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Cultivating Emerging Leaders

Some organizations feel that leadership is better brought in from outside. That’s not true! Promoting leaders from within your organization has several benefits. First, it fosters loyalty among your employees. If they know they may be promoted, they will work harder and seek out opportunities for increased training and responsibility. According to a survey of 1,000 full-time workers from Joblist, 81% of managers promoted internally were more likely to report feeling supported by their teams. 77% found it easier to lead, and 85% felt like they had a highly productive team. 

This begs the question: how do you cultivate emerging leaders?

         

The Five Traits of Rockstar Presence

When you hear the word “rockstar,” what comes to mind? 

If you think of all the greats, from Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury to Lady Gaga and Beyonce, they all have two things in common… sure, they are all crazy talented, but more importantly, they had/have an amazing energy. Every single one of them has a larger-than-life, charismatic command-of-a-room-when- they-enter presence. 

         

Who Are The Real Rockstars?

Whether you watched the Super Bowl for the game or the commercials, it was hard to miss the
Workday spot featuring Kiss, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, and many other true rock stars.
The commercial pokes fun at the use of the label “rock star” in the business world, suggesting that
corporate employees in Finance and HR may be good at their jobs… but that doesn’t make them rock
stars. The fact is, while I’ve been teaching leaders and employees how to be “rock stars” in business and
in life for years, the term has been used for more than five decades.

         

Stop Playing The Comparison Game

Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

Be honest; you’ve done it. You’ve looked at a friend, colleague, or fellow human and thought, “Why are they doing so much better than me?”

It’s natural… but it’s not healthy. When we compare ourselves to others, we experience:

Stress/anxiety – When you are constantly looking at what others are doing, you may be tempted to do more and more to keep up with them.

Unrealistic Expectations —You can’t be good at everything (and neither can the person you are comparing yourself to). Believing that we should be experts at everything (and probably the first time we do something) will set us up for pain and disappointment.

Lack of Motivation – While you need to accept the fact that you can’t be great at everything, this acceptance may backfire and leave you feeling like you can’t be great at anything. This leads to a lack of motivation and drive.

Resentment – When you compare yourself to others, you may become angry when you don’t “measure up” to these unrealistic expectations. You may start to look at other people as having done something wrong and be resentful that they’ve achieved something you haven’t. This leads to strained relationships and holding onto unnecessary emotions.

Lowered Self-esteem – When you see others as “better” than you, set unrealistic expectations of yourself, and then experience a lack of motivation when you don’t reach them, it begins to erode your self-confidence.

Fortunately, the moment you realize (and admit) you are playing the comparison game, you get to change your behavior and stop.

How to Stop Playing the Comparison Game

         

Understand Your Leadership Style Through Music

When you enter a leadership position, your organization may give you a raise, change your benefit package, and put your name on the wall (or at least the door to your office). What they probably won’t do is ask you what type of leader you are going to be. Many leaders have never gone through any formal business or leadership training. If you find yourself in this camp, it’s okay. This doesn’t mean you can’t be a successful, beloved leader. However, you’ll want to make a few decisions early on that will help shape how you guide and support your team.

         

Using Music to Foster Unity

If music is so magical, you might wonder if it can be used as a team-building activity. You’ve hired wonderful individuals, yet they haven’t yet gelled as a team for some reason. You want your employees to be happy, working together, supporting one another towards a common goal. How do you foster teamwork and get your employees playing together like a successful band?

About Mark

Mark began inspiring audiences with his acclaimed book Opportunity Rocks®. After the book was featured in USA Today, Small Business Trendsetters, Business Innovators and TBN, it didn’t take long for Mark Kamp® to have his own following of screaming fans.

Now the exuberant keynote experience it is today, Mark Kamp’s® mission is to unlock everyone’s inner rock star, wherever that may take him.

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