4 Daily Leadership Habits That Most Benefit Your Team

Create opportunities for your people to grow, learn and self-improve. February 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Creating a long-lasting positive impact on your team will not come from random rewards sprinkled here and there or quarterly team-building activities. Intelligent employees are no longer inspired by tokenism. They search for a deeper sense of fulfillment and alignment in their work, but foremost their leader. Your internal philosophy on how people should be treated drives your leadership behavior and calibrates the degree of positive impact you have on your team. In exercising strong emotional intelligence, your daily habits and behavior will reflect values of trust, encouragement, self-awareness and collaboration. Working under such principles, your people are likely to feel supported and safe, and a positive workplace culture is more likely to be sustained through the storms and sunny days alike. Here are four daily […]

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Jada Pinkett Smith on the Persistence and Passion That Drives Her as an Entrepreneur

The actress and businesswoman shares her insights about success, creative collaborations and self-care February 18, 2019 2 min read Jada Pinkett Smith has had an exciting few years. The multi-hyphenate star’s 2017 hit film Girls Trip broke records at the box office, 2018 saw the launch of her passion project, the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk  and in January, Hala, a female-led and directed coming-of-age film she executive produced garnered rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and was bought by Apple in the tech giant’s first purchase at this year’s festival.  Over the course of the 24 episodes that have been released thus far, Red Table Talk, which Pinkett Smith hosts with her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, has been dedicated to helping viewers have candid, meaningful conversations about  topics including motherhood, mental health, addiction, and forgiveness. The discussions between the three generations of women — and guests like Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo and Will Smith — have resonated, […]

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When Good Leaders Create Bad Results

Every decision affects employee satisfaction and performance. February 18, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ethical leadership is crucial for the success of a business. Unethical leaders ultimately end up hurting the long term success of the business for their own personal gain or for shorter term results. But a recent study out of Baylor University demonstrates, counterintuitively, that when ethical leadership isn’t handled properly, it can backfire and have surprisingly negative consequences too. The results of the study have important implications for the future of ethical leadership and good management, demonstrating that having good ethics policies isn’t enough if consideration for worker psychology isn’t properly implemented. Related: Who Will Lead the Leader? The study. The study was split into two parts, each with interesting implications on how managers should think about how ethical leadership influences employee satisfaction and performance. Study 1 The first study […]

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50 Motivational Quotes From Inspiring Women Leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Barbara Corcoran, Princess Diana and More

These trailblazers and disruptors are an inspiration to us all. February 11, 2019 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The climb to the top can be tough going for anyone. But as women, there are particular hurdles that can make the journey upward toward positions of power and influence — in myriad spheres — especially challenging.  Here, in 50 inspiring quotes, businesswomen, role models, activists, entertainers, authors and politicians share their thoughts on leadership and success — and what exactly those words mean to them.  Whether we’re forging our own paths or following in the footsteps of those who’ve gone ahead, these trailblazers, innovators, explorers and disrupters can encourage, motivate and push us to reach new heights — in business and in life.  Related: 6 Innovative Women to Watch   Read_more Related posts: 9 Princess Diana Quotes to Inspire You to Be a Better Person 20 Leadership Quotes From the World’s Most Influential Leaders […]

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3 Ways Authentic Leaders Inspire and Retain Employees

People don’t want work-fueled robots guiding their companies. February 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To be human is to err. Why is it, then, that leaders insist on pretending they’re perfect in front of their teams? People don’t want work-fueled robots guiding their companies. They would much rather work for skilled, empathetic leaders who feel passionately about their missions, make honest mistakes and learn along the way. As the newest generation to join the workforce, Generation Z values authenticity in leadership. MNI Targeted Media recently conducted a survey about what members of Gen Z prioritize. The study found that Gen Z consumers value open-mindedness, inclusivity and authenticity above other factors when choosing where to do business — both personally and professionally. The consequences of an inauthentic approach to leadership can be severe. Employees who don’t view their leaders as authentic are less engaged […]

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3 Simple Strategies for a Standout First Impression

To ensure you make the best of meeting new people, here are three simple yet powerful strategies. February 4, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In most competitive sports, getting off to a good start can mean the difference between winning and losing. Our hyper-competitive world of work is much the same. Getting off to a rough start with a new boss, colleague or client can put us at a distinct disadvantage. Of course, the optimist in us will count on a second chance to recover from what reputational harm we may have done to ourselves in that first encounter. If only it were that easy. Related: Success Begins With Cultivating the Right Attitude As a team of psychologists from the United States, Canada and Belgium discovered, negative first impressions are particularly difficult to shake, even if we do get that second chance. The research […]

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3 Hard Truths About Leadership Team Dynamics

