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The shadow side of leadership - hubris, derailment and overdrive

The shadow side of leadership - hubris, derailment and overdrive | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Dark side characteristics are found in almost everybody’s make up. Anyone working with executives will be aware of how a tough focus can lead to unhelpful behavioural features that strains relationships.
There are, of course, steps that leaders can take to minimise the risks resulting from the dark side of leadership. Ashridge’s latest research, The Leadership Shadow, co-authored by Anthony Kasozi and myself, shows that the shadow side and the bright side of a leader’s personality are intimately connected, but can drift apart upon taking up a pressurised leadership role. These leadership shadows or ‘gremlins’ have the potential to send what’s best about an executive’s leadership over to the dark side.
David Hain's insight:

We all have a shadow side - the key is managing it and giving other people permission to let you know when it's creeping in...

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Leadership Calls: Are You Truly Ready? #peopleskills - Kate Nasser

Leadership Calls: Are You Truly Ready? #peopleskills - Kate Nasser | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In the 25 years I’ve been consulting to mid-level leaders, I’ve seen an unfortunate trend. They are managing functions not leading people. Leadership calls, they get promoted, and then feel stumped on how to lead others.

The good news is, you can develop your leadership people skills. Whether new to leadership or not, when leadership calls you can be ready.
David Hain's insight:

"Bonds are not the same thing as bondage. Bonds don’t handcuff and block success. Closer and deeper bonds build #trust — the pathway to success." ~ @KateNasser

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6 Ways to Spot All Talk No Action | Switch and Shift

6 Ways to Spot All Talk No Action | Switch and Shift | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, you send a message with what you say AND what you do. If words aren’t supported with consistent actions, they will ring hollow. Someone once said, “Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold –– but so does a hard-boiled egg.”
David Hain's insight:

"Well done is better than well said!" ~ Ben Franklin, via @FSonnenberg. And remember, they're watching even when you're not  thinking...

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Leadership - Current Assessment - People Development Magazine

Leadership - Current Assessment - People Development Magazine | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
“PEOPLE WHO ARE EXCELLENT MANAGERS MAY BE WELL ORGANISED’, ‘RUN A TIGHT SHIP’, HAVE ‘SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES’ IN PLACE TOGETHER WITH DETAILED ‘JOB DESCRIPTIONS’ BUT OFTEN THE ORGANISATION IS TOO MECHANICAL, TOO FORMAL, TOO TIGHT AND HAS NO HEART , NO SOUL, NO FEELINGS”- Sir John Harvey Jones
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Many managers blame their bosses while turning a blind eye to their own practice.  Need a better mirror test...

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5 Bonehead Moves Leaders Make When Times are Tough | Switch and Shift

5 Bonehead Moves Leaders Make When Times are Tough | Switch and Shift | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Even Joe the Pipefitter must look askance at some of the moves made in corporate America when faced with a string of bad news.
David Hain's insight:

Some great maxims here, e.g. "No-one ever downized their way to greatness" @macdarling

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The Love of Power Comes at a Price | LinkedIn

The Love of Power Comes at a Price | LinkedIn | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
He was a smart, young and talented. He had great ideas and the analytic skill to back them up. His vision was meaningful and would have carried him far, but the taste of power proved stronger than his regard for his people or the mission they shared.

The key to keeping power in hand without letting it take over your life is to keep your mission, rather than your self, at the center of all you do. Here are some cautionary points to remember in your relationship with power:
David Hain's insight:

"When you love power more than purpose, you lose influence." ~ @Lolly Daskal

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Hervé Odet's curator insight, October 16, 2:25 AM

Une réflexion sur le pouvoir..bonne lecture, Hervé Odet, Cabinet Baud

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Simon Sinek: These Are the 3 Most Valuable Leadership Traits

What are the top qualities of great leaders? It's not a great mystery, said Simon Sinek at the World Business Forum on Wednesday. As the motivational speaker and author explained, it really boils down to three things: selflessness, empathy, and an ability to manage anxiety on your team. Here is a look at each trait, and why it is so valuable for you to cultivate. 
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Listen up!: 5 ways to be a better listener

Listen up!: 5 ways to be a better listener | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

I know that listening is super important when it comes to creating strong, lasting relationships, but despite realizing the importance of listening, it's never been my strong suit. 


As Alfred Brendel wrote, "The word 'listen' has the same letters as the word 'silent.'" Embracing silence is one of the great skills of a good listener. 


