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Why You're Not A Leader - Forbes

Why You're Not A Leader - Forbes | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Everybody thinks they’re a leader – most are far from it. The harsh reality is that we live in a world awash with wannabe leaders. As much as some don’t want to admit it, not everyone can or should become a leader (my take on the born vs. made argument). Simply desiring to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader.

 

If you think you’re a leader, but haven’t been recognized as such, you have a problem. Either you’re incorrect in your self-assessment, or those you report to don’t recognize your talent. Here’s the good news; handled correctly, either scenario can be resolved if you’re willing to do some work.

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This post said in a few sentences what everyone should know about Leadership subject, excellent!

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Lansana Gagny Sakho's comment, February 4, 2013 1:42 PM
Excellent article 'desiring to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader'
Martin Gysler's comment, February 4, 2013 3:38 PM
I think courage is the most important skill... :-)
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Better Leadership Through Social Media

Better Leadership Through  Social Media | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Executives should look at specific social media as a personal toolbox for improving their practice of leadership. Indeed, leadership, like life, is constantly changing and it is important to be open to new things that happen there. [note mg]


"Join a new online network? I'd love to!"


In 15 years of helping business, government and nonprofit leaders make strategic choices about digital technology, I've yet to hear an executive utter those words.


Sometimes that's due to the risks of public embarrassment or conflict that come with online engagement. Sometimes it's painful memories of previous tech projects that ran over budget and behind schedule. And sometimes it's because executives would rather interact face-to-face than keyboard-to-keyboard.


But always, I hear a common concern: How can I add another platform, task list or set of relationships to my already full plate?


Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203753704577255531558650636.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership

Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Leaders' primary objective is to empower others to make decisions and take actions that are aligned with the organization’s vision, purpose, and strategy. These nuances are the softer side of leadership, beyond the technical skills that you have already mastered.


Leadership is the "eighth wonder of the world." It is better seen and felt than defined and said. It’s easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize.


The world’s most impactful leaders in all arenas, from business to government, understand the paradox that although leadership starts with the leader, it’s never about the leader. This wisdom should be emulated and applied by everyone who aspires to leadership.


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The Winning Attitude Tipping Point

The Winning Attitude Tipping Point | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
As business leaders, everything we do should focus on setting our organizations up to win. But we can’t do it all ourselves. Which means we also need to get our employees obsessive and relentless about winning – a task much easier said than done.


If you’re struggling to build a winning attitude in your organization, I have some encouraging news. Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

Not some of the time, but always. Which has huge implications for business leaders trying to shape attitudes and opinions in their organizations.


Read more: http://morethanaminute.com/2012/01/17/the-winning-attitude-tipping-point/#

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10 Secrets of Successful Leaders

10 Secrets of Successful Leaders | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” But, becoming a great leader isn’t easy. Successfully maneuvering a team through the ups and downs of starting a new business can be one of the greatest challenges a small-business owner faces.

 

Leadership is one of the areas that many entrepreneurs tend to overlook, according leadership coach John C. Maxwell, whose books include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Thomas Nelson, 1998) and Developing the Leader Within You (Thomas Nelson, 1993).

 

“You work hard to develop your product or service. You fight to solve your financial issues. You go out and promote your business and sell your product. But you don't think enough about leading your own people and finding the best staff,” Maxwell says...

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Project Execution through Successful Leadership: How to Lead Like a Fighter Pilot

Project Execution through Successful Leadership: How to Lead Like a Fighter Pilot | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Practicing successful leadership seems fairly simple – one acquires the positional authority to lead, and does so by influencing or guiding others. But too often, “leaders” assume that just because they’ve achieved total project execution under their guidance that they deserve the title. To be sure, leadership is a concept measured by benchmarked success and achievements, but it is also a long-term manifestation of your actions and influence upon others. While innate values and personal characteristics lend themselves heavily toward the development of a leader, these traits do not primarily form the core of a true leader.

 

In military aviation, fighter pilots work within a high-risk environment where there is zero tolerance for error in project execution, or better said mission accomplishment. The occupational health and safety of the pilots in the cockpit and ground crew rely upon a commitment to excellence and full communication throughout all levels of an operation...

