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Top 5 Books Every HR Leader Should Read 

 

Top 5 Books Every HR Leader Should Read 

As a team leader, you always want to ensure that you know as much as possible about leadership, especially if you are in HR. You always want to ensure that you enhance your knowledge with great, helpful books. Thankfully there are a large range of amazing books you can read if you want to boost your leadership expertise, like the ones listed below.

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

What’s great about this book is that it shows how important it is to take good care of your team and put them first. Things like team building are essential because they help optimize and enhance your team. These are the things that will push you to success. You need to place your team at the forefront, because they are the ones that bring success and the benefits can be amazing.

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This book is amazing because it shows how you can tackle challenging times and still become a winner. It shows you how to navigate times of crisis, while giving actionable advice. You learn how you can turn even the most demanding times into a great achievement. That’s why this is a valuable book every HR leader needs to read.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

It’s a classic book and one of the best ways to improve soft skills as a leader. You have the opportunity to learn persuasion basics, how to sell other people on your own abilities, how to enhance your vision and also ensure people that you have their best interests in mind. At the same time, it teaches leaders valuable sales skills in their road towards success.

How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers by David M. Rubenstein

What’s really good about this book is that it takes leadership knowledge from some of the best CEOs and entrepreneurs in the world. You get a different perspective towards leadership, while also accessing amazing ideas that help you bring your vision towards success. All these nuggets of wisdom really make a difference.

The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently by Tony Dungy

Creating a great winning team can be hard, but that’s where this book shines, since it gives you the insights on how to achieve that. You have great elements of leadership, while also learning how to improve your capabilities.

All these books are great for any leader that wants to enhance their knowledge and improve their overall skills. It’s a good idea to study all these books, and if you want to create an executive team building experience for senior leaders, we can assist right away. It’s imperative to help your team reach success, and training leaders is a crucial part of that, so don’t hesitate and contact us today for more information!

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Leadership Tip – Making Team Conflict Productive

 

Leadership Tip – Making Team Conflict Productive

We’ve always believed that the strength of a team is in different people of different backgrounds with different perspectives and different personalities coming together for a common cause and goal, all with the burning passion to get the best out of each other.

Ultimately, when you have a strong team like that, conflict on the team will be inevitable. Before you start feeling upset, demoralised & overwhelmed about it, fret not because when conflict is managed effectively, it is more often than not a good thing.  Plus, we’ve got your back so here are our 5 tips to making team conflict productive for your team.

 

Know Your Team

If you’ve gotten to this part, you’ll already know our stance on having diverse personalities, skills and experience in the team. Recognizing the value of each member’s strengths and weaknesses, skills and traits and how it helps the team and complements the rest of the team will help lay the groundwork for effective conflict resolution when conflict arises. Building team awareness across the board and appreciation of different styles will also put teams in perspective during discussions.

Pro-tip, if you feel that during discussions not everyone is actively participating, go one step up and reach out to those who are less vocal within the team and work with them and encourage them to ensure their ideas get added into the mix.

 

Address Common Conflict-Related Problems

Conflict is a good thing but two common problems we see in teams that could lead to negative outcomes are displays of passive-aggressive behaviour and the presence of one or two domineering personalities. If you notice any one member within your team displaying such behaviours, it’s important to quickly nip it in the bud through a private conversation with them sharing the examples you’ve seen and explaining why it’s affecting the team and becoming detrimental as well as trying to find out their motivations.

 

Model A Conflict-Positive Attitude & Promote Diverse Thinking

Constantly work to build a mutual understanding among the team that conflict is normal and healthy. For example, during tough moments of frustration share quotes on how having team conflict could potentially lead to better ideas and show them that you value and appreciate spirited debate. Show them it’s ok and actually ideal to tackle issues head-on when done constructively so they don’t second guess themselves when the outcome does not go positively in their favor. At the end of a heated discussion, thank the entire team for their passion and commitment and embrace the “lessons learned”.

 

Resolve Disagreements In A Way That Satisfies Different Members Within The Team

This goes back to knowing your team but in a different way. Apart from knowing their strengths and weaknesses, keep in mind that different conflict resolution strategies work best for different people. Keep all the different personalities in mind during conflict resolution. Some members might feel humiliated when things do not work out their way or some might not be comfortable being called out. If required, meet with them privately.

 

Make Time To Listen

Sometimes, when deadlines are creeping up and the team can’t seem to agree on a resolution or get past a certain conflict barrier, it might be tempting for you as a leader to force an end to the issue through power or go with the person with the most experience. Don’t allow yourself to get to this. Make time to listen to all sides so you can better understand the core of the issue and help the team to develop a solution.

 

Pro-tip, If you tend to always side with the most experienced person and force a discussion, this could also potentially lead to a bigger problem within the team where the rest of the team members might give up challenging ideas if they feel you will not listen.

If you have any other tips you would like to share, we’ll like to know! Don’t worry, we’ll credit you and provide you and your team with a special discount off our team building activities. Email us at [email protected].

To head back to read another article in our blog or for more tips on team building, click here. If you haven’t already read about how good team conflict helps your team, read about the 5 ways team conflict is good for your team here.