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Leadership is Feminine

For most women, when we are invited to study leadership the teachers, scholars, authorities and models are primarily… men. We are indoctrinated from the time we are born that men are the leaders and that natural male characteristics are the strengths you must also possess to be a good leader. Powerful. Strong. Authoritative. Direct. Assertive. Decisive. These and so many more are attributes that are typically associated with the male model of a leader. And so, for the better part of the last one hundred years as women have made their way into the fold, in a variety of leadership roles, we have learned and studied to walk the way of a men to achieve success. Women dismiss their own knowing because we’ve been so indoctrinated in male leadership models. We dismiss what we know for what others tell us to be and how to be seen. There is another way to lead. To be in alignment. To not feel like an imposter. It’s time for the reimagining of leadership. That’s not to disparage any of the progress that has come before us. Progress is progress. For those of us who stand in the footsteps of the women who came before us we are here because of their courage, bravery and resilience. I wonder instead if women equally looked to the characteristics they learned from their mothers for leadership. I wonder if we were taught to lean on different qualities to drive success. I wonder what might happen then? The traditional qualities of mothering are communication, nurturing, listening, strength, support, grace, and yes… love. What if to be the best leader you can be as a woman, you integrated the best of both? This is how women will stand with integrity in their role as leaders. As women, we can be assertive, direct, powerful, and authoritative but we need not only rely on those attributes for success. After 25 years of watching and studying leaders, I can tell you that for sure many traditional male attributes are effective in the short run, but they typically only serve a few. Whereas, when leadership is feminine. When the leader possesses the strengths of femininity and grace the results are for all. This podcast is my like my gentle request and invitation to my fellow female leaders that we reclaim the world leadership as one that is a feminine definition. That we continue to work with all of our allies to build organizations and systems that include more support, collaboration, grace and communication. And that we do so not because we are uncomfortable with the more traditional male-dominating models, but because we truly do know that leadership is a feminine strength and attribute. And the world needs more of us leading. Now more than ever.
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Feb 24, 2020

Let’s talk about the five types of expectations women should have and implement in their businesses. By setting clear expectations, leaders can do a better job of achieving improved results and holding their team members accountable.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. The manual is a set of rules that you have for other people that you believe are true and that you hold other people to.
  2. Expectations are those behaviors that you expect of people who work for you that are based on the values of your business -- and you DO communicate them.
  3. Standards are measurable policies and rules. They’re black and white and are born out of the values and expectations.
  4. Key performance measures for every role in your company.
  5. Individual goals.
  6. The majority of the issues we have in a business, when it comes to “team,” is behavior, not skill set.
  7. You have to set expectations regarding behavior because that also sets the tone for your culture.

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Feb 17, 2020

Some people just seem to have all the luck. But what if it isn’t luck? What if it’s just a pattern? Once you recognize it, you can change it. Here’s how.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. How patterns with money affect your life.
  2. Some time patterns that many of us deal with.
  3. Patterns with your team and your business.
  4. About the shiny object syndrome.
  5. What are the patterns with YOU?

Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Feb 10, 2020

This month the podcast is about you as a boss, and today in particular is about your point of view. Your point of view influences the results you get from those you manage as well as how you invest in people.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. My hypothesis on how to help leaders.
  2. One of the first core areas of understanding I want everyone to have.
  3. What happens when you don’t have a mechanism of awareness to supervise your own point of view.
  4. Where your point of view and values come from.
  5. “Common sense is what YOU think is common.”
  6. Your mind is your most powerful, yet least utilized, performance tool.

Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Feb 3, 2020

Being able to delegate properly is a superpower. Here’s a short checklist to help you master that skill.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. A short delegation checklist.
  2. Determine if the job or task is tactical or strategic.
  3. Write it out. Here’s what I want done. Here’s the result I want. Be specific.
  4. The three steps to properly assigning a task to someone.
  5. Why follow up is essential.
  6. The importance of giving feedback.

Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

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