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One of the most common misconceptions in business is that those at the top have it all figured out, why else would they be placed in that position, right? The fact is that leaders are human too and will make mistakes during their time as leaders. The only way to reduce these mistakes is to continue to learn, even after you’ve made it to the top. Are you not convinced yet? Here are a few bits of information that highlight the importance of learning in leadership.
The very best way to learn what has worked and what hasn’t is to speak to someone who’s lived a lifetime in your position. There are two ways you can have yourself and other leaders within your organization step up their knowledge. You can either attend a leadership coaching session or seek a mentor. Leadership coaching sessions are great because they allow you to learn right along with your team and won’t take too much time away from your actual business. Mentors are also a good choice as it is often a more one-on-one learning style that many thrive in.
Get Out of The Office
A common mistake leaders make when attempting to figure out issues such as when the next big trend is coming is staying in their office. The best thing you can do for yourself is to get out of your building and explore your community. See first hand what people are doing or what they’re going to do. Speak to people, listen, and learn from them rather than relying solely on statistics.
Ask for Feedback
Warning, your ego might take a hit during this part, but it’s necessary. Often, business leaders are stuck in a bubble of yes men. This can make it challenging to understand what you are doing right and wrong. The best thing you can do for yourself is to ask your staff to anonymously provide you feedback. You may learn that you need to work on staff meetings, transparency, and so on. In turn, this feedback will allow you to grow and learn as a leader throughout the rest of your years with your company.
Regardless of whether you aspire to become the CEO of a large corporation or organize a small group of people to achieve a common goal, you need a unique set of skills to get people to work together. Leadership requires you to possess a conglomerate of skills to effectively strategize and manage your team to perform the necessary tasks. Education institutions teach aspiring managers about the principles of leadership. Still, it is up to you to acquire additional skills that will make you stand out and become a great leader. Here are five books that can inspire aspiring leaders in their professional journey.
Strohs teaches aspiring leaders on how to solve complex problems within the family structure, institutions, government, society, businesses, and economies. It explains how they are connected and how each aspect affects the other and how different cultures influence each stakeholder’s behavior. Achieving Lasting Results is a book that opens up the mind of an aspiring leader to the surroundings of any circumstance that he or she might face in his or her career.
Think Smarter by Michael Kallet
Think Smarter is an excellent book that teaches individuals about the two sides of every coin. It explains how to take problems and turn them into advantages. The beautiful thing about this book is that it does not focus on business alone. It enlightens on how to solve even the day to day personal problems that we face.
Daring Greatly by Bene Brown
Daring Greatly is a motivational book that challenges aspiring leaders to improve themselves and achieve more than society expects them to. It is a book that advocates or seeking happiness through the satisfaction of self-development.
The Leadership Challenge by Barry Posner and James Kouzes
The Leadership Challenge is a 30-year-old book that keeps getting updated to include examples relevant to the modern workforce. It teaches fundamental business principles and leadership skills necessary for effective company management.
The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni’s Ideal Team Player is an excellent read for aspiring leaders because it provides insights on how to lead a team by being part of a team. It has three exciting methods of establishing power and control over professional subjects.
The first day of a new job can be stressful. There is so much to learn in a new environment. It is the responsibility of a hiring manager to make a new hire feel welcome. This relieves tension and anxiety in the new employee. This can also contribute to employee retention. Here are four ways to make new hires feel welcome.
Be Prepared and Excited
Reaching out to a new hire even before they report on their first day is a great first step. Adequate information from the new hire makes the hiring manager well prepared before training. It Is important to have clear and regular communication before they even report to their desks. The new hire can also be invited to the company’s social network platforms.
Establish a Schedule
The first day is usually full of meetings, orientations, and paperwork. Establishing a schedule enables the new employee to know what to expect. An effective strategy to help the new employees understand how the company functions are to have them sit down with different teams, and each member can introduce themselves. This can also help them to recognize the faces of their new colleagues. The hiring manager should show the new hires their new work stations.
Giving A Tour and Helping Them Set Up
A tour of the company will give a lay of the land. This will also help new employees map out significant points, such as the restrooms and senior offices of the organization. It is important that new employees have the right software, passwords, and functional email accounts to avoid delays and frustrations. The hiring manager should also ensure that the new hires have the tools they need to be productive.
Outlining objectives to the new hires prepares them for work. Assigning immediate tasks and goals helps new employees feel more useful and productive. This also gives the hiring manager a chance to observe the new employee’s work ethic and provide feedback.
Schedule to Have Meals or Drinks
The goal of having meals with new hires is to show genuine interest in their success. This is vital to team building. The manager will also be able to know the personality of the new employee. Meaningful relationships are essential to a business. Sharing an experience outside the office encourages the new employee to communicate freely.
About Jason William Kumpf
Jason William Kumpf has worked in international business for over a decade. With involvement in global real estate sectors, the expat sector, ecommerce, and finance, it is safe to say that Jason William Kumpf is a well-rounded businessman. By having a hand in multiple sectors of various international and national markets, Jason has built an incredible network of global professionals that include recognizable Fortune 500 companies as well as young, burgeoning startups.
Jason William Kumpf is Co-Chairman for an international California Trade and Business Networked called Cal Trade. To expand his reach, he also serves on the Young Members Board for FIABCI International Real Estate Foundation, a French entity with active chapters in 48 different countries. In addition to these positions, Kumpf is the Director of Alliance Partnerships at USForex Inc which works toward creating better exchange rates for several international ecommerce markets. Similarly, Jason William Kumpf is the Director of Partnerships at OFX, also in the international currency exchange rate industry, working towards the acquiring the best exchange rates available for his international clients.
In addition to Jason’s work internationally in the foreign exchange markets, he has also taken a great interest in tech startups. He has a passion for taking an outside look at complex issues and creating tangible solutions to better the overall structure of a new company. Because of his extensive training in a wide range of industries, and because of his energetic and positive spirit, Jason William Kumpf is able to not only craft great business strategy but motivate his teams as well.
Having spent nearly 20 years studying abroad and working internationally, Jason William Kumpf has seen many sides of business, negotiating, and leadership. For this reason, he feels it is incredibly important that he pass on the information he’s gained over the years to those looking to grow within the international exchange rate markets. Having a strong leadership style is valuable, but having the ability to adapt that leadership style to meet the needs of any market you’re working in is a priceless skill that will take anyone with the right drive far in life. Jason William Kumpf hopes to inspire some of this leadership in a new generation of young and talented industry members.
As Jason William Kumpf enters the next stage of his career, he looks towards opening new doors for leadership training and business strategy opportunities. If you’re a young tech startup or just looking for some leadership style advice, Jason William Kumpf’s new blog will act as a great resource. Without sharing what works, progress cannot be made, and Jason William Kumpf is dedicated to not only continuing a successful career for himself, but to see this reality happen for others.
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