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Why Millennials Will Be More Empathetic Leaders

Why Millennials Will Be More Empathetic Leaders | Character Development | Scoop.it
An annual survey on leadership and communication was recently released by Ketchum. In the results, there are metrics to alarm and inspire you to enhance the way you lead and communicate.
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“Empathic leadership is not however, an easy path. For a start it goes against the myth of the hero leader. It’s not about ego, it’s about humility. It’s not about fulfilling personal agendas, it’s about helping customers, colleagues and communities to lead better lives.”

 

Empathy ensures that purpose-driven leaders will not run roughshod over human concerns. We each make choices about what guides our attention and where we want to invest our energy. It is easy to be focused on the prize and to assume a command and coerce/control management style. Empathic leaders listen, get to know the people  and help them perform at their highest level. Empathic leadership is a conscious, proactive and intentional effort and cannot be taken for granted. Empathy creates the opportunity for us to care for and about others and, in turn, to be cared for and to provide a sense of belonging. 

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The Secret and Power of Listening

The Secret and Power of Listening | Character Development | Scoop.it
Leaders often rise to leadership because they are great talkers. Now it's in the way. You can’t connect, communicate or influence without listening. Bad bosses talk. Successful leaders listen. Stop...
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Removing that mental block, and getting rid of the filters will help you start connecting with a broader scope of people. Our preconceived judgments, i.e., what you already know about a person and the label that you have assigned, inhibit our capacity to listen and reaching people that we feel are inaccessible. 

 

Leadership Freak provides great questions to focus your attention and to respond to others with respect and compassion. 

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» Strengths-Spotting Your Way to Happiness (Part 1) - Character Strengths

» Strengths-Spotting Your Way to Happiness (Part 1) - Character Strengths | Character Development | Scoop.it
Strengths-spotting is one of the best activities to deepen understanding of the strengths of oneself & others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting
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donhornsby's curator insight, January 29, 2013 8:22 AM

(From the article): At your next work meeting or family gathering, enter the environment wearing “strengths goggles.” This means walk in with a mindset to look for strengths as they occur. Spot your co-worker asking lots of questions (curiosity) or collaborating on a project (teamwork). Notice when your mother puts her arm around you when she speaks (love) or when your brother keeps the family entertained with a funny story (humor).

 

After you spot the strength(s), if the timing is right, tell the person how you value their strength use. Express your appreciation. Name the strength that you saw them use and share the rationale for your observation.

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Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown

Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown | Character Development | Scoop.it

Brené’s big idea is that vulnerability is good for you, or as she puts it, ‘vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage’.

 

We live in a culture where making yourself vulnerable – exposing your fears and uncertainties, taking emotional risks – is considered a form of weakness, and something most of us want to run away from.

 

But Brené’s research reveals the hugely positive outcomes that emerge from stepping into the arena of vulnerability. It is precisely when we expose ourselves – perhaps in a relationship or at work – that ‘we have experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives’.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:44 AM

A brilliant friend of mine once explained to me, "trusting others is difficult because it makes us vulnerable".  This is a fantastic article about why being vulnerable is good, plus so much more.

David Hain's curator insight, January 18, 2013 11:31 AM

Vulnerability is my leadership word of the week, and such a valuable test of authenticity.  Having spent years disguising it, I wish I knew then what I know now...

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Women Who Care Too Much (About Work) » The Glass Hammer

Women Who Care Too Much (About Work) » The Glass Hammer | Character Development | Scoop.it
The Glass Hammer is an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.
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Joseph Slawek – Five character traits you need to follow in your business - Smart Business Network

Joseph Slawek – Five character traits you need to follow in your business - Smart Business Network | Character Development | Scoop.it
Joseph Slawek – Five character traits you need to follow in your businessSmart Business NetworkHave you ever stopped to think about what leads to great outcomes in your business? How about when a plan doesn't work?
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Teaching Character: How to Raise Good Kids in a Decade of Moral Erosion at Dr. Michele Borba’s Reality Check

Teaching Character: How to Raise Good Kids in a Decade of Moral Erosion at Dr. Michele Borba’s Reality Check | Character Development | Scoop.it
Dr. Michele Borba share her secrets for discipline problems, behavior troubles, school issues and much more! Parenting advice, tips, and articles for raising happy, healthy children from conception to graduation.
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Life Choices: The Decision Tree | CoachStation

Life Choices: The Decision Tree | CoachStation | Character Development | Scoop.it

Imagine that the tree represents your life from birth at the very bottom, in the roots of the trunk to death at the very extreme ends of the outermost twigs. Consider that each step along the journey of life (or symbolically in this representation along the trunk, branches and twigs) represents continuous learning and decisions made at various stages of your life.

