Leaders on Point Podcast
By Daniel Mutuku
Leaders on Point PodcastMar 23, 2023
Emotional Intelligence in Leadership
Learning How to Be More Aware
When you think of a “perfect leader,” what comes to mind?
You might picture someone who never lets his temper get out of control, no matter what problems he’s facing. Or you might think of someone who has the complete trust of her staff, listens to her team, is easy to talk to, and always makes careful, informed decisions.
These are qualities of someone with a high degree of emotional intelligence.
11: Leading with your strength - what to do with your weaknesses
I have taken up a new leadership role. My colleagues keep pointing out my weaknesses. I find it hard to lead with a style that is not me. I want to be authentic to myself and to those I lead. How do I lead with my strengths?
10: When there is a change of leadership... Do this
Dear coach, I am at my wit's end. Please help me. In the last three years, we’ve had 3 changes in the senior management team. And in our department, the head of the department has changed twice in the last year. These changes have meant the department strategy has changed with each new head. We all feel like just as we are settling to get things done, change happens. To make matters worse, they’ve recruited externally each time. But the new department heads have not lasted.
09: I'm being witch-hunted at work
I am being witch-hunted at work, my boss looks for things that I do wrong - deliberately. I have been summoned to my boss's office several times with accusations that I’m not doing my work well. There is no substantial evidence to support these accusations. This has affected my confidence. I have even started doubting my capability and competence. I feel like somebody or some people are on my case and want me out / fire. What do I do?
08: Managing a Team with Diverse Personalities
My team has a mix of personality types. One team member is highly analytical and wants to discuss every single point of the project before we proceed. Meanwhile, another one is more creative, so doesn’t mind starting out with some unknowns and figuring things out as we go along. As you can imagine, these two team members clash a lot as one thinks the other is not serious about work whereas the other accuses their team mate of being too rigid. As the team leader, how should I handle this situation so the team remains focused and productive?
07: Office Politics - to engage or not
I started a new job, 6 months ago. I’m getting to know my co-workers, sizing them up, learning everyone’s roles and positions at the company. I’m figuring out who I jive with, who I may butt heads with, who the office clown is… But then it happens: A co-worker makes a comment to me, outside the presence of other employees, about one of your co-workers.
“Joe is such a slacker sometimes.”
“All Sarah does is talk about her wedding!”
“What do you think about the CEO?”
They’re waiting to see how I respond. How do I handle this type of situation?
06: How to Deal With an Incompetent Leader
Dear Coach, As a mid-level employee, I been working for a manufacturing firm, for the past two years. My job performance has been solid, and on occasion, even praiseworthy. However due to the current economic conditions – poor profit earnings, massive layoffs and company restructuring, I now find yourself working for a new boss. Ordinarily reporting to a new leader would not pose a real problem but this time it feels different -- management practices have changed. The team environment has been transformed from one of true collaboration, honest dialogue and a commitment to problem solving to one where backstabbing, finger pointing and plain fear are the norms. I am now under the control of an “incompetent” leader!. What do I do?
05: I'm being passed on for a promotion, what do I do?
Dear Coach, I have been working in my company for the last 6 years in the same position. Overall I have 13 years of experience. On 3 occasions I have been passed on for promotion. These were opportunities that arose with the organisation. I apply, but I did not get the job. The company ended up hiring someone from outside or from a different department. I am fully qualified for these positions and I can do the job. What should I do? Should I speak up or quit the job?
04: Should I accept the offer and hope for the best? Toxic Working Environment
Dear Coach, I have been offered a job at a company. The job is giving me better pay than I am earning now. As a matter of fact, it is almost twice my current salary. After researching the company, I found some disturbing reviews about the company on glassdoor. Many ex-employees mention that the company has a toxic work environment. There are unrealistic targets to be met, it’s a high-stress environment, with yelling and even verbal abuse. I wouldn’t say my current company has the best culture, but this is on a whole new level.
What should I do? Should I accept the offer and hope for the best?
03: Working with a pessimist manager / Founder
Dear Coach, I was hired because of my experience and expertise in finance and accounts. However, I am not able to do my work because of my boss who keeps on shutting me down, my ideas and anything I propose. He is stuck with the old ways and processes in the company. I feel frustrated. I don’t understand why I was given the job if I’m not given the space to do the job. My boss is also the founder of the company, which makes it even harder to argue with him. Kindly help. What should I do? Should I continue pushing or quit this job?
02: I’m I right for the job? How to deal with Imposter syndrome
Here is an email from one of my clients.
Dear Coach, I recently got promoted to a leadership position. I’m now in charge of a team. I was excited at first about the position and the new challenge. From the outside, I look like I’m progressing well and continuing to climb the ranks in my career. Other people perceive me as successful. However, I feel like a fraud. I have to put in a lot of time and effort to manage the work. I am really hard on myself when things go wrong. I’m afraid I might be “found out” by my boss or co-workers that am not as good at my job as it seems. What do I do? Please help.
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