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Ifyou're serious about improving your leadership skills, give Howard Schultz's Masterclass a go:

Howard Schultz is an American billlionaire. He was the CEO of Starbucks who lead the company to its glory.

Lessons include topics like: values and profits, self-doubt, curiosity, how to disrupt the market, finding the right investors, work/life balance, value-based teams, how to lead, staying ahead of the competition, how to handle crises, and the future of business leadership.

Best books to develop your leadership skills

Can I convince you to read six books?

  • Drive by Daniel Pink
  • Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
  • Loonshots by Safi Bahcall
  • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  • Originals by Adam Grant
  • Teaming by Amy Edmondson

What's your best tips on becoming a better leader?

  • Treat people like human beings and not numbers.

  • Be genuine with them and do not hesitate to either stand up for them when they need help, or correct/guide them out of trouble if necessary.

  • Treat the entry-level worker and the top manager the exact same way.

  • There's two ways to lead - by politics or by example. Whichever way you got to your position, keep doing it. Don't suddenly go from leading by example to dictating what people have to do or else, for example. If you're suddenly too busy to effectively lead by example and you think ordering people around is an effective shortcut, you need to reach up to whoever promoted you and explain the situation. Hopefully you can delegate better in the future before it gets to that point. It's possible they gave you the promotion more to get you to work harder than to actually learn to lead better, tho. if so, that's on them and you'll need your friends even more to help you get through it without burning out. You won't know for sure until the shit hits the fan.

  • Being alpha doesn't make you a leader. A true leader doesn't need to always be in the spotlight. A true leader doesn't need to have a hierarchal position to be a leader. A true leader is someone who keeps a straight head, can make good decisions in tough times, keep in mind his friends/co-workers/significant other and make decisions that benefit and protect them (not just himself), and whose ego does not get in his or her way. A true leader isn't worried about being popular, or fitting in with the majority or popular opinion. A true leader has his or her beliefs firmly fixed, and stands by them.

  • Your personality type has little to nothing to do with being a good leader. Stay focused on your goals and on understanding and improving yourself. Know your strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats. Find a mentor. Listen to people and treat them with kindness and respect. If you have a spouse or close friend, their feedback can be tremendously valuable over time. There are many different effective leadership styles, it's not necessarily about "being assertive and powerful over people."

How can you develop your leadership skills quickly and efficiently?

It's not something you learn explicitly as much as it is something you live: have hobbies you do just for the enjoyment of it, be a decent person, and know how to read a room. Basically, do things together with other people. If you're in school, for example, join organizations that do things you like, whether that be building robots, playing sports, or whatever.

These things take time. Building soft skills especially.

You can't make a leader. You either are one, or you aren't. The time you will spend "learning" leadership is really time spent discovering if there's a leader inside of you. You need to be predesposed to do this thing well.

That's one of the biggest problems I encounter in the work-a-day world. Too many incompetent people promoted simply because they've put in the time. Not because they have demonstrated real competence and/or leadership.

Being a "leader" is a lot easier than becoming an job expert. The people that figured this out are at the top, and have reinforced a system that doesn't reward task proficiency or competence.

What to look for in a good leader?

First off "leadership" depends on perspective and goal. There's no generic answer.

Once you've figured out what you may want find out who does that thing best and go with them.

It's also important to note that the concept of leadership and corporations has changed and giant monolithic entities are falling out of favor.

Is it too late to develop your leadership skills?

It’s never to late to learn! It’s not about being late, it’s about whether you tried or not.

These skills are very useful and I’d recommend you learn them because they improve you life in ways you may not consider.

I will say for some it’s going to take more work to become a good leader than others. But what’s important is not who the best leader is, but who makes the effort to be one. Do your best! And learn some awesome things!

There are millions of great books and articles out there. One that stands out that I liked was Good to Great, summarizing how successful business leaders made it to their positions. Basically, the most successful people in business were humble, unassuming and were good at picking great teams (subordinates).

I think it actually gets easier as you get older. When you're young, you care so much about what others think of you, but as you grow older you stop caring. Letting go of that fear of judgement is what I think is key.

What makes a good teacher/leader?

  • A teacher leader or leader in general, is someone who leads with others in mind. A successful leader leads by serving the needs of the stakeholders involved through building relationships and trust.

  • Good listener, empathetic, persuasive, trusting, mentally and emotionally strong, good relationship builder

  • Factors that can inhibit school/teacher leader are a lack of mission or vision. Someone that is not goal oriented. An overbearing central district office. A toxic school culture, lack of community, relationships or trust among staff and peers.

Is it worth joining the army to develop your leadership skills?

