Emotional Intelligence

three levels of awareness

The 3 Levels of Awareness: Self, Other, and Systems Awareness for Stronger Leadership

By Melissa Eisler |

What are the three levels of awareness, and how do they relate to leadership? Learn all about what they are and get some ideas on how to expand your awareness on all levels.

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receive feedback

How Well Do You Receive Feedback?

By Melissa Eisler |

How a leader receives feedback signals how valuable feedback is on the team and in the culture. Learn five tips to receive feedback in a way that encourages a growth-minded culture.

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Compassionate Leadership

Compassionate Leadership and Culture

By Melissa Eisler |

Compassion is a complex and often misunderstood mindset, yet it is critical for healthy and thriving workplace cultures. Building a culture of compassion starts with – and necessitates – compassionate leadership.

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communication mistakes

8 Common Communication Mistakes Leaders Make

By Melissa Eisler |

There are dozens of communication mistakes leaders make, particularly when they need to communicate something tricky like behavioral feedback or ideas for improvement. Let’s take a look at the most common mistakes leaders make in communication, so that we can learn from them and avoid the common pitfalls.

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Dear People Pleasers, Stop Sugarcoating Feedback

By Melissa Eisler |

Sugarcoating feedback is when you bury the lead underneath a pile of niceties – so much so that the main message is not actually delivered, received, or understood. Find out why leaders sugarcoat their feedback and learn about the associated risks.

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personality assessments

5 Top Leadership and Personality Assessments

By Melissa Eisler |

Personality assessments can play an important role in helping you gain insight into your innate tendencies and strengths – which will ultimately help you become a more balanced and effective leader. They can also illuminate any areas that don’t come as naturally for you. The goal of this kind of self-discovery is to gain an honest representation of what development you might need; assessments can fast track this learning.

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personal board of directors

Your Personal Board of Directors

By Melissa Eisler |

When you are a leader, it can be difficult to get candid feedback from those who work for you, which is where the concept of a personal board of directors is helpful. A personal board is a group of individuals that can help you make sound decisions, give you advice and feedback, challenge your assumptions, brainstorm ideas, and generally expand your thinking. Who do you want on your personal board?

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routine reflection

Routine Reflection as a Leadership Development Tool

By Melissa Eisler |

Self-awareness is the foundation for growing as a leader. Building a self-reflection plan is one way to not only develop greater self-awareness, but also to help you focus on the aspects of your leadership you need to grow, based on your unique goals. Keep reading to learn about a framework and example plan for routine reflection.

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Both/And Leadership Mindset

6 Ways to Embrace a Both/And Leadership Mindset and Communication Approach

By Melissa Eisler |

A both/and leadership mindset can lead you to more informed decisions, more collaborative teams, and stronger relationships and results. Keep reading to learn six tips on how to embrace this productive and collaborative mindset as a leader.

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Right Wrong Trap

Escape the Right/Wrong Thinking Trap in Leadership

By Melissa Eisler |

The right/wrong thinking trap is more dangerous than you think. Find out the risks of holding onto your idea of “right” too tightly, and what kind of leadership mindset to embrace, instead.

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4 Frameworks for Feedback Conversations Leaders Can Use

By Melissa Eisler |

You know you have to give someone feedback, but the idea of giving constructive feedback has you in knots. What’s the best way to say what you need to say so it is productive for everyone? Learn four frameworks for feedback conversations you can use to deliver feedback in a candid, compassionate, and productive way.

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Feedback as a gift

Feedback as a Gift: Reframing Difficult Conversations

By Melissa Eisler |

If you can learn to see feedback as a gift, you will increase your capacity to have difficult conversations, which will improve your relationships at work, your team’s performance, and the culture of your organization.

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getting honest feedback

11 Steps to Getting Honest Feedback as the Boss

By Melissa Eisler |

The higher up you climb in an organization, the more valuable feedback tends to be. The problem is, the more power you have, the more difficult it is to get honest feedback. This presents a huge dilemma to leaders who want the honest truth about where they need to grow. Find out what you can do as the leader to encourage honest, direct feedback from your team.

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compassion and candor

The Intersection of Compassion and Candor in Workplace Communication

By Melissa Eisler |

We must cleanse our organizations of the negative stigma of direct communication, and replace it with the sense of generosity. Saying something that needs to be said is a gift that strengthens people, teams, and organizations if done with care. Here is how to balance compassion and candor in your communication.

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self-awareness

10 Steps to Develop Self-Awareness – the Most Critical Leadership Competency

By Melissa Eisler |

Self-awareness is the cornerstone to strong leadership. If you are a leader, you must be aware of where you fall short if you are to close the gap between where you are and where your organization needs you to be. Because you cannot fix a problem you are unaware of, you have to be proactive about discovering your blind spots. Here are 10 ways to gain a more complete picture of who you are as a leader.

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active-listening

Active Listening: 12 Skills to Enhance Your Listening

By Melissa Eisler |

When most people are listening, their minds are elsewhere. By contrast, active listening is when you place all of your focus on the speaker – paying attention at 12 distinct levels. Find out what they are and how to practice them – to establish trust in your relationships, build psychological safety on your teams, and deepen your connections both personally and professionally.

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surprising benefits of imposter syndrome

5 Surprising Benefits of Imposter Syndrome

By Melissa Eisler |

While feeling like a fraud is a common problem for high achievers, new research suggests there are some surprising benefits to imposter syndrome, or rather, to imposter thoughts. Here are the notable benefits, as well as some strategies you can take to strike the right balance between confidence and humility.

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Melissa is the founder and executive coach at Wide Lens Leadership and a Partner at Evolution. As an ICF Certified Executive Coach with a Master's degree in organizational leadership, Melissa has coached hundreds of leaders ranging from C-suite to entrepreneur, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and across diverse industries. Her work focuses on helping high-performing senior leaders and their teams magnify impact by building trust, collaboration, accountability, and healthy communication skills.

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