Leaders who are responsible for keeping a team moving smoothly don’t always get along themselves. February 4, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Great companies maintain an image of unity and strength, even when the executive team doesn’t always see eye to eye. That’s easier said than done, though. Executives and leaders, at the end of the day, are still just people — people who make a lot of important decisions, of course, but who also often have wildly different ideas of what defines and drives success. Founders who want to keep their companies on the right track need to understand what drives the individuals who make up their executive team and, despite varying perspectives and opinions, determine how best to keep them all in the boat and rowing in the same direction. Use these methods to keep managers, executives and key stakeholders pulling […]

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How to Smoothly Transition Into Your New Leadership Role

When you’re entering into a new role as a leader, you can adopt a few of these tips. January 31, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this episode of the Mike Phillips’ series The Front, the Entrepreneur Network partner breaks down what can happen when leadership roles shift. Phillips talks about cutting through the noise — especially if others are giving you incessant demands.  However, if you find yourself in a leadership role, you should make an effort to listen attentively to those below you. The more you open your ears and mind to what others have to say, the more they will feel their opinions and their roles have value.  Click play to hear more. Related: Motivation and Discipline Are All You Need for Success Watch more videos on Lead the Team’s YouTube Channel. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. […]

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The CEO of Southwest Airlines Explains Why Paying Competitive Wages Keeps Efficiency High

Gary Kelly underscores how good compensation does not have to come at the expense of good operations. January 21, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars sits down to talk with Gary Kelly, the CEO of Southwest Airlines. Kelly is able to keep his costs low by pursuing a few key strategies — that includes not paying his employees extremely low wages but by carrying out business efficiently. The company is able to increase efficiencies by operating a single plane model, the Boeing 737. The company also prides itself on not delineating customers into multiple tiers; as Kelly puts it, there is “no second class.” To hear more from Gary Kelly, click the video. Related: Why Work Ethic Is the Ultimate Equalizer in Business Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. […]

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What I Learned About Leadership, as a CEO Who Became an Adoptive Parent

The parallels between the two roles taught me three great life lessons. January 7, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Here’s something intriguing I recently learned: The characteristics of being a CEO and an adoptive parent are actually strikingly similar. Both require massive amounts of energy, the ability to balance multiple priorities and the ability to work well and empathize with others. Related: Coaching and Parenting Have Similar Goals But It’s a Big Mistake to Do Them the Same Way As a married man and hard-working father of three, I had constantly juggled balancing my home life with my professional career. As the CEO of a company which now operates in 150 cities across the country, I learned long ago that parenting multiple kids can pose quite the challenge to my ongoing lessons in leadership. Then I upped that challenge: In 2017 my wife and I expanded our family through […]

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To Demonstrate Real Leadership, You Must Know How to Delegate

If your aim is to be a truly productive leader, you should aim to assign out tasks. January 7, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner, Brian Tracy, talks about being in a space of authority and learning how to delegate others. Delegation is particularly important when you want to show others that you are the leader.  Tracy describes many entrepreneurs as failing to know when to delegate, especially when they are enthusiastic to show they can do it all. Inevitably, this mentality can lead to burn-out, which stands in the way of efficiency.  When you delegate, you are opening yourself up to some unique benefits. Some of these include, more time to focus on important tasks, more time to involves others on your team and make them feel valuable and the ability to improve your overall well-being. Tracy […]

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4 Common Myths About Leadership That Can Hold You Back

Alignment with your values and belief systems is the foundation of becoming an effective leader. January 4, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To be a great leader in today’s world, being a brilliant knowledge expert or technician is no longer enough. Even harder is trying to learn the golden rules of the wrong and right ways to be a great leader. The amount of content spouted in countless books and resources is overwhelming let alone confusing. To be unstoppable leaders for our businesses and our people, tuning out from the noise and distractions potentially misguiding us is pertinent now more than ever. Pay attention to any presence of these four myths and make guiding your people a more soul-enriching journey that they and you will want to continue well past your leadership term’s end. Myth 1: Great leaders are highly ranked individuals. Richard Branson […]

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How Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Is Leading a Revolution in Health and Business

Business has a much broader positive impact on the world when it is based on a higher purpose. January 3, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For the past 40 years, Whole Foods cofounder and CEO John Mackey has been leading a movement that has changed how free markets and supermarkets serve society. Starting Whole Foods in 1980 with only 19 employees to becoming the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, Mackey has not only built a successful company but also championed a culture that is revolutionizing the way we eat while also shifting how entrepreneurs lead companies. I recently asked Mackey what is legacy meant to him. Below are three of my biggest takeaways from his answers — three ideals we can all learn from as entrepreneurs who want to not only build a profitable business but also make a positive impact on […]

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5 Things Every New Board Member Should Know

