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The Art of Leadership with Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people more than the transaction of tasks. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.healthyleadership.online

The Art of Leadership Dr. Niña Ellison

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The Art of Leadership with Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people more than the transaction of tasks. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.healthyleadership.online

    The Big Deal about a Leader's Inner Circle

    The Big Deal about a Leader's Inner Circle

    The big deal about inner circles:
    Question One: What’s the big deal about inner circles?
    Potential characteristics when a leader doesn’t have that inner circle:
    Loneliness, feeling isolated and discouraged
    A sense of carrying the bulk of the load in decision making
    Increasing cynicism
    Becoming more distrustful and unable to clearly identify a safe space for deep dialogue
    Inner circles are made up of those whose character and dreams bring value to others rather than seeking to take from the group.
    Who we choose to invite into our inner circle is critical for our leadership journey
    Absence of an inner circle can be deal breaking for a leader looking to expand their horizons.
    Question Two: Does a leader have control on who is in their inner circle?
    Yes, it is the leader who must take the initiative to develop their experience of the inner circle.
    Two steps to get started on building your inner group:
    Step one: Take time to think carefully and strategically about who you are looking for to engage in your
    inner circle.
    Step two: Be intentional in building meaningful relationships
    Tip#1 : don’t be in a hurry but when you see the potential for an inner circle member, go for it.
    Tip #2: Don’t buy into the myth that leaders are too busy to build meaningful relationships
    Potential characteristics of leaders who connect within an inner circle:
    1. Character and integrity and mutual respect
    2. An ability to create a paradigm shift in those around them
    a. Not agreeing with everything to move on quickly and avoid deeper dialogue
    b. Able to shift the direction of the conversation
    3. Willingness to travel the journey (both the good and bad)
    4. Readiness for fun
    5.Competence with a track record of success
    6. Those who have a Purpose in life that makes a difference
    Inner circles are effective if they are small in number but massive in value.
    Resources:
    https://amzn.to/2pfwmNM (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership)
    http://simplicitycollective.com/EconomyFromWalden.pdf (EconomyFromWalden.pdf) http://simplicitycollective.com/EconomyFromWalden.pdf ((simplicitycollective.com))
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    Mentoring young women in leadership with Mercy Achola

    Mentoring young women in leadership with Mercy Achola

    Mentoring young women in leadership with Mercy Achola (Part II)
    Key thoughts for young women in leadership:
    Prioritize: know what is important at what time in your life
    Understand the seasons of your life and live true to that
    Be ready to shift, to reinvent yourself, as opportunities come
    Wisdom of five African proverbs for all leaders:
    Haraka, haraka haina baraka: there is no blessing when we hurry
    Haba na haba hujaza kibaba: drop by drop the bucket fills
    Mvumilivu hula bivu: patience pays
    Mkosa mila ni mtumwa: know your culture and your heritage to know yourself
    Umoja ni nguvu: unity is strength
    Nina Ellison can be reached at https://www.healthyleadership.online/home (Healthy Leaders make a difference. (healthyleadership.online))
    Mercy Achola can be reached at: https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/mercymasilaachola/ (https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/mercymasilaachola/)

    • 16 min
    Beyond the surface of self-awareness with Mercy Achola

    Beyond the surface of self-awareness with Mercy Achola

    A journey in self-awareness with Mercy Achola moving from unconscious to conscious self-awareness
    Part I
    A path towards conscious self-awareness:
    beginning with a “going within
    a cycle that only showed up in times of crisis
    with growth, but without a deeper purpose determined
    a desire to reproduce beyond times of crisis
    the recognition of the value of a coach
    learning that there is a process to increasing self awareness
    NOW, with readiness to share journey with others
    Soft skills are essential skills for every leader as they become influencers.
    Nina Ellison can be reached at https://www.healthyleadership.online/home (Healthy Leaders make a difference. (healthyleadership.online))
    Mercy Achola can be reached at: https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/mercymasilaachola/ (https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/mercymasilaachola/)

    • 13 min
    Minimalism provides a new level of clarity

    Minimalism provides a new level of clarity

    Minimalism provides a new level of clarity
    The value of minimalism in leadership


    The focus of minimalism is not on “to own or not to own” but rather to gain clarity in removing distractions that continually impact the way you spend your days.
    Being a minimalist doesn’t just happen. You must have a level of intentionality in order for minimalism to impact the way to spend your days; the way you lead your life.
    Becoming more minimalistic allows a person to create a space where a space did not exist.
    Becoming a minimalist is a way of life, a purposeful decision-making process to remove the distractions so that you can increase your focus and clarity on what matters the most in your life.
    What leader doesn’t long for less distractions.
    Questions for a leader to consider:
    Where do I have influence in my days where I can control change?
    What am I creating space for?
    Five of the twelve benefits of becoming a minimalist from Joshua Becker. He calls them the life-giving universal benefits of minimalism:
    More time and energy
    Less stress
    Less distraction
    Less environmental impact
    More contentment
    Thanks for joining me today on the Art of Leadership. You can find me a http://www.healthyleadership.online/ (www.healthyleadership.online)


    Resources:
    Becker, J. (2016). The More of Less. WaterBrook Press: Colorado. p. 8-10.

    • 12 min
    Steps to becoming a culture carrier

    Steps to becoming a culture carrier

    Steps to becoming a culture carrier


    There is a standard belief that it takes 2-3 years to change a culture. Do we have this kind of time
    when the cultures that are being sought are so relevant to the needs identified for today?
    Defining culture carriers:
    A culture carrier is someone who has taken the time to have more than a surface knowledge of the company.
    A culture carrier can hold a conversation about what the company vision, mission and values mean to them personally.
    A culture carrier puts culture into action as they work and as they interact with others.
    Three steps I recommend towards gaining awareness for becoming a culture carrier:
    Step #1: Understand the 3 key elements that intersect to allow culture to come alive!
    Step #2: Explore thoughts, ideas and action that are seen at the intersection of vision, mission and values
    Step #3: Put experiences into actions that can be seen. What you see you can measure.
    The bottom line to culture carriers loosing influence is not lacking in the vision and mission being embraced; it is in the actual living out of the the core values.
    Practical application for you and your team:
    1. Review the 3 key elements of vision, mission, and values and personalize what they mean to each person. This will introduce the idea of culture coming alive!
    2. Explore more deeply what is anticipated at the intersection of vision, mission and values and identify what it looks like in practical scenarios – both real and imaginary.
    3. Start to put these ideas into action, putting a tool in place to measure what you see.
    The more you measure and celebrate what culture carriers are doing the more you communicate that there is a way to become a culture carrier. This is not a mystery. It is a choice.
    Thanks for joining me today. You can find me on http://www.healthyleadership.online/ (www.healthyleadership.online). I look forward to connecting with you.

    • 13 min
    Leaders are difference makers

    Leaders are difference makers

    Does it matter where a leader lives in order to thrive? Coach Teon Singletary states it doesn’t matter where you live in order to thrive. For his life, he has chosen to return to his home region to live and work.
    Three motivators that impacted Coach Teon’s choice to return home:
    1. Supporting his family
    2. Acknowledging his desire to be a difference maker, a change agent, a culture shifter
    3. Finding his truth, his foundation
    Key choices Coach Teon continues to make:
    1. A full-on commitment to stay
    2. Intentional avoidance of the small-minded traps that would cause his downfall
    3. Readiness to coach and teach others in how to face the daily battle of moving from a poverty mindset to a growth mindset.

    Conclusion from Coach Teon: “It doesn’t matter where a leader lives. Every leader can lead from where they are, starting with their daily actions.”

    Nina Ellison, Leadership Consultant, can be reached at nina.healthyleadership@gmail.com
    Coach Teon Singletary can be reached at Bless@TeonSingletary.com or text 843-970-0220

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