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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 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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Narcissism: The Difference Between High Achievers and Leaders

Narcissism: The Difference Between High Achievers and Leaders | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

Those selected for development have one universal trait in common: They are by definition high achievers. But there is a difference between those superstar achievers that can make the leap to CEO and those that will implode: To what degree do they feel invigorated by the success and talent of others, and to what degree does the success of others cause an involuntary pinch of insecurity about their own personal inadequacies? Only an individual who feels genuinely invigorated by the growth, development, and success of others can become an effective leader of an enterprise. And it remains the most common obstacle of success for those trying to make that leap.

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Why Good Leaders Don’t Need Charisma | MIT Sloan Management Review

Why Good Leaders Don’t Need Charisma | MIT Sloan Management Review | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

If your company is heading in the right direction, a charismatic leader will get you there faster. Unfortunately, if you’re heading in the wrong direction, charisma will also get you there faster.


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We've seen it throughout history!

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Taming Your Company's Most Elusive Beast

Taming Your Company's Most Elusive Beast | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

Innovation is an elusive beast. Setting aside a few well-known exceptions, the vast majority of established firms feel there is a big gap between their efforts and their achievements.

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inspiring ideas ...

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Heroic Leadership: An Influence Taxonomy of 100 Exceptional Individuals (Paperback) - Routledge

Heroic Leadership: An Influence Taxonomy of 100 Exceptional Individuals (Paperback) - Routledge | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

This book offers a new conceptual framework for understanding heroism and heroic leadership, drawing from theories of great leadership and heroic action. Ten categories of heroism are described: Trending Heroes, Transitory Heroes, Transparent Heroes, Transitional Heroes, Tragic Heroes, Transposed Heroes, Transitional Heroes, Traditional Heroes, Transforming Heroes, and Transcendent Heroes. Heroic Leadership is a celebration of our greatest heroes, from legends such as Mahatma Gandhi to the legions of unsung heroes who transform our world quietly behind the scenes. The authors argue that all great heroes are also great leaders.

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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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Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree | Video on TED.com

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress.
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A new kind of leader: Master of self rather than controller of others | Careers & HR | Executive | Financial Post

A new kind of leader: Master of self rather than controller of others | Careers & HR | Executive | Financial Post | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

The demands of leadership can produce what is known as “power stress,” which can leave even the best leaders physically and emotionally drained. Leaders can easily find themselves moving from an “approach” orientation, where they are emotionally open, engaged and innovative, to one of “avoidance” characterized by aversion, irritability, aggression, fear and close-mindedness.

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4 Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader

4 Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

James MacGregor Burns first used the term transformational leadership in 1978 to describe a process in which “leaders and followers help each other to advance to a higher level of morale and motivation.”


Via Susan Bainbridge
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So it's about transforming the people, helping them grow - which in turn transforms the organisation.

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Despite what this picture suggests, great leaders aren't all male!

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Elaine Cox's comment, March 20, 2013 8:07 AM
I just love this picture - but why is the male in the lead?
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Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest

Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest | Brave Leadership | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

A few years ago the London Sunday Times ran an article with the title “Whatever Happened to Real Leaders?” It read in part: “The foreign secretary was a stuffed shirt. But the prime minister was not even that: ‘he was just a hole in the air.’ The words are George Orwell’s, applied to Lord Halifax and Stanley Baldwin, in the late 1930s. What resonance they have today! . . . What the country needs is leadership, and this is true of the Western world as a whole.”

 

 


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