The Best Podcasts For Leaders, By Leaders

Whether you’re an aspiring leader, a new leader, or someone who has been a leader for a long time, there’s always something new to learn. One of the best ways to learn something new about a particular subject is by listening to the experts. This can be done by reading a book, watching a video, or one of the most popular methods – listening to a podcast. Podcasts have become extremely popular in recent years and hundreds of shows about different topics exist all over the Internet. Read on for some of the best podcasts for leaders, by leaders.

Coaching For Leaders – Dave Stachowiak

You’ve probably heard the phrase “leaders aren’t born, they’re made” many times. Well, it’s Coaching For Leaders main motto, and Dave Stachowiak is an expert on the subject. Dave gives real-world advice and features expert guests during each episode and the first episode of the month is always devoted to going through and answering questions sent in from his worldwide audience. To make it even better, Coaching For Leaders has an optional and free membership where Stachowiak gives out weekly leadership guides and additional information.

The LEADx Show – Kevin Kruse

Host Kevin Kruse is a New York Times best-selling author of the book Employee Engagement 2.0 and has a passion for sharing his knowledge on leadership with people all over the world. Every weekday, Kruse gets together with the top leadership experts and interviews them on how they’ve gotten to where they are and what they can share with the audience. Episodes typically end with the guest challenging listeners to improve their leadership skills by trying out a specific idea that was introduced that episode. If you’re looking for something with daily tips, this is the show for you.

The Nice Guys On Business – Doug Sandler

If you’re looking for a show featuring real-life stories, struggles, failures and successes, look no further than The Nice Guys On Business. Doug Sandler packs each episode with conversations about life and follows one simple rule: there are no rules. Sandler challenges his audience to get rid of the negativity in their lives and focus on the positives by having a pay-it-forward attitude and a focus on empathy.

The Best Podcasts For Leaders, By Leaders

Mistakes to Avoid to Be a Successful Leader

No leader is perfect, but there are some major mistakes to avoid in order to be successful. While mistakes can be used as great building blocks for better knowledge as a leader, there are some that are not worth making. To be a successful leader and boost your team’s productivity and performance, avoid these common mistakes:

Being a Know-It-All

When some managers or high-level employees are put into roles of leadership, it’s easy for them to think they know everything there is to know. A know-it-all leader is very dangerous and can lead to early failure. A leader should understand that there is no way for them to know everything there is about their industry, how to lead, or how to be successful. Every successful leader will know that there is always room for improvement and learning new knowledge.

Constantly Micromanaging

A leader is only as strong and successful as their team. In order to have a successfully performing team, it’s important for a leader to not fight for control over everything, Micromanaging a team is never the solution for boosting productivity or allow for growth. Successful leaders understand that everyone has their own unique skills and strengths, and allowing them to shine is imperative in business. By giving your team and employees more responsibility to work on their own, they’ll be much more successful.

Unable to Give or Recieve Feedback

As a leader, it’s important to grasp the concept that nobody is perfect. It’s important to give your team helpful feedback to help them perform better. It’s even more important to give positive feedback and give credit where credit is due. If an employee delivers a performance that is above and beyond, it’s imperative to recognize them for their hard work. Leaders should also be open to receiving feedback as well. If their team has questions, comments, or concerns, it’s their job to address each one seriously and diligently. 

By avoiding these mistakes, a leader is not only ensuring their success but their team’s as well. Success doesn’t happen overnight, but avoiding these mistakes can help you get their faster. 

Mistakes to Avoid to Be a Successful Leader

Three Books Every Real Estate Investor Should Read

With so much time, money, thought, and care that goes into real estate investing, it’s best to stay on top of the latest news. In order to do this, however, you need to have a solid foundation on just what it means to be a real estate investor, how to build wealth, and so much more. The books below are some of the best books of all time on the subject. If you’re just starting out or have been in the industry for decades, you will without a doubt find many useful and essential pieces of information to get you started and to keep you going at full force.

The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner

This book goes into great depth about the basics of  real estate investing. Covering topics such as determining a good rental, buying property, finding reliable tenants, and common mistakes to avoid, this book covers every major aspect of the industry to set you up for success. Not only does the book give lots of useful information, it also provides actual strategy and tools to use to begin generating income from your rental properties. 

