Executives and professionals in high-stress environments often find themselves taking on more and more. While it may seem like the common sense thing to do, courageous leaders understand it is critical for them to develop the skill of “saying no.” This is one leadership skill that is not taught and as a result, leaders often find they are not sure how or even if they can or should say no. Although no one likes to be told no, leaders who are skillful in their delivery can have honest conversations that build relationships instead of damaging them. When a leader is overwhelmed and overstressed, it is impossible to be the best leader they can be in the moment. While the goal is not the elimination of stress, effective management of stress includes saying no more often.
In this episode we discuss:
- Why leaders don’t say not and the myths that hold leaders hostage
- Benefits of saying no
- How to say no
- 4 parts of an effective no message
- And more
Rhonda Y. Williams is a former Chief Nursing Officer and hospital CEO. With 20+ years of leadership experience, Rhonda has personally experienced the joys and the stress. Today, Rhonda is an emotional intelligence strategist and she is known as The Stress-Free Leader. Rhonda coaches’ leaders who are ready to STOP THE MADNESS and reconnect with the joyful, purposeful part of leading. She also works directly with teams who are ready to explore the organizational and bottom-line benefits of creating a stress-free culture. Additionally, she is the host of The Coffee with Rhonda Show.
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