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Why Leaders Should Be Learners

Why Leaders Should Be Learners

When you think of a leader, characteristics like confidence, integrity and resilience might come to mind. However, a key characteristic that many people overlook when analyzing the behavior of a leader is the capability and willingness to learn. The readiness to learn doesn’t come easy, and at times, its harder to be open to new perspectives than to continue down the path of your own.

Why is learning such an empirical aspect of being a great leader?

To Adapt

In whichever business climate or general industry you inhabit, there are bound to be fast-paced changes. As a leader, you must be agile in how you react to the fluctuation of best practices and trends. Leaders are charged with the responsibility of growing an organization, team, business, etc; therefore, they should be fully committed to learning. One way to do this is by being constant readers. This way, you learn about developing knowledge in your industry and can relay this valuable information to your team.

To Set An Example

As a leader, it’s important to remember that you are constantly setting an example for your team – make it a good one. When you value learning, you begin to see the positive impact it has on growth and talent acquisition. By being an active, constant learner, your team members also become active in their commitment to learn and problem-solve every day.

To Become An Active Listener

Listening is a fundamental part of being a successful leader. It not only opens your mind to someone else’s perspective, but it also affects your day to day by being able to listen actively to the people surrounding you. There is a difference between hearing and listening. What are you doing more of? Are you understanding what is being told to you by listening actively? Or are you simply hearing and not retaining the information? If you are constantly learning and making yourself vulnerable to new and better information, your listening skills quickly skyrocket, becoming an asset as a leader.

If you want to become a leader who adapts, sets an example to your team, and listens actively, you are bound to gain all of these characteristics through learning consistently. Why should you stop learning with new information being unearthed every single day? Leaders who ignore the value of learning become stagnant. Go against the current and challenge yourself to become a dynamic and influential leader in your industry. Be a leader who never forgot the worth of being a student.

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3 Ways to Cultivate Kindness in Your Children This Holiday Season

3 Ways to Cultivate Kindness in Your Children This Holiday Season

Kindness and concern for others are regarded as moral virtues in almost every society and major religion. Unfortunately, unadulterated kindness is rare to find in today’s society. Many feel there has been a steady decline in values, and that individual advancement is becoming more and more significant than the ability to care for others. What is most overwhelming, however, is that this tide of unkindness is now reaching children.

A survey conducted by Sesame Street called “K is for Kind: A National Survey on Kindness and Kids,” unveiled that 70% of parents say the world is unkind to their children and 58% of teachers say most children today are disrespectful. Most people are quick to blame other societal factors for this. Some might say it’s the lack of kindness ailing new generations. However, it is clear that parenthood is a direct correlation. Most importantly, this survey helped us realize the importance of actively teaching kindness to children. Therefore, here are a few simple ways you can spark your kid’s wish to help – and what better time than the holidays to do so.

Assign Chores

To truly demonstrate that kindness is a core value, try assigning chores to your children. Kids should understand that a certain amount of help is needed from them, and for no particular reason. Therefore, assigning tasks such as making their beds, cleaning the table, and washing dishes is an integral part of their understanding of kindness. By making them aware that they are not getting anything in return, you are instilling in them an innate obligation to help. Then, kindness will slowly become an instinctive character trait.

Share the Wealth

Teach your children to see the abundance around them and to think of people to share it with. Is your child’s room overflowing with toys and other personal items? Tell them that in order to purchase something else, they must first donate something they own to a donation center. To really bring the point home, make sure you demonstrate this as well. Baked too many cookies this Thanksgiving? Invite your child to take them to your neighbors. By doing this constantly, children will begin to see kindness as an inherent part of life. They will then find opportunities to help others without expectations of them returning the favor.

Notice

This might seem counterintuitive, but praising your child when they do something nice for someone else is a fool-proof tactic to teach them kindness. According to David Schonfeld, M.D., director of development and behavioral pediatrics of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, children are hardwired to be considerate and kind. He notes that kids help others primarily because it helps them get what they want. However, kids then do acts of kindness because they know they will be praised by their parents and loved ones. It is through this praise that they begin to anticipate the needs of others. Ultimately, it becomes intrinsically rewarding to be considerate and they begin to reflect true kindness with no expectation of praise.

Being kind to others feels good. It helps us step back from our own troubles and creates a sense of interconnectedness with the people around us. Let’s not forget the important role of kindness in our lives and let’s remind ourselves to teach it to our little ones in these three simple ways.

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How to Stay Energized at Work

How to Stay Energized at Work

Is it hard to find energy at work? Do you find it difficult to remain focused? Tiredness at work is a common ailment for most people. It can harm your work performance while also making your job less enjoyable. And in some professions, it can be a bigger problem than it seems. Whether you work from home, part-time, in a team, or independently, use these tips to keep yourself motivated and the most productive you can be:

Get moving

Research has shown a clear correlation between exercise and brain function time and time again. A short workout in between tasks can help improve your job performance, productivity, and might boost creativity. An article from the Huffington Post in 2013 emphasizes that there are 13 mental benefits to working out, a few of them being improved brainpower, better memory, and increased energy. If you can’t seem to find space between your schedule to fit in a workout, there are other alternatives that might be more realistic for your specific situation. For example, you can do leg lifts while reading emails. Others might prefer parking far away from their building’s entrance in order to jog their brain awake before starting their day. Any amount of movement will help you find energy at work and stay on top of your game.

Use scents as brain food

A wildly underrated member of your five senses, your sense of smell, might be the puzzle piece you’re missing to solve your low energy problems. Essential oils have been proven to increase alertness, memory, accuracy, and mental clarity. Specifically, a peppermint scent. A study in 1990 proved that smelling peppermint essential oil enhanced alertness, focus, and concentration. Essential oils can be applied topically, inhaled, or even sometimes ingested; however, most studies out there have used the inhalation method, which might be easier to do in an office space.

Stare off into space

No, we are not advising you to daydream at work or to stare blankly into an abyss of nothingness for 30 minutes straight. Staring off into space purposefully, however, can have its benefits. Especially if your work is done while staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Your eyes strain themselves when staring at a screen. This worsens exhaustion when they do so for long periods of time. The 20-20-20 rule advises you to look at a point 20-feet away from you, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. This breaks the continuous screen fixation and allows your vision to refocus. This method enables your brain to gather the needed energy at work to continue your task without losing momentum.

Your workday is challenging enough with imminent deadlines, projects, and assignments to complete. Therefore, don’t let low energy throw you into a dangerous cycle of unproductiveness. Instead, actively fight it by applying these methods into your everyday work routine. By doing so, you will lead a productive work environment that fosters creativity and establishes a positive relationship with your job as a whole.

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