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10 Things Good Leaders Say Every Day

10 Things Good Leaders Say Every Day

When it comes to leadership, there are many qualities that can and should be emulated if your goal is to succeed in a leadership role. But genuine leadership requires a comfortable balance and knowledge of boundaries. There are certain things good leaders say that keep their team trusting in them and moving ahead.

Everyone would like to be a good leader, someone who is well liked and respected. Learning the distinction between being on friendly terms with your coworkers and being the type of boss that everyone enjoys working with is important. There are many ways to get your team to follow your lead without coming off as “bossy” or unapproachable. Your attitude will always dictate the working atmosphere, so it’s wise to learn how to maintain a good and positive attitude. Learning how to connect professionally with your team is always an important asset. So what are some things good leaders say to show that they are listening and thinking for the team? This simple list will point you in the right direction.

1. “What’s your take on this?”

In order to be an effective leader, knowing & appreciating what others think is important. Using this phrase will give you an idea of the other mindsets you have to work with.

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2. “I have trust in you”

If you make others confident that you trust them, they are more likely to want to ensure nothing shakes this confidence. As a result, they’ll try to do their very best for you.

3. “I am proud of you”

This statement obviously doesn’t apply when work is poorly done. But if your team has tried its best and you know it, then simply acknowledging that you are proud of their effort is a better point of focus than harping on the negatives.

4. “Thank you” and “Please”

Treating others with respect will usually go a long way in being an effective leader. It’s hard to hold a grudge or be unpleasant to a leader who practices the simple art of saying please and thank you. After all, it’s something we teach children from the very start.

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5. “That’s wonderful, let’s give it a go”

Encouragement followed by freedom to try an idea is another important leadership quality to extend. Failing to see the possibilities in ideas that come from others shows your team that you are not a team player or an encouraging leader.

6. “Where can I help?”

Even if you are not really needed in the actual execution of the project at a particular stage, extending the offer to help will warm the hearts of your team and they will respect you more for offering your support.

7. “I apologize”

There is nothing more humbling than a leader saying “I am sorry.” While some may look upon this admission as a sign of weakness, you would be wise to practice this acknowledgment if you want to win the respect of your team. If you are wrong, say so and move on.

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8. “I am here if you need me”

Keeping open communication is always a good idea. Don’t be the type of leader who is high and mighty. If your team feels you are unapproachable then they won’t come to you with problems, thus delaying the smooth flow of projects.

9. “I am not perfect and neither are you”

Be the first to acknowledge that no one is perfect, including yourself. Once your team feels comfortable they will strive harder to learn from their mistakes, instead of just trying to avoid making mistakes all along. Letting them know that you don’t expect them to be perfect will motivate them to explore their curiosity.

10. “I can’t do it without you”

Making everyone feel valued is definitely the best way to get everyone committed and dedicated to the project at hand. When you make it clear to your team that you value their contributions, that appreciation will act as a motivator.

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How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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