A new guide to harnessing the power, excitement, and excitement of leadership has been released by the National Association of Women in Business (NOW).
The guide, released on Tuesday, focuses on harnessing a “gentle” leader to help people “enjoy the power and excitement they’re creating,” which can be seen as a form of empowerment.
While the focus on leaders and empowerment is certainly a bold statement, the NANBA says that “leadership” can actually be an umbrella term that includes a host of other important aspects of leadership, including creating a team, cultivating relationships, managing conflict, and managing emotions.
“We’re looking at leadership as a combination of all of these,” NANLA President Melissa Hsu said in a statement.
“As we’ve all seen in the past few years, the best way to harness all of those positive attributes is to harness their best attributes.”
Hsu says that in the process, people will feel more connected to their team and their community.
“I think leaders are very important for the health of a community, and they’re very important to creating an inclusive and collaborative environment,” she added.
The guide recommends that people focus on two areas in order to “enrich their leadership with these skills.”
First, the book outlines the different aspects of “gentled leadership,” which includes:How to use positive reinforcement (e.g., “I’m your teammate” or “You know that’s the way it is” to encourage others to be more assertive in their behavior)How to engage in “buzzy” discussions (e,g., using the term “gentlesman” to refer to someone who is an expert in their field, but has “some humility” or who is “just a good listener” who doesn’t “get into their personal side” when someone challenges their beliefs)How best to motivate a team (e., “Let’s go out and party” to reinforce team unity)How much time is enough (e.) to encourage team members to work on a project together (e).
How to harness creativity and enthusiasm (e) and “enlighten” others (e.).
The second area that the book suggests people focus in on is “enthusiasm,” which is defined as “the ability to have positive feelings about yourself.”
According to the guide, the most common emotion that a leader needs to harness is “engagement,” which means being enthusiastic about what they’re doing.
But it’s also important to “engage with others, not just be a leader.”
The NANFA recommends that leaders focus on “being mindful of their emotions and having the right attitude” and to “remember that all emotions are valid.”
To do this, Hsu says, people need to remember that “our job is to be a positive influence in the world.”
Hsuse, who is a professor at Northwestern University, said that while the book is a helpful guide for anyone, it should not be viewed as a replacement for more traditional, formal training.
“It’s an overview, and it’s a start, not an end,” she said.
“But it’s very much a start,” she continued.
“People have to be prepared to do the work.”
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