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Supportive Leadership – The 5 Basic Rules

Supportive Leadership – The 5 Basic Rules | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

More than two thirds of all problems in our society result from a decrepit leadership culture in economy and politics which allows indispensable profound reforms (i.e. climate protection, finance and tax legislation) and “green” technologies for our environment and thus a qualitative (and not just quantitative) growth to only a limited extent. The whole of Europe is deeply in dept. The standards of living and raw materials become more and more expensive. Nature and “deceived” people strike back because leadership elites show a high degree of inertia. Those responsible lack the capability to anticipate in time the necessary processes of innovation and change, to control and implement them.


It is true that companies impart specialized competences, but they criminally neglect the training for key skills like competences regarding change, relations, creativity and leadership. However, it is exactly these skills which ensure a sustainable power of success of an exceedingly demanding society and a flexible employability of its people – even in critical times.


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The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership

The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

What is your mission statement? How many people in your organization have read it? Understand it? Remember it? BELIEVE IT? And, how many of those who remain after answering those questions have actually adopted it?


Management books universally extol the importance of a mission statement. I have both suffered through mission development exercises as a staff member and been hired to facilitate these sessions. The process goes something like this: a group of senior administrators lock themselves in a room for an extended period of time; they debate, compromise, and craft lofty prose until they finally unveil (white smoke from chimney) their UNIFYING DOCUMENT. Shortly thereafter, they proudly display their statements on websites, placards, and business cards, then sit back and wait for the wisdom to trickle down to the masses. Much to their surprise, little change occurs.


Read more: http://www.unconventional-leadership.com/2012/03/15/the-antidote-to-ambiguity-values-based-leadership/

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leadership development methods and tips

leadership development methods and tips | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A comprehensive article on the subject. As a leader, it is an must read article. [note mg]


This leadership tips webpage is a general guide to modern ethical progressive leadership. See also the leadership theories article for explanations and summaries of the main leadership theories.


Explaining and understanding the nature of good leadership is probably easier than practising it. Good leadership requires deep human qualities, beyond conventional notions of authority.


In the modern age good leaders are an enabling force, helping people and organizations to perform and develop, which implies that a sophisticated alignment be achieved - of people's needs, and the aims of the organization.


The traditional concept of a leader being the directing chief at the top of a hierachy is nowadays a very incomplete appreciation of what true leadership must be.


Effective leadership does not necessarily require great technical or intellectual capacity. These attributes might help, but they are not pivotal.


Read more: http://businessballs.com/leadership.htm

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Illuminating Leadership Lessons From Lincoln

Illuminating Leadership Lessons From Lincoln | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

You may or may not know this about me, but I have a mentor who was born in 1812, and his name is Abraham Lincoln. I have been reading about this guy for pretty much my whole life, and yet every time I sit down to read another book about him or watch another documentary, I learn something new – a new angle, a new way to bring his life lessons into the modern world.


Recently, I finished a book by Eric Foner called Our Fiery Trial, and the focus was just on Lincoln’s struggle with the slavery issue. I can’t say I recommend the book – it’s the kind of book only a complete and total history buff would enjoy. However, it made me realize yet again the depths of Lincoln’s leadership wisdom. With that in mind, I thought I’d write up 12 of the most illuminating leadership lessons from Lincoln that we can all learn from...

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How Successful Leaders View Risk

How Successful Leaders View Risk | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Great leaders aren’t afraid of danger - but they never imagine being rescued.

 

Recently in the New York Times, the adventurer David Roberts wrote a wonderful piece describing how mountaineering has changed. In the old days, he said, you were truly ‘out there’: your life depended on your ingenuity and your stamina. If you made bad calls, you were gone. Help was not at hand. By contrast, today explorers and climbers, thanks to GBS, satellite phones and helicopters, expect to be rescued - even though some rescues end up costing more lives than they save. The implication of his story was that mountaineering had become soft and selfish with the expectation that help at any cost would always be available...

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