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1 Workplace of Choice

Leadership strategies and teachings have evolved over the years. The focus on leadership has shifted from 'autocratic' and 'hierarchical' approaches to much more of a 'shared leadership' approach. A Gallup survey in April 2015 found that 50% of those surveyed had quit a job because of...

sandbergStatistics and research shows that one of the biggest threats to organizations today is losing good talent to competitors. As the global economy improves more employees are looking for better jobs and specifically in the technology industry where there is a challenge with turnover. I made a statement earlier in this book that people don’t leave their jobs they leave their leaders. So what can we do to keep our good people?   A recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that there is common leadership traits that each of the generations are looking for in their leaders. They identified sixteen leadership practices and asked the multi-generational group to rate the level of importance of each of these sixteen factors. The factors were:  
Loft_logo_300 Jill who is a twenty something leader recently told me that she had been with her company for six months and that she was looking for work elsewhere. When I asked her why she said that although she was told when she was hired that she would have opportunity for career advancement and growth she did not see any indication of this being provided to her. We may have our own opinions about the expectation of the younger generation however the reality is that Gen Y's (those in their twenties) have higher expectations from their leaders and the company they work for than ever before.
The biggest challenge for an organization is keeping its top talent. Times are changing and so are the attitudes of today’s worker. Here are the top 10 employee retention strategies: 1  Leadership skill development from the top down. People don’t leave their jobs. They leave their leaders, which is why ongoing leadership skill development is crucial.
I recently spoke for a student leadership conference in Nanaimo BC- a tough audience! All Gen Y’s, all focused on their future, getting ahead and making a difference. This is a demographic that has the excitement for the future that we all start out with but for many Gen X and Zoomers we got lost and got stuck in an identity and then had to find our way out of what we thought we wanted.

3 Lessons Learned from Deepak Chopra on Leadership

As a leadership expert I make a point of reading and absorbing what other thought leaders on leadership have to say. Recently I read Deepak Chopra’s book “Soul of Leadership” but I also had the opportunity to attend his well known event, “SynchroDestiny”. It was amazing to be able to spend five days in Carlsbad, CA to contemplate, meditate and learn. In addition to Davidji, Don Miguel Ruiz and others Deepak provided insight and tools on how to manage in these times of change and uncertainty.
I had lunch today with a Gen X executive- great lady, dynamic, knowledgeable and wanting to create change. The challenge? People don’t take too kindly to change- generally. There are a lot of reasons why we as humans resist change and now more than ever it is imperative that we create a company culture of ‘everybody on the bus’. If we have even one or two people who are impeding the forward movement we can slow innovation, be slow to respond to market shifts and risk our relevance in our respective industries.
Engaged leaders equals engaged employees which equals growth and innovation. The leadership model is changing as the workplace evolves into a more democratized environment. The biggest opportunity for all organizations right now is to provide tools and training to their leaders on how to lead in the new workplace of multiple personality types, multiple generations and unparalleled technological change.
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