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The No. 1 Leadership Trait You Really Need to be Successful

The No. 1 Leadership Trait You Really Need to be Successful | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Most workplace disputes and disasters can be traced back to one thing: a lack of leadership. So, what’s the absolute No. 1 most important leadership trait in the history of the universe? …

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Humility - such a valuable trait, so easy to practice yet so often sublimated because of fear, ego or the slippery pole...

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Tom Hood's comment, March 2, 2013 10:37 AM
Agree 1000% I remember a concept from Practically Radical where they talked about IBM's transformation with a major factor being Humbition - the combination of Humility and Ambition. And the sign on Ronald Reagan's desk that said, "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:39 AM

Agree 1000% I remember a concept from Practically Radical where they talked about IBM's transformation with a major factor being Humbition - the combination of Humility and Ambition. And the sign on Ronald Reagan's desk that said, "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 3, 2013 10:59 AM

Smooth dance moves didn't win?

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Tapping into the power of mindfulness

Tapping into the power of mindfulness | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
As business classes get underway at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, MBA students open their laptops and professors fire up PowerPoint presentations in many classrooms.

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, March 1, 2013 8:26 AM

Many of my clients lament that they can't find the time in their hectic life to do what is really important. When I introdruce a simple practiceof mindfulness into their schedule the time magically appears.

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Trapped in The Past: Five Challenges of Conventional Thinking

Trapped in The Past: Five Challenges of Conventional Thinking | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Challenge your board to break free of conventional thinking by addressing five ways it is killing your association’s current and future business models.

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Interesting!

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Laura Goodrich's curator insight, March 1, 2013 10:58 AM

"Now time to insist that boards take the long view, minimize the impact of petty political disputes on board work, and maximize the attention they devote to supporting the creation of new forms of value, with the goal of generating more purposeful and profitable revenue streams over time" - See more at: http://associationsnow.com/2013/03/trapped-in-the-past-five-challenges-of-conventional-thinking/#sthash.LLomJbkK.dpuf #Associations

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Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead | Video on TED.com

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose and trust among people of many ages and skill sets? 


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Great stuff!

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 28, 2013 12:08 PM

Fantastic, inspirational video.  From the video:

 

"Its not always fair... you can get knocked down, and it hurts. 

 

But if you are a leader, the people that you count on, will help you up. 

 

If you are a leader, the people that count on you, need you on your feet."

 

Awesome!

Tom Hood's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:43 AM

Had the opportunity to have dinner with Stanley and see him speak last spring at a Stevenson University speaker's series hosted by Dr. Kevin Manning. He was amazing and carried a great message of listening to your junior officers http://www.macpa.org/blog/1571/listen-to-your-junior-officers

 

Juts got his book and it is a fascinating read and chick full of real leadership advice, I highly recommend it!

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13 Thoughts for Discouraged Leaders

13 Thoughts for Discouraged Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

It ain’t all rainbows and unicorns.

 

After the YouTube clip ends, after the conference is over, after the teambuilding session–there’s this other thing that happens. Real life leadership.

 

And it’s exhausting. Tiring. Long hours. The certainty that almost any decision you make will not be perfectly agreeable to at least somebody. Cranky bosses. Crappy work environments. It could be any number of things or combination of things, but there are times when you just get discouraged, and I don’t think there’s any shame in that. It’s a normal part of being human, yes?

 


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John Michel's curator insight, March 6, 2013 11:37 PM

You’re not some robot that doesn’t have feelings or emotions or needs or whatever. Now some of us may act like robots sometimes, but even then, underneath it all, there’s a beating heart. Almost all of us have been and/or are discouraged. It’s OK. It’s normal. But let’s push into that discouragement a little bit. Better yet, let’s push back a little bit. Here are some reminders for the discouraged leaders among us:

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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How to Be Mindful in an 'Unmanageable' World

How to Be Mindful in an 'Unmanageable' World | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Creating value in our lives and work requires the courage to delay immediate gratification.