Retire Early with Real Estate by Chad Carson

Have you ever thought about retiring early? Most people have, but that requires a steady income over time which real estate can provide. This book provides step-by-step walkthroughs on how to achieve financial freedom through your investments in real estate. The book takes its guides a step further by providing multiple real-life scenarios and how those investors were able to accumulate enough wealth to retire early. 

Real Estate Investing Gone Bad by Phil Pustejovsky

This book is essentially a guide of exactly what not to do when investing in real estate. The book is comprised of 21 real-life stories about different mistakes investors made along the way and how to avoid them. Hindsight is always 20/20, so learning from another person’s mistakes can bring valuable knowledge to help prevent yourself from making the same ones. 

 

Three Books Every Real Estate Investor Should Read

4 Must-Hear Podcasts for Real Estate Investors

Real estate investing can be a stressful process for those who aren’t up to date on the strategy, process, and overall principles. It can also be nerve-wracking since real estate comes with high price tags. Increasing your self-confidence and competence is essential if you want to succeed. Educating yourself in your spare time can make massive improvements and turn your business and profits around into an extremely profitable venture. 

Check out the podcasts below as they are a great way to tap into the vast knowledge, resources, and community of real estate investors with similar goals. For first-time investors, give these a listen to help set you apart from the competition, prevent major mistakes, and help you set yourself up for success. 

Bigger Pockets Podcast

If you’re looking for a podcast that is not only popular but extremely helpful, look no further. The creators interview a variety of professionals within the real estate investment industry, so listeners can learn about new niches, strategies, and the overall market from people who have been there, done that, and carved out success after success. 

Think Reality Radio

This channel is all about educating real estate investors, regardless of their experience level. You can get daily doses of wisdom from the host and his guests who together provide crucial insights into the industry. With advice on everything from interior design to financing to marketing, everyone can learn something from this podcast. 

The Real Estate Guys

The hosts, a financial strategist and a professional investor, give you high-level and extremely useful tips. While this might not sound thrilling, the Real Estate Guys know how to present the information in a way that is both entertaining and digestible. No matter which area of the real estate industry you’re in, this podcast is sure to help and add to your knowledge with each episode.

Rental Rookie

This podcast is fantastic for beginners who want to begin investing in rental properties. It provides information on all of the fundamentals to get you started on a successful career path. The podcast seeks not only to educate but to create a community that supports each other to ensure a broader scope of success. 

4 Must-Hear Podcasts for Real Estate Investors

Being Respectful Can Make You a Better Leader

Not everyone can be a great leader. It takes a special set of skills and qualities to successfully run a team. One of the greatest skills a leader must possess is respect. They must have respect for the work they do and, above all, respect for their team members. Without it, then a leader is certainly doomed to fail.

Having Respect for Your Work

The term “dress for the job you want” is a saying that still rings true. No matter what your job, industry, or responsibilities may be as a leader, it’s important to have respect for what you do. A leader must come to their job prepared to work and passionate about what they are doing. Not only will this improve your work ethic, but it will also reflect on the people around you. When your team sees your passion and the respect you show for the work, they will feel pride in their tasks as well. This will overall improve productivity and work morale.

Having Respect For Your Team

One of the most important ways to be a respectful leader is to give your employees the respect they deserve. Your team isn’t a group of mindless workers dedicated to doing whatever you tell them to. They are real people with skills and talent that make them incredibly valuable to your team. Show them respect for the work they do and their dedication. Give them tasks that are up to their level of knowledge and even give them opportunities to challenge themselves and grow. When you show them respect, you will become a highly respected leader in return. 

Having Respect For Yourself

Has a leader, you need to have respect for your own title. If you constantly doubt yourself and never give yourself the respect you deserve, no one else will either. Hold yourself up to a higher accord to be a great leader. It’s important to always remember that you were given the position for a reason and to bever doubt that your a capable of leading a successful team. Respect is never given, it is earned through hard work, passion, and the ability to have pride in yourself. To be a great leader, understand having respect is a key element.  

Being Respectful Can Make You a Better Leader

The Future of Wealth Management

The goal of technology is to make our lives easier, and in this day and age, technology is propelling us into the future. While this is true for many sectors, how does it affect wealth management? What will the wealth management industry look like in 2025 as opposed to 2019? 

