Develop unconventional leadership skills for better results

This month’s meeting of The Business Building Academy offered two outstanding presentations on developing and offering strong leadership. The presenters were Susan L. Farrell, MBA and Lt. Cmdr Chip Lutz USN (ret.). I discussed Susan’s presentation in another column.

leadership skills, how to be a good leader, effective leadership, leadership coachingChip, president and founder of Unconventional Leader, LLC, offered several very useful pieces of advice, including suggestions for leading in an unconventional way.

Some of the takeaways include:

– Appreciate those who are your friend; those who stick up for you. “If I’m loyal to my people,” Chip says, “they’ll be loyal to me.”

– Humility is important. Don’t take life too seriously, and be able to laugh at your mistakes. “It’s OK to fail,” Chip says. Employees feel more comfortable when managers step out of their comfort zones.

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Effective leadership rooted in respect and assertive behavior

This month’s Business Builder Academy meeting featured two outstanding seminars on effective leadership. The presenters were Susan L. Farrell, MBA and Lt. Cmdr. Chip Lutz USN (ret.).

This column recaps Susan’s presentation. I will discuss Chip’s seminar in my next column. how to get good customer serviceSusan taps into her 25+ years of management and training experience to help women in management roles develop leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills.

Author of “Don’t Act Like Prey!: A Guide To Personal Leadership for Women,” Susan stressed that if we’re going to lead, we must be assertive.

To set the stage, she offered the 3 R’s needed to manage a business properly.

Relationships: She reviewed personal and professional relationships and how they affect how we lead.

Rights: In addition to the common ones found in the US Constitution, Susan reminds us that we managers/business owners have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.

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