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Good advice, hard to do...

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Belinda MJ.B's curator insight, February 28, 2013 7:39 PM

How to Be Mindful in an 'Unmanageable' World

Belinda MJ.B's comment, March 5, 2013 3:13 PM
Thanks David!
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Wisdom 2.0's Compassionate, Chaos-Reducing Brand Of Leadership

Wisdom 2.0's Compassionate, Chaos-Reducing Brand Of Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Where can you go to meet a Tibetan nun, the CEOs of Ford and LinkedIn, an acclaimed mindfulness teacher, and an African drummer--all in one event? Wisdom 2.0.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:31 PM

Wisdom 2.0 is a conference that highlights an interesting and relevant cross-section of mindfulness, leadership, business, and leadership. This Fast Company article provides an insightful look.

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How to Assess Your Leadership Skills

How to Assess Your Leadership Skills | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Are you as effective a CEO as you can be? These seven steps will help you hone your style.

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Michel CEZON's curator insight, March 2, 2014 12:21 PM

Seven hints to try and follow:

1. Clarify what your job is.

2. Invite feedback.

3. Define goals.

4. Refine your storytelling skills.

5. Check in on employees.

6. Look into leadership training.

7. Expand your circle.

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The Grateful Lead

The Grateful Lead | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The grateful lead.

 

This is what it means to Lead From Within.

Be the kind of leader who embraces gratitude and extends appreciation to others. The grateful lead with heart.

 

Day One of the In ternational leadership Blogathon kicks off with a powerful post from the fabulous Lolly Daskal!


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David Hain's curator insight, March 1, 2013 6:08 AM

Great blog from Lolly, great initiative from Todd, great writers to come every day for the mext month.

 

A must read for anyone interested in improving leadership across the world!

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The Education of an Elementary Principal: The New Communication

The Education of an Elementary Principal: The New Communication | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Specifically in regards to technology, social media and communication.



Fullan identifies the 6Cs that are necessary in education today:

 

- Communication

- Citizenship

- Character

- Collaboration and Teamwork

- Creativity and Imagination

- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

 


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I love Fullan's work.  It may be based on schools leadership but I think it has applicability to leaders across the universe.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 1, 2013 5:09 AM

Very interesting, a MUST read...

 

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Leadership Is A Choice By Kevin Freiberg | The Leadership Hub

Leadership Is A Choice By Kevin Freiberg | The Leadership Hub | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The great Kevin Freiberg, co-author with Jackie Freiberg of NUTS! The Southwest Airlines Story, and of several other great books www.freibergs.com

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Nice title, nice book!

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"Conscious Capitalism" - the higher purpose for business | Transformational Leadership

"Conscious Capitalism" - the higher purpose for business | Transformational Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The book Conscious Capitalism calls for a higher purpose for business and lays out a roadmap on how to get there.

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Great book, highly recommended!

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The One Thing You Must Do to Achieve Break-Through Results

The One Thing You Must Do to Achieve Break-Through Results | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I often meet people who are stuck in one area of their life or another. It’s almost always a result of encountering a barrier inside their own head. Here’s how to move past it.

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 8, 2013 2:18 PM

(From the article): The reason why most of us don’t accomplish more is because we set our goals inside our mental barriers, where it’s safe. (That’s why it’s called “the comfort zone.”)

 

But if you want to get unstuck and start getting traction again, you have to set your goals on the other side of the barrier. You don’t have to get crazy, but you do have to stretch yourself and push past the invisible barrier in your head.

 

This is the secret to achieving break-through results.

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Researchers Take a Closer Look at the Most Common and Powerful Triggers of Depression

Researchers Take a Closer Look at the Most Common and Powerful Triggers of Depression | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Certain painful experiences are more likely to precede depressive episodes than others. And some forms of loss can trigger depression more quickly than previously realized

For a long time psychiatrists and psychologists have lumped such triggers together under rather vague umbrella terms, including "severe psychosocial stressors" and "stressful life events." In recent years, however, a few researchers have looked more carefully at the different kinds of events that provoke a depressive episode. The evidence they have collected so far argues for a more nuanced understanding of how stress interacts with individual susceptibility to depression, how quickly depression follows different types of stress, and how best to treat depression in these various situations.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:58 AM

depression is a result of chronic stress...and an interpersonal loss is typically chroninc in nature.