A report by Forbes found that the wealth management industry is consolidating and that, through technological advances, wealth managers are focusing on the standardization of offerings delivered through digital means. While this process of streamlining will improve margins, it isn’t necessarily what high-net-worth (HNW) investors are looking for. That isn’t to say that HNW clients aren’t welcoming of the technology – in fact they want more access to it, from digital performance reporting to interactive data visualization and more. This kind of technology exists across most industries now, so in order for wealth managers to succeed, they need to find other ways to be competitive. 

As it turns out, HNW clients are looking for customization, expertise, and personalized service. Often times, their interests and goals include a wide range of family members and intergenerational beneficiaries. As such, their portfolios features an array of specialized risk, tax, growth, and other investment needs. HNW clients also have access to a number of opportunities not available to others, including specialized trusts and customized structures; for this reason, according to David Dahl, president and CEO of the Whittier Trust, “technology enhances, but does not replace, personalized attention and focus.” These are clients with specific needs and investments, for whom mass-market approaches simply don’t cut it. 

It may be habit for investment houses and wealth managers to direct clients towards products and funds, but doing so doesn’t take into account individual needs. Furthermore, a personalized approach with attention to detail can lead to a variety of creative investment strategies beyond traditional approaches. 

Intimacy and a personal touch are integral to the most effective wealth management strategies. While most communication and interaction will happen digitally, nothing can replace personal service.  

The Future of Wealth Management

How Leadership Differs From Management

Are you a manager or a leader? Did you know that it’s possible to be one without the other? It is! Whether you are in a position of management or not, you can be a leader. But simply being a manager doesn’t necessarily make you a leader. 

Of course, it’s possible to be both a manager (as a job title) and a leader. If you’re in a management role, that should be your goal. It’s important, however, to understand how traditional managers differ from leaders. Once you understand the differences between leadership and management, you can work to develop leadership qualities, which will help you become better in every area of life. 

Valuing People

Management, in its traditional form, has been about keeping processes running smoothly. Managers assign tasks to employees and expect them to be done. Each employee is like a separate part of a machine. And if one employee leaves, their job can easily be replaced. In fact, many managers of the past have let their people know that they are all replaceable.

Leaders, however, regard people highly. They recognize that people are the lifeblood of business and critical to their success. They do not view people as replaceable and certainly do not want their people to feel like that’s how they’re seen. They want their people to feel valued. Leaders know that when people feel valued, they do better work. 

Accepting Input

Traditional managers don’t accept input from their employees. After all, they earned their position in management for a reason, right? They should have all the answers and choose the team’s direction by themselves. 

Leaders realize that this traditional view is flawed. Leaders are humble enough to recognize that they make mistakes and that they don’t always have the best ideas. They know the value of collaboration. They don’t feel threatened by team members who show promise, but instead, they believe that everyone can be better when they work together. 

Sharing Responsibility and Authority

Managers used to be the only authority in the workplace. Since leaders realize that their people are valuable despite their job titles, they are willing to share their authority. Sometimes, that means delegating important responsibilities without the need to micromanage the details. Leaders trust their people. And although this act of trust involves some risk, they believe that investing in people is worth it. 

So, now that you know some of the differences between managers and leaders, you can strive to be a better leader, even if your official title is “manager.” And if you aren’t technically in a leadership role, you can still strive to develop the qualities of an effective leader and lead where you are for now. 

How Leadership Differs From Management

5 Must-Read Books for Leaders

Harry Truman once said “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Leadership is not for the faint of heart. To be an effective leader, you should constantly be learning and challenging yourself with new ideas. One of the easiest ways to grow as a leader is to read some of the great books that have been written about leadership.

To get you started, here are five of the best books for leaders:

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

This book challenges readers to lead with heart and put their followers before themselves. The idea is that when people know that you want what’s best for them, they will work harder for you, and therefore everyone will get better results. This also helps create a culture of low turnover, because employees are more likely to continue working for leaders that they respect and that they believe genuinely value them.

