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Anxiety and insecurity holding back potential leaders

Anxiety and insecurity holding back potential leaders | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

Nearly two fifths (38%) of those surveyed in middle management or above said that professional anxiety was a decisive factor in limiting career progression to senior leadership or CEO level.

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Currently I'm working on a book on Leadership Coaching with Mike McLaughlin.  We'll show how a model of coaching to develop braver leaders can help overcome anxiety and other problems that interfere with leader effectiveness.  The book will be published in 2015.

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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet [...]
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The Confidence Gap

The Confidence Gap | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it
Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.
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A growing body of evidence shows just how devastating lack of confidence can be. Success, it turns out, correlates just as closely with confidence as it does with competence.

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How to Be a Better Leader? Love Being a Follower

Would you actually be a better leader if you thought less about being the person out in front and more about the power and importance of followers?
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It can take a brave leader to do this .....

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The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

Discussion in management and board meetings tends to focus on how to squeeze more profit out of existing revenue rather than how to generate new revenue. The principal metrics concern finance and capabilities; those that deal with customer satisfaction or market share (especially changes in the latter) take the backseat.

 

How can a company escape those traps? Because the problem is rooted in people’s natural aversion to discomfort and fear, the only remedy is to adopt a discipline about strategy making that reconciles you to experiencing some angst. This involves ensuring that the strategy-making process conforms to three basic rules. Keeping to the rules isn’t easy-the comfort zone is always alluring-and it won’t necessarily result in a successful strategy. But if you can follow them, you will at least be sure that your strategy won’t be a bad one.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 21, 2014 5:43 PM

You should follow Roger Martin on Twitter her: @RogerLMartin


Roger also writes regularly on HBR here


I've previously interviewed Roger about his latest book Playing To Win. You can read the article here: Make the right choices to create a winning strategy.



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Leadership As We Know It Has to Change

Leadership As We Know It Has to Change | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

Supported by their community and the power of decentralized network, the new leaders navigate a world where curiosity, vision and adaptation are more necessary than convictions and authority.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Carol Carter's curator insight, January 31, 2014 3:26 PM

Thoughtful article every MBA should read and fully digest. The only way to remain powerful, is to empower the people you are tasked to lead. This has always been true. Now it's crucial.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 1, 2014 6:30 PM

Leadership does have to change. What is interesting is that today, as I looked for dissertation materials on leadership, this idea of a leadership crisis is not new, Many authors and thinkers complained of the same thing in times past. The challenge might be the pace of change is so rapid it presents new challenges.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:36 AM

While I don't agree with the entire thought pattern here I do agree that Leaders reflect whats going on in our society. Leadership is going through one of its many changes over centuries of time. What once worked...won't tomorrow. Stay tuned....

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The Renaissance of Western Politics: The 'Good-enough' Leader ...

The hierarchical and heroic leadership is based on male authority (think Meir, think Thatcher, think Indira Gandhi) and assumes there is but one objectively true social story.
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Our notion of brave, doesn't assume hierarchy or heroism in the sense suggested by this article.  Nor can it be a sibling model. For that reason we are amending our strapline.  Brave for us means leading with passion and conviction - and putting self last, like a parent would for a child.

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Why Leaders Fail

"Courage is not lack of fear. Courage is doing the right thing in the face of fear. It helps to grasp the things of this world lightly in order to hold firmly to your convictions."

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Coaching can help leaders consider the 'right thing'.  Ultimately, it helps them be brave.

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Leadership: "I don't agree " !

Leadership: "I don't agree " ! | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it
Don't say you agree with me. When People agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong ...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Thought provoking and promotes the idea that leaders need to be brave enough to welcome dissention.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:50 AM

There is a way of saying "I don't agree," so it is perceived as a genuine contribution to the conversation, otherwsie I think it is natural for most people to fight back to defend their own point of view. For that reason, I like to use creativity tools such as the famous "DeBono Six Thinking Hats"  in groups. http://ow.ly/lmpaB ;

ratzelster's comment, May 24, 2013 10:01 AM
It is a very delicate dance to raise concerns and places where there might be problems....and not to be the "negative" voice in the room. Leadership needs to cultivate this culture and employees need to be sensitive to how they offer their advice. It's hard in this polarized world to having objections not interpreted as "you're against me or my proposal". Nevertheless it's worth trying.
David Keuning's curator insight, May 25, 2013 2:39 PM

It is so important to teach your employees to speak truth to power.  If your management team has 10 people and they ALL agree with you ALL of the time, then 9 are redundant.  It's the ability to harnass a variety of perspectives that distinguishes a high performing team.  

