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Four Steps To Leading During A Downturn

Alexandria Joy - Monday, December 08, 2014

At UQ Power we imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled and as though they have had an opportunity to use their unique strengths. 

Sadly this is often not the case. During turbulent times and economic challenges, many organisations and their leaders hunker down and resort to container style management - restriction, rigid policies and procedures, cost cutting and endless accountability trails. 

I recently wrote an article about the ill effects of poor leadership that struck a nerve receiving around 55,000 views and 500 comments about how the quality of your manager is more important to your health than the quality of your doctor. In fact studies from Europe and the US are showing that when people say “my boss is killing me”, quite literally this could be the case. 

The challenge during these tough economic times, particularly here in Australia where businesses who are heavily reliant on the mining, manufacturing and industrial sector are feeling the pinch, is not to fall into this trap and instead continue to inspire and engage people to create a healthy, productive workforce.

So what is the opportunity inherent in the current crushing economic climate and mining downturn? One thing we are discovering through our work at UQ Power is more and more people committed to finding new ways to clarify what matters most, to respect people and their individuality and to experiment with new ways to do things. This change in focus creates what we call a four way win: improved performance at work, at home, in the community and for the self. 

Could the current downturn make it easier to experiment with new attitudes and serve as a catalyst for your own reinvention as a leader? Watch this week's episode of UQTV for four ways you can continue to lead during a downturn. 

 


Now it’s your turn. What opportunities or silver linings have you found during your toughest economic times? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER?

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, October 12, 2014

I truly believe there is a big difference between effectively managing and effectively leading. 

We've all had a manager that doesn't do a very good job of getting people excited about coming to work in fact, you wonder how they ended up managing people in the first place. Perhaps they were a great individual operator or a technical whiz and through a series of promotions, ended up managing people. Managing (or being a people manager) often has many tactical components. Setting goals, monitoring productivity, ensuring the right people are doing the right things. 

And then there is the leader. Here's few things I believe to be true when it comes to extraordinary leaders:

  • THEY HAVE PASSION - We all have desire within us to be, and do, something great, and when you find someone that is passionate, its easy to follow them.

  • ITS NOT ABOUT THE TITLE - A true leader stands out well before they have been called for leadership duty. Put them in any situation, and they will step up and lead without ever being asked, regardless of their title.

  • THEY ARE RESPECTED - Being respected and being popular are two totally different things. Being a leader is about making tough decisions and doing whats right. Leaders are role models to many and this comes with responsibilities. 
These are just a few of the qualities I've noticed in the leaders I admire. Beneath these are two critical foundations required to form rock solid relationships Watch this episode of UQTV to see how you can develop yourself in these two areas.



Now I’d love to hear from you. 
What characteristics or personal traits do you look for and admire in a leader? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Remember keep on building a life, business or career that plays to your unique strengths – the best thing you can do to change the world and become a great leader worth following is to #startwithU.

Heidi Alexandra 
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