How to Demonstrate Your Leadership Potential Now

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How to Demonstrate Your Leadership Potential Right Now

by Karin Hurt

You know you’ve got leadership potential.

But, how do you get others to see it? Particularly, now. After all, your boss has bigger fish to fry than talking about your career.

But this crisis could go on for a while.

And you care about your future and want to make a bigger impact.

In-person visibility is at an all-time low. The company off-site where you would normally have some great hallway conversations is now virtual.

But the good news is that in some ways it’s even easier to emerge as a leader and get noticed for your leadership potential.

Because you know what your company needs right now?

Great leadership at every level.

If you’re stretching out of your comfort zone, contributing what you can, truly caring for the people around you, making the tough decisions, and prioritizing what matters most—you are bound to get noticed.

5 Ways to Demonstrate Your Leadership Potential Now

This is your moment.

New leaders always emerge in times of crisis.

Stay focused on adding value, making a consistent contribution, and worry less about who gets the credit.

It might not happen right away, but trust me, there will be a point that people look back and say, “Who made a difference during our time of crisis, what did they do, and why did it matter?”

You want your name at the top of the list.

Here’s a start.

1. Connect deeply.

Everyone is struggling in their own way right now.  Show up with deep empathy (and a bit of vulnerability) and work to connect. Influence starts with trust and connection. And you know what else? It feels good! For you and for them.

2. Keep your cool.

Grace under pressure is by far one of the hardest leadership competencies to teach. And, it’s one of the most important leadership competencies needed right now.

When everyone’s freaking out about a fast pivot, or visibly oozing pandemic stress onto everyone around them, the people who can provide stability and calm stand out.

Just like stress, calm is contagious.  Anything you can do to help the people around you stay grounded will add huge value. Be the one who helps the team stay focused and productive.

3. Consistently contribute I.D.E.A.s to improve the business.

And not just any ideas. Bring ideas that are strategically aligned with what your organization needs to do to thrive in the next 18 months.

No one has all the answers. That’s your invitation.

Show that you get what matters most and bring ideas about how to solve a big problem, and in the next 9 box review, your boss will be sharing how resourceful you are with excellent critical thinking skills. You can use our I.D.E.A. model to vet your ideas and then make your case.

4. Be sure every meeting you attend is better because you were there.

People are Zoomed out. Everyone we talk to is sharing that remote work is leading to more meetings, not less.

You don’t have to be in charge of a meeting to make it better.

Check out our FREE remote team’s resource center for ideas on how to lead remote meetings, run better remote one-on-one and more and work to make any meeting you are a part of better. Suggest alternative ways to communicate, including asynchronous communication.

5. Lead a team to solve a problem.

There’s no shortage of challenges right now. Pick something that’s really frustrating you, that’s within your ability to make better. Find a few like-minded people and work on it. Don’t do it because you need visibility. Do it because you care and want to make your organization better. Every leader I’m talking to right now is looking for more gung-ho, solutions-oriented people to help.

Be the person others see as working to make things better.

Your turn.

What ideas do you have for someone looking to demonstrate their leadership potential right now?

Advice to a Young Woman: Secrets That Feminists Don’t Want You to Know

Recently I told a very eligible young bachelor about the career advice I give to young women. He asked if I would share my advice with a young woman in whom he has a romantic interest. Here is my advice. Dear Jane, Congratulations on your graduation from college. You probably think your next step is …

Source: Advice to a Young Woman: Secrets That Feminists Don’t Want You to Know – Crisis Magazine

Black Appraisals of Black Lives Matter – Part II

‘BLM are basically, in my opinion, profiteers. They are profiting on trying to give a narrative, a false narrative, that is: ‘white racist cops are destroying the black community.’ No BLM presence walking through Chicago protesting black-on-black crime.

Source: Black Appraisals of Black Lives Matter – Part II

You’ve lost your sense of control. Now what?


Susan Fowler September 23, 2020 You've lost your sense of control. Now what? Unsplash

Your sense of control as a leader is in jeopardy these days. How can you feel in control faced with the uncertainties of a global pandemic, racial upheaval, epic environmental events, impending (or current) economic disaster, limited resources and a workforce living in fear and confusion?

Losing your sense of control is understandable. But you need it: Feeling in control is essential for your own well-being, but most importantly for the creativity, innovation and resilience to be the leader your people deserve.

You can seek your lost sense of control in three ways.

Option No. 1: Do nothing

You become a victim when your sense of control is undermined by circumstances, and you don’t act to regain it. Warning signs that you’ve become a victim of circumstance:

  • You shrug problems off with an “It is what it is” attitude.
  • You suffer the consequences of powerlessness: depleted physical energy, a lack of vitality, sporadic depression, frustration, fear and rage.

