Three Must-Have Elements for Effective Leadership in Any Aspect of Your Life

Whether you want to grow your capacity for leadership in your career, at home, as a parent, as a mentor or even as a friend, you need a foundation upon which to lead. In fact, when we are not successful as leaders, it’s because we lack one of these three elements.

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Feminine Leadership

It is such an exciting time to be a woman. Paradigms are being broken daily, and we are being called to step into our leadership in whole new ways. Each year, we host an invitation-only leadership conference for women business owners who are committed to philanthropy. Most women don’t identify themselves as philanthropists. However, I’ve found that giving back is one of the main characteristics of truly successful women in business who lead from a place of balance and femininity.

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Build a Better Business by Becoming a Better Leader

Leadership is directly linked to company profits. It’s at the core of every other key factor, such as market, sales, fulfillment, productivity and expenses. When you become a better leader, you grow a better business.
Here are 10 attributes you need to be a good leader:
1. Vision – a picture of the future that is compelling and realistic even if it is a big stretch. Keep your vision at the forefront.
2. Communication – communicate frequently in supportive and even challenging ways to build a healthy business.
3. Emotional intelligence – meet followers where they are today. I often see leaders attempt to meet followers where they want them to be instead of where they are now. Emotional intelligence brings you back to a service platform.
4. Collaboration – invite differing opinions and ideas.
5. Quick decisions – no one follows a leader who can’t choose or make decisions. Be decisive to instill confidence.
6. Walk your talk – set the example, mold the culture and live the values you set for the company and the employees. Walking your talk is part of the integrity you instill within the organization.
7. Service – Lead from the front and from the rear. Support and lift the stragglers on the team. You win or lose as a team. Being of service to the team is pivotal.
8.Commitment – to the vision, the business, the employees, the stakeholders and the clients.
9. Delegate – no one can do it all. No one is great at every task. Share the wealth and make use of the talent that surrounds the business.
10. Train – to sharpen your leadership skills as well as the skills of the team.
I encourage you to choose which of these attributes you would like to improve upon and take action. Improve your leadership skills and watch your business grow.
Doreen Milano, Certified Professional Coach, established Visions To Excellence in 2010. Doreen has years of experience assisting businesses, both large and small, in growing and thriving through even the most challenging economic scenarios.

Why I Blog

I blog because it’s a way to reach my people, my tribe, with my heart. I admit that a lot of my posts don’t appear to be from my heart because  I often blog about technical aspects of blogging, Social Media, SEO and Internet Marketing too.  Whenever a client asks me a question about how to do something related to what I teach, I  write a blog post.  I figure, if one person is asking, there are 10 or 100 who also want to know the answer! But it’s still from my heart.  I am really passionate about teaching internet marketing strategies and that’s from my heart!

What Will I Talk About?

Last night I attended a networking event and I started chatting with  a woman entrepreneur about blogging.  She said she had no idea what to blog about.  Have you had that thought?  She is like so many people who are stopped in their tracks before they even start by that thought, “What will I talk about?”  There are other versions of that thought too, like “I’m not a writer”, “who will want to read what I’ve written” and on and on!

She is the owner of a consignment store where they have so many different types of cool  unique, even amazing items.  I shared with her about another client I had worked with who was selling designer ties on Ebay.  Her tie sales were going pretty well,  so I recommended that she start writing a blog post about some of the designer ties. Every time she wrote a post about a tie, that tie would sell and her overall sales would increase.  Even if the tie she wrote about had been sold, it brought people to the site and they purchased other ties!

Blog About your Products

I suggested to the owner of the consignment shop that she start blogging about some of the items in the store; telling the stories of the items, describing them, talking about the store through the inventory.  I recommended that she choose items from her main categories of items in the store.  That way, even if the item she blogged about was sold, there would still be other items in that category for people to purchase.  I told her that if she got any “brand name” new or newer items, she could blog about those as well.  I reminded her to be sure and tag the items with keywords.

You Are a Writer!

It was really amazing for me to see the light bulb go on for her when I shared about the ties and how she could find unlimited ideas to blog about from her own inventory.  She realized that she actually does have something to write about and now she can launch her blog and feel excited about it. 

I have often observed that, when it comes to blogging, the “I’m not a writer” is really more about not knowing what to write about.

Take a Look at What Role Disappointment Plays in Your Business

A while back I gave a speech to a group of women entrepreneurs, my ideal clients. At the end of my speech, I invited the ladies to attend my upcoming event at a deep discount. Only one person in an audience of 60 women signed up for the event. When I went home, I was disappointed. Then I made some follow-up calls and within five days, seven ladies had taken me up on my offer. That was the day I decided to never again be disappointed by the immediate results I see in business. When you are not happy with your results or feel you are not meeting the expectations you put on yourself, if you are like most people, you are likely to be less productive, unfocused and not in action.

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Does Your Business Have a Community?

Your business can do so much more than serve your clients. Your business can connect your clients with each other and cultivate them into a community. An incredible community of like-minded people provides more massive value to your clients that you alone cannot deliver. When you create and foster connection and camaraderie through community, your clients will love what you have done for them and stick around forever. 

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Soar with the Eagles: How Branding and Community Lead to Entrepreneurial Success

“You will never see an eagle of distinction flying low with pigeons of mediocrity.”
― Onyi Anyado

When entrepreneurs commit to their big ideas, dreams and visions, they have a choice. They choose to take the leap, get support, gather resources, hang with other successful entrepreneurs and choose to be ALL IN, or they do not. Here are ways entrepreneurs who soar with the eagles stand out:

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Build a Heart-Centered Community and Watch Your Business Soar

Community is a powerful force for positive change in the world. This power can propel you and your business forward beyond your wildest dreams. Why build this kind of community? Because people do business with people and companies that value them and make them feel good.

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Rewrite the Stories in Your Head and Love Life

As a psychologist, I have heard just about everything from I want to die, I want to kill someone, to My life is wonderful and I still don’t know what’s keeping me stuck from the life I know I deserve. HELP!

In a nutshell, if you’re not loving life, it’s your story. Psychologists listen to stories to transform lives. The story is the key to taking your power back. It is the “conscious creator” who manifests the story you want to live your life into. What are you telling yourself? Are you willing to be wrong about your story to have your wildest dreams come true? Would you rather be right or would you rather be rich, madly in love, living in bliss, ____________?

It really is that simple.

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Three Powerful Ways to Cultivate Community Through Your Social Media

Cultivating community through your social media begins with building your own online presence. Let’s start with Facebook. To begin, you will want your online presence to reflect a clear, focused message so people can get to know you on both your personal and business pages. Everything you LIKE, share or comment on in some way reflects your message. As you share content that expresses your brand, people who have an interest in what you are up to will gravitate toward you, and your following will begin to grow.

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