How to build your confidence as a leader

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Details I’ve heard about the benefits of meditation for years, and about seven years ago, I bought a book on how to meditate. It sat on my bookshelf for several more years as I accumulated additional books on meditation and mindfulness. Eventually, I started reading a few of these books, becoming more knowledgeable on meditation techniques and practices. But I still wasn’t meditating! It wasn’t until two years ago that I finally took action and enrolled in a meditation course. Once I started actually doing meditation, I started to experience the benefits and now I meditate (almost) daily. All those years of learning, studying, and contemplating meditation didn’t bring results; it was taking action that was important.One of the most important characteristics of successful people is that they have a bias for action. What holds many professionals back from success is spending too much time planning, preparing, thinking, organizing, analyzing and procrastinating, and not taking action. Action is required for success. This doesn’t mean that successful people don’t plan and organize, but once they have a plan in place, they don’t wait for things to be perfect to move into action.Leadership is an action. Leadership is not a title or a position. It’s not a hat you put on every day when you come into the office. True, exceptional leadership requires you to do something. It requires stepping out of your comfort zone and making your vision and goals a reality.What does leadership in action look like?Providing meaningful feedback to your employees—both positive and constructive.Coaching your employees to bring out their best performance.Challenging that employee who tries to upward delegate a task to you, instead of doing the task yourself.Walking around and connecting with each individual.Building relationships with your colleagues.Modeling the behaviors and actions you expect of others.Communicating clarity about goals and sharing what the success factors are.Following up and following through—doing what you say you will do.Being accountable and taking ownership.Mentoring and sharing knowledge to develop your staff.Being approachable and supportive.Prioritizing people—scheduling coaching sessions and check-ins with your staff.Leadership is not sitting in an office and creating a strategy and business plan. While that’s an important first step, it is not what brings results. A great vision on paper does nothing. A great vision communicated clearly and repeatedly through multiple channels inspires collaboration and results. Great leadership requires action.I am often asked by participants in my leadership programs how you can build confidence. Whether you are new in a management position, or a seasoned executive, the best way to build your confidence is to take action. To succeed at anything in life, you have to first do something. If you stand on the sidelines and play it safe, you will not learn anything. In order to get feedback and learn from mistakes, you must make mistakes. You can read hundreds of books on leadership and attend classes on how to be a good manager. But if you don’t put that knowledge into action, you will not see the results. Leadership requires effort.One of my favorite quotes is from Jim Rohn, “What is easy to do is also easy not to do. That is the difference between success and failure.”It’s not hard to schedule coaching sessions, model great behaviors, take ownership, and connect with your employees. But it’s easy to not do these things. Successful people don’t have more time in the day than anyone else. They understand that an essential skill for success is to prioritize and take action on what is important. That is how you build your knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, and ultimately your confidence.Instead of reading this blog and closing your browser, take two minutes right now to take action on an important task that will lead you to the results you want. You will be one step closer to success.last_img read more

Lagos to Host Maiden NWFL Champions Shield March 4

first_imgSpeaking at the unveiling of the tournament at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos wednesday, NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode, was full of thanks to Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for his fatherly interventions in the development of women football.“We cannot thank Governor Ambode enough for he has shown that he represents the new face of leadership in both sports and arts. Lagos has been the leader in youth development efforts since he became governor of this state.“We knew he would help us to take the women game forward, but we must confess that we did not expect the extent he has gone to help us,” Falode stressed at the briefing.She emphasized that the competition was part of the board’s drive to give the league a solid footing and the needed flavour to attract potential partners for the women game in the country.“This is a top-class NWFL programme by all standards and it promises to live up to its billing.“The league champions, Nasarawa Amazons and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels, will contest for the Champions Shield. You can call it a revenge match you will not be wrong considering how the Lafia ladies almost reduced the Garden City team to a bystanders in the 2017 NWPL Super 4 in Benin City.“Lagos populace is certainly going to witness what they have not seen previously about women football when the two gladiators confront each other at the Agege Stadium on Sunday, March 04.“This is another wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the football loving Nigerian populace especially the football loving people of Lagos state, our hosts, the beauty and quality of our women league as well as demonstrate to the corporate world the benefits of partnering with us and how ready we are to make such partnership work mutually.”Also speaking at the event, Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, said the state’s support for the NWFL programme was in line with the expansive programme to move sports forward by leveraging on women football.“His excellency, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode did not hesitate to buy into the Aisha Falode led NWFL board’s decision to host the Champions Shield in Lagos because of his conviction in using sports as a potent tool to drive the human development campaign of the state as well as making the Lagos hub of sports in the West African sub-region“The state will gladly consider hosting the NWFL Champions Shield once again should the league body ask for it,” Tandoh stressed.Before the Champions Shield match, the NWFL will hold its Congress on March 3, 2018 as well as mentor over 1,000 young school girls on the need to blend sports with their education.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Falode thumbs up Gov. Ambode for aiding devt of female footballDuro IkhazuagbeThe maiden Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Champions Shield, has been slated to hold on March 4 at the Agege Township Stadium.League champions, Nasarawa Amazons and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels, are the two teams to slug it out to know which of the two from the outgone season is the true champion.last_img read more

