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Candor, Energy, and Optimism

Part one: Discussion: Candor, Energy, Optimism.
Question 1: Discuss how leaders set the tone through their candor, energy and optimism.
Question 2: Give examples of leading with candor from your experience or observations.
Question 3: Share experiences where energy and optimism set the tone to energize a team.
Question 4: Remind us about how destructive a negative or listless leader is to their team.

Part two: Application Activity: Establishing Trust
Question 1: Identify a set of specific, reinforcing activities you will do to establish and strengthen trust.
Question 2: What will you do to establish and strengthen trust with your team?
Question 3: How are your efforts to build trust and to demonstrate courage related?
Question 4: Choose a difficult decision in front of you. How will making this tough call establish stronger trust between you and your team?

I am using Jack Welch's Becoming a Leader.

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Part one: Discussion: Candor, Energy, Optimism.

Question 1: Discuss how leaders set the tone through their candor, energy and optimism.

When leaders are leading by imbuing their optimism and energy into their employees, they are creating positive work experiences that help the individual and the team as a whole. Candor is honest, showing the way and rewarding behaviors that are creating success. It is also about helping people know what they need to do to perform better or up to the expectations of the leader and the organization. Candor is also transparent, leaving no room for doubts about expectations and how well the employee is performing.

Energy is contagious and moves creativity to a new level, giving teams the advantage of excitement and optimism. People who believe in the company, the vision, and themselves share those things with others and in effect, create a sense of "can do" and optimism, even when things are not going well. People will take risks when there is energy and candor.

Question 2: Give examples of leading with candor from your experience or observations.

Any leader I have had that lead with candor, created an environment where people were not afraid to ask questions, try new things, and encourage each other. Competition was against themselves. They knew what they could accomplish to gain the rewards, especially praise and recognition of a job well done. Teachers have special motivational needs and when the principal or dean is telling them what they need to do and how it will affect the outcomes with students, there is a sense of optimism.

One situation I know of concerned a teacher in her third year at a local college. Her student evaluations had gone from good to fair. She showed up on time, had a lecture prepared, gave tests on the material, all as she should have. However, the students were not learning as much as they should or were not retaining it. They did not like the class and sometimes the ...

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This is a discussion of the attributes of candor, energy, and optimism. Jack Welch's book is basis for the discussion.

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