Nicole Alison Mcgrew's curator insight, June 15, 2013 10:09 AM

triggers of depression

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A Note About Introverts and Teams

A Note About Introverts and Teams | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
If you encounter someone who considers the prospect of working on a team to be a form of long-acting torture - you just might find that they would describe themselves as an "introvert". To

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Kimberly Togman's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:14 PM

I came across this nice post today. I know that as a fast talking extrovert I have to really focus on leaving room for and engaging my introverted brethren.   If you like this post check out Susan Cain's witty and engaging TED talk on The Power of Introvertshttp://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html

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Edge online - Leadership - Leadership styles - John Adair: taking the lead

Edge online - Leadership - Leadership styles - John Adair: taking the lead | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Famous for his ‘three circles’ Action Centred Leadership model, John Adair has been nicknamed the father of leadership. Helen Mayson meets the man who inspired a leadership revolution

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 9, 2013 11:14 AM

Leadership is fluid and is never outdated. What I am not seeing is the shift from management to leadership. It certainly is not happening where I work and live. The trust question and answer is revealing. He does not use the word narcissism, but it is in evidence and growing. What will that do for the next generation?

 

Tom Hood's comment, February 10, 2013 8:05 AM
Love the curator insights (Amy & donhornsby) "I think this is the greatest sentence ever written on leadership: “The task of a leader is not to put greatness into people, but to draw it out, because the greatness is there already.” That’s what a true leader thinks. We have a responsibility to the world to play a leading part in growing and developing good leaders and leaders for good." and (From the article): Half the world’s population is 25 years or under, so we have an immense job of sowing the seeds for the next generation of leaders.-
John Adair - Thanks!
Tom Hood's curator insight, February 10, 2013 8:16 AM

In our five years working with the CPA Profession's best and brightest young leaders (AICPA, MACPA, UACPA, LSCPA Leadership Academies), I worry that many of our current leaders are not taking the responsibility to develop new leaders fast enough. Yet when you get these young leaders in a room, it is easy to pull their greatness out of them.


What can we do to develop more leaders fast enough as two baby boomers will retire for every Gen-Xer available to replace them?


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"I think this is the greatest sentence ever written on leadership: “The task of a leader is not to put greatness into people, but to draw it out, because the greatness is there already.” That’s what a true leader thinks. We have a responsibility to the world to play a leading part in growing and developing good leaders and leaders for good."


And (From the article):


Half the world’s population is 25 years or under, so we have an immense job of sowing the seeds for the next generation of leaders.- 
John Adair

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Bill Harley Explains Why Technology Cannot Replace In-Person Storytelling -- for anyone

Bill Harley, a Friend, storyteller, author, songwriter, teaching artist; two-time Grammy winning artist in the spoken word category; Lifetime Achievement awa...

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Laurence Roelants's comment, February 8, 2013 5:59 AM
This was magic! thanks!!
Elsemiek Meijs's curator insight, February 8, 2013 8:09 AM

Wow! Please take 13 minutes and forget everything else.

streetsmartprof's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:17 AM

Make sure to read the insight by Karen Dietz, the 1st one posted.

 

This is well worth 13 minutes. They say time stands still during a good story. Look at your watch after Bill understands the boy in the back of the room, you may be surprised...

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Leadership Perspectives: The Butterfly Effect | Collaborative Transitions Coaching

Leadership Perspectives: The Butterfly Effect | Collaborative Transitions Coaching | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The butterfly effect is all about one person taking one action that reverberates around the world. As leaders, we have the unique opportunity to take small multiple actions each day.

