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Why Some Leaders Are More Admirable Than Others

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Why Some Leaders Are More Admirable Than Others

The term ‘leadership skill’ is not a new term for any of us. Leadership does not have a singular definition, but it is easy to identify someone who is referred to as a leader by examining how they approach life.

An individual with good leadership traits can easily influence others’ decisions. To become a successful leader, there are different types of leadership skills you need to know.

These skills are applicable to anybody, whether it is becoming the chairman of a company or becoming a father for a family. Below are different types of leadership skills.

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1. Building trust with the people around you is hard but important.

Trust building is a very important leadership skill, as this shows the leader’s competence level. Convincing someone to trust you is not an easy task, as a lot of people have different perceptions of others. For you to achieve this skill, you need to be open to people around you and always welcome their ideas. Make sure you handle situations fairly and always ask people how they feel about certain circumstances.

2. You need to know how to communicate with others.

Communication is very important in life and is among the most important traits for any leader. The way you communicate matters a lot, as you will either gain respect or damage relationships depending on the approach. As a good leader, you need to use appropriate language and tone depending on the situation. It is important to cater different communication strategies based on the audience you are communicating to.

3. A good leader cooperates with others and doesn’t bark out orders.

Cooperation is very important when it comes to coordinating individuals within groups, teams, or departments. If the leader cooperates with other team members, it will boost both collaboration and success. In addition, the work will be completed a lot more efficiently when the team members leverage each other’s skill sets.

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4. It is so crucial to know the ways of managing risks.

As a leader, you must know how to manage risks. For every project you will be doing within your team, always brainstorm potential risks and write them down so you know how to take action. Based on the trust you have within your team, always tell them to report any potential risks that may arise. It is also important to draw information from different sources so that a comprehensive solution may be reached.

5. You need to understand the issues in order to resolve them.

Upon hearing any issues, it is vital to understand the issues thoroughly and to look for ways to resolve them. To solve the issue at hand, you will need to gather ideas from other team members and identify the different perspectives. This simply means that you maintain an open mind when formulating conclusions.

6. You should focus on finding the solutions.

As a leader, you need to let your subordinates know that there is always a solution to a problem. You need to be a problem-solver and build trust between you and your team members. Make use of the information you have gathered and continue to develop solutions for potential long-term risks.

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7. Influence others with your trust and charm.

As a leader, you are the primary individual to directly influence the decision of your subordinates. Always persuade them by presenting your point of view in a democratic way. By building relationships with each individual, it is easier for them to gain your trust and makes them more comfortable with providing any input.

8. You aim to inspire people.

Good leaders inspire their subordinates. Always be ready to share your values with those around you. Let them know that you welcome new ideas. To achieve this, you need to show people that you trust them and are capable of succeeding in any given task. Always share successful stories with others, as this will empower your team members to work even harder.

9. You also need to develop people and help them grow.

As a leader, your subordinates have the expectation that you will help them grow. They will respect you when you provide them with professional growth. Always offer coaching, regardless of the skill level of the team member; but, remember to be positive and encouraging – even negative situations have a positive side.

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10. You constantly find ways to improve.

An important skill set of a leader is their ability to improve the circumstances of any given situation. First, you need to improve yourself as a leader, as well as your presentation around others. Exceed the expectations of your job by doing things beyond your job description. This will show that you are capable of improving the overall work environment. By inspiring others and remaining diligent, you are ultimately changing the lives of families, friends, and those around you.

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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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