Important insights that help board members thrive during their tenure. December 27, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Watching a high-functioning board of directors govern an organization is like watching a murmuration of starlings. When board members are attuned to one another and united in purpose, there is resonance in the ebb and flow of the problem-solution cycle. But unlike starlings, board members don’t necessarily begin their tenure with an intuitive understanding of how to read their milieus. They have to learn principles of good governance and how their contributions can add value to the organizations they have committed to serve. And, the earlier in their tenure they absorb this knowledge, the better. Having served on several boards and worked with many others, I’ve discovered that there are five things that every new board member should know. While there is no guarantee that an […]

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6 Things Professional Leaders Do Every Day

Success requires working daily to improve your skills and your ability to work with others. December 12, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Effective leadership may seem natural and effortless, but it actually requires a lot of hard work and careful cultivation of good habits. Leadership isn’t just about understanding business and being able to manage a team. To be a truly successful leader in your profession, you need to constantly be working on your skills, personal development, and your ability to work with others. Ready to start developing these leadership qualities for yourself? Here are 6 things that professional leaders do every day: 1. Set goals. When you’re a leader, you’re like a ship captain. This means you’re responsible for steering the ship! As such, it’s important to make sure you’re headed in the right direction on a daily basis. Many of the most […]

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This Military Vet Is Remaking The Cannabis Security Guard Industry

He was once a former soldier in search of a new mission. Then he used his military smarts to create a security company that protects cannabis companies — without intimidating customers. December 10, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It was a crisp winter day in 2014, and I’d recently returned to Colorado from a tour as a Marine infantryman in Afghanistan. I could barely sleep. I was constantly on edge. The only thing that helped me function was cannabis, which is why I was walking up to a pot dispensary. Many dispensaries weren’t exactly welcoming in those early days, even in our weed-friendly state. I rang the bell, and an amped-up security guard opened the door, nodding at me with a grunt. He was outfitted like a riot police officer — a gun, baton and pepper spray all prominently displayed on his tactical […]

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The 6 Levels of the Hero Factor

Get the skinny on each level of the Hero Factor scale to help you determine where you are and how to get to the top. Read_more Related posts: You Might Be Overlooking One Unexpected Factor About Your Company’s Diversity: Location 3 Surprising Benefits of Chatbots (No Creep Factor Required) One Factor that Caused the Current Content Marketing Climate Facebook Admits Using Two-Factor Phone Numbers to Target Ads This Snack Brand Multiplied Its Revenues by a Factor of 10 in Just 3 Years The Google Ranking Factor You Can Influence in an Afternoon [Case Study] 5 Simple Ways to Become the Office Superhero Do All Superheroes Wear Capes? No, But Anyone Can Still Be a Hero.

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5 Unspoken Rules for First-Time Bosses

It’s a lot to get used to, even though it’s what you wanted. November 13, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We enjoy an embarrassment of riches when it comes to leadership and entrepreneurship resources. From blogs to white papers to scholarly articles published online, there’s an answer to almost any question you might have about any aspect of owning and operating your business. And yet, there are still some things that you won’t ever truly learn until you actually take over. In this article, let’s pull back the curtain and look at five of those unspoken rules about becoming the boss. Related: 6 Effective Tactics for Handling a Toxic Boss 1. It’s lonely at the top. I mean, it can be really lonely. Once you’re in the top spot of leadership in your company, whether you built it yourself or climbed the ladder from more entry-level positions, […]

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The Important Difference Between Being a Boss and Being a Leader

November 6, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield offers a few examples of differences between a boss and a leader.  Inspiring people through love and respect versus coercing them through bullying and fear is the first mark of a leader. Leaders give their employees the motivation to keep going. A boss’s management style is more rigid and typically lacks nuance; bosses want more of their way and less of their employees’ input.  Moreover, leaders, compared to bosses, are usually more transparent. Leaders notably are open to sharing information, since they know sharing invites more sharing and therefore, more types of perspectives.  Finally, bosses, more than leaders, tend to blame others when things go wrong. This blaming tendency can create a culture of fear and uncertainty. Canfield emphasizes it’s leaders who are the people who will roll up their sleeves, jump in and […]

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15 Mistakes Successful Leaders Know to Avoid

Leaders who affirm their team’s strengths and potential are rewarded with high performance and overall success. November 5, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Much of what a business leader does can be boiled down to a handful of important skills. These include tackling workplace issues and problems, setting reasonably high expectations, and understanding how to motivate and manage people while effectively communicating with everyone. Though there is no perfect formula for doing these tasks well, there are definitely practices you should avoid. The most successful leaders strive to develop a positive management style while avoiding negative leadership characteristics. Use this list of “don’ts” to create your own best practices as a successful leader. 1. Think they know it all. There is nothing worse than working for a boss who believes they know it all, and thinks everyone under them is there to do […]

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