Influencing others’ behavior – the Pygmalion Effect

Two different styles The Pygmalion Effect comes from a branch of psychology, called Positive Psychology and essentially deals with expectation laid upon people.  The concept can be used in influencing others’ behavior by changing your own. In simple terms, the higher the expectation from students, the better their performance. Teachers, by changing their behavior towards …

Leadership Qualities – Communication – Emailing with Impact

Email Emails are a very fast, cheap and universally accepted mode of communication.  As you work with and lead teams you will find yourself using emails more and more.  Writing professional, effective and impactful emails is a valuable skill to have. Recently, I was one amongst four managers who got an email with a voicemail …

Effective Leadership Qualities – Measuring Yourself

  Glass half full There are no standardized tests to measure others’ perception of your behavior, personality and people engagement skills.  Unfortunately, it is their perception that dictates how people will engage with you.  Measuring yourself or understanding your qualities in the eyes of those around you is very complex. If you can somehow know …

How to become really effective – manage the important tasks!

Important note Effective leaders must be able to manage their tasks and time efficiently.  Not only should they plan their tasks well ahead of time, they should also be able to select the right tasks and prioritize them effectively.  More importantly, they should be able to decide which tasks are to be avoided. Consider the …

Getting organized through checklists

Checklist An effective leader is an organized person.  Being organized is a “development” skill that can be practiced and honed.  One of the best developmental activities is getting organized through checklists. Definition: According to Wikipedia, a checklist is a type of informational job aid used to reduce failure by compensating for potential limits of human …