Six Leadership Styles That Build Great Teams

Jack SimonyIn Six Leadership Styles That Build Great Teams, Jack Simony explains that according to Harvard Business Review, six leadership styles are present in every workplace. Ideally, each leader should move through each of the styles as situations dictate. This research is contrary to the accepted notion that leadership is like a personality type. Unlike personality, leader are not bound by by one style or another. However, leaders must understand the strengths and weaknesses of each style to truly lead effectively. Find this post and other corporate skills posts on the Jack Simony Negotiation and Corporate Skills Blog.

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Understanding Business Procurement

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In “Understanding Business Procurement“, Jack Simony defines and explains the process of business procurement. In this post, the areas of tendering, vendor management and strategic purchasing are well covered. Jack also covers the responsibilities of a procurement officer. Read more on the Jack Simony Negotiation and Corporate Skills Blog.

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Understanding The Basics Of Emotional Intelligence In The Workplace | Jack Simony

Jack SimonyMany unique and amazing components comprise a person’s mental abilities. A theory developed in the 1970s and 80s, Emotional Intelligence, concerns the ability to understand and regulate the emotions, strengths, and weaknesses of yourself and others. There is one school of thought that believes you are born with emotional intelligence, while a second more popular school of thought believes it can be taught and developed. Seminars and training programs offer employers and employees a realistic approach to achieving success and workplace harmony. One thing is certain, more and more businesses rely on the concept of emotional intelligence in the development of training programs and workplace relationships.

Self-Awareness

An important and valuable leadership competency, self-awareness is the power to recognize the areas in which you excel and the areas where you need to develop greater skills. No one has all the answers, but there are those in management who feel they do. This can be problematic in the workplace. Leaders who take responsibility for the areas where they lack knowledge increase their management effectiveness and build trust and respect with the employees in their departments. The business world is highly competitive, but when you pretend to know more than you do, it is recognizable to your superiors and those under your management. Recognition of your weaknesses and a willingness to learn makes a better impression than pretending to know it all.

Self-Regulation

The ability to control your negative thoughts and emotions in the workplace is critical to success. How do you react to disruptive actions and negative emotions? Is your reaction dictated by emotion, or do you have the ability to discern the reason for the negativity and direct it into a positive action. There are a number of important competencies associated with self-regulation, including trustworthiness, self-control, initiative, achievement, and optimism. Although it is necessary to gain control of our emotions, there are times it is good to be exuberant about positive emotions. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances in the workplace is an important aspect of self-regulation. Managing your emotions may be as simple as taking several deep breaths or taking a few minutes away from a difficult situation to get a drink of water.

Social Skills

Good social skills are essential in forming relationships with other people in the workplace. One important element of social skills is the ability to listen to others present their ideas and opinions without interruption or distraction. You can show your interest in what a person is saying by taking a few notes. If you have a question about what is being said, ask after the presentation is completed. It’s extremely important, as a management or team leader, to develop your communication skills in order to present your ideas and suggestions with clarity. This ability strengthens your efficiency and capacity for leadership and enhances your skill for getting those under you to accomplish tasks in a timely manner.

Empathy

When making workplace decisions, it’s important to take the needs and feelings of employees into consideration. Understanding the needs of others and how your decisions impact their perception of what is expected is crucial. Although to some this may seem altruistic, in reality it helps build stronger relationships and better cooperation in getting tasks completed. Show an interest in those working under you and pay attention to the signals they give you both verbally and non-verbally.

Motivation

Your ability to motivate others is key to your success in business management. Gentle praise is a motivational booster shot. Letting people know their efforts and accomplishments are noticed and appreciated is essential. Trophies and awards are often not as motivating as the pat on the back and a compliment in front of fellow employees. Assigning a new responsibility lets an employee know you trust their abilities to accomplish the task successfully. Get to know the people working for you, including their strengths and weaknesses. Help them to set challenging and realistic goals, and encourage them to meet those goals.

By developing and training your own emotional intelligence, you will find it is improving in your staff as well. By helping other employees achieve their work goals, you are also providing them with skills to enhance their life and successfully achieve personal life goals.

Jack Simony is a hedge fund manager from New York City, and serves as the Chairman of The Negotiation Institute. The Negotiation Institute provides customized executive skills programs to corporate, government, educational and non-profit entities in the United States of America and abroad.

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Jack Simony Negotiation and Corporate Skills Blog

Jack SimonyJack Simony is a hedge fund manager from New York City, and serves as the Chairman of The Negotiation Institute. The Negotiation Institute provides customized executive skills programs to corporate, government, educational and non-profit entities in the United States of America and abroad.

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Stay Cool

With temperatures soaring into the triple digits today, it is more important than ever to know how to protect oneself against this dangerous and potentially lethal heat. I found a good article with useful tips:

http://attleboro.patch.com/articles/tips-to-stay-safe-and-beat-the-heat

Highlights of the article: Make sure your air conditioning is installed and operating successfully. Start drinking extra fluids before you even go out into the heat. Thirst is a late — and therefore not a good — indicator of dehydration; By the time you’re thirsty, you’ve been dehydrated too long. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to dangerous responses to the heat than the rest of us. Both water and drinks with electrolytes (coconut water is my personal favorite) are important. And, know that this is no joke — heat stroke is often fatal, and at the very least will cause permanent brain damage.

So stock up on coconut water (drink it on ice), drink plenty of regular water as well, stay indoors somewhere cool, and if you must go outside, do not exert yourself.

This public service announcement is brought to you by Jack Simony.

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Stamping Out AIDS

At the AIDS summit being held at the UN today, African leaders have called for greater resources to battle what has long been a true pandemic on that continent.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jHCl1GCIuzWCU-KOBIhIGD4lLDLQ?docId=CNG.4b51b056239693ce4c4888dc9ef63302.8b1

The continent of Africa has literally been ravaged by the disease. Its nations desperately need help obtaining the drugs that keep the disease at bay for those who have been infected with HIV. Furthermore, they need to expand educational programs, which must be done with great sensitivity to the cultures of the people whom the programs are targeting.

I went to college with a young woman from South Africa who lost both of her parents to AIDS. Sadly, half of her friends lost parents, too, before drug treatment began to stem fatalities. But AIDS orphans are still shockingly common throughout Africa. The tragedy is epic.

To date, the AIDS epidemic has killed over 25 million people worldwide, a staggering figure. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has set the goal of eliminating AIDS altogether by 2020. And by the way, we shouldn’t think that it’s just a problem in Africa — young people of all walks of society here are still getting infected at frightening rates. It is in everyone’s interests for wealthier nations to help poorer nations — and themselves — fulfill Secretary General Ban’s goal and eradicate this scourge as quickly as possible.
-Jack Simony

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Mental Health Warrants Focus

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/us/26loughner.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

“You don’t have to be a professional psychologist to know the boy is disturbed.” So said one of the victims of Jared Loughner, who killed six people and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in January.

The professionals agree. The psychologist and psychiatrist who interviewed Loughner for many hours for the court diagnosed schizophrenia. And now the judge in his case has found him not competent to stand trial and sent him for treatment at a psychiatric hospital.

What a sad, sad story. Clearly, people who knew Jared Loughner knew he was troubled. But no one knew just how ill he really was – or what to do about it.

This is yet another tragic illustration of how ill-equipped we are, individually, as communities, and as a nation, to understand, recognize and treat serious mental illness.
-Jack Simony

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