Useful Google Sheets & Templates For Leaders — The Ultimate Resource For Leaders

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Today’s leaders are faced with a significant challenge. To be successful, they must possess traditional management skills, as well as the capabilities necessary to meet the demands of a rapidly changing business environment driven by technology. There is a constant need for learning and development in order to meet the needs of both employees and the organization. 

Check out this roundup of resources to help you thrive as a leader while saving time, solving problems, and reaching your full potential.

Professional Development

Leadership Conferences

The best leadership conferences inspire both new and seasoned leaders by providing fresh ideas and new skills. They’re also a great opportunity to build your network and personal brand. 

Check out these events to sharpen your leadership skills, learn from the best, and stay motivated no matter what challenge you face.

Leaders and organizations of today must learn to adapt. Hear from some of the best practitioners, executives, and thought leaders on how to remain relevant at the Business Agility Conference.

Make plans to attend Leadercast Live for access to solutions and resources—whether you need tools to lead yourself, your team, or your company. 

For peer-tested tactics and strategies that will help you and your organization accelerate growth and profitability, don’t miss the Chief Executive Leadership Summit.

Networking Tips for New Leaders

Networking isn’t just a great way to get a new job. As a new leader, a solid network of peers and mentors can take you from good to great, so don’t hesitate to form new relationships. 

Ask questions, offer support to others, and continue to expand your network. Use these resources to help you network—without all the nerves.

If you’re a little hesitant about networking, put your fears aside and check out these nine great networking questions from Debut.

A little bit of communication pre or post-networking event can go a long way. Check out this networking email template from HubSpot that has a 96% success rate.

Chances are you’re going to leave a conference without talking to every single person you wanted to directly. So, what do you do if you don’t have an email address? Head over to LinkedIn and try out these 10 templates from The Muse to get people to accept your LinkedIn request.

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Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Industry

If you’ve worked in your field for a while and are ready to share your experience and knowledge with others, it’s time to position yourself as a thought leader. 

What does that mean exactly? 

Thought leaders are recognized authorities in a specialized field. Either you or your organization can become thought leaders in your field. But in order to do so, you’ve got to be set up for success.

Start with this post from Business News Daily to learn more about thought leadership and the steps necessary to become a thought leader.

If you’re struggling with content ideas as a thought leader, check out this post with five examples of excellent thought leadership content.

Medium.com is a one-stop-shop for unique perspectives and fresh thinking on a variety of topics. If you’re ready to hit publish and share your great ideas, it’s the perfect place to start.

Similar to Medium, you can now share your own expertise on LinkedIn. Read Five Ways To Position Yourself As A Thought Leader On LinkedIn from Forbes to learn more.

New Product Knowledge for Leaders 

In today’s world, there’s a new technology, tool, or product created every single day. 

How do you stay on top of what’s out there and find what’s most relevant to you and your organization? 

Use these resources to search for the latest products and tools relevant to your industry and to evaluate what will work best.

Looking for the next big tech tool in your industry or ready to share your own product? Product Hunt is a website that lets users share and discover new products—typically apps, games, websites, and devices.

Tech can be a confusing world to live in for leaders. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Check out G2, the world’s largest tech marketplace where businesses can discover, review, and manage the technology they need to reach their potential.

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Social Media Management

Social media can get a little overwhelming. Get organized and plan ahead with these nine social media templates from Hootsuite. From strategic planning and content calendars, to analytics and uploads, these templates will make the process less painful.

There’s nothing to monitor if there’s nothing to say, however. Need ideas for your next post or campaign? Check out these 52 post ideas from the CoSchedule Blog.

Is your email box flooded with industry emails? Are you trying to hone in on keywords or specific trends? One way to stay on top of key industry trends and external news about your organization is by creating Google alerts

Simply pick the word or phrase you’re looking for and how often you want to receive alerts. Email overload problem solved.

Social media is also a quick way to learn from and network with other leaders. Check out this great list of 17 company culture experts to follow on Twitter. 

Stay connected and on top of trends by joining relevant groups.Pose a question, provide feedback, or make a new connection in one of these five awesome leadership LinkedIn groups.

Hiring and Retaining Top Talent

Building a Strong Employer Brand

Employer branding is absolutely critical in hiring the best candidates—not just for the job but for the organization. 

Why? 

Your employer brand is how you stand out in a crowd. It is your company’s ability to differentiate itself from other organizations and should be a key part of your overall HR strategy. Check out these resources to help you build and maintain a strong employer brand.

Ready to implement your employer branding strategy but not sure where to start? Take a look at this five-step infographic from TalentLyft to get the wheels turning.

It’s okay if branding isn’t your thing. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, take a look at this Employer Branding for Dummies Cheat Sheet for a good breakdown of information.

When you’re ready to create your employee value proposition, review these 30 examples from Built In.

In roughly 20 minutes per episode, you can learn practical talent attraction and employer branding strategies from the best on The Employer Branding Podcast.

Check out this TINYpulse guide on how to turn your employees into brand ambassadors.

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Hiring Templates and Resources

The hiring process is often the first personal connection you have with a candidate. It’s an important part of the employee experience and can play a role in the perceptions of your brand and you as a leader. 

In other words, the hiring experience is important! 

If a candidate feels respected and positive about the experience, they’re more likely to be excited about your organization and the role. Check out these templates and that will help you make the right impression with candidates.

Look at these 10 essential recruiting email templates from Hire by Google to make sure you cover each step of the recruiting process—from an introduction to a rejection or job offer.

