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7 Qualities That Innovative Leaders Share

Innovative leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but there are seven key characteristics that they all have in common. Read through each and see where you can develop these characteristics in yourself to improve your leadership qualities.

1.  Strategic Vision

Every innovative leader has a vision for where they want to go and a strategy for how to get there. They can apply their strategy ideas to see what works and what doesn’t, and then evaluate the results of their efforts against their vision.

2. Good Listening Skills

Innovative leaders listen more than they talk. Rather than sharing their own ideas, they listen to the ideas of team members, colleagues, thought leaders, and customers. This is valuable information that directs the leader toward the right course of action.

3.  An Instrument for Change

To an innovative leader, the status quo is the enemy. Even when things seem to be going perfectly well, a leader looks for changes and opportunities. A leader lives in the future and can’t help making the changes he or she thinks need to be changed. A leader is also flexible and can handle it when things don’t turn out as planned.

4.  Risk-Taking

Leaders aren’t afraid to take risks and they see failure as a learning opportunity. Everything gets chalked up to experience. Study the life of any great innovator and you’ll see that there were 99 failures before the smashing success that changed the world. A good leader can separate their ego and emotions from the outcomes of their actions.

5.  Good Communication

A leader communicates directly and openly with others. He or she is accessible and the members of his or her organization feel comfortable approaching him or her. A good leader also facilitates good communication in their team and throughout their organization.

6.  A Curious Nature

Leaders are relentless question askers. They want to know everything about everything because you never know what kind of information you can use. Even for matters that don’t seem to directly influence business, they want to know. Knowledge is power and a good leader wants to know a great deal across fields.

7.  Good Company

People with the above qualities surround themselves with similar individuals. They choose people for their team or organization that display the same leadership abilities, and they don’t waste their time with people who are negative or toxic to the work environment. This creates an organization where everyone is a leader and it’s not a top-down organization. With each person contributing, an organization can reach its fullest potential.

The good news is that these seven qualities can all be learned. They don’t have to be natural strengths. You can work on cultivating these qualities in yourself, and you can also create an organizational culture that encourages these traits.

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The Critical Steps to Getting Your Group Coaching Program Started

Group coaching is a great way to help more people find solutions to their challenges. By working together with you and each other, they can share and grow as they make progress toward their desired outcome. As a business owner, group coaching can increase your income, spread awareness of your brand, and build long-lasting relationships with your customers.

If you’ve never offered a group coaching program before, it might seem daunting, so let’s break down the key steps to getting started.

Identify Your Target Audience

First, you need to identify exactly who you can help. Who are the people who can benefit most from your expertise and unique value?

Start by looking at your current audience and your marketing activities:

  • Who follows you on social media?
  • Who reads your blog, watches your videos, and engages with your other content?
  • Who joins your email list or membership site?
  • Who are your current customers?
  • Who are your current one-on-one coaching clients?

This will give you an idea of who your target audience is. You can also conduct some market research by looking at competitors or similar businesses in your niche. Brainstorm to figure out who has a need for your knowledge and experience. What do you know how to do and who could use this information? This will give you a good idea of who to target.

Choose the Right Topic

Of all the things you know and can teach, choose one topic as the focus of your group coaching program. Identify a problem that your target market faces and offer a solution in your area of expertise. When you can solve people’s problems, this offers the most value.

Think in terms of what your group members will be able to do after they leave your program. Start with this outcome and figure out the steps toward it, keeping in mind where the member is when they start your program.

Run a Great Group Program

There is a whole skillset involved in running a group coaching program, but everything is learnable. You can get training in coaching skills, but you’ll also learn a great deal through experience.

The best practice is for a group coaching program to be centered around live meetings. But don’t forget to take advantage of virtual tools that allow you to communicate with your members remotely.

Here are some of the major points to keep in mind:

  • Your program should be aimed at engaging members and getting them involved
  • Everything should be focused on the outcome (what you want people to achieve)
  • In your live sessions, divide your attention equally so everyone gets a chance to talk
  • Plan your live group sessions carefully with plenty of interaction, always leaving time for members to ask questions or get any individual help they need
  • Whether live or online, listen well and constantly seek feedback to make sure your members are on track.

Gather Feedback and Improve

Ideally, you’ll gather feedback as you go along through the program so you can correct anything that’s off-course. You need to make sure your program is helping its members achieve their goals.

At the end of the program, follow up with members and ask them how it helped and how you can make it even better for the future.

You should also monitor to make sure your program is helping you reach your overall business goals.

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How to Lead by Example

Have you ever noticed an individual who just simply commands attention or, better yet, one who can persuade anyone to do what he or she may ask? Some individuals are just born natural leaders while others struggle seriously in this department.

If you find that you are one of those who struggle, it does not have to be that way all the time. There are tips and techniques you can learn to incorporate leadership into your persona.

Encourage Group Participation

An effective leader is only as good as the employees who follow. If you take the position of leadership as one of doing it all yourself, you will more than likely not succeed. Being an effective leader means encouraging your group to offer their input as well as their insights.

If you take on an approach of my way or the highway, do not be surprised if everyone heads for the door.

Make certain that when you offer your views and opinions, you are open the views and opinions of others. Be open to new ideas and you will start to see the sparks flow amongst your group.

Be a Positive Force

If you are in the habit of being negative and stressed, then chances are the people in your group will follow suit. Being a positive force entails carrying a cheerful and optimistic attitude along with feeling motivated. If you are not those things for yourself, you cannot expect others to be those things for you either.

Approaching others with an amicable and charismatic demeanor is essential to have others recreate your actions, as well.

Be More Charismatic

When you become more charismatic, it does not mean that you are falsely charming. There are several character traits you can practice becoming more charismatic:

* Be a good listener

* Evoke deep emotions

* Be an excellent communicator

* Instill a sense of integrity into your leadership

By practicing these skills in your daily life, you can then easily transform them to your business world. Being charismatic means, you inspire, encourage, and motivate your followers.

Do not be Afraid to get into the Trenches

Leading by example means that you are not afraid to get your hands dirty or your feet wet. Going into the trenches and getting things done shows a sign of integrity. When your employees see this trait in you, they will surely want to model it for themselves.

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