John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.
We focus a lot on what leaders can do to improve, but we often forget to analyze our current actions and which behaviors we need to stop doing. Most likely, you aren’t an awful leader, but there are definitely some things you don’t want creeping into your relationships with your employees.
We often display a natural tendency to put our own needs before others'...This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. As Psychology Today's Lisa Firestone notes, "Maintaining a certain regard for ourselves and engaging in self-compassion and self-care are actually fundamental to creating a good life for ourselves and the people who matter most to us."
I was recently talking to a good friend and mentor of mine who suggested the growth of an employee is often a good indicator of how well the leader employee relationship is going. When the growth of a team member slows down, it may be the result of a high-pressure quarter, but it may also mean the leader or team member has withdrawn from their relentless pursuit of development. This is important to note, because a team that continuously develops together, not only lasts, they also do great things together.
Before you get all upset, I don’t mean delete your Facebook account entirely; just the Facebook app on your phone. I don’t think that Facebook is inherently evil. It’s a great way to keep up with the lives of family, friends, and colleagues, not to mention a fundamental tool in the marketing of many successful businesses.