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Leading Others: How NOT to be in Control

Leading Others: How NOT to be in Control | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Excessive use of positional power: I was interacting with a leadership expert recently when he said, “If you have to use your position to exert your power, you are not powerful.” 


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Fortunately for minions, there are many sources of personal power, we should cultivate all of them.

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Leadership and Your Social Media Voice

Leadership and Your Social Media Voice | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, I presented a session entitled “Leadership and Your Social Media Voice” at the North American Jewish Day School Conference. Based on the conference theme of ”Leading to Learn, Learning to Lead,” I offered the session as a conversation-starter for educators who are thinking about or currently using social media personally on behalf of their organizations. The session and presentation addressed the following thematic questions: Why should educational staff use social media personally yet professionally, how could organizational leaders translate their leadership offline to online, and is it possible to have a “playbook” of sorts with which to design one’s professional online presence and voice?

The session focused on three elements: translating leadership vision online, defining leadership voice, and the intersection of transparency with leadership.


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How to think faster, better on your feet - CNN.com

How to think faster, better on your feet - CNN.com | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

" Life coach Gail Blanke went to acting school to learn to improvise in any situation. Turns out the tricks that actors use on stage can help you score a date, land a job -- or just make any conversation more engaging".


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Nick Burnett's curator insight, February 8, 2013 1:46 PM

Some really interesting thoughts

Chris Ware's curator insight, April 30, 2013 1:55 AM

I want you to think about how drama can help you with real life siuations. Where and how could you use imprevisation skills? Can you recall a time, When you have used your drama skills, to get what you wanted?

Renae Phillips's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:08 PM

They say Drama is just acting and has nothing to do with the real world, but i disagree strongly.  When have you been in a situation in the real world where you had to think fast on your feet and improvise?  Where have you used what you learnt in drama to help you get what you want in life? Drama is all about action reaction and plays a strong role in your everyday life.

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3 Secrets to Bill Gates' Extraordinary Success

3 Secrets to Bill Gates' Extraordinary Success | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief, the multi-billionaire founder of Microsoft is not a visionary, but an executor. Here's how.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:38 PM

Strategic positioning, as well as a little luck--not some "big idea"

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To Lead Others, Learn To Lead Yourself First

To Lead Others, Learn To Lead Yourself First | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Envisioning a better future, setting worthy goals, and following through with sustainable impact first and foremost requires leading yourself. Often leadership is a lonely road. And to keep ourselves inspired, motivated, and energized we need to lead ourselves with our heart, purpose, and devotion.


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donhornsby's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:36 AM

(From the article): As the late Stephen Covey so eloquently stated, "personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things."

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 7, 2013 5:14 PM

Purpose, heart, devotion.  Simple.  

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Personal Leadership: It's All About the People, Stupid!

Personal Leadership: It's All About the People, Stupid! | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Many leaders just want to tell their people the goal, and then expect them to just go out and create amazing success without any guidance, coaching, managing, or ...leading. Leadership is all about the people one leads.

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We all love a good listening to! We collect and repay units of recognition! Individualised attention is free and quick. It takes less than two minutes of your time but often makes someone else’s day!

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 8, 2013 12:16 AM

(From the article): Personal leadership is all about relationships with those you lead. Simply learning the names of one’s team-members is not sufficient to building a strong team of committed workers, although it s start.  By learning their values, skills and dreams, you learn how they see themselves within the organizational structure.  Instead of simply evaluating their work, seek opportunities for them to provide feedback on the organization.  Take care to listen, and see if you can incorporate their ideas.

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The Psychopath in the C-Suite

The Psychopath in the C-Suite | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Corporate genius or psychopath? It’s a thin line that divides them. Most people who work in companies run afoul of such a person at least once during their career. Some rise to astonishing heights, and they can cause enormous damage. Dealing with them can be tricky, but here are some tips.


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We all know smoe of these people...

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People and Change consultant, 25 years experience in Organisation Development. Executive coach. Very experienced facilitator and team developer.