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Sometimes you may have the impression that your employees and team members are not giving their best, that they are hiding facts and even lying to you. You are right! Research shows that 85% of people don’t like their job and 75% are lying and cutting corners. Why?

Here are some of the reasons why they might be lying to you

1. They don’t feel well supported and developed by their manager

2. The ethics of the manager/team leader are opposite to theirs

3. They are not in the right position/job

4. The employees are not allowed to fail and therefore learn from failures

5. Their ideas are not taken into consideration

6. They feel used by the company

7. They don’t feel that they can contribute

8. They don’t trust their manager/team leader

9. They feel the manager/team leader is not really listening to them

10. They are not aligned with the culture of your company  

The consequence is that they “play safe” and do the minimum, avoiding any risks and only sharing information that they consider safe to share, hence lying or withholding important information. The solution is therefore that the leader creates the right environment and supports the team to bring their best. But how do I do that?

Here are some areas you can work on

  • Communication: You need to communicate openly, honestly and with respect. In the day of technology and needs to communicate quickly, this is often a challenge. Team members, especially the younger, are not looking for sophisticated and polished communication but for authentic communication aligned up with your values and ethics
  • Empowerment: When you know what each of your team members is good at, give me not only the task (delegation), but the authority and the resources to take charge of that area. They will bring their ideas and their passion for the task and feel much more motivated.
  • Ethics: “Be the change you want to see in the world,” said Gandhi. The same applies to your team. Your ethics, authenticity, motivation, attitude, and growth have a huge impact on each member of your team.
  • Vision: Do you know why you are doing your job? Not only the what but also the how is extremely important. Your ability to explain it, and to show each team member how they are contributing to the mission of the team and the organisation will make a material difference.
  • Passion: Are you passionate about what you do? Only with passion, we can reach excellence, high quality, and innovation. Only if you are passionate yourself, you can help your team members finding the passion in their own job.

These are the leadership skills that can help a good leader become a great leader.

Whether you want to grow personally and professionally, to improve your speaking, coaching, or sales skills, or to connect with other like-minded leaders, you have come to the right place.

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Joël Vuadens-Chan


Founder & CEO of Swiss Leaders Group, certified trainer, speaker and coach, Executive Director and Member of the President’s Advisory Council of The John Maxwell Team

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Published by Joël Vuadens-Chan

I live in Bassersdorf, next to Zurich in Switzerland together with my wife, Olivia, and our two teenage sons and enjoy since 20 years to add value to people. Seeing people discovering their gifts, developing them and starting to make a difference in the society by using is the greatest joy for me. I have been coaching, training and supporting people in several non-profits, as well as in our jobs, and this is almost our second nature. I observed that good leadership is instrumental to the success of not only the employees individually, but also to the success of the team, department and company. After commerce and IT studies I have 25 years of experience in banking, IT and insurances industries, working in Switzerland, UK, part of virtual teams led from USA with frequent trips to USA, Germany and UK, speaking English, French and German, including Swiss German. I have also been serving in the last 20 years in several volunteer leadership functions in non-profit organisations. I have also completed MBA studies with a thesis on revenue-earned social enterprises. Our 2 teenagers are my passion as well and I especially love coaching them and helping them developing their skills and leadership skills. By extension, I love raising young leaders to take their place in the society, using their skills and strength to help others. I understand the complexity of international business life and are passionate to help people, including youth, finding their purpose, skills set and developing as excellent leaders leading teams and organisations that will attract the most skills and capable team members. As an Executive Director and a Member of the President Advisory Council of The John Maxwell Team and Member , I am certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, I am equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, I have access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.

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