Below is the introduction to an article that I co-authored and was recently published in the SACRAO (Southern Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers) journal. Understanding our team members and their motivations not just for working hard, but also for working well, are key to maximizing productivity and having a well-run office. This is regardless of whether you have 1 team member or much larger numbers to manage. You can view the full article at https://www.drconnieshipman.com.
Being chosen for a leadership position is only the beginning of becoming a leader. To
become more than “the boss” people follow because they are required to do so — or to
become someone employees will want to follow at all — leaders must master the ability
to invest in people and inspire those around them. Simultaneously, in order to succeed
in a leadership role, one must build a team that consistently produces measurable
results. There are multiple paths to explore along the journey to reaching the “pinnacle”
of leadership (Maxwell, 1999), where your influence extends beyond the people who
are in your immediate sphere. During the journey, you are not only learning how to lead
people and encourage their professional development, you should also be engaging
in self-reflection on your leadership and communication styles. Time may feel like a
limited resource, but being more purposeful about understanding employee motivation
and “crucial conversations” (Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, & Switzler, 2012) will help you
lead an efficient and motivated team and ultimately make everyone more satisfied with
This article is based on a presentation by the authors at the American Association
of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) conference in April 2017.
During the presentation, we explored levels and sources of leadership, promoters and
deterrents to motivation, and the importance of proper communication as it pertains to
development of people and teams. Points were infused with examples of challenges
and triumphs throughout our careers to date, as well as best practices used to motivate
individuals across small and large teams. For purposes of this paper, we have created
two scenarios we believe will be relatable, reviewed the information presented in
the AACRAO session, and discussed how that information can be applied in these
#leadership #motivation #teams #employees
On Sunday, I listened to a diverse group of young graduate students, soon to be professionals, share goals and objectives relative to the student organizations in which they hold leadership positions. As I observed, the principle that resonated with me was Sharpen Your Saw. I’ve long admired Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw, is one that often hangs in my memory. Admittedly, I usually only think in terms of attempts to stay mentally sharp but in reality, and in short, this habit speaks to the need to continually utilize resources and tools that will strengthen your overall ability to be productive and be a part of the change that you desire to see. Sharpening the Saw is about renewal.
During this leadership retreat, which was set in a peaceful camp and retreat center area, these student leaders were able to address the four areas wherein sharpening is necessary for renewal: physical, social/emotional, spiritual, and mental. To participate in the retreat, they had to be willing to step away from the rigors of law school studies and refocus their energies towards planning, brainstorming, strategizing, networking, and synergizing. As a bonus, they also had a chance to enjoy nature and engage in physical activities. I do believe that both the individual and student organizations represented will be the better for it.
In closing, I have to give props where they are due, for I was truly an observer only in these efforts; I did absolutely nothing to make it happen. With that said, kudos to the dean of Campbell Law School, J. Rich Leonard, for making the retreat possible and his staff who took part to ensure its success. One more example of successful collaboration! Until next time, take a moment to sharpen your saw.
#studentleaders #CampbellLaw #StephenCovey
“He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.” -Johann von Shiller, Playwright. Another quote I’ve borrowed from Dr. John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader.
When I read it, I thought to myself, “That can be a definition of success…to have done your best for your own time, the time in which you lived and had an opportunity to impact people.” You know where this mindset stems from?…Commitment! Yep, commitment is key, for it can manifest in various ways, from the productive work hours we maintain, to self-improvement goals, to sacrifices we make for team members, family, and etc. Commitment isn’t entirely selfless, for in the long run, we find that as we commit to do the best that we can with the time, energy, and resources we have, we ourselves are greatly impacted and blessed. Our reach goes beyond our time.
Have you ever transitioned positions or jobs and later heard from prior team members that you are missed because_______ or they learned ______ from you and are using that to make a difference? Often, these little but consistent examples of commitment seem miniscule, but like children, little acts can have a huge impact. Therefore, I encourage you to continue with commitment, for though at times it seems to be moot, insignificant, or mundane, it has the opportunity to make a difference somehow, somewhere, to someone. Michelangelo never knew that his reluctant agreement to commit to paint a depiction on the Sistine Chapel would evolve into a masterpiece and proceed to bless millions of people over the centuries. You don’t know how your commitment will proceed to bless countless others and I encourage you not to dwell on that. Instead, dwell on doing the best you can with the time, energy, and resources at your disposal, and have that which you do be genuine, your actions be consistent, and your heart be at peace. Tootles!
Noted this from a communication from the Raleigh, NC Chamber of Commerce
The 90/10 Rule for successful organizations and I would dare say, leadership, is based on simple math — 90 percent of your attention should be on people development, with the remaining 10 percent devoted to the task.
Whether a for-profit, not-for-profit, corporation, school, church, or otherwise, let us NEVER forget that people matter. Moreover, let us never forget to make sure they know that. #peoplematter #leadership #success #organizations
Another nugget from Dr. John C. Maxwell regards a few pointers that leaders personify. To make yourself the kind of person who attracts others,
- Love life! Why?, because people are drawn to those who genuinely enjoy life. ‘Nuf said.
- Give people hope. Why?, because hope is a gift and we all love to receive gifts. Seriously, leaders can be characterized as “dealers in hope.” Bestow hope to others, and they will be grateful for their interaction with you.
- Put a “10” on every person’s head. Why?, because it is always in a team’s best interests to know that their leader expects the best of them. Whether they rise to the challenge is up to them, but as leaders, they must have a sure understanding that your expectation is excellence. Dr. Maxwell says that expecting the best of others helps them think more highly of themselves, and at the same time, it also helps the leader. I see this quite often with a wonderful lady named Rosie O’neal. She is a minister and in every interaction with her, she encourages. As much as possible, she pours into people to help them reach their potential. People far and near love her for it.
- Share yourself. Why?, because people love REAL people. People appreciate leaders who share of their victories as well as challenges, struggles, the good and the bad of their journeys. Few people have reached a mountaintop without bruises. Fewer people still are willing to follow and respect those who are too prideful to admit it.
#leaders #character #realpeople
From “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader” by John C. Maxwell
How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you. ~Dan Reiland, Vice President of Leadership Development, INJOY
I apologize but I cannot recall from whence I heard/read this statement, but it stayed with me.
“You make the choice to create great habits. Are your leadership habits today on par with your goals for tomorrow?”
#leadership #goals #choices #habits
P.S. I need to apply this to working out. I used to LOVE doing some form of a work out. Will have to ponder my downward trajectory and attitude about the matter and make a decision to be more consistent. Oy vay! Meanwhile, I’ll celebrate having made the decision to consistently eat better a few years ago and staying with it. Gotta celebrate the triumphs while working on improvements.