Become a better leader by developing a positive mindset and deepening your relationships with staff, bestselling author Tim Sanders advised CUNA Lending Council Conference attendees in his keynote address Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“I’m going to take you on a journey about emotional talent—this idea that we harness our emotional intelligence and design our lifestyle to become a leader,” said Sanders, the former Chief Solutions Officer and Leadership Coach at Yahoo!, and cofounder of research firm Deeper Media, Inc.
Feed your mind good stuff
Leaders must define reality and provide hope, Sanders said.
When you feed your mind negative and random information, you let the world define your emotional stability. Positive thinking is the outcome of the lifestyle decisions you make, according to Sanders, who suggested leaders follow these steps to transform their minds:
One of a leader’s most important roles is to develop relationships and share the information, Sanders said. Concentrate on strengthening your use of these three intangibles:
1. Knowledge: Share what you know by mentoring another individual. Identify someone who lacks a key piece of information or trait, engage with them through a series of meetings that promote learning, and empower them to also share their knowledge with you. “Mentorship is about giving the hero the gift of knowledge so they can make it to the next stage of their journey,” Sanders said.
2. Networking: Share your network, which will improve your ability to solve problems and find resources when you need them. “Networking isn’t about prospecting, it’s about creating opportunity,” Sanders said.
3. Compassion: You can’t lead people you don’t love, Sanders said. Create a culture within your workplace that empowers workers to express their feelings and receive thoughtful responses.
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