Essential Habits To Improve Your Leadership

The 6 Most Common Challenges That New Leaders Face

Well done!

You worked hard and followed your ambitions. You became a leader.
You are suddenly responsible for others and your work style and behavior will affect people around you.

Now what?

  • How do you coach and develop people?
  • How do you communicate?
  • How do you inspire them and motivate to do their best work?
  • How do you delegate work? 
  • How do you manage conflicts and deal with low performance?
  • How do you manage stakeholders across the company?

To overcome some of the most common challenges new leaders face, consider the following:

  • Start by acknowledging that you still have a lot to learn. Be open to learning from others, including your new team.
  • Get to know your team. Only ¼ of employees feel they can talk to their managers about non-work-related issues. Don’t be the manager who has no clue whether the employee is married or not, has children or what their main interest outside the job is.
  • Be a part of the team. Encourage and coach...
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Do You Follow These Five Simple Leadership Rules?

1. Overcome challenges

You will face challenges every day. Whether the challenges concern your customers, your employees, the organizational or the financial, you must be able to solve them. Get help if you need it and solve the challenges before they have a negative impact on operating results.

2. Set direction and include everyone on the journey

Make sure everyone in the company knows about the company's mission and vision and where the company is headed. It is your job to make sure that the strategy and goals are clearly outlined and that everyone knows and understands them. Give all employees an understanding of what their job contributes to the big picture.

3. Explain why

If people don’t understand why you make certain changes, they might not buy into it. Always be open and share the reasons for decisions made. It is far more likely that people will accept and embrace a change if they understand the reason for it, and you avoid people feeling dissatisfied and powerless.


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5 Reasons Why You Should Never Stop Learning


Learning is fundamental to our existence. We adopt learning all the time, and even though we don't sit on the school bench every day, continuous learning is essential to expand our knowledge and improve our skills. It is a completely natural part of our personal and professional development to avoid stagnation and reach our full potential. Acquiring new knowledge is much easier than before.

Here are 5 reasons why you should never stop learning:

1. Be relevant
Make sure you're always relevant to your industry by staying up to date on trends and changes that are happening. To function effectively in this rapidly changing world of technology, you must learn new things to add value.

2. Prepare for unexpected scenarios
Always being willing to learn will help you adapt to unexpected changes. Imagine, for example, if you lose your job or if there are major changes in your workplace. Are you prepared for that? By continuing to learn, you will more easily get out of your comfort...

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Don't Let Opportunities Pass You By

I once had a woman on my team who was the Account Manager for our SMB customers. She was very good at her job, and our customers loved her. After doing the same job for a couple of years and always meeting her quota and making our customers satisfied, she was really on top and mastered her role perfectly. At that time, however, I needed a new resource in our Enterprise team, responsible for our largest and most important customers. I therefore asked her if she was ready to move outside the comfort zone and learn to master something new as an Enterprise Account Manager.

She told me she was not ready to handle such large customers, she was just an “SMB salesperson”, and she felt far from ready to take on our large customers.
I said to her: “If you are good at what you do today, you are good at what you do no matter how big or small the customers are”.
I told her that I would keep her on the team, but that I was afraid she would get bored and leave...

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The Door Opener

There was a story about Tom Cruise in the Norwegian media a while back. He spent several months on the west side of Norway while filming his new Mission Impossible movie.

The story was about a couple who got to meet Tom Cruise, because the guy collected vintage cars and the woman painted portraits on the hood of cars. The woman had painted a picture of Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis from the movie Top Gun on the hood of her own car, and she had a great desire to try to show it to Tom Cruise while he was in Norway. 

The story ends well: the couple drives across half of Norway to meet Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise takes his helicopter to meet them, and the amazing 0.05% chance they had of meeting him actually happened!

But how could such a meeting really come together? How is this even possible? It seems like a total mission impossible. Well, it turned out that someone knew someone who knew Tom Cruise's assistant. The assistant was contacted via these several levels of people,...

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Managing Managers

You might think that managing managers may be similar to managing individual contributors. You need to build a great team, get aligned on goals and strategy, set expectations, monitor the work and engage along the way.

Let's say you're a successful leader.

You love to lead other people, you enjoy your workplace, you have great responsibility, and you contribute to the company's growth which in turn makes your team grow.

But as your team grows, so does the need for one of several middle managers to help you lead the team.

Many leaders lead overly large teams, and there may be several reasons for this. Some of them do not prioritize the time it takes to find middle managers, others feel that no one but themselves is good enough for their team, and some believe that as long as the team members seem satisfied, no change is needed.
But the truth is that it doesn’t scale properly to have an overly large team - you do not have time to meet everyone's needs and your impact per team...

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Are You Aware Of The Importance Of Company Culture?

Most companies want their employees to thrive and be productive and realize their full potential. But how?
And what makes a company a great place to work?

The answer is culture.

The best way to describe culture is to look at it as the company’s personality. Company culture is the collection of common values, norms, expectations, and perceptions of reality that develop among the employees.

Most leaders understand that leadership and strategy are linked to achieving goals. Building a corporate culture is at least as important, and the best leaders are fully aware of how a great culture can impact their business results.

However, in our experience, many leaders who wants to establish a high-performing team delegate the responsibility of building culture to the HR function, where it becomes a secondary concern for the business.

What leaders must do instead, is to use the culture that operates in their company as a fundamental management tool. It is the leader’s responsibility...

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Top 10 Qualities For A Great Leader

Because we spend so much time at work, and because we are dependent on feeling we are valuable to the company we work for, good management is incredibly important. Leaders can have a very positive influence, and bring out the best in us every day, but they can also prevent us from unleashing our full potential. Surveys reveal that 70% of employees quit because of a bad leader.

At the end of the day, management is all about being able to “see” people. A great leader gives others the opportunity to perform well, and to ensure everyone on the team and in the company moves in the same direction.

Here are our top 10 qualities for a great leader: 


  1. They care about their employees – not “sort of”, but genuinely. They know what their employees are passionate about, and what they are good at.

  2. You can trust them. This means that if a manager says that he/she will do something, you can trust them to do so.

  3. They want you to succeed,...
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What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Many companies use the following traditional strategy when appointing new managers:
“You are the best seller we have in this company, and you have achieved outstanding results for many years, so naturally we think you also would make a good leader. So here you go; here is the management responsibility of the entire department. Congratulations, you are now our new Sales Manager!”

This is a BIG mistake.

Many people believe it is easy to be a leader and that taking on responsibility for an entire department or team is not something that needs extra competence or knowledge.
I think they are wrong, because being responsible for others than just yourself is a big assignment that you should definitely not take lightly. Good individual contributors do not automatically become good managers.
Not only does being a leader require a great deal of basic knowledge, but it also means you can no longer be the center of attention. Your time as a star is now over – and it is time for...

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7 Tips To Get The Leadership Job

Here are our 7 tips on how to position yourself to get your first management job:

1. Be visible

  • Those who take responsibility and highlight the work they do and share their expertise and experience from projects are the ones who become most visible. 
    When top management and middle managers discuss promotions and who could be a potential candidate for a leadership position, they need to be able to remember you.
  • Make it easy for others to notice you, what you are doing and how you can contribute.
  • Offer to lead a project or take responsibility for a virtual team that allows you to both learn and make an effort beyond your daily tasks. Employees who are forward-leaning and want to contribute will be noticed.
  • Most leaders in your organization do not necessarily know what you are good at and what projects you are working in, if you do not tell anyone. Tell your manager when you have exceeded your goals or KPIs or delivered something exceptionally good. And ask your leader to pass...
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