Leadership Self Help: Are You Too Nice to Lead? Part II
by Kate Nasser | 4 Comments »
Leadership Self Help: From Too Nice to Well Respected
I wrote an article called, Are You Too Nice to Lead? Many read it and liked it. I was pleased. I hoped it would help many balance interpersonal greatness with the other rigors of leadership. Then I received an email from a leader named Dana Flannery who gave me the following feedback.
Leadership Self Help: Research, Reflect, Resolve, Revise, and Revive
In Dana’s article, “It Turns Out, I’m a Crappy Manager“, she recounts how one day she suddenly became a manager. As a creative and writer, she was not pleased. Then her sales rep Miriam who is “possibly the nicest person on earth”, told Dana she was too nice! She was telling Dana that her leadership style was so soft, it made Miriam’s job harder.
Dana realized it was time for some leadership self help. After searching online, she found my article about being too nice to lead. She read through the list of possible causes. She then came upon the one that was blocking her leadership success – wanting a virtual hug. But to Dana’s credit, she didn’t stop there. She immediately sat down and wrote a plan on what behaviors she would change on Monday morning and how she would do it. WOW.
This is true leadership self help.
- Research for information.
- Reflect on how it relates to you.
- Resolve to change.
- Revise your behavior and revive your success!
I am honored that my expertise and article helped Dana in her leadership self help efforts. Far more than that, I am impressed with Dana’s resolve to change. So many people bad mouth self help books as empty words that change nothing. Yet there is no denying that change comes from within us. Others can share their insight and experience. They can inspire. In the end, we each must resolve to change and grow. Kudos Dana, you will go far!
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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It’s never enough to simply want to change. To few people read an article or a book and actually put their new learning in motion. Says a lot about Dana and about you too, Kate. Thanks for sharing and the critical reminder.
Thanks Alli. As we both work to help others change and grow, I see your comments for the deeper insight they contain. It is so rewarding when we find out that something we’ve written, said, or done has made a true difference in other’s lives — because of their grit and drive to change.
Kate, you will be pleased to hear that I put out a memo, taled to individuals and tomorrow we have it on the sales meeting agenda 🙂
Fabulous Dana. So pleased that you continue your outreach to make things better and better!