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Classic Leader Traits: 5 Lessons from Lincoln

Classic Leader Traits: 5 Lessons from Lincoln | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Leaders are rarely the first person to see an opportunity, but they’re the first to seize an opportunity."


Excerpted from 5 leadership lessons from Lincoln.


Lead with action.  While others are talking about the problem, leaders take action.  ...Action, not intention, determines your destination.


Speak with conviction.  ...speaking with conviction inspires others to join your movement.


Set the tone.  Many will try to distract you.  ...In every interaction and every meeting a leader brings focus to the objective.  W


Via Jeremy Walsh &  - xoombi


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's a helpful post:  simple, clear and well-timed for the July 4th holiday, referencing the critical impact of followership on leadership and Lincoln's great model for us all.  ~  Deb

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John Michel's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:39 PM

Have you ever wondered what makes a leader? We’ve heard that leaders have followers, but is there more? Leaders are going somewhere. What would you think of someone who claimed to be a leader, was surrounded by followers, but was going nowhere? Unfortunately, that’s the situation for many teams, organizations, and nations. So what really makes a leader?

David Hain's comment, July 4, 2013 3:06 AM
Happy 4th July to all my American friends!
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To Spark Change, Begin with a Provocative Action | Paul Niven

To Spark Change, Begin with a Provocative Action | Paul Niven | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Examples! Provocative action is a great kick start to change.


Paul cites several examples including:  A Danish organization, tired of watching customers defect because of frustrating and outdated policies and procedures, vowed to re-engineer the customer experience. Rather than begin the effort with a dry discussion of what was to be done, executives gathered the many volumes of current policies and procedures, stacked them up, and to the delight of assembled employees, threw a torch on the pile. The signal that things were about to change was clear.


To overcomethe high failure change implementation rate, organizations need to get off to a fast start, generate momentum for the cause, and convert skeptics to advocates. Provocative action can kick-start the change process memorably.  More examples are listed in Paul's post:  Cortes burning ships, cash dumped on a  table in front of staff, and more.

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