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Become A Transformational Leader in Your Industry

Become A Transformational Leader in Your Industry
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Want to become a visionary leader who truly makes an impact in your industry? Sounds like you want to become a transformational leader, people with a unique skill set whom excel at motivating and guiding a team to success. How you become one? Here are a few ways:

Personalize your approach

Transformational leaders understand there is no one size fits all approach to management. No two people can be motivated or managed the same, and a lot of leaders fail to see this. Transformational leaders recognize that some employees need more of a mentor than a manager while others may need a coach or cheerleader. Make it a point to schedule personal time with each of your employees to get a better understanding of how they’re feeling in their role and about the company as a whole. Having this one-on-one time with employees will help build trust and loyalty, two common characteristics of the relationships between employees and transformational leaders. Adapt your management style to your team’s needs to achieve optimal success, and reach the true transformational leader status.

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Have a vision

People will not follow any leader without a vision, so as you make your way on your journey to become a transformational leader, be sure to clearly define your long-term goals. Set out the goals and mission of your team or business, how it will be achieved, and what each employee’s role is in achieving it. Be persuasive when you speak so everyone on the team is excited and motivated to help the team achieve the goals. Make it possible for everyone to get involved in some way so they all feel a personal attachment to your vision and are more compelled to follow it. Once it has been established, be sure to frequently revisit this long-term vision in conversations with employees so everyone can have a gentle reminder about their work’s purpose.

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Encourage creativity

Transformational leaders push their teams to challenge themselves and strive for greatness using their own skills and passions. By allowing employees to be creative, you’re opening up the doors for them to share ideas and help grow the company. Plus, giving employees the green light to be creative will help establish a positive company culture of team work and collaboration, which is something every transformational leader strives to achieve. Find out what each employee is personally interested in, and see if there’s a way for him or her to use these personal skills and passions in the work place to better the business. Does someone on your team love graphic design? Ask for their input on your marketing materials and website, even if they’re not in the department that usually works on these items! Transformational leaders welcome innovation and change, which can only be created through the creativity of employees, so nurture this and let it grow under your watch.

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Do as you say

True transformational leaders will practice what they preach and lead by example. Expect your employees to be ethical when it comes to making deals with clients? Then you should do the same, and if you’re alerted of unethical behavior, act appropriately, don’t let it slide. The team will be watching to see how you handle these situations, so treat them with the seriousness they deserve. Your team will look to you to see how to act, and that includes feeding off your excitement about the business. If you don’t seem interested or passionate about the business you lead, then why should they?

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Have we missed out any valuable tips to becoming a thought leader in your field of business? Leave your comments below.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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