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How to be a Great Manager when you are Shy!

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Are you a manager or supervisor with a shy personality Can shy leaders truly be effective? Shy leaders definitely face some challenges. If you are on the management career path but think your shy personality is limiting you, here are a few of tip to confront these challenges and guide to become a better leader.

Getting To Know Your Team: Set up individual one-on-ones with my direct reports. By setting up the meetings in advance, both my employees and you have the chance to prepare. Email out an agenda with set topics to talk about. Then, use a skill that come’s naturally to you… listening.

Having Tough Conversations: These kinds of conversations don’t come easily to most managers. supervisors, or leaders in general;  but for shy bosses, they can be absolutely unnerving.It helps to have a mentor or boss who can guide you through these conversations until you feel confident initiating them on your own.

Speaking Up With Authority: There will be times you need to confront an individual employee about a particular issue; but the rest of the time, you need to be a boss plain and simple. You have to lead meetings, assign projects, set goals, and encourage your team to meet those benchmarks. And for a timid personality, simply speaking to your team with boldness and authority can be a daunting task.

1. The first was simply getting comfortable with my team.
2. Preparation is key.

Dealing With All Of The Above: Yes, it will be painful at first. But if you want to be a leader, stick with it. Because the good news is, it gets easier. Once you know your team of employees and feel comfortable around them, you will find you feel more empowered to lead them. Tough conversations will get easier. You will be able to confidently coach and train your team, The path to some of the most rewarding things in life are painful and scary, but that makes it so much more fulfilling when you reach the point where you can look back and see how far you have progressed.


Global Female Thought Leaders of Our Time

2014.08.13 Global Female Thought Leaders

Have you ever thought about this statement? We always talk about the top Male CEO’s. What about the top Female CEO’s? Here are some thoughts about these fearless leaders.

CEO, YouTube – Susan Wojcicki
2014 saw Susan Wojcicki become the CEO of the single largest video platform globally. She has in the past grown an acquisition by as much as 51%!

President, South Korea – Park Geun-hye
This lady rekindled relations with North Korea. She has bought soul back the governing of this country and commands a $1.6 trillion economy.

CEO, IBM – Virginia Rometty
Two years at this helm, a declining growth curve, she lead by example and did not take a BONUS. It is this type of leadership skills that have ensured her growth in this global technology giant.

COO, Facebook – Sheryl Sandberg
This lady care takes and is responsible for sales, marketing, business development, human resources and communications at the social media giant. Under Sandberg’s leadership, Facebook’s earning has improved and the mobile strategy has been revamped. Amongst all this success she launched book that became a best seller called “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”!

First lady, United States – Michelle Obama
Michelle today is more popular than her husband, the President of the USA by an estimated 66% according to the approval ratings. She is a Harvard Graduate and actively fights childhood obesity and promotes healthier eating and lifestyles.

CEO, General Motors – Mary Barra
Mary Barra is the 1st woman ever to head a Big 8 automaker and the largest seller in the U.S. market She began in the company at 28 years of age, completed her electrical engineering degree.  She has bought a leadership style that has gained the customers trust once again. The Detroit automaker announced sales were up 7% in April year-over-year. Again a successful story!

Author, Personality, and Former US Secretary of State – Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton is a fierce leader. Will she become the first woman president of the USA? Her upcoming memoir, “Hard Choices,” which chronicles her time as Secretary of State, reportedly earned her a high-seven-figure advance.

Managing director, International Monetary Fund – Christine Lagarde
The first woman to run the 188-country financial organization. She believes it is not just a moral or equal-opportunity matter. It’s also an economic cause. It’s a no-brainer. Woman must be part of the global leadership.

President, Brazil – Dilma Rousseff
This lady heads up the world’s seventh-largest national economy with a GDP of nearly $2.4 trillion. Not only has the World cup just happened in Brazil but the Olympic Games will be held there 2016.

Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Melinda Gates
She founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband in 1998. Her work has inspired other big donors and has changed way funders think about effective philanthropy. She has raised Billions over the years, by having highly targeted campaigns coupled with data-driven monitoring and global collaboration.

Chair, US Federal Reserve – Janet Yellen
Janet is responsible for the Fed’s balance sheet ($4 trillion); she is the first woman to ever hold this position. Her goal:  maximize employment. She believes The Federal Reserve can help if it does its job effectively. Aiding many people getting employment.

Chancellor, Germany – Angela Merkel
Chancellor Merkel has continued to be a crucial ally to the U.S. The world’s most powerful woman for nine of the past 10 years. Merkel is the first woman to serve as chancellor in Germany. Merkel is an original architect of the 28-member European Union with a GDP of $15.8 trillion.

There it is. The world’s top identified female leaders of our time. Our world definitely needs more women at the helms. Woman inspire people is a different way to their male counterparts. Let’s support a transformed global work force!