Connecting with others, making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure the impact lasts are at the heart of leadership.
But the problem is that leaders tend not to have a lot of free time on their hands. So how can you engage in meaningful and memorable leadership with zero hours in the day to spare?
That’s where the 30-second challenge comes in. It turns out, there’s a lot you can do with a tiny sliver of time.
So whenever you want to engage and make a lasting impression, commit to spending 30 seconds to make a big impact. You could…
Give 30 seconds of encouragement. Your encouragement may be the catalyst that unleashes someone’s greatness. Let employees know you believe in them, and watch them step up.
Give 30 seconds of feeling valued. Emphasize the connection between an employee’s role and the mission and goals of the organization. When people sense they are valued, they become more engaged and more productive.
Give 30 seconds of acknowledgment. It’s the fuel that great teams run on. When you acknowledge an employee, you are letting the person know that he or she is making a difference.
Give 30 seconds of gratitude. The root of great leadership is in the expression of sincere gratitude. Nothing goes further in building good relationships.
Give 30 seconds of praise. Keep it personal, specific, and meaningful so it doesn’t veer off into flattery.
Give 30 seconds of knowing that each person matters. Let all of your employees know that no matter what they do, no matter what’s in their past, they can always become the best version of themselves.
There is a deep desire within everyone to make a difference. When leaders are able to recognize the need for validation and feeling value, leadership becomes memorable and impactful.
The results are profound. And all it takes is 30 seconds.
N A T I O N A L B E S T S E L L E R
THE LEADERSHIP GAP
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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- A Leadership Manifesto: A Guide To Greatness
- How to Succeed as A New Leader
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- 4 Proven Reasons Why Intuitive Leaders Make Great Leaders
- The One Quality Every Leader Needs To Succeed
- The Deception Trap of Leadership
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.