Leading from the soul means bonding with others so that
they want to share in your vision and be fulfilled through your shared success.
I recently received inbox messages on my Facebook page from center owners who recently took over centers that were already fully staffed. I can imagine that taking over a fully staffed center is quite challenging, because people are very slow to change when a new leader comes on board and this is why it is vital that when you take over a new center, I recommend that you do the following:
FIND OUT WHO HAS INFLUENCE OVER THE OTHER STAFF MEMBERS AND GAIN INFLUENCE WITH THAT STAFF MEMBER!
**If you are a home provider, the tips in this post will be very helpful when dealing with your assistants or parents!
Moreover, I was glad that the childcare center owners consulted me about how to get their staff members to go with their flow of leadership and to understand why they are making changes.
In fact, in my 10 plus years of being an employer; I know first hand that it is not easy to connect with all of your employees, however, it is vital to have influence with the top 20% of your staff, (this should include the Lead Teachers).
Furthermore, I have discovered that some of my employees truly love me, while others have questioned my every move. Moreover, it has been quite a journey being an employer and a challenge to my leadership abilities. However, I always love a good challenge and that is why I want to share 10 principles with you today, that I discovered in a book that I bought one week prior to writing this blog post.
I was recently shopping for leadership books in Barnes and Nobles (book store) and I discovered a book written by Deepak Chopra, titled: The soul of Leadership.
The moment that I saw the title of the book, I grabbed the book off the shelf. After browsing several of the chapters I decided to buy the book.
In fact, I bought the book, because connecting with employees has been one of my very own biggest struggles as a center owner. However, as I continue to grow as a Leader, I must say that I have built a strong team and my staff members seem to really enjoy working at my center.
So with that said…let’s dive right into why I wrote this blog post and that is so that you can discover how to mend the emotional distance between you and your staff.
Five Ways to Mend Emotional Distance Between You and You Staff (As recommended by Deepak Chopra)
1. Point out you staff members strong points and talents
2. Compliment him or her on getting better
3. If the heat gets too much, walk away and come back when you are in a good mood
4. Never bring up sensitive issues in front of other staff members
5. Find out one thing every day to forgive a staff member for
6. Praise your staff members without expecting praise in return
7. Go along with your staff member wishes when it feels right in their heart
The tips above have really helped me to think before I respond and check my emotions quite often. In closing, I believe that’s what leading from the soul is all about!
I love to hear your feedback and how you plan to implement any of the tips that you have found in this blog post.
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The Soul of Leadership
When I consult center owners, I always address their level of leadership. Today I am going to share the handout with you that I use to evaluate your level of influence and how to steps to creating positive change. Influence and Leadership Handout