Full story: Wellington finishes World Series run as Diamond Bracket runner-up

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team got a nice roll going at the 16U Softball World Series in Florida, winning three games and getting to the finals of the consolation bracket, known as the Diamond Bracket.But the hits didn’t come at the right time in the finals though, and Wellington fell 5-3 to Fern Creek (Kentucky) Wednesday.Both Wellington and Fern Creek started the tournament 0-3 in pool play, and went to the consolation bracket.On Wednesday morning Wellington beat Plymouth 7-4 to get to the final game. The team had two wins on Tuesday. The following are synopsis of the two games today: Fern Creek 5, Wellington 3Wellington left the based loaded in the first inning and didn’t score. They did get two in the second and one in the fourth to lead 3-1. Fern Creek got two in the fourth and two more in the fifth.Wellington had its chances with runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings, but didn’t get the key hit.Wellington had no errors in the game, which had been a problem earlier in the tournament.Baylee DeJarnett had a double and a single with 2RBIs. Erin Goodrum had a double and a single with an RBI.Taylor Zimmerman and Emily Templeton had hits for Wellington.Fern Creek had no extra base hits, but Kristen Smith was 3-for-3 at the plate.Wellington left nine runners on base.Erin Goodrum pitched for Wellington. She struck out one and walked three.Wellington 7, Plymouth 4Wellington got five runs in the second inning, and held on for the win. Plymouth got three in the bottom of the fifth, but got no closer as Wellington added two insurance runs in the sixth.Wellington had 10 hits but was credited with three errors.Baylee DeJarnett tripled and singled, and she drove in a run on an out. She had two RBIs.Erin Goodrum had a double and a single and two RBIs with her double.Taylor Zimmerman and Madison Lewellen each had two hits. Jenna Rausch and Annika DeJarnett each had hits.Madison Lewellen pitched for Wellington, striking out eight and walking four.last_img read more

Money spent on Lindo Creek CoI not wasted – Harmon

first_img…several recommendations not acted uponGovernment is denying that monies spent on the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry were a waste of time; even as certain recommendations including those of a financial nature have not been acted upon.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThis acknowledgement was made by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press conference. According to Harmon, only some of the recommendations that had to do with restructuring the joint services have been implemented.Harmon explained that changes have been made to ensure that more control is kept over the joint services. But there was no word on when compensation for the families of the eight victims, a major recommendation arising out of the CoI, would be paid.“The Commission of Inquiry made several recommendations. Some of those recommendations are administrative in nature. And they have been acted upon at the level of the Guyana Police Force and Guyana Defence Force. Some of them have pecuniary implications and those matters are still to be acted upon.”“But I can say to you when Commissions of Inquiries sit, they make a huge amount of recommendations. For example, the Guyana Public Service Commission of Inquiry made 87 recommendations. And so you have to look at every one of these recommendations and see which ones can be implemented now and which ones can be implemented in the medium and long term.”While Harmon acknowledged the cost of the CoI as exceeding $100 million, he insisted that the money was not wasted as lives were lost and closure was needed.“I don’t consider the expense that we spent on that Commission as a waste. It’s a lot of money indeed. But the value of the lives of every Guyanese, we cannot put a price tag on it. Several Guyanese lives were lost,” Harmon said.Sometime between June 12, 2008, and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI was the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002.The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of the eight miners and to report its findings as well as recommendations to President David Granger. The CoI was completed and handed over since August of last year.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has been critical of the CoI, noting previously that the conduct of the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is reminiscent of a Commission hell-bent on achieving a particular outcome – one which points the finger to the armed forces.In particular, Jagdeo had expressed concern over what he said was the slant the CoI was taking and had pointed to the manner in which witnesses were being cross-examined, as though the testimony must fit a particular narrative.last_img read more