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What Value Creation Will Look Like in the Future

What Value Creation Will Look Like in the Future | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

"The value chain will supplant the supply chain. Supply chain management is about taking out cost and making process efficient, but, as we've said, this won't be enough; value chain management is about how to create value; how to coordinate the continuous innovations of creative contributors and how to make that process efficient for the consumer and the contributor."

Elaine Cox's insight:

How do the changes you are thinking about create value? What new capability, product, or service will your organization bring your customers that they will value? How will this make their life better? 

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Why CEOs Don't Want Executive Coaching

Why CEOs Don't Want Executive Coaching | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

"Why do CEOs and other senior leaders say they want coaching but don't seek it?

I think the answer lies in what they've learned to think coaching provides, in contrast to what they think they need. Both views create a gap between desire and action. Ironically, that gap is unwittingly supported by most coaching programs, themselves."

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Compassion: An Invaluable Leadership Attribute - General Leadership

Compassion: An Invaluable Leadership Attribute - General Leadership | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

In their report, “What Good is Compassion at Work?” researcher Jane Dutton and colleagues from the University of Michigan identify a “cascading effect,” whereby experiencing compassion at work generates positive emotion and, in turn, shapes employees’ long-term attitudes and behaviors.

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Positive Power and Influence: I have a dream . . . The Influence Style of Attracting

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The Top 6 Reasons Women Are Not Leading In Corporate America As We Need Them To - Forbes

The Top 6 Reasons Women Are Not Leading In Corporate America As We Need Them To - Forbes | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it
The real reasons behind why women remain stuck at 16% of senior corporate leadership in America, and what to do about it.
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"Social role theory suggests that as a result of socialization and social norms, women may be more likely to engage in person-focused leadership such as transformational or servant leadership" (Duff, 2011, p.213).  With the growth of these alternative approaches to leadership, we may see statistics like this changing dramatically.

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Crisis Leadership: What Flight 370, the South Korean Ferry, and the Donald Sterling Incident Can Teach Us

Crisis Leadership: What Flight 370, the South Korean Ferry, and the Donald Sterling Incident Can Teach Us | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it
“In any emotionally-charged situation, the courage to do what's right is within all of us--we just need to be mindful enough to make the right decisions....”
Via David Hain
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Very interesting paper.
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Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders | Video on TED.com

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
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Fascinating talk - really enjoyed it.

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Solving the Babbling Leader Problem

Solving the Babbling Leader Problem | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

Fear inspires babbling...

Fearful leaders stick their tongue in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. The result, they blather on and on without saying anything.

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Leading in Uncertain Times (Part I) - YouTube

This video was taken at the Lufthansa Change Day on January 20th 2014 where Amel Karboul was invited for the keynote speech. She addressed a large internatio...
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Being vulnerable as a leader is part of what we mean by being a brave leader.

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Are We Living in a Post-CEO World?

Are We Living in a Post-CEO World? | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

In a complex business environment, innovative companies must move from a guru model to one based on team leadership. T

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Was Jason's abdication as project manager on the latest 'Apprentice' episode a brave decision?  Or did the team just respond better to a 'guru model' of leadership.

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Internet Talk Radio | Leading Beyond the Status Quo – The case for #FutureLeaders | WebTalkRadio.net

Internet Talk Radio | Leading Beyond the Status Quo – The case for #FutureLeaders | WebTalkRadio.net | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it
Did you know that the the majority of managers attend leadership training 10 years after they start supervising people. 10 YEARS. On average, supervisor attend
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Brian Huggins explains the concept of leading consciously + the tools he is using to improve the quality of his leadership in order to inspire and motivate others.

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3 Leadership Skills That Trump All Others

3 Leadership Skills That Trump All Others | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership doesn't necessarily come from being the best at your trade. These three skills (engaging, encouraging and enforcing) can make all the difference.

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5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture

5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

How can you make your space a dynamic part of your vision and mission, and a driver of success? Here are 5 habits and how to make this happen.

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Maybe a new breed of brave leaders will realise leadership extends beyond the board room!

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The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership: A Critical Perspective (Paperback) - Routledge

The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership: A Critical Perspective (Paperback) - Routledge | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

"Despite the fundamental mistakes which have, arguably, directly led to global economic recession, it is often still taken for granted that transformational leadership is a good thing, and that leaders should have much more power than followers to decide what needs to be done."

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Excellent, scholarly book ....

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7 Ways Transformational Leaders Are Different | workplace MOJO

7 Ways Transformational Leaders Are Different | workplace MOJO | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it
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It’s envelopes, not pencils, that they push - I love it!

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