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Be a Leader People Want to Work For

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The members of Connect: Professional Women’s Network share tips for taking on a leadership role. Connect is online community with more than 340,000 members that discusses issues relevant to women and their success. The free LinkedIn group powered by Citi also features videos interviews with influential businesswomen, live Q&As with experts and slideshows with career advice. To learn more and join the conversation in the largest women's group on LinkedIn, visit http://www.linkedin.com/womenconnect.

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  • Dont be so afraid of failing that you dont let yourself succeed. This isnt about being right; its about evolving while on display. JUDY BOOZER, Executive Director at Bleeding Heart Ministries, LLC
  • Listen. And watch. And listen. Find time to spend a few private moments with each person to find out what they see as their strengths and what they most enjoy doing. Remain accessible. When/if you begin to make changes, provide plenty of information and support. SUSAN R. MEYER, Author, Life Architect
  • Lead through example and inspiration, not through intimidation, pressure and fear. PATRICK P. STAFFORD, Writer, Editor, Journalist
  • Provide timely feedback, create a sense of ownership in teamwork and provide a clear direction and recognition of accomplishments. This helps create a culture that empowers and recognizes everyones role in the common goal. ANA PARDO, Project Manager
  • Build a culture of trust, celebration of successes and enthusiasm. If you dont, your employees bodies may be there, but their hearts and minds will be elsewhere. CAROL FETZER, Owner, Forte Speakers
  • In my experience, if a new leader has come up within the organization, the most difficult thing is navigating the relationships they had with their prior peer group. Stay centered and look for a mentor in your new peer group to help you. BRENDA ROBERTSON, Executive Leader
  • Make sure that the expectations for your team are clear so that you can justify holding everyone accountable. DIEDRA HOPKINS, Business Development Professional
  • Learn to ask questions to get others to nd the answer on their own. Like the proverb goes, Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. KELLY BERMINGHAM, President at South Puget Sound Business & Professional Women
  • Understand the communication styles of each person on your team, as well as your peers and upper management. KIM ZARNOWSKI, Office Administrator and PT Consultant
  • Involve others in your decision-making. It makes a healthy working environment even better! VESTA WASHINGTON, Adjunct Professor
  • Be the leader youd want to work for. BETSY DELY, Experienced Retail Manager
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