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Ten Leadership Secrets for Every Successful Leader

Leadership Skills: Ten Leadership Secrets for Every Successful Leader

Leadership, leader, leaders, leadership techniques, leadership secrets, employee motivation, employee communicationGreat leaders exhibit common qualities on a daily basis when working with their team.  These leadership qualities motivate their team members to work toward a common goal and help the organization achieve its goals.

In this leadership article, you will learn the common qualities of a great leader.  The following are ten leadership qualities you can apply on a daily basis:

  1. Motivate Action – Great leaders inspire their employees to take action.  They communicate what the situation is, what the solution is, and what action steps need to be taken to achieve the goal.  Before the final solution is taken, the true leader asks their employees what solutions they might have and what action steps they would take.  Leaders realize they do not have a monopoly on ideas and the more they can get ownership of the solutions from the employees, the more the employees will be inspired to take action.
  2. Create a Positive Environment for Success – Great leaders realize that a positive work environment starts from the top down.  They convey an optimism that is contagious throughout the organization.  They communicate a positive attitude toward their employees and the opportunities that face them.  Leaders also work with “negative employees” to educate them on why it is beneficial for them to be positive for their personal well-being, as well as the organization’s welfare.
  3. Communicate Clearly – Leaders work at being good communicators.  This means not only being able to speak well, but also being a good listener.  Leaders realize that by listening to their employees, they can come up with solutions which are sometimes better than their own solutions.  Leaders also realize that by listening well they can eliminate conflict in the workplace.  They also constantly work to communicate the mission, goals, and values of the organization.  Leaders provide two-way communication with their employees to ensure they are reaching the goals of the team.
  4. Support Their Employees – Effective leaders nurture and support Leadership, leader, leaders, leadership techniques, leadership secrets, employee motivation, employee communicationtheir employees through their mistakes while immediately rewarding them for their achievements. They take the time to immediately and publicly reward their employees while showing the respect of coaching the employee in private.  Outstanding leaders support their employees by making sure they have the resources available to be successful.
  5. Make Timely Decisions – Effective leaders quickly evaluate the information or situation and make a decision based on the information in front of them.  They don’t form committees to evaluate what other committees are going to do.  Like the Nike commercial says, “Just Do It,” and make the decision to act.  Leaders always realize that the situation can change and they can adapt to the new situation.  Being decisive will gain trust from your employees that you can take them where they want to be to be successful. (To read the rest of the article, go to Ten Secrets)

Appreciation for Motivation!: Happy World Gratitude Day Part 2

Appreciation for Motivation!:  Happy World Gratitude Day Part 2

World Gratitude Day, gratitude, appreciation, gratitude quotes, appreciation quotes, success quotes, success, motivational quotes, motivational, Ed Sykes, motivational speakers, va, the sykes groupMary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, once said, “There are two things people want more than sex and moneyrecognition and praise.”  Time and time again the one motivating factor at the top of most employee lists is appreciation for a job well done.  It is more requested than the green stuff, money.

Why don’t more managers, owners, and employees give appreciation?  Some people state they don’t know how to give appreciation.  Others don’t know what to give appreciation for in the work environment.  Yet others say they are too busy to give appreciation.

I think this is the biggest sin of managers, being too busy to motivate their employees and give appreciation for a good job well done.  Remember what the old transmission commercials used to say, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later.”  Well, that is what giving appreciation is about.  You can invest in your employees now and “pay” them with sincere appreciation and achieve even better performance.  Or you will “pay” later by seeing your team’s performance sink, corrective actions and coachings increase, and overall morale decrease.

The following link will give you five motivation tips to giving sincere appreciation that will motivate your team to soar to a higher level and achieve more:  Gratitude Through Appreciation

Happy World Gratitude Day Part One: Appreciation

Happy World Gratitude Day Part One:  Appreciation

World Gratitude Day, gratitude, appreciation, appreciate, motivation, motivational quotes, appreciation quotes, Ed Sykes, motivational speakers, va, the sykes groupHappy World Gratitude Day!  September 21st is World Gratitude Day.  Take this day to show your appreciation for all things big and small.

How can you show appreciation for the things that happen in your life?  The following article link will give you a few ideas on how you can show appreciation for what you have, what has happened in your life, and for what others have done for you in your life:




Inspirational Story by Student Brings Passion to Her Son’s Journey!


Inspirational Story by Student Brings Passion to Her Son’s Journey!

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Phyllis Kauflin and Grammy winning, jazz legend Quincy Jones

I had the pleasure of having a student go through my class who wanted to learn how to make a video that would tell the inspirational story of her son and how he overcame his challenges to become an award-winning jazz pianist. The student in my class was Phyllis Kauflin. Her son is Justin Kauflin.

You may not have heard of him today, but you will shortly. His inspirational story is being told in the documentary, Keep on Keepin’ On, produced by musical genius Quincy Jones and coming out on Sept. 19th. The documentary tells the inspirational story of Justin’s journey to become an award-winning, world-class jazz pianist in spite of losing his sight at an early age. The documentary also tells the inspirational story of how Grammy-award winning jazz legend Clark Terry mentored Justin to become the pianist he is today. View the trailer below.

When his mother attended my video marketing class, she wanted to make a personal video to share with friends and family. Phyllis did a great job using pictures and music to create a mood that told Justin’s inspirational story from a baby to an accomplished jazz pianist. This is a perfect example of making a simple yet powerful video through the use of only pictures and music. No actors or narration were needed. View Phyllis’ video below.

After showing her the tools and techniques she needed to make a quality video, she put together this video between my first and second video marketing class, in less than forty-eight hours.  I am proud of all of my students who rose to the challenge and produced quality videos that helped their businesses. Or in Phyllis’ case, told her son’s story.

Motivational Quotes: Start With What You Have to Achieve Success!

Motivational Quotes: Start With What You Have to Achieve Success!

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