7 Habits of A Powerful Leader

7 Habits of A Powerful Leader
By Ramona Mathany
Owner, American Admin, Inc. & All Star Labor and Staffing

In times of uncertainty, we look to our leaders to guide us. In order to be a true and powerful leader you must stick to your principles. If you heard someone described as a powerful leader, you might assume he or she would be the loudest person in the room, the one telling everyone else what to do. But powerful does not mean dominating. In fact, a controlling, dominating person is the very opposite of a powerful leader. So what exactly makes a powerful leader and how do you become one? Here are the 7 essential habits of a powerful leader:

1. Do not control others
Powerful leaders do not try to control, convince, or manipulate other people or their behaviors. They know it doesn’t work, and it’s not their job. Their job is to control themselves.

2. Create a respectful environment
Powerful leaders are able to consciously and deliberately create the environment by showing respect. They deliberately set the standard for how they expect to be treated by the way they treat others. As they consistently act in responsible, respectful, and loving ways, it becomes clear that only people who can get close to them are those who know how to show respect, be responsible, and love well.

3. Refuse to be a victim
Life does not happen to powerful leaders, powerful leaders make choices and decision to navigate proactively. They are not controlled or infected by their environment. Powerful leaders refuse the play the victim by shifting responsibility for their choices onto others.

4. Require others around you to be powerful
When powerful leaders encounter a powerless person, they are not tempted to dive into any unhealthy emotional ties or attachments. They hear a victim’s sob story and ask, “so what are you going to do about that? What have you tried? What else could you try?” These questions confront powerless people with their responsibility and their capacity to make choices and control themselves. This is the only option a powerful leader will offer to powerless people: become powerful, make choices, and control yourself.

5. Make daily decisions that align with your vision
Powerful leaders do not simply react to whatever is happening today. They are able to take responsibility for their decisions and the consequences of those decisions – even for mistakes and failures. They can respond to today and create tomorrow. Powerful leaders have a vision and mission for their life, and can use the events of each day, whether positive or negative, to direct themselves toward that vision.

6. Let your “yes” be “yes” and “no” be “no”
Popular opinion or the pressure of others does not sway the language of powerful leaders. They know exactly what they want and how to communicate their desires. A powerful leader says, “I will. I do. I am.” Powerful leaders can say both “yes” and “no,” and mean it. Others can try to manipulate, charm and threaten, but their answer will stand.

7. Consistently demonstrate who you say you are
Powerful leaders can be who they say they are on a consistent basis. And because they know how to be themselves, they invite those around them to be themselves. Only powerful leaders can create a safe place to know and be known intimately. They say, “I can be me around you and you can be you around me. We do not need to control each other, and we don’t want to control each other. “

We all have room to grow in becoming powerful leaders. No matter what, know that every step on the journey to getting free and being a powerful leader in your own life is worth it. Choosing to say “yes!” to a life of responsibility will be one filled with adventure and joy. Do not let powerlessness and a victim mentality steal from you any longer. YOU can be powerful leader who can make powerful decisions implementing these 7 traits.

Ramona Mathany is owner and director of All Star Labor & Staffing and American Admin Inc.

All Star Success Story – Armando G.

Armando G. is most certainly an All Star! He came to All Star after Trevor, a Staffing Coordinator at our Salem office met Armando in early November at a non-work related event. After hearing some of Armando’s story, Trevor gave him a business card and invited him to come in and apply for work. Armando came in a couple days later to apply and was immediately sent out on a part-time construction job and totally nailed it, pun intended. Shortly after that, another construction company needed help and Armando was available and sent right out. That client kept Armando working for several months and said he was a great employee, a very hard worker. In total over the course of 5 months, we sent Armando to a total of 4 different clients who needed part-time help and every one of them raved about what a great employee he was. One of the clients said: “ARMANDO KICKS BUTT, SMART, GREAT ATTITUDE”. His fantastic attitude was rewarded in January with an All Star Employee of The Month Award.

When we were able to place him at his now full-time job doing window installation, we could not have been more thrilled for him. His new “home” company is fantastic and incredibly happy to have him. Nothing makes us happier at All Star than watching people succeed. Being able to place someone in a job when they are in need is incredibly rewarding, but when we are able to put them in a full-time “forever” job, it gives us a true sense of happiness and fulfillment.

Armando, thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. We wish you only the very best!
-All Star Labor & Staffing

All Star Gets a Gold Star

I’ll tell you why, if you have not talked to one of our staffing managers or owner Ramona Mathany then you probably don’t know that we aren’t just a staffing agency, we are a staffing agency with a mission. It’s a mission that started at the conception of the company, it started from the tale of two Ramona’s. Now, I can’t do the entire story justice in a blog, the story needs to be told orally. You need to hear the conviction and emotion in our staffing coordinators voices. I strongly suggest that if you are looking for employees that you give us a call and hear it straight from us. You will get a very strong feel for who we are as a company.

I can tell you that there were two Ramona’s. Ramona Mathany our company leader was very close to the other Ramona – Ramona B. Ramona B. was down on her luck, she had a tough go of things like so many do and when she was given a second chance at life she took every advantage. She did all the right things, she worked the program and she changed her life, but she could not get a job. No matter how hard she tried, she could not find an employer to take a chance on her. She could not feed her family and in the end made a desperate choice that turned out to be the wrong one. Ramona Mathany and her husband Jim watched helplessly as Ramona B. went down this path. They were completely distraught and heartbroken wondering why a good person who had made some mistakes couldn’t get a second chance. You see everyone has a past, a before that happens in your life when you need a second chance. Ramona and Jim knew that and felt compelled to start a different kind of staffing company that they swore would always honor Ramona B. in the way the company treats everyone who walks through the door at All Star Labor & Staffing.

By honoring our employees, we know that everyone brings their before into our office. We don’t meet them where they are in their minds, in that anxious place – we honor them, we show them hospitality, we make them a latte and we find out who they are and what they need. In the same way we honor our employees we also honor our clients. In order to have authenticity in our mission we need to advocate for our employees but also offer protection to our clients. Too often staffing companies, get an order for people and simply throw warm bodies their way. To us, that is dishonoring both our employees and our clients. We serve with a spirit of excellence. We work to build client’s businesses by understanding their pain points and customizing our service accordingly. We always do our best to send an employee with the skills and background the client is looking for. If we don’t always do our very best to match our employees to the right clients, it is dishonoring to our mission. We will always serve to lift you up, give you hand and get you to where you want to be. By sticking to our mission, we have seen so many businesses grow and thrive and we have seen so many people who have had a before – have an excellent future.
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