The ART of Effective Leadership

Think for a moment about your favorite leaders, role models, coaches or teachers. They had certain qualities and styles that drew you in and made you want to follow them. Some people are born to lead, but not all leaders are effective. Leaders must develop and learn new skills and practice them in order to be effective. 

Today, I will cover the art of leadership, highlighting 3 skills needed to lead effectively and three leadership styles that are used to create a masterpiece team.

All great artists practice their skills. A singer warms up their voice and goes over the performance for hours before they are stage ready. Effective leadership requires the same focus and hard work as an artist. Leadership is an art and an acronym is the best way to break it down into small chunks.

The “A” in ART is for Attention.

How do you get people’s attention as a leader?

You ask them for ideas, opinions and what worked in the past.

Attention – – defines it as simply redirecting the mind.

Think of it this way: moving in the right direction in order to produce the desired results, In other words, don’t take your eyes off the vision.

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” ~ Seth Godin

Give people a platform and you have their attention and buy in.

Innovative leadership is the best style of a leader to demonstrate getting people’s attention by providing them a platform.

It is defined as the ability to influence others to create “new and better” ideas to move towards positive goal. Some qualities of an innovative leader?  You may recognize these in yourself and others.

  1. Lifelong Learner
  2. Relationship-Focused
  3. Calculated Risks
  4. Visionary

The “R” in ART is for Respect.

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair

Not all roads are the right roads and not every path should be taken. A good leader knows the difference between what will add value and what is a distraction. This is where the coaching leadership style is the most beneficial.

Coaching Style Leadership

According to Performance Consultants firm in Europe – “the coaching style of leadership is characterized by partnership and collaboration. When leaders behave like coaches, command and control give way to collaboration and creativity. Blame gives way to feedback and learning, and external motivators are replaced by self-motivation. Barriers fall, teams build and change is no longer feared but welcomed. Short-term fire-fighting reactions are superseded by longer-term strategic thinking.”

What is a Coaching Leadership Style?

The coach helps to eliminate competition. Team members start to respect the opinions of others and treat the team fairly. The coach takes the lead, but not in a commanding way.  It is a systematic pull on the members, motivating and guiding them to their destination together.

We covered A for Attention, R for Respect. The “T” is ART is for Trust.

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

In any relationship, at home, work, volunteer organizations, trust is crucial. With it, others voices are heard and they feel needed and valued. Without it, there is breakdown in communication and people become defensive and more focused on their own views and values and less on the team.

Altruistic leadership style

According to Ben Janse, Content Manager from Tools Hero, “Altruistic Leadership is defined as the guiding of others with the goal of improving their well-being or emotional state. Empathy, kindness, listening and selfishness” are words to describe this type of leader.”

Innovative, Coaching and Altruistic leadership styles work well in both in customer service corporations and non-profit organizations. It takes time for the team to build. Effective leadership is an art and should not be rushed. Giving the members attention respect and trust leads to a masterpiece team.

What type of leader are you?

What skills do you need to develop in order to be more effective?