One of the most important things you’ll do is a leader is decide who to hire. Take a look at 3 Hiring Strategies HR Leaders Should Know from Gallup to feel more prepared for your next hire.

Firing Tips and Templates

Firing can be difficult for even the best and most confident and experienced leaders. But sometimes it’s necessary to preserve the culture you are trying to create. These resources will help you handle those difficult times and allow you to focus on the fact that your firing decisions are equally as important as your hiring decisions.

If you’re still struggling with the decision to fire someone, check out this post from Harvard Business Review that will help you clearly sort through your thoughts and concerns.

Once you’ve made a decision, be sure you’re prepared by using this checklist for an employee termination meeting from The Balance Careers.

After that, ensure your communication is clear and concise with these four employee termination letter samples and templates from Betterteam.

Employee Development Resources That Make a Difference

You’ve hired some great employees and now you want to make sure they’re happy and performing well. How do you do that? 

Through great communication and leadership. These resources will help you discuss with your employees what you’re both feeling and what you hope to accomplish.  

Use Google’s career conversation worksheet to help guide discussions about what your employees hope to get out of their career.

Use this worksheet to make it easier for employees to share their personal goals with you. Understanding career goals can help you retain top talent.

Save some time by using these three performance review templates from TINYpulse. 

Cat got your tongue? Check out our roundup of 100 useful performance review phrases.

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Building a Great Company Culture that Everyone Can Be Proud Of

Conferences for Leaders

Conferences provide leaders with access to the latest industry research, new products, and people. As the business environment continues to change around the world, the needs of your people and your company will naturally change as well. 

Check out these events to learn strategies for building a successful company culture that can survive and thrive in any environment.

If you’re looking to attract and retain top talent, don’t miss out on TINYcon. Hear from the foremost minds in leadership and culture, and connect with your tribe! The contacts you make will help both you and your organization grow.

Employee engagement trends, data points, strategies, and skills—these are just a few of the things managers can learn at Human Capital Institute’s Employee Engagement Conference. You’ll walk away with the tools and analytics you need to propel your employee experience strategy forward.

Employee engagement is one piece of the employee experience puzzle. Check out the Employee Experience Track at the X4 Summit to connect with leaders who have helped build strong cultures in some of the best places to work.

Employee Engagement Strategies 

Leaders can only create engaged clients and customers when their employees are engaged, so it’s critical to know how your team is feeling about their workplace at any given time. 

Employee engagement surveys can help you determine current and future challenges, which you can then tie back to larger organizational goals and strategies. Learn more about how to implement a successful employee engagement survey and plan.

Employee engagement surveys are important, but you’ve got to have a plan in place to get started and follow through for the best results. This step-by-step guide from Workforce.com will teach you how to build an employee engagement roadmap.

Along with a roadmap, you’ll need a strategy. Check out this post on three steps to launching an employee engagement strategy.

In order to get useful feedback from employee engagement surveys, you have to ask the right questions. Here are 20 essential employee engagement survey questions to get you thinking in the right direction.

You’ve got the results. Now what? 

Here are five ways to quickly respond to survey results via Culture Amp. 

Team Building

According to a survey by Clear Company, 97% of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project. 

Teamwork and collaboration are an important part of employee engagement and the success of your organization. As employees come and go and new projects or departments emerge, team building can be especially tricky. 

It’s not an area to shy away from, however. Use these tools and resources to help you build and maintain strong teams.

There are numerous stages involved in building a successful team. Check out John C. Maxwell’s book Teamwork 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know to learn about building a strong team from start to finish.

What do you do when you find a well-established team is now struggling to excel? 

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, you’ll learn actionable steps to help your team identify and overcome challenges.

Bringing a new team together for the first time? Skip the boring introductions and try one of these great icebreakers!

Contrary to popular belief, team building doesn’t have to be boring. Have some fun while you focus on building relationships with this ultimate list of team-building activities.

Get out of the office to build relationships and spark conversations in a new environment with one of these company outing ideas.

If you’re looking for tools to help streamline team projects, check out Asana, a work management platform teams use to stay focused on the goals, projects, and daily tasks that grow business.

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Employee Recognition

According to research from Gallup, employees who don’t feel recognized are twice as likely to quit their job in one year. 

Recognition is no longer a nice-to-have. It’s a must. 

Leaders have to know how to recognize individuals and teams at all levels of the organization. It may seem tricky, but these resources will help you recognize your people successfully and consistently.

To learn more about just how much employee recognition impacts your business, check out TINYpulse’s 2018 report on employee recognition and appreciation.

New to employee recognition or just not sure how to do it better? Take a look around the Recognition Professionals International blog or sign up for an upcoming webinar.

While you’re at it, check out this Employee Recognition Toolkit from Helpside and consider creating one for your own organization.

Not all employees like to be recognized in the same way. Read this employee recognition questionnaire from the University of Calgary and use it as a resource to create your own.

Everyone loves a certificate! Create your own certificate templates with a free Canva account. The templates, fonts, and graphics make it easy to create something fun and unique to your team. 

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Conclusion

This roundup provides leaders with resources that serve their own professional development, as well as the development of their organization and its people. 

Each of these resources can help both established and burgeoning leaders thrive by saving time, solving problems, and reaching their full potential.

Take your time, do some research, and bookmark the resources that make the most sense for your unique circumstances. Refer to them over the course of the year, prioritize continuous learning, and you’ll get to the next level. Good luck!

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