Good to Great by Jim Collins

In this book, Jim Collins details research that he and his team conducted on top-tier companies that had made the leap from good to great. He compared these companies to ones that were good but never become great. The findings of Collins’ study are fascinating. For example, he calls one result “The Flywheel and the Doom Loop,” which showed that companies who try to change things drastically all at once seldom become great.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This book is considered a classic and for good reason. It’s not just for leaders, but for anyone who wants to live an effective, successful life. Instead of outlining a goal-achieving strategy, Covey challenges you to discover what actually matters to you. Only then can you truly begin to climb the ladder to success. Put this book first on your list.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell

John Maxwell is a “leader” in the field of leadership. He has written several books on the subject, but if you read only one, make it this one. One of his key points is that “A leader must always stand on solid ground,” meaning that you must be a person of integrity and build trust with the people who follow you. Your followers must trust and respect you, and you should be earning that trust and respect on a daily basis.

On Becoming a Leader by Warren G. Bennis

In this book, Bennis describes how anyone can become a leader, regardless of the role that they currently are in. Bennis believes that great leaders are not born with leadership skills as so many of us think. He also cautions readers not to equate management with leadership, as the two are distinctly different.

These books provide a stable foundation for anyone who is looking to become a leader and they also provide challenges for those who are already leaders and desire to hone their skills. So, get reading!

5 Must-Read Books for Leaders

Ways Business Leaders Can Have Happier Employees

Today’s business leaders understand more than ever that a happy employee is a more productive employee. Not only are happy employees more productive, but they also act as the cornerstone of fun and exciting workplace. There are a number of ways that business leaders can build and maintain employee happiness. Outlined below are four simple, actionable tips to get you started.

Create Positive Energy

A fun, exciting and inspiring workplace will always bring out the best in your employees. A workplace should never feel stagnant or lacking in opportunity, but rather should be a place where employees have the opportunity to foster fresh ideas and contribute to the company’s success. Giving employees such opportunities and letting them know when they have done well will keep your workplace moving in the right direction.

Delegate Key Responsibilities and Tasks

The quickest way for an employee to get bored is to have them doing the same mundane tasks day in and day out. A good leader needs to evaluate their team and look for opportunities or projects that may be well-suited to a particular employee’s skills. Not only does doing so keep employees well-motivated and challenged, but it also instills a sense of belonging and trust.

Appeal to Their Skills

Some employees may be good at crunching numbers while others may be excellent at presenting and selling. A big part of the leader’s job is to evaluate each team member’s skill set and motivations. Once you know who is good at what, you must look for opportunities to play to people’s strengths rather than their weaknesses.

Make it More Than Just a Job

Strong social relationships within the workplace will also foster an environment of productivity and harmony. Some simple ways to build and nurture such relationships are to have regular happy hours or company outings. When employees feel connected to their leaders and each other, they are far more likely to work well together.

Ways Business Leaders Can Have Happier Employees

4 Ways To Demonstrate Wisdom In A Leadership Role

No matter how many leadership books are written, leadership is just not something you can learn from a book. Books can give you better tools, but the only real way to learn to be a leader is to be placed in a position of leadership. Some rise, some fall and there’s really no way to determine who will do what or why. Leaders seem to possess some mixture of traits that are critical, but sometimes hard to define. Wisdom is one of those traits. Here are 4 ways to demonstrate wisdom in a leadership role.

  1. Act don’t react

Every leader will have to guide others through challenging situations. They can’t do this if they are simply reacting to every situation out of ego or fear. Good leaders are wise enough to recognize the effects that ego or fear can have on them and take the time they need to ensure they aren’t simply reacting out of either before taking action.

  1. Acknowledge your own weaknesses

Good leaders are wise enough to admit their own flaws and fallibilities, which helps ensure they can account for them when making critical decisions. For instance, if a leader knows they have a weakness for a pretty face, they admit that to those closest to them so they are not swayed into making foolish decisions just because the person presenting them is pretty.

  1. Know when to stay silent

When someone attacks or maligns you, it is quite natural to want to fight back or respond. Wise leaders know that sometimes that is counterproductive. There may come a time when they actually need to respond to certain accusations or allegations, but they do not do so until they absolutely need to. Many people in positions of authority also can’t seem to forego the need to constantly offer their opinion on everything. Wise leaders only offer one when it is genuinely called for and when they know they truly have insight into the topic at hand.

  1. Know that what you do matters more than what you say

Wise leaders consider their actions carefully both in public and in private. In truth, a leader’s every action will come under scrutiny at some point, both personally and professionally. Wise leaders know that even decisions they make in their personal lives will affect their position of leadership in their professional one as well.

4 Ways To Demonstrate Wisdom In A Leadership Role