The army doesn't teach you how to be a leader at all. In fact, unless you're doing it for free education later, or some other welfare scheme, I would strongly advise against joining the army. And I'm not talking about moral reasons. It's just a waste of time for mostpeople, and a big risk for your mental well-being.

Leadership skills come with time and experience. Army methods are authoritarian and regressive.

The army teaches you how to manage people, not lead them. This will work on a battlefield, but will not work at a startup in California, where your workers don't have to be where they are.

I'm quiet and shy, but I know what needs to get done and I convey it to my subordinates.

I also impart my knowledge on them when they have a legit question.

I still hide in the back because the only people I should be comfortable around is my section and my shop.

Is it possible to thrive in a leadership role if you have ADHD?

I have ADHD-Combined, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I also suspect that I have a sensory disorder but I'm not diagnosed and it doesn't really matter at this point lol. I am medicated and have regular therapy, and have had everything from behavioral therapy to ADHD coaching to alternative schooling throughout my life.

Sometimes I feel like I'm kind of cheating in life because I landed in my dream job. I wake up every day excited to go to work and I enjoy most of the time I spend there. I didn't always want this career, but since I fell into it, I've really blossomed there and love it.

I am a manager of an office that supports individuals with a wide range of disabilities in their quests for higher education (which happens to be a love of mine as well!) So I think the career/industry that you're in has a HUGE part of whether or not you may be successful.

I find that having specific goals is more of a motivator than in a position where I am just, say, hanging up shirts for a retail shift and then going home. Having goals means I can break those goals down and then have stepping stones to get to the end of the path and I, personally, am highly motivated to complete tasks. (Whether or not those tasks truly get completed depend on many other factors of course!)

When I first started working in this industry, my boss also had ADHD. She suffered from a lot of executive functioning issues and I was able to use my coping strategies to help her (and all of us) function better. That expeirence has lead me to a lot of processes that make it easier for me as a manager although I know a lot of my employees sometimes don't like it.

For example: Working Memory. We work in a very busy office, and are interrupted all the time. Many of the processes we do have an insane number of steps like creating client or student folders. The process I've implemented is that there is a cover sheet with a list of all the steps and when each step is completed, it gets checked off. That way when I (or whoever) is interrupted, it is easy to resume the previous task without having to remember which steps have been completed.

Maybe specifically in my industry because I do work with a lot of individuals that have issues with executive function I can use my experience to truly be empathetic and non-judgmental to both client/students and my employees.

I hate the phrase "overcoming" and perhaps "making peace" is a better term. Someone who is short and can't reach the top shelf in the kitchen never "overcomes" their "weakness". They can either find a step stool or they cry about how disadvantaged they are compared to tall people. Now, I'm not trying to say it doesn't suck to have weaknesses where others have strength, but everyone has their own burden and ADHD is one of ours. And where others see our disorganization or our "laziness", there is actually true creativity, flexibility, ability to multi-task, broad focus, incredible problem solving and ability to think quickly on our feet. Wait, what was the original question? Oh, right.

I think connecting with others comes from experience with others, not necessarily from my ADHD. But it does help that I empathize with people more and maybe that does come with my experience with ADHD. I'm not going to be judgmental if an employee forgets what task they're doing. But I will more more so frustrated with them if they lack the willingness to better themselves and their work.

Anyone can be a good manager and anyone can be a shitty manager. I don't thing ADHD puts you in either category automatically, it just depends on you as a person.

Don't get me wrong, you can still be a bad leader with ADD. Just wanted to add that perspective.

Am I a better leader than others? My latest employee just thanked me for helping so much with her professional development. I've doubled the $ coming in within a year of leadership. Would I be a worse leader if I didn't have ADD? I have no idea, but probably not. I compensate for my ADD with raw intelligence and I would probably feel less stressed if I was more organized.

So there you have it, an answer that's less self-indulgent, but as honest as I'd never be if I had my name on it.

How I learned my leadership skills

Followers follow rules. Leaders break them and make them.

I became a leader when I learned not to follow anymore, break and change the rules, be willing to do what others don't have the guts to do, and start making my own way instead of following other people's way.

Once you're in the leadership, you need to be an effective leader that inspires people, and commands respect. Don't try to be their friends, don't try to be too harsh, just be someone they respect. If you're not sure how to do that, start by being consistent.

Treat people like adults.

Ask first and order second, I found great results (and this goes back to the adult thing) when assigning work and such. You use phrases " hey got favor" or "I would like you to" before telling them what to do. You then follow up and if you find they were fucking around then you escalate.

Tell people they are doing good jobs(if they deserve it). Praise in public, punish in private.

Last but not least, keep being an asshole to when you absolutely have to. If you scream all the time people tune you out.

Also, the quicker you learn to delegate, the better off you'll be.

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