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Remember these 5 words that create a great team

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.

-Henry Ford

1. Leadership:
For a team to work well together there needs to be a person in the leadership position. Someone who will motivate, inspire, and make sure everyone is moving in the right direction. Be certain everyone is on the same page about who is leading the team.

2. Clarity:
There should be a clear understanding of the purpose of the group. What are the team’s goals? What is the team’s purpose? What are we striving to accomplish? Having clarity will make it easier for people to stay on track. It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how often and easily people will get off track.

3. Responsibility:
Each member needs to have a clear understanding of what they are responsible for doing. Everyone should know what their job is, when it will be expected, and what the parameters are to work with. This is another common sense tip, yet my experience has shown it’s necessary. Take time to define each person’s roles and responsibilities.

4. Feedback:
This is very important as people begin to share their ideas in the group setting. It should be supportive and whenever possible positive. This will help to create a comfortable environment where the team will take chances and be more creative. Learn how to give and receive negative feedback and criticism in a professional and respectful way. It is amazing what people can accomplish when they believe in themselves and are confident in the group.

5. Diversity:
This is the most important one. Having diversity is what makes a team stand out. Support the differing strengths of your teammates. Allow each person to bring their unique qualities to the project. There can be some incredible surprises when we are open to doing things in new and different ways. Provide a safe environment that supports alternative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. People often have a way of surprising you when they have room to be themselves.

Use these five teamwork tips to make the most out of your sessions and get your team to work well together. An inspired and confident team will be a successful team.


How to Negotiate Effectively

1. People – Separate the people from the issues. There is no need to personalize the issues with remarks about the person on the other side of the table. Stick to the issues. Recognize that there is emotion and investment on both sides and be prepared to listen well. You know what Steven Covey says, ‘Seek first to understand, then, to be understood’. Be soft on people and hard on issues. This way you can keep the relationship AND a mutually satisfying outcome.

2. Interests – Focus on the interests of the other, rather than the position. Behind each position lies compatible as well as conflicting interests. For example, when negotiating a raise, a wise person acknowledges that the interests of the company are to be progressive while making a profit. The wise boss acknowledges the interests of the employee to accelerate on his/her career path while making a contribution to the company and supporting his/her lifestyle or family. Negotiations do not take place in a vacuum. Each person has a real life going on, with real needs and interests.

3. Options – Work with the other party to generate a variety of options from which to create a solution. Brainstorm possibilities without judgment or comment. You’d be surprised how many good ideas can surface when this is allowed to occur. Make no decisions until you’ve exhausted your list of possibilities. Then, look for areas of agreement. Where are your interests shared? Where are the interests a good fit? Explore options that are of low cost to you and high value to the other party and vice versa.

4. Criteria – It is imperative to negotiate within mutually agreed-upon standards of fairness. Otherwise, negotiating can turn to street-fighting! These criteria may range from current market value to procedures for resolving conflict. They will allow you to create an equitable solution while keeping your relationship intact. Want proof? Try it at home!

5.  Before entering into a dialogue of negotiation, be clear about the
outcome you prefer. Be able to express this preference well with
supporting statements that will make sense to your partner. Be prepared
to listen more, or, at least, as much as you speak. Listen for common
interests and possible options. Know what you are willing to give as
well as what you would like to receive.

Happy Negotiations!

The key to effective leadership, learn about “The L.Q. Star”

Every person desires of becoming a good leader one day, though many of us don’t know the right approach to the perfect leadership.

The combination of the 5 elements of the star, when applied in your life will guide you to become the leader that can bring change to the world!

1)    Self-Leadership

The 1st step towards a leadership is to lead you. Leadership is all about decisions and appraisal, so self-leadership starts when you’re sure about your decisions, have enough conclusions to support them, and are able to improve yourself through appraisals and feedbacks. Remember: A Leader can be wrong, but he can’t be surprised. A leader accept mistakes and never blames them on others.

A leader never leaves his people in any situation, whether it’s stressful times or celebration times. A leader always gives credit to his team. He should be a man of word, and should stand firmly on his ground facing the objections. The most important quality, credibility and motivating. Credibility of a leader builds reputation among his people, and motivation to the people brings a positive vibe to the workplace.

There are endless qualities of a good leader, but the important facts that creates a great leader are EXPERIENCE,GOALS AND VISION. Accepting challenges, completing the task, acknowledging the mistakes, and improving on them is the basic step towards leadership, that you should perform in order to become an effective leader.


2)    Recruit

The second most important element for an effective leader is the people around him. A leader can’t lead without the support of a good team. So, when you’ve started leading you, search for people who can faithfully support your mission and help you accomplishing your goals. But the selection of the RIGHT people creates a difference between every leader. If you choose people who have difference of opinion with you, or have different goals, then you’re wasting your time.