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When Forgiveness Isn't a Virtue

When Forgiveness Isn't a Virtue | Character Development | Scoop.it
Studies show people who forgive are generally happier and healthier. They ruminate less and are less stressed. Their cholesterol levels go down. But research shows forgiveness also has a dark side.
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The Discipline of Building Character

The Discipline of Building Character | Character Development | Scoop.it
The Idea in Brief We’ve all experienced times when our professional responsibilities conflict with our values: A budget crisis forces us to dismiss a valued employee, for exa...
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7 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough

7 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough | Character Development | Scoop.it
While my self-love journey is on-going, here are a few things I try to remember when I think I'm not good enough and I'm tempted to be mean to myself.
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» 5 Practices for Effective Strengths-Spotting (Part 2 – Self) - Character Strengths

» 5 Practices for Effective Strengths-Spotting (Part 2 – Self) - Character Strengths | Character Development | Scoop.it
A good way to learn about and work with strengths is the practice of strengths-spotting. Strengths-spotting is a skill that improves with practice.
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The Need to Care for Character | Conner Partners

The Need to Care for Character | Conner Partners | Character Development | Scoop.it

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David Hain's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:39 AM

Couldn't agree more!

 

The “character” (our true nature) we bring into client relationships is the heart of who we really are as change practitioners. It is this essence of our uniqueness, not what is in our bag of intervention tricks, which ultimately determines whether we generate meaningful benefits for clients. However, our interior character needs a voice in order to be expressed to the exterior world; the “presence” we convey is that voice. Even though presence is what we use to interface with clients, the path to optimizing our effectiveness is through evolving our character.

donhornsby's curator insight, January 25, 2013 8:34 AM

(From the article): Many people mistakenly think they can develop character in the same way they might attain new knowledge or better their communication skills. They think they can improve it by simply pushing themselves to greater heights.

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Character Strengths in Practice | IPPA

The International Positive Psychology Association works to further the science of positive psychology across the globe and to ensure that the field continues to rest on this science; works for the effective and responsible application of positive...
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A practical, research based, application of personal value congruency (aligning what you say and what you do) in business, education & coaching. This article touches on strengths-based leadership, mindfulness based leadership & calling forth the best in self and in others. 

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Little Lessons Along the Way: Building Character - Huffington Post (blog)

Little Lessons Along the Way: Building Character - Huffington Post (blog) | Character Development | Scoop.it
Little Lessons Along the Way: Building CharacterHuffington Post (blog)Having lived in a number of corrupt countries, I have been provided with the character-building opportunities of interacting with some truly shady individuals, many of whom are...
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Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them.

 

Bill Gates demonstrates an Ethic of Care and need for good teachers.

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Free Character Development Inventory Forms

Free Character Development Inventory Forms | Character Development | Scoop.it
In addition to my free Baseball IQ Tests, I wanted to make sure that my readers had access to my Character Development Inventory (CDI) program.  CDI is a comprehensive program designed to help base...
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Character and Traits in Leadership

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Character develops over time. Many think that much of a person's character is formed early in life. However, we do not know exactly how much or how early character develops. But, it is safe to claim that character does not change quickly. A person's observable behavior is an indication of her character. This behavior can be strong or weak, good or bad. A person with strong character shows drive, energy, determination, self-discipline, willpower, and nerve. She sees what she wants and goes after it. She attracts followers. On the other hand, a person with weak character shows none of these traits. She does not know what she wants. Her traits are disorganized, she vacillates and is inconsistent. She will attract no followers.

 

A strong person can be good or bad. A gang leader is an example of a strong person with a bad character, while an outstanding community leader is one with both strong and good characteristics. An organization needs leaders with both strong and good characteristics, people who will guide them to the future and show that they can be trusted.

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Character Is Like A Tree | Leadership In Action

Character Is Like A Tree | Leadership In Action | Character Development | Scoop.it
In an article published by Harvard Business Review titled “The Discipline of Building Character,” Professor Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.
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Lim Kim Thye's curator insight, June 25, 2013 4:10 AM

Building Character is more important than building a good reputation.