leadership

Gratitude at work

7 Simple Ways to Demonstrate, Create, and Practice Gratitude at Work

By Melissa Eisler |

When you bring your gratitude practice to work as a leader, it can have profound ripple effects. Showing your employees that they are appreciated can improve morale, wellbeing, engagement, retention, and overall productivity. The problem is, we get caught up in the laundry lists of to-do items and gratitude often falls off our radar. To keep it top of mind, here are seven ways to create, practice, and demonstrate gratitude at work that make it easy to do and harder to forget.

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Courageous Communication

Courageous Communication

By Melissa Eisler |

There are many ways courage is critical as a leader, but the most common place I see leaders lack courage is in communication. Courageous communication is a pillar of effective leadership, and there are countless nuanced reasons why leaders don’t say what needs to be said, but most come down to fear. What is the antidote to fear? Courage.

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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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The Collaborative Feedback Framework

By Melissa Eisler |

There are dozens of frameworks and tools about how to deliver effective feedback conversations. The collaborative feedback framework focuses on collaboration, positioning feedback as a two-way dialogue and partnership, rather than a one-way conversation. Start here if you want to prepare for a feedback conversation that stays productive.

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positive feedback cultures

Gratitude, Acknowledgment, and Positive Feedback at Work

By Melissa Eisler |

In our society – and particularly our workplaces – we tend to focus on the faults, mistakes, and blunders of ourselves and others – and skip over the accomplishments achieved. When so much attention is flowing towards criticism and judgment, the cost is a culture that focuses on what is going wrong, rather than what is going right. This article is packed with tips on how to focus on positive feedback and appreciation at work – for yourself, others, and in organizations at scale.

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curiosity

The 4 Elements of Curiosity: Leadership’s Superpower

By Melissa Eisler |

Curiosity is complicated and multidimensional, which is why the benefits are so broad. It is not simply that you are curious or not; there are different flavors of curiosity that come in handy in different situations and environments. Let’s take a look at the four elements of curiosity.

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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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360 feedback

360 Feedback: How Do Others See You?

By Melissa Eisler |

360 feedback instruments and processes are designed to gather feedback and perspective from the people who work closest to the leader, and then reflect those perceptions back to support their leadership development. Here are three approaches and four tools to getting 360-degree feedback, depending on your budget and needs.

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Continuous_Improvement

Continuous Improvement Mindset: Getting 1% Better Every Day

By Melissa Eisler |

Meaningful and sustainable change takes time and is created by making tiny shifts over time. Patience, discipline, and a mindset for continuous improvement are necessary to grow and develop as humans.

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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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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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