Recruitment makes it simple to lead. When you’re surrounded with visionaries, innovation and mission accomplishment becomes easy. Leadership is not only about leading people, it’s about leading the RIGHT people. So recruit the best professionals that can help you achieve the goals and half of your work is done here.

3)    Delegate

When you’ve recruited the right people around you, the next important element is delegation. Every great corporation has thousands of employees, but what makes it successful is delegation. In summary, delegation means assigning the right job to the right person. I’ve seen many examples of improper delegation. E.g. in one of the software corporations, a highly efficient post graduate employee was assigned the job of paper work regarding the bug reports! He didn’t study to do paperwork!  he thought it as a wastage of his talent, and left the corporation. The next corporation assigned him the post of software developer, which is the right use of delegation!

Improper delegated corporations have no future, but if you want to be a good leader you need to understand and value the talent of your employees and assign the right job to them, which eventually lead to better workplace efficiency and team repo. So delegate carefully!

4)    Ethical code

You’ve recruited the best people for your team, assigned them the job that best suits them, and they’re working with full efficiency, because they love to work with a leader like you! But leadership never ends here, and the most important element comes into action- The ethical code. Every system needs some rules and regulations to govern effectively, and that’s the role of ethical code. In the public systems, laws play a role in controlling the citizens, while in corporation as a leader it’s your responsibility to bind the people with an ethical code.

Ethical code is not meant to bound the employees, or to control them according to the leader’s will. But the ethical code should be designed to bind the employees. The mission statement, vision and goals of the team should be kept in mind while designing an ethical code e.g. a restaurant chain has a mission statement “To serve the customers with a quality service and bring happiness through our delicious food”, so this mission statement should be kept in mind to make the ethical code. Employees should be acknowledged that they’re responsible for the quality service and great food, and they shouldn’t ignore the mission. The mission statement should be strong enough to act and unite all the employees. So that every employee coordinates with the team to accomplish the mission.

The ethical code unites every employee towards a common goal, and also awares them of the consequences of ignoring the code. Every employee, of any level should follow the code and it’s violation is considered an offence, for any level of employee. In this way, the code unites every individual of the corporation and mission accomplishment gets easier.

5)    Appraise

Every element has done its job to accomplish the mission, but a great leader completes by the 5th element, appraisal. When you accomplish the task, start evaluation, what were the strategies that helped you achieve the goal, can they work in future? What were the mistakes along the way and how can you improve them? How was the team cooperation and coordination, did the ethical code play the role it was meant to? Which employee outperformed and how? which employee underperformed and why? The biggest task that you can do is to get the feedback from your people regarding your leadership and vision.

Last but not the least : CELEBRATE THE SUCCESS. Celebrating boosts the moral of the employees and helps them to work harder next time. Celebration is an effective way of expressing importance of the hard work done by your employees and the value of the results. So celebrate and  motivate them to get hungry for more work!


Finally these 5 elements can teach you a lot about leadership, Remember: A leader never stops learning!

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Control your own destiny or someone else will-JACK WELCH

So have you read the overview of Leadership quotient and took the first step towards leadership?if you haven’t just read it and follow the steps,

I’ve found one thing common in every leader,they lead without caring about any limelight or any kind of celebrity status,rather they just thank the people working with them who helped them achieve the goal.

True leaders just concentrate on trust building and networking with people,and the rest comes with time.Leaders have common characteristics that you too can adopt easily,just remember,focus on the goal,repercussions will always favor you.

Watch the following video of the world famous LEADERSHIP GURU ROBIN SHARMA,and learn more about true leaders.

1)LEADERS NEVER MANAGE,often leaders are confused with managers as both involve dealing with people.but there’s a vast difference:According to Harvard Business Review on Leadership Leaders LEAD WITH INNOVATION,WHILE MANAGERS MANAGE AS PER THE CODE OF HONOR!

2)Leaders never leave their teammates in ANY SITUATION!They face everything together as a team!

3)Leaders never waste their time in less productive activities,they utilize their time effectively!

4)Leaders are well organized,and good time managers,learn more about time management in TIME QUOTIENT.

5)Leaders appreciate the power of WORDS!THEY’RE THE STRONGEST WEAPONS ON EARTH.They use their words effectively and  think before speaking.

6)Leaders never underestimate the power of any person,whether its a poor beggar or a rich entrepreneur.They treat every human on same level!

7)Last but not the least:A true Leader is a good listener,leader speak less and listen more,they ONLY listen to everyone’s advice BUT They decide themselves based on their GUT AND GOAL SETTING!

So with some of these characteristics of a true leader,try to practice them in your life.Start with listening to others!

Action Steps:

1)Note down the characteristics of a true leader and practice them in your daily life.





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