There is an abundant and constant flow of information on leadership in the form of books and articles including material on leadership development and best practices.

Leadership can be defined as a unique form of behavior that results from the integration of, among other things, attitude, knowledge and experience. That being said, what can you do if you want to develop and use your full leadership potential?

Having more than 25 years of practice and experience under my belt, I can share with you 2 winning strategies to have more impact as a leader.

Know Yourself

Leadership often starts by having a good sense of self-awareness. It's important to identify the personality traits and skills that will allow us to influence and inspire others. To help gain this knowledge, ask for feedback, use psychometric tests or participate in a 360 ° survey. When we know ourselves well, we can focus on our talents and manage our weak points. Good leaders use their strengths and surround themselves with people who have complementary skills.

Develop Yourself

The next step, in my opinion, is to learn to learn better. Think about different learning styles that could help you identify how you and your team learn best. Use all possible methods to stay current and agile: webinars, readings, training, co-development, mentoring, coaching, videos and so on.

Also, always think about perfecting your communication skills: verbal, written, listening and body language. Your ability to communicate effectively will greatly improve your impact, persuasion and interpersonal skills.

In summary, an exceptional leader is one who recognizes the importance of self-development, as well as the development of team members. This is not only a mark of recognition, but it also leads to excellence and success.

In his book "The Heart of A Leader", Dr. Ken Blanchard had this to say about good leaders; "If you want to know why your people are not performing well, step up to the mirror and take a peek."

Do you want to know more?

Participate in Ingrid Kelada’s training sessions. She a business psychologist and the author of the book 21 Days to Happiness published this fall. 21 Days to Happiness is a practical guide offering 21 different simple techniques to try for 3 weeks in order to increase your happiness, productivity and energy. Do you have 10 minutes a day?

The book is available at www.21DaysToHappiness.com or Amazon.

Ingrid Kelada

October 2019

Secrets de psy pour la gestion du changement...

J'ai donné une conférence à environ 100 chefs de projet, principalement des ingénieurs et j’ai partagé quelques secrets et stratégies pour mieux faire face aux résistances et aux différentes réactions au changement.
Je parlais, entre autres, du scepticisme, de la critique et de la confusion. Selon moi, ce sont toutes les « bonnes » réactions... quoi? Oui! Car ce sont des réactions normales et intelligentes. Ils sont à l'opposé de l'indifférence et du suroptimisme. Ils vous donnent l'occasion de comprendre les préoccupations des gens et de les aborder. J’ai leur ai dit que la personne « négative" est la plus utile en la gestion du changement! Pourquoi? Elle vous donne la liste des préoccupations et parle souvent pour tout le monde... même ceux qui sont plus silencieux.
Si vous êtes un leader du changement, votre travail consiste à écouter, répondre aux préoccupations et faciliter l'adaptation au changement... pas de vendre, ni de pousser. Rappelez-vous ce que nous avons appris il y a des années dans nos cours de physique  : « la résistance est égale et opposée à la force appliquée » en d'autres termes, plus vous pousser, plus ils repoussent.
Conclusion: ne forcez pas les choses, aidez et soutenez les gens... vous obtiendrez plus d'engagement!
Voici ma conférence en anglais... espérons que cela puisse vous inspirer et vous donner quelques pistes de solutions.
Ingrid Kelada
juin 2018