The 30-Second Challenge Every Leader Should Accept

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.


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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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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

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,, 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.

  1. Derdouri

    15. Feb, 2019

    The strategy of leadership or successful management of the company is not only by the workers
    But it’s up to the leadership strategy and it’s by the managers
    It is the boss who makes the company successful or unsuccessful
    The work is not in thirty seconds a minute but it is the manager himself
    The manager is the leader of success
    A one-day manager represents the work of a second manager in a second company for a month
    The manager is the company and the company manager
    Not everyone was a manager fit for a manager
    And the success of the company management
    The steering is simple

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