team members
      2m 35s
    2. Empowering through BHAGs
      3m 7s
  22. 6m 6s
    1. Breaking through with brainstorming
      3m 16s
    2. Embracing the devil's advocate
      2m 50s
  23. 4m 32s
    1. Storytelling at work
      2m 39s
    2. Building transparency into your work culture
      1m 53s
  24. 5m 22s
    1. Keeping a virtual team connected
      2m 27s
    2. Building a destination workplace
      2m 55s
  25. 5m 34s
    1. Surviving the loneliness of leadership
      2m 52s
    2. Developing work and life balance
      2m 42s
  26. 5m 22s
    1. Working with people you don't like
      2m 50s
    2. Knowing the difference between quitting and refocusing
      2m 32s
  27. 5m 7s
    1. Motivating by getting your hands dirty
      2m 17s
    2. Using persuasion at work
      2m 50s
  28. 5m 39s
    1. Planning your team-building retreat
      2m 50s
    2. Facilitating your team-building retreat
      2m 49s
  29. 4m 59s
    1. 5 Phrases to Avoid
      2m 39s
    2. The keys to great conversation
      2m 20s
  30. 5m 24s
    1. Giving a realistic job preview
      2m 30s
    2. Rethinking the job description
      2m 54s
  31. 5m 39s
    1. Surviving a bad boss
      3m 1s
    2. Making and recovering from mistakes
      2m 38s
  32. 5m 30s
    1. Discovering the problem with teams
      2m 39s
    2. Getting serious about autonomy
      2m 51s
  33. 5m 59s
    1. Managing creative talent
      3m 2s
    2. Managing technical talent
      2m 57s
  34. 5m 57s
    1. Three dangerous leadership assumptions
      3m 4s
    2. The danger of short-term thinking
      2m 53s
  35. 5m 47s
    1. Leading as an introvert
      3m 13s
    2. Are leaders born or bred?
      2m 34s
  36. 6m 3s
    1. Fighting bureaucracy
      3m 6s
    2. Not all best practices are best
      2m 57s
  37. 6m 40s
    1. Selling your ideas
      2m 30s
    2. Leading with ideas over numbers
      4m 10s
  38. 5m 56s
    1. Restarting a stalled project
      3m 15s
    2. Building a better meeting
      2m 41s
  39. 5m 5s
    1. Navigating common ethical dilemmas
      2m 31s
    2. Making tough decisions
      2m 34s
  40. 4m 22s
    1. Maximizing personal potential
      2m 16s
    2. Diversity’s real power
      2m 6s
  41. 6m 49s
    1. Thinking about hiring in a new way
      3m 18s
    2. Creative onboarding
      3m 31s
  42. 5m 33s
    1. Pushing your limits
      2m 57s
    2. Understanding strengths and weaknesses
      2m 36s
  43. 5m 58s
    1. Questioning competency models
      3m 17s
    2. Hiring a few originals
      2m 41s
  44. 5m 22s
    1. Developing executive presence
      2m 56s
    2. Earning respect
      2m 26s
  45. 6m 8s
    1. Building consensus
      3m 0s
    2. Speaking to be heard
      3m 8s
  46. 6m 19s
    1. Embracing personal evolution
      3m 25s
    2. The art of delayed gratification
      2m 54s
  47. 6m 4s
    1. Rethinking productivity
      2m 59s
    2. Understanding averages and exceptions
      3m 5s
  48. 6m 10s
    1. Using positive power and politics
      3m 8s
    2. Creating needed debate
      3m 2s

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Management Tips
4h 20m Appropriate for all Aug 21, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2014

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In this weekly series, Todd Dewett, PhD, shares the tips respected and motivated managers use to improve rapport, navigate tricky situations, build better relationships, and drive the business forward. Each week, we'll release two tips ranging from avoiding the dreaded micromanagement to managing a multigenerational workforce, cultivating better listening skills, and developing an understanding of your organization's politics. Check back every Wednesday for more Management Tips.

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Business Business Skills Career Development Time Management Management Communication Education Teacher Professional Development
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Todd Dewett

So you want to be a leader?

I hear a lot of young professionals state that they want to grow into the ranks of leadership. Most of them do mean it, but unfortunately they have no idea what they're talking about. Being a leader is a classic example of something you just don't understand until you have the chance to do it. Sometimes people say they want to be promoted into leadership and they mean it, but what they really want are the perceived perks that come with being a leader. They want the feeling of admiration that often comes with the higher title and status. They, of course, want the higher pay.

They like the idea of people working for them too, not to mention the extra perks that might include a nicer office, an expense account, or maybe preferred parking, or even a gym membership. It all sounds so nice doesn't it? Well, some of it is, but the truth is that the new challenges you will face will outweigh the perks you were thinking about. That's why you have to genuinely and passionately want to be a leader. Here's why. There are three new realities you have to deal with immediately when you accept a formal position of leadership.

First, you will be judged by others more frequently and more harshly. Here's the truth. Sometimes they will love decisions you make, and sometimes they will strongly disagree with decisions you make. When you are a member of the team, you weren't making decisions that affect others. Now you are. So get ready to be judged a lot. But don't let it scare you and remember the goal is not popularity. It's making great decisions that earn you respect. Next, grab another cup of coffee because you're going to be working extra hours.

With very few exceptions, leadership roles require more time. That's not simply hours at the office. It might be hours at night and on weekends. In today's world with 24/7 connectivity, some feel the leader's job never ends. Finally, expect your overall stress level to increase sometimes significantly. First, your hours go up, but that's just the beginning. Next, you realize that you're running a budget now. Your decisions will be heavily scrutinized by those above you because every call you make affects the larger firm's financial position.

Finally, you now have direct impact on the lives of the employees who directly report to you. You can add value to their lives, or make them stressed out depending on how effectively you learn to interact with them every day. By the way, some of them will be easy to deal with, and others will test you like you have no idea. So, do you still want to be a leader? I hope so. It's worth it. It involves lots of work and significant challenges, but it also affords you a chance to make a difference for your organization and your employees.

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