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How to have tough conversations?

It’s never comfortable to be on either side of a difficult conversation. However, being able to have a tough talk or deliver unwelcome news – telling someone they’re not getting that raise, intervening when a direct report’s behavior is off base, reviewing the...

How to work with people you don’t like.

5 tips to flip your perspective and improve the relationship The first and most important step in working effectively with everyone is a mindset shift – a shift to apatheia. Apatheia, not to be confused with apathy, is a state of being where you care appropriately...

Fears You’ll Need to Overcome to Be an Effective Leader

The fear of speaking as an authority It’s natural to feel a little fear before speaking to a group as an authority in your field, whether it’s to your team or to a potential client. But don’t let this fear trip you up! Relax before you go on stage by preparing as much...

Two facets of emotional intelligence. How to help your team fight perfectionism!

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Seven things leaders with emotional intelligence never do.

High EQ leaders don't lose their cool. They don't swallow emotions. Learn about the behaviors to avoid as you build emotional intelligence.   Leaders with high EQ do not: Lose their cool: They won’t lose their temper and lash out at their team during meetings....

10 Aspects Of Emotional Intelligence That Improve Workplace Relationships

Rather than dislike of the job or the salary, a bad relationship with the boss is most likely to result in employees quitting. This has been confirmed in global Gallup workplace studies that found that the calibre of the boss was the primary reason for people staying...

Is Your Small Business A Prime Candidate For Outsourced HR?

Does your small business still manage all the HR in-house? It’s not uncommon for Australian small business owners to look after many of the HR functions like recruitment, orientation, conflict resolution, policies and procedures, payroll, and training themselves – or...

Signs That You Need To Work On Emotional Intelligence

Do you know someone who frequently interrupts others and always seems pre-occupied with their own self-interests? Or maybe you reluctantly recognise these characteristics in yourself? If so, you may have discovered one of the main reasons why you are not achieving the...

Tips For Improving Your Communication Skills In The Workplace According to workplace coaching, communication is one of the most important issues in the workplace. Good communication helps everyone to feel heard and understood, and as a result, everyone benefits from a...

Fears You’ll Need to Overcome to Be an Effective Leader

The fear of speaking as an authority

It’s natural to feel a little fear before speaking to a group as an authority in your field, whether it’s to your team or to a potential client. But don’t let this fear trip you up! Relax before you go on stage by preparing as much as possible and reminding yourself that you’re human, and the people in your audience will see you as a human as well. Even if you make a mistake, it will probably turn out fine.

The fear of making hard decisions. 

 As a leader, you need to be able to make hard decisions without getting stuck in “paralysis of analysis”—taking too long to choose because of indecision. A lack of decisiveness can cripple any business or organization. Hard choices are sometimes necessary without much time to reflect. Make the best decision you can based on where you want to go, not where you are, and then move on.

The fear of taking responsibility

Whenever you make decisions, take actions or lead the company in a given direction, you’re making yourself responsible for the potential outcomes of those actions. If your new marketing campaign succeeds, you’ll get a lot of the credit. If it fails, you’ll get a lot of the blame. Proverbially speaking, the buck stops with you.

The fear of not getting it done.

In today’s global economy, effective leadership is defined by results—but, as we all know well, there are hundreds of distractions and millions of diversions that can get in the way. If you’re fearful you won’t get the job done, stop focusing on the results you want and concentrate on the actions you can take right now that will lead to those results.

The fear of failing.

As the leader of your business, the fear of failure is personally, financially and logically motivated. If your business goes under, you’ll be out of a job, a team and possibly a lot of money. But remember — failure is never the end of the line, and it shouldn’t exist as the bad word it’s often seen to be. For most entrepreneurs, failure is an important first step of a longer journey, so even if this business goes under, you’ll always have another chance for a different kind of success.

The fear of being criticized. 

Facing criticism is part of the territory of leadership. You don’t have to let it bother you—in fact, you should be concerned if you never hear criticism, because that means you’re probably playing too safe. Think of it this way: If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. So don’t fear criticism but take it in stride and strive to be your own best and meet your own standard of excellence. On the other side of your fear is everything you need to be.