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Promoting a Sense of Belonging: An Interview with Antonio Farias Podcast Transcript From University of Florida Training & Organizational Development, this is Reflections on Leadership. Welcome to Reflections on Leadership, a podcast where we explore why leadership matters in higher education and what great leadership looks like at the University of Florida. I’m your host, Scott Blades, Assistant Director with Training and Organizational Development.  […]

Leading Through Collaboration

Collaborative leadership is founded on a belief that “…if you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization or community,” (Chrislip & Carl, 1994). This job aid highlights the necessary skills and characteristics for a collaborative leader as well as challenges to be mindful of.

How to Write an Effective Job Posting

With today’s competitive market for talents, writing an effective job posting is your first key to attract qualified candidates and create a positive impact on your overall recruitment efforts. Additionally, an effective job posting can reduce the amount of turnover due to the lack of understanding of the overall expectations and dimensions of the job. This is why it is important for hiring managers to invest their time and efforts in developing their job advertisements.

Effective Meetings: Facilitation

The role of a meeting facilitator is to ensure that all the elements of a meeting will run seamlessly, including logistics, processes, and participation. A good facilitator can be the key to a rich and productive meeting. The facilitator cannot – and should not- control the content of the meeting. Rather, s/he should approach the meeting understanding that the participants have entrusted him/her with safeguarding an environment that encourages inclusion, comfort, and clarity, all of which will bring about effective communication and understanding – with ease. Let’s look at some of the elements of good facilitation.

Effective Meetings: Planning

Meetings can often be the best method to foster group communication in order to achieve certain results: to share or get information, to brainstorm options, to make group decisions, to plan, to clear the air, or to promote team-building. But too often we default into having a meeting when there might be a better way of accomplishing our objective. So, if you really want to be part of a major shift in how your team operates, start by making meetings productive and worthwhile for all participants.

Becoming an Adaptable Leader

A leader’s style has a direct impact on others. Successful leaders adjust their leadership style based on what’s needed by others. The Situational Leadership Model, developed by Ken Blanchard and Paul Hersey, identifies four leadership styles: Directing, Coaching, Supporting and Delegating. Each style varies in the amount of directive and supportive behaviors used by the leader according to the employee’s development level and/or the employee’s willingness and ability to perform the task.

Leading Across Generations

For the first time in modern history, four generations are represented in the workplace, each with its own distinct set of values, characteristics and priorities. This intersection of generations in the workplace provides a unique opportunity to increase the productivity, creativity, problem solving and learning of a team when the differences between generations are harnessed […]

Consensus Decision-Making

Consensus decision-making is a process in which a group or team arrives at a decision that all can support. All members, including the leader, have an equal share or stake in the decision and have the ability to support or block the decision. This method of decision-making leads to better solutions, greater team buy-in, and builds more productive and cohesive teams.

Resolve: What It Takes to Be a Determined Leader

Leaders who are hesitant about doing the hard, but right, things will often fall short of getting the organizational results they desire. The most effective leaders are quick to take appropriate action because they are driven by a firmness of purpose that outweighs the discomfort. And, they are able to frame this critical responsibility as one that intentionally supports the strategic outcomes they hope to achieve. Resolve is having the fortitude to do the hard things day after day because the end results are essential.

Conflict: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Because it deals with a struggle or a clash (of ideas, interests and/or persons) we often make negative associations when we hear the word conflict (shudder). However, conflict, in and of itself, is not “good” or “bad” (or ugly). How we qualify conflict has more to do with what causes it as well as how we choose to address it. This article will take a look at how leaders can address conflict—and make it good—as they strive to strengthen the efforts of the teams they inspire, guide and support.