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Friday, January 2, 2015

Top 10 Resolutions of Highly Respected Leaders

By: Tommy Eden

What can you do in 2015 that will be a game changer for influencing and inspiring the people you lead, supervise, manage or just happen to live with. In 2015 practice daily these 10 resolutions of highly respected leaders and you will be amazed:

1) Be Appreciative - who at your place of work has ever complained they received too much feedback? Most likely none raised their hand. Employees at all levels are starving for genuine feedback and appreciation. Be appreciative and supercharged employee engagement will be your reward. When you see good work say it. What you recognize gets repeated.

2) Be an Encourager - how many times in your life has a coach, teacher, parent or great boss looked you in eye and encouraged you to achieve much more. They gave you that second wind. Be an encourager and people will always seek to be part of any team you lead.

3) Be a Critical Thinker - the first secret to being a critical thinker is to admit what you don't know. Critical thinking comes through being a perpetual learner and asking questions and fully exploring assumptions before you embrace them. Blind spots and biases can overtake our best intentions. Assemble your team and with groupthink chart on a big board your vision and values for 2015. You will be surprised what you learn together.

4) Be Optimistic - emotions are contagious. Some people make the workplace better and brighter just by showing up. Be that person who daily spreads contagious optimism within your workplace and you will never lack for a team of true believers.

5) Be Resilient- “ it is that space and time between disappointment and recommitment. Between sorrow and feeling. Between offense and forgiveness. Between setback and "so what - I will try it another way."

6) Be a person who Laughs - levity is that magic ingredient which makes the time spent with others memorable. It is humor that brings genuine laughter and happiness into teams and builds relationships. It is never crude and destructive.

7) Be a Collaborator - continually seeking out ways to lift others up and help them succeed even when it may not directly benefit you. Find out what obstacles get in the way of their success and discover their personal hopes and dreams. You will then be known as a person of inclusion, one who spans boundaries and breaks barriers in your organization.

8) Be an Apologizer - who puts taking personal responsibility above saving face. It means stepping up and fessing up; saying "I let you down" or "I was wrong." Apology is the hallmark of integrity.

9) Be one who Engages others - allowing someone the freedom to make mistakes is powerful - verses micro-managing. For with choice also comes the power to succeed greatly and discover new and better ways to do the work of making a profit.

10) Be a Lover - showing genuine love, concern and sacrifice for those that are dear to you has been the greatest motivator in the world for over 2000 years. Find ways to lift up on a platform those you work with, or live with, and they will feel your love. Who knows, maybe daily practicing these resolutions will even change your world in 2015.

Tommy Eden is a partner working out of the Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP offices in Opelika, AL and West Point, GA and a member of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and serves on the Board of Directors for the East Alabama SHRM Chapter. He can be contacted at or 334-246-2901. Blog at