How To Be A Good Leader

You know when you are chatting with someone and you know they have something to say but it’s not their position to say it? The moment when they are about to unleash the juiciest gossip but “it’s not their secret to tell?”  How much does that feeling piss you off right?  Well it’s much like the difference between good and bad leaders.  Good leaders let you in and trust that you will do the right thing.

One of my good friends has recently been given a promotion at work and been asked to lead a few of her colleagues.  The problem is they are already her good mates – so how can she tell them what to do and boss them around?

It’s all about ‘empowering leadership’ I told her.

Well, what is empowering leadership?

In order to get the most out of those around you it is important that you make them feel important by giving them some authority.  Rather than telling them exactly what to do and how to do it, give them a job and let them work it out for themselves.  Give them the power to be in control (or the sense of control), let them know that you trust them.  Show them encouragement.  If a problem arises let them work out how to fix it, rather than tell them how to fix it.  That is what leading is all about – you aren’t teaching and you aren’t managing.

How to empower those around you?

–       Create clear goals that you and your team can realistically achieve

–       Share information with them

–       Create a work environment where successes and failures are both celebrated.

–       Don’t fear making mistakes, fear not taking risks.

–       Everyone is your team should have equal contribution so encourage a collaborative  effort
–       Lastly, make sure you are there to support and listen to your teammates.  This is the best thing a leader can do – be extra supportive and offer sound advice in times of need.

–       Lastly, make sure you are there to support and listen to your teammates.  This is the best thing a leader can do – be extra supportive and offer sound advice in times of need.

–       Empowering leadership is much like making a cake, you can’t make it rise but if you give it the good quality basic ingredients and mix them correctly, the cake will rise and cook itself in a lovely environment.

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My most favourite banana cake recipe

 Ingredients:

-5 Large bananas, mashed
-1 cup of gluten free flour (can substitute with buckwheat or quinoa flour)
-½ C of coconut flour
-1 cup of nut meal (I like almond meal but you can also LSA mix)
-1.5 teaspoons baking powder
-0.5 teaspoon bi-carb soda
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-8 chopped medjool dates (pips removed)
-1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted)
-2 free range eggs beaten
-a pinch of salt
-seeds or chopped banana slices to decorate

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
Oil a 20cm cake tin with some coconut oil or organic butter.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, nut meal, cinnamon, baking powder, bi-carb soda and salt).
In a separate bowl combine eggs, coconut oil, mashed banana and vanilla.
Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and stir through the chopped dates.
Evenly pour batter into cake tin.
Top with chopped banana slices and seeds.
Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
If you are patient enough, allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from tin.
Enjoy!

NOTE:
If you’re vegan you can substitute eggs with:
-Agar Agar Powder: Use  2-3 tsp per egg you would replace.   Sprinkle it on your wet ingredients and let soak 5- 10 mins. You can find it cheapest at your local Chinese or Indian grocery store. If your batter is too thick add 2 teaspoons of almond milk.

If you’re allergic to bananas: I want to shed a tear for you – but substitute with apple sauce or pumpkin puree (1 – 1.5 cups).

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