Via Anne Leong
David Hain's insight:

Staying positive and present is essential for being a good listener, but it's not always easy to do.  Good advice here on how to win friends and influence people

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Katherine Bryant's curator insight, October 12, 1:56 PM

Great tip here to have a private mantra to help you stay present in conversations. 

Hervé Odet's curator insight, October 14, 12:50 AM

Bonne lecture, Hervé Odet, Cabinet Baud

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Leaders Open Doors | LinkedIn

Leaders Open Doors | LinkedIn | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The world needs more leaders and less leadership “experts.” Maybe if we all spent less time drawing attention to the complexities of leadership and more time acting on simple but profound leadership ideas, we’d have more leaders like Charlie Bolden. We’d know better how to “lead simple.”
David Hain's insight:

A simple but profound leadership message from @btreasurer, based on the insight that only a 5 year-old can provide!

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CIOs Face Digital Leadership Problem: Gartner - InformationWeek

CIOs Face Digital Leadership Problem: Gartner - InformationWeek | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Though almost half of CIOs see themselves as digital leaders, few CEOs agree, Gartner research shows.


Aron's talk, based largely on results of Gartner's CIO survey presented in the report, "Flipping to Digital Leadership: The 2015 CIO Agenda," began with a reflection on the CIO's changing role. According to the survey results, 41% of CIOs now report to the CEO -- one of the highest percentages in survey history. A breakdown begins, though, when two different groups are asked about just what that reporting structure means.

David Hain's insight:

Who's in charge of digital leadership?  Apparently, some confusion exists, says Gartner.

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Dealing With the Shadow Side of #Leadership

Dealing With the Shadow Side of #Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Senior executives need exceptional drive and interpersonal skills to push themselves and others to succeed – but under pressure, these qualities can go into overdrive, and lead to catastrophe. So what makes managers act out the darker side of their leadership? How can professionals identify and challenge self-defeating behaviours to ensure that leadership shadows or ‘gremlins’ are disciplined? 



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Ricard Lloria
David Hain's insight:

Many 'weaknesses'  are strengths, overdone. We need feedback to calibrate how to be at our best without teetering over.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 28, 10:40 AM

Other resources on this topic: 


Joe Boutte's curator insight, September 29, 5:53 AM

Finding balance and establishing a foundation of integrity keeps leaders from crossing into the dark side.

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12 Powerful Ways To Create A Cohesive Team | LinkedIn

12 Powerful Ways To Create A Cohesive Team | LinkedIn | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

There’s nothing better to have on your side than a great team—one where work and ideas flow easily, where people support and enjoy each other and are invested in each other’s success.

But great teams don’t come together by magic. It takes a great leader and some powerful ways to create a successful team.

Here’s how to start building this secret weapon for your organization:

David Hain's insight:

Team isights form Lolly Daskal, on the money as usual!

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 1, 8:40 AM

(From the article): Hold yourself to the same standards that you expect of others. Set expectations that require everyone to stretch but are not impossible to achieve.

Hervé Odet's curator insight, October 10, 4:55 AM

Bonne lecture, Hervé Odet Cabinet Baud

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"Four facets of leadership I've learned from heroes," by military leader Matthew T. Fritz

"Four facets of leadership I've learned from heroes," by military leader Matthew T. Fritz | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

It goes without saying that the military environment is unique, but not so unique that effective parallels cannot be drawn between business and society at large.

In fact, in 2013, the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered that it was the responsibility of military leaders to learn “how to connect the warrior to the citizen.” His charge was for military members to share stories and, in return, listen to the different perspectives of fellow citizens and learn from them.  As a result, it is an honor to share with you the facets of leadership I have learned from observing my leaders, mentors and peers over 20-years of service.

I come to you not as an expert, but as a student—a lifelong student—eager to share my insights on these important facets.

David Hain's insight:

Great leadership advice from someone who has - literally - been at the sharp end!

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Leadership Presence: A Special Series With Switch & Shift

Leadership Presence: A Special Series With Switch & Shift | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leadership presence is what allows good leaders to connect with their teams. Characterized by confidence and a clear communication style, leaders who...

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, October 13, 10:04 PM

Check back every day this week for new articles. Enjoy!

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Give and Take… But Mostly Give | Vocational Place

Give and Take… But Mostly Give | Vocational Place | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The concept of ‘Mostly Give’ is what builds organizations and helps them to stand the test of time, especially in the area of customer service.
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What would it be like if everyone took an attitude of "mostly give"? ~ Mariana Ritcher

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Not drowning, just waving. Who’s in your Support Network? – Peter McKelvie

Not drowning, just waving. Who’s in your Support Network? – Peter McKelvie | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Asking for