Make Your Setback Your Comeback Story

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Excerpt taken from Shannon Turner’s interview with me for her Comeback Story Contest.
ST: What was your setback?
MAB: By the time I learned to read, I started writing poetry and songs. This helped me express feelings that I could not possibly speak out loud. By the time I attended college, I had two binders full of poetry and songs.After a very negative experience with an evangelical church, I threw the binders into a dumpster. I somehow connected writing with depression and thought it caused a nervous breakdown in high school. I stopped writing for about 15 years. I lost my identity and gave up on my dreams of ever being a published author.
ST: What did you learn from your setback?
MAB: During the time I stopped writing, I read the bible and studied scripture. I also read personal development and leadership books, trying to figure out who I was and why I was put on this earth. After I left the evangelical church about ten years ago, I joined a few writer’s groups and started journaling. As I wrote in my journals and spent time alone with God, my desire to write resurfaced. I learned that if God gave me a gift, no one, not even myself, can stop me from using it. That part of my life was an unfinished story. He called me to be a writer and gave me the desire to connect with others.
ST: How have you used your experience to help others?
MAB: About three years ago, I started attending local conferences and started hanging out with authors, coaches, and entrepreneurs. They spoke my language. I felt alive again on the inside. All the things I had been studying and time I had spent with God journaling, came together in my life. I started speaking positive declarations over my life, made vision boards and took steps to achieve my goals and dreams.
Last year, a publisher accepted my manuscript and once published; I will use my story to help others tell theirs. I also became a certified life coach. I teach others how to find their identity and live out their purpose.
ST: Looking back how can you see that God brought beauty from your ashes?
MAB: God is a God of restoration. He restored the desire to write and the desire to help others. He healed my mind and I am free of the grip of depression. My heavenly Father turned my ashes into my purpose. He turned my story into a beautiful song of hope for others.
ST: What is a message of encouragement you would that you would give to someone currently going through what you went through?
MAB: I don’t know what you have been through, but I know we all have unfinished stories. You know the ones I am talking about. Some keep you up at night. Others bring you to your knees. They break your heart. We hide them and bury them deep inside. We don’t want anyone to know because we are afraid that if they know, they might reject us. If they turn away, they are not a true friend. Surround yourself with people who speak life into you and your dreams. Finish your story and share it with others.
We all have a story. Have the courage to tell yours.

Shannon is hosting a 30 day Devotional Writing Challenge to be a published author starting March 1st. Contact her below for more information and sign up for her free webinars and daily inspiration.
 Shannon TurnerOrdained Minister, Certified Life Coach, 11X Author, and Speaker

Appreciation is the Key to Abundance

Have you ever doubted if God heard you and wondered if he will answer your prayers?

I hate to admit it, but I know I have. How about you?

Last year, I was passed over for promotion and started focusing on all the things I did not have. I even developed a negative attitude and compared myself to others. 

After attending a Christian Women’s conference this past Fall, I started a gratitude journal and spent more time reflecting during my prayer time.

Sometimes I wrote down little blessings like hot running water, a visit from a toad and a squirrel on our balcony.  I started noticing bigger blessings: the love of my husband, the health of our family, my wonderful job. 

Over the last three months, I have seen more breakthroughs in my life than I have in the past three years.

God has given me so much to be grateful for. He has given me abundance far greater than I ever expected.

Abundance can be in the form of health, peace, clarity and unexpected financial increase, just to name a few.

Appreciation opens doors that no man can shut.

It is the key to abundance. 

There are three KEY principles that come to my mind when I think of appreciation and abundance.

KKeep focusing on abundance

“The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.”

  •  Zig Ziglar (author, salesman, motivational speaker)

The more I made a habit to be thankful, the more blessings came into my life. I received my certification for Christian Life Coaching and was accepted into two leadership programs at work.

God was preparing me for something I did not even know was coming.

Later this year, I received a promotion and a publishing company accepted my manuscript.

Scripture says it this way:

Jer. 30:19(KJV) – And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

God promises that he will glorify and multiply those who are thankful.

EExpress gratitude despite circumstances

Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others.

  • Cicero (philosopher, lawyer, statesman, orator)

Col. 3:15 (KJV) – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

How can it rule your heart (your mind, thoughts, emotions)? It must be inside. How do we get it inside? We must pay attention to our input – what we look at, read, listen to and think about. Then it comes out of our mouth and manifests itself in the physical realm.

Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (biblical principle)

YYield to the spirit, not to the flesh

My husband always says it is easier to say whatever comes to our minds and not control our tongue. I believe that. It takes discipline during the storms of life to control our thinking and our tongue.

Heb 13:15 (KJV) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

It is easier to complain and focus on lack and what is missing in our lives. Both complaining and praise produce fruit.

Yielding to the spirit means looking at things through spiritual eyes. Things are not always what they seem. Trusting in God and his timing is hard sometimes. What I learned through the years is that God is faithful and rewards us for our faithfulness.

Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.

  • Barry Neil Kaufman (Best-selling author of Happiness is a Choice)

Being thankful leads to more to be thankful for and is the key to the abundant life. It is also the quickest ways to peace and happiness. 

Have you seen a breakthrough in your life after you changed your focus, thoughts and words?

What action steps can you add to your daily schedule to help reach your goals and dreams?

How has appreciation increased abundance in your life? Share in the comments below.

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