These symptoms aren’t healthy for anyone, but especially not for a leader in charge of strategic planning or day-to-day operations.

Option No. 2: Create choice

A group of participants in a recent experiment was asked to read about and relate to a person with high position power (a boss). Another group was asked to read and relate to a person with low position power (an employee). The participants relating to the boss felt powerful; the participants relating to the employee felt powerless.

All participants were then told they could buy eyeglasses or ice cream from two different stores. The participants who felt powerless were willing to drive farther and wait longer to shop at the store with more eyeglasses and ice cream choices. Their powerlessness and limited sense of control made them thirsty for choice.

Discovering that people without a sense of control makes them thirsty for choice isn’t surprising. Choice is one of three psychological nutriments required for you to thrive. (You can learn more about choice, connection and competence in this short video.)

You can find your lost sense of control through choice, but to sustain it requires choices that are meaningful (connection) and enable you to manage everyday challenges more effectively (competence). When you quench your thirst for all three psychological nutriments — for choice, connection and competence — you experience a sense of control and maintain it over time.

Option No. 3: Seek power

A common belief is that power and a sense of control go hand in hand. Power is defined as having relative control over other individuals or valued resources in social relationships. But your own anecdotal experience tells you something different: You are a leader, and yet, despite your position power, circumstances have managed to diminish your sense of control. That’s because, ironically, power erodes the psychological nutriments you need for feeling a sense of control!

Power is an external form of motivation. When your leadership is based on this type of suboptimal extrinsic motivation, you compromise the very nutriments of choice, connection and competence required for the optimal motivation you need to lead people through challenging times.

Empirical evidence is clear: Power over people and resources will never help you satisfy the psychological needs that give you a sense of control. You will only find your lost sense of control by gaining power over your own actions.

Beware the power traps

To find your lost sense of control, beware of these five power traps. Then focus on leadership that creates choice, connection and competence.

  1. Beware micromanaging people and resources to feel in control. Focus on empathetically listening to people’s stories, emotional needs and ideas.
  2. Beware telling people what to do because you are the boss (parent, teacher). Focus on providing a meaningful rationale for what you’re asking people to do. When there’s time and opportunity, brainstorm legitimate options within boundaries. 
  3. Beware blaming people and circumstances for your inability to influence outcomes. Focus on engaging in collaboration and community problem-solving.
  4. Beware acting as if you know it all and are above further leadership development. Focus on continuous learning. Show up for training classes and webinars (don’t just introduce a session, then leave, pretending to have mastered it all). Be a role model for becoming a better leader. Reinforce through your actions that improving your leadership is a worthy pursuit.
  5. Beware depending on your position for power. Focus on using your position to empower others.

Power traps prevent you from feeling in control. But by creating choice, connection and competence, you will find your lost sense of control — and help those you lead find theirs

Use Niger Republic-Bound Rail Funds To Repair Federal Roads – Ex-Senate President

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A former senate president of Nigeria, Iyorchia Ayu, has condemned the plan by the government of president Muhammadu Buhari to construct a rail line from Kano to Niger Republic.

Ayu faulted the plan on Monday during the inauguration of reconstructed Ahmadu Bello Way by Governor Samuel Ortom in the Gboko area of the state.

The former senate president decried the state of federal roads in the country, saying the money voted for the project should rather be used in reconstructing of dilapidated federal roads across the country.

He said, “I call on our National Assembly members to tell the President to fix our roads. It is wrong for the Buhari administration to construct rail line from Kano to Niger Republic.”

“The money should be channelled to repair of roads in the State. We do not need a rail line to Niger. The allied forces have ganged up against you but do not be distracted. As long as you are doing what the people want and defending us, no one will do anything to you.”

Colorado caught asking illegal aliens, dead people to register to vote

As the 2020 presidential election approaches quickly – it’s only six weeks away – the state of Colorado’s Democratic administration has been caught sending postcards to illegal aliens and dead people asking them to vote.

Source: Colorado caught asking illegal aliens, dead people to register to vote

This Day in History: September 29

Encyclopaedia Britannica

1923 The Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, Jerusalem. 1923 – British mandate in Palestine Set in motion by the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the British mandate for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine was finally approved by the Council of the League of Nations and came into force this day in 1923.

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1938 – Poland demanded the cession of Teschen, a rich region that had been contested and then divided between Poland and Czechoslovakia following World War I.

Isabella II

1833 – King Ferdinand VII of Spain died, and his two-year-old daughter, Isabella II, was proclaimed queen.