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What makes a Leader......

  • Have you ever wondered what makes today’s leaders stand out from the crowd?
  • Have you ever analyzed what it is that enables some leaders to have their people fully engaged and always pulling in the same direction, while others seem to spend all of their time, fighting fires and challenged by resistance?
  • Have you ever considered what turns an underperforming manager into an empowered leader?

Find your dynamic, motivational leader

Leaders whose teams are fully engaged and working together achieve game-changing results. Morale soars, staff turnover nosedives. Productivity goes through the roof and costs fall through the floor.

Contrary to popular belief, leaders are made, not born. This is where outstanding executive coaching pays dividends. Leadership coaches at Forward Focus understand the art of management and leading.

  • Did you know that only one-third of the difference between top and average executive performance is due to technical skill and cognitive ability, while the majority of the outperformance is attributed to emotional intelligence?

Executive coaching at Forward Focus empowers leaders by concentrating on the development of their emotional intelligence skills and incorporating these with the core of traditional, technical and cognitive skills used in management.

With all the critical skills mastered, managers become motivational leaders. In short, they will:

  • Understand their role in today’s modern business environment
  • Inspire a shared vision
  • Be better able to communicate with impact
  • Engage employees proactively in enhancing employee and team performance
  • Have the skills to manage and adapt to diverse teams across generations, cultures and at a distance

Your leaders may be newly hired, recently promoted, or experienced managers with the need to update their leadership skills. Forward Focus provides the executive coaching that guarantees future success, converting your managers into the dynamic leaders needed to take your organization and its people to the forefront of your industry.

Substance, not style

We recognize that while today’s leader must be flexible, collaborative, and inspirational, he or she will also have their own style based on previous experience and learning. They’ll need to be able to adapt quickly, be agile and lead with energy to influence change while communicating effectively with the entire organization and any other stakeholders.

This is the substance of dynamic leadership. It is these skills that empower the leader in day-to-day management as well as while they lead through change in today’s fast-moving business environment.

Our leadership coaches ensure that substance augments individual leadership style, producing results that include:

  • Boosted sales revenues
  • Increased profitability
  • Improved productivity
  • Highly motivated teams
  • Improved employee retention

The Forward Focus executive coaching team in NJ that makes a real difference

Our executive coaching team includes leadership coaches that have decades of cumulative experience in real business from executive positions in Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. They have coached at some of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations and collaborated with companies to evaluate current capability and explore unique value propositions going forward.

You won’t find a better executive coaching team in NJ. And now you can benefit from their up-to-date knowledge, executive coaching strategies, and the best leadership tips for executives and managers by subscribing to the Forward Focus Newsletter today.

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Why No One Likes a Negative Boss, and the Benefits of Positive Leadership

Is your team underperforming? That’s the effect of a boss with a negative attitude. Turn it around and benefit from the lasting impact of positive leadership.

The 10 Personality Traits of Leaders and Managers (With Examples)

What are the most important personality traits of leaders and managers? We examine the top 10, with examples.

How Do You Lead a Remote Team?

As the world of work continues to evolve, these tips to lead your people now that they aren’t in the office are invaluable for all organizations.

Leadership Focus: The Key to Be a Motivated Leader

Why is focus important in leadership? We discuss leadership focus and the differences between task-oriented and people-oriented leadership.

12 Essential Skills for 21st Century Leaders

The leadership skills that were fit for 20th century leaders are no longer sufficient for 21st century leadership. Today, it is 12 soft skills that make you an inspiring and influential leader.

Why Leading Is Hard, and How to Get Better

Leading is hard, but what is the most difficult part of being a leader? One thing is for sure, leadership is not about being in charge.

Your Employees Are a Reflection of You

Employees are a reflection of you as a leader, and you as an organization. This is why it is important to build a team true to values and purpose. How do you do this?

How to Develop Your Leadership Style and Become More Effective

Identify your personality traits to understand your natural leadership style. Understand others, too. Then personalize your leadership to individuals.

Leading Through Uncertainty: Are You the Leader Your Business Needs?

Leaders must navigate uncertainty, master the unknown, and keep their eye on the horizon. Are you leading through uncertainty?

Leading with Influence in Flattened Management Hierarchies

Flattened management hierarchies cannot survive without leadership – people must be influenced and motivated to succeed. Here is how to drive success from the top down.

Leadership Reflection: Assessing Your True Leadership Potential

How do you assess your true leadership potential? Three aids to leadership reflection and questions you must ask.

Never Run Out of Time Again – The Advantages of Delegation in Management

Delegate effectively and you unlock many advantages – including team development and freeing your time to work on big-picture strategizing.

Fearful Avoidant Attachment at Work: Causes, Signs & Overcoming It

Do you suffer fearful-avoidant attachment at work? It could hamper your leadership potential. Here’s all you need to know.

Using Covey’s Quadrants to Be a Happy, More Effective Leader

Covey’s Quadrants are an effective time management technique, helping you to address your work/life balance and become a more effective leader.

Their World Has Turned Upside Down. How Do You Lead Your Team?

Affiliative leadership. Is it the key to successfully leading your organization through crises and your employees’ emotional roller coaster?

Interactional Leadership: Are You a Fluid Leader?

What can you learn from the interactional theory of leadership? For a start, how to personalize approach to influence employees in all situations.

Leading in a values-driven business

Technology has helped your organization transfer its operations to the remote workplace. But technology isn’t enough. The new and greater challenge is how to develop and maintain performance and productivity within remote teams. For this, your leaders and managers must develop strategies to build trust and embed human collaboration.

Your values, your purpose, your team

Thriving employees are three times more likely to work for a company with a strong sense of purpose – and that’s embedded when you promote your core values.

By itself, technology will not drive collaboration

Why is it that 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures, despite 80% of businesses using social collaboration tools for enhancing business processes?

The Secret to Employee Retention? Happy & Engaged Employees

An organization with highly engaged employees benefits from 41% lower absenteeism, 21% higher profitability, and 59% reduced employee turnover. So why is it that only a third of leaders make employee engagement a priority?

Poor leadership is the number one reason your employees quit

Gallup says it costs businesses in the United States $1 trillion each year. SHRM says it costs your business as much as 200% of each employee’s salary. The reason is poor leadership. But what is it that is putting your organization’s future at risk?

How can leaders manage their time effectively in the 21st century

As president during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted a system that would help him employ his time more effectively. It also had to be simple to understand and use. We call this system the Eisenhower Matrix, and it could transform your effectiveness as a leader in the 21st century organization.

Are you fit to lead in the VUCA world?

Those organizations that adapt to the VUCA nature of today’s world will be those who remain successful and competitive throughout these unprecedented times. Putting in place a VUCA leadership model now will ensure that you will be well placed to evolve fluidly today and in the future, no matter the reason for transformational change.

Build trust to lead effectively

There are two types of trust. The first is practical. The second is far deeper. Emotional trust breeds honesty, openness and respect. High-performing teams are founded on emotional trust.

What can leaders learn from omnichannel routing?

As technology improves, ways of working have evolved, leading to productivity improvements that would be unimaginable in low-tech environments. For example, in call centers, omnichannel routing has revolutionized how call center employees work – leaders could learn much from omnichannel routing methodology.

Lead your team out of the conflict quagmire

Six hours each week. That’s how much time most managers spend managing conflict in the workplace. With better conflict management skills, this time could be used far more effectively.

The productivity challenge that leaders face every day

Motivating people to improve personal productivity is a challenge that leaders face every day. There are many reasons that employees’ productivity slips. Increasingly, American organizations are strategizing for on-the-job naps. Could they be the answer to your productivity problems?

Leaders must look after their mental health first

As COVID-19 is forcing more people to work from home, mental anguish in the workplace is evolving. It is critical that leaders look after their mental health. They are under enormous pressure to lead their team to success in an uncertain market. Mental anguish in leaders is very real. A leader who is suffering from poor mental health could become demotivated, pessimistic, volatile, and lack focus. What might that do to their teams? Shouldn’t your leaders look after their own mental health first?

7 Strategies for Overcoming Resistance to Change in the Workplace

Inspirational leaders create a culture that makes overcoming resistance to change an integral part of change management and not a separate corporate function. Corporate culture and change management are inextricably linked, though inspirational leadership is needed for employees to see their responsibilities differently.

7 Ways to Build Collaborative Leadership

When you build a collaborative leadership approach, you build an organization capable of gaining competitive advantage. Here we look at 7 ways to build collaborative leadership.

Is a culture of employee empowerment right for your organization?

There are both pros and cons of employee empowerment, and here we discuss the advantages and disadvantages that are tangible and potential.

Mental health management through organizational change

Many of the physical health issues associated with shiftwork and organizational change are linked to mental health. Both trigger workplace stress. Managers should therefore be coached in strategies to manage mental health in the workplace – focusing on managing and remediating stress. Is your organization doing enough?

The Science of Persuasion and the Art of Appealing in the Leadership Context

While we use influencing techniques every day, understanding the types of persuasive leadership styles helps to select the right approach in every situation.

The 5 Conflict Management Techniques that Managers Must Recognize

Understanding that personality influences how people handle conflict will help managers understand why conflict must be managed and not self-managed.

7 Challenges Faced by Leaders of Multigenerational Organization

In multigenerational workplaces there is a wide diversity of values, preferred communication styles, mental wellbeing issues and preferred methods of working. When leaders understand the different characters of each generation, they will more easily discover the strengths of each generation and use these to improve collaboration. Are you prepared to meet these challenges?

Leading Collaboration in a Multigenerational Workplace

Most organizations today have multigenerational workforces. These should benefit from a wide range of perspectives, knowledge and capabilities. Yet managing generational differences in the workplace can be challenging. These management strategies will help your managers to manage multigenerational teams more effectively to release their full potential.

The role of leadership in employee experience

With authoritarian leadership confined to the history books, organizations with leaders who practice workplace spirituality are more likely to retain employees and benefit from high-performing teams. With these five leadership strategies, your organization could provide the employee experiences that lead to exceptional employee engagement.

What skills will leaders need in the AI world?

AI is helping to free the time of managers and leaders. So what skills will be key for managers and leaders in the AI world?

Do Your Leaders Inspire People in Continuous Change?

Business leaders are failing to engage people in change. In the VUCA world, what is it that leaders must do better to engage their people in continuous change?

Real Leaders Embrace Continuous Change

Change management and change leadership are assets of successful change. What is the difference, and where do they fit into Kotter’s change model?

Diversity and Inclusion Are Key Ingredients to Successful Leadership

Diversity and inclusiveness are not mutually exclusive in the modern workplace. If your workforce diversity strategy doesn’t include inclusive leadership, it is likely to fail.

Values-based Leadership Transforms Organizational Culture

If your leaders are advocating espoused values, it is unlikely that transformational change will be successful. values-based leadership must be founded on authenticity.

Shouldn’t Communication Be the Heart of Your Employee Engagement Strategy?

When devising an employee engagement strategy, considering how you communicate to employees is a key factor to unlock your organization’s potential.

To Change Your Organisation, Put Your People Before the Process

The failure rate of organizational change projects is 70%. Could it be that the focus is wrong? Instead of process, put people first.

Feedback – the Key to Unlock Employee Development

Some managers seem to develop high-performing teams naturally. Their ability is knowing how to motivate employees to work harder. Feedback is key.

How Do You Incentivize Continuous Improvement in the Workplace?

What incentives to motivate employees might help your organization to organizational change success? What pitfalls should you avoid?

How to Motivate Lazy Employees with Feedback

Effective communication techniques are essential to motivate lazy employees and reinvigorate their passion and work ethic.

Identify Your Hidden Values to Inform Your Leadership Style

Unconscious bias influences a leader’s actions and behaviors. To unlock your potential as a leader, uncover your subconscious to empower positive behaviors.

How Can You Lead an Organization to Innovation Greatness?

The key to sustainable performance is innovation. These transformational leadership strategies will unlock your organization’s potential.

Use a Task Manager to Lead More Effectively and Free Your Time

A leader’s workforce management responsibilities include many centered around time management. A task manager can help to unlock performance of teams and individuals.

Lead Your Team to a Higher Plane

Great leaders inspire greatness in others, and these lessons and examples will help managers develop the skills needed to inspire and influence individuals to become a high-performing team.

Don’t Let Your Emotions Get in the Way of Managing Workplace Stress

Employees don’t like bossy managers. Bossiness leads to lower productivity, higher absenteeism and higher staff turnover. Isn’t it time to lead by influence and not authority?

Are You an Inclusive or Exclusive Leader?

Inclusive leadership offers many ways to motivate employees in the workplace, while exclusive leadership caused by unconscious bias can do huge damage.

Engage Your People by Inspiring Self-development

Good leaders will find creative ways to engage employees in their own personal development and achieve greater team performance by doing so. These tips will help.

Cross-Cultural Management Challenges and How to Face Them

Organizations are more multi-cultural than ever. To avoid the need to resolve cross-cultural misunderstandings, enable your leaders to understand cultural differences.

Self-manage Your Emotional Intelligence to Be a More Effective Leader

Of all the keys to successful leadership, emotional intelligence is the one that will help you assert your authority with influence that inspires rather than authority that demoralizes.

How to Nix the Politics and Create an Ace Management Team

To increase productivity and profitability, your management team should employ ways to increase employee engagement – starting with eliminating office politics.

Make Remote Teams Work With a Collaborative Approach

It’s likely that you employ remote employees. A great pool of talent. But do your leaders understand how to motivate staff who work remotely? Here are the tips they need.

Why Many Organizations Should Rethink Their Annual Review Process

When considering how to keep employees from quitting, it may be time to rethink your annual review process. It may be doing more damage than good.

How Do You Lead an Organization Through a Volatile Market?

Perhaps the most volatile of markets is during economic downturns. These six tips outline how to motivate a sales team during a recession.

Leaders: Engage with Technology to Turn Around Disengaged Employees

Organizations are suffering with greater numbers of disengaged employees. Leaders who utilize technology effectively could reverse this trend.

How to Lead a Culturally Diverse Organization From The Outside In

The difficulty of leading a multi-cultural organization is reduced when managers demonstrate the characteristics of democratic leadership.

You Want Your Team to Change: Should You Guide It, or Inspire It?

Charismatic or transformational? Which leadership style is best suited to guiding sustainable change in the modern economy?

7 Traits Used by Leaders to Affirm Organizational Culture

Understanding organizational culture is imperative to embedding the traits that determine how leaders inspire action by their behavior.

10 Rules for Creating Innovative Leadership Teams

An underperforming leadership team can be turned around and re-energized, when it benefits from the ten golden rules of leadership.

The Leadership Perils of Creating False Narratives

Brand storytelling should link to your strategic narrative. But if your narrative is not aligned with reality, your company’s future could be in danger.

Energize Your Team with this SMART Goal Formula

This SMART goal formula will bring your vision into focus and give your people the energy to meet and beat its targets.

How to Create a Narrative That Your People Will Engage With

Developing narrative skills isn’t taught in the standard business degree, and yet storytelling is an essential leadership quality in today’s ambitious organization.

How to Use and Support Influence in Horizontal Leadership

Today’s horizontal organizational structures present exceptional opportunity for leaders to use influence tactics to uncover tomorrow’s leadership talent.

7 Leadership Behaviors to Inspire Employee Engagement

Increased productivity is a direct benefit of an engaged workforce. These servant leadership principles will help your team achieve peak performance.

To Educate and Engage, The Keyword is Collaboration

A collaborative management style has many benefits, providing the leader knows how to engender engagement and deal with conflict.

7 Leadership Traits That Create Trust

Employing a trait approach to leadership will encourage trust in you as a leader, and create an environment of engagement.

The Secret To Employee Engagement Is To Sell It

Two-thirds of employees in the United States feel disengaged at work. This employee empowerment process will make sure yours aren’t among them.

Inform Your Leadership Style To Supercharge Your Team

To supercharge your team, employ this leadership practices inventory from self-awareness to transformation and engage your employees.

Leadership Behaviors: Just how do you become a resilient and inspirational leader?

Of all leadership behaviors, resilience is the one which is most commonly needed and least commonly developed. Leading your people through a period of change can feel like walking a tightrope with an elephant on your back. Resilience is what gets you – and your elephant – to the other side.

“I have such high turnover on my team. What can I do to improve morale?”

Some organizations accept that staff come and go as merely a part of business. They don’t realize that it could be one of the first and most important symptoms of a deep underlying problem. If your organization or a particular team is suffering from an increasing rate of employee turnover, then you need to take a good, long, hard look at your managers.

“Our high-potential employees seem to become less successful when they are promoted to manager.”

Most companies report that promising talent fails to deliver when promoted. To combat this, leadership coaching helps firms to empower leaders to become engaging leaders.

Emotional Intelligence is a Leader’s Most Important Capability

Emotionally intelligent leaders will display all the characteristics you expect when asked to describe a great leader.

Give Your Team the Diversity Advantage with Behavioral Interviews

By using behavioral interview techniques, a manager can learn much about individuals and how they will fit into a multifunctional team.

Employee selection methods: Interviewing to find the right team

To build an inspirational and progressive team, these employee selection methods will ensure you find the people you need.

How disruptive leadership avoids complacency in the workplace

A culture of complacency will kill your company. Disruptive leadership can inspire complete engagement.

Use Clarity to Inspire Engagement

It doesn’t take long sentences and complex language to encourage engagement – clarity of message is one of the leader’s most inspirational tools.

21st Century Leadership Strategies

Seven key competencies that will define you as a 21st century leader.

Leadership Influence in the Digital Age

As the digital age increases in its influence on working practices, leaders will need to adapt their leadership influence tactics.

Learning Organizational Leadership from Employee Value Proposition Examples

Attract top quality employees and keep them. The secret is a strong employee value proposition, as exhibited by winning companies like Netflix and TNT.

7 Leadership Negotiation Skills to Make the Breakthrough

Whether negotiating a sale, new pay deal, or bringing in new working conditions, positive outcomes will be dependent upon a leader’s negotiation skills.

How a Leadership Style Assessment is Used to Build Self-awareness in Leaders

A leadership style assessment, printable in format, will help leaders identify their natural style. Emotional intelligence is the key that separates out good leaders from poor leaders.

Embody an Influencing Leadership Style to Engage Employees

By employing an influencing leadership style, a leader will energize employees to engage in the collective goals of the organization.

The Challenges and Attributes of High Performing Teams

When a team leader understands the attributes of high performing teams, the challenges of leading a high impact team are more easily considered and tackled. Both the organization and the team leader have responsibilities to ensure that management challenges are faced and key team attributes embedded.

The Secret of How to Energize Employees to Perform at their Peak

Energetic leaders are not the same as energizing leaders. In order to benefit from sustainable engagement, energizing leaders must unlock the secret of how to energize employees.

7 Ways to Make Sure You Start the New Year with Happy Employees

Motivating employees is difficult at this time of year, but with the right strategies your happy employees will help blast through this year’s goals and welcome in a successful 2016.

Five Leadership Theories and Styles that Affect the Way Your People See You

Only 1 in every five workers thinks their boss is a good leader. How do you get your employees to want to work with you, instead of just working for a paycheck?

How to Motivate Your Employees Using Behavioral Leadership Theory

Studies show that behavioral leadership theory has an impact on employee productivity. Are your employees motivated to excel at their jobs?

What Functional Behavioral Analysis Tells the Leader He Must Do

Functional behavior assessments highlight strengths and weaknesses, and can empower leaders to support their employees in the achievement of individual and team goals.

Five Ways in Which you Can Encourage Employee Empowerment

To benefit from the advantages of employee empowerment, management must first concentrate on providing the environment to encourage the required behavioral culture.