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Leader Led Conversations

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Establishing the right relationship with your employees is crucial to your organization's success. Leaders set the tone for this relationship daily, with formal and informal interactions with their employees.

Reflect on the example you set as a leader during meetings or one-on-one conversations.

  • What does your body language say?
  • Are you focused and engaged during team meetings led by others?
  • Are you role-modeling the right leader behaviors?
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hello my name is Robin Largue and I’m a
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leader coach with Studer education and
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in my work with partners across the
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country you know a topic continually
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comes up and it’s all around these
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conversations that we as leaders have to
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have or do have with the folks that we
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work with each day and those we
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supervise and we talk about these
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sometimes as leader led conversations
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and I think when a leader is in the room
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almost any conversation is leader lead
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even though you might not be the person
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facilitating the meeting or facilitating
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the discussion folks still look to you
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so two characteristics of
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high-performing leaders we know
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high-performing leaders modeled the way
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and so in leader led conversations you
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are modeling you’re setting expectations
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by your behavior so folks are looking to
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you they’re following you they’re paying
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attention what’s your language like
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what’s your demeanor like and then how
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do you approach these conversations a
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colleague of mine always likes to say
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that I always begin with tell me what
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the outcome is that you’re trying to
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achieve and I think in a conversation
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whether it’s formal or informal so if
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you are just visiting with your
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employees and it’s an informal check-in
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with them what’s the purpose of those
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conversations and then that’s going to
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determine how you’re going to enter
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those conversations and then what you’re
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going to do with the information that
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you gather if it’s a much more focused
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discussion where you really want to set
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some expectations say for an executive
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team or a team that you’re leading then
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you want to be clear what is it that I
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expect from each and every one of you
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and again that doesn’t have to be a list
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of traits or characteristics or tasks
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but it can be
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around what does the best practice look
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like what does the best outcome look
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like and how are we gonna get there
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and many many really high-performing
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leaders allow flexibility for their team
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members to determine the strategies but
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the outcomes drive what those strategies
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are going to be and then if you have to
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have a difficult conversation when
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someone’s not meeting their performance
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standards that have been set then it’s
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very important to begin those
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conversations very focused again and
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what is our intent and our intent is to
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get to the best result for the team and
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the organization so how do I help this
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person improve and really increase their
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performance levels so the overall
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performance increases leader led
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conversations are never easy because I
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think we all realize we’re being watched
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we are the model so we’re very
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thoughtful about the conversation we are
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in and how we are going to express our
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ideas and feelings and really focus on
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that intended outcome and an intended
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outcome of establishing a relationship
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is a great one an intended outcome of
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setting performance levels is critical
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to the success of an organization and
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then having those improving
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conversations focused on an individual’s
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performance or a team’s performance even
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again very focused very specific and to
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achieve that intent of improvement
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I hope
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these tips will be helpful to you as you
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go about your day I just want you to
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remember that leaders lead conversations
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every minute of the day conversations
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are different but just be thoughtful
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about what you intend to achieve and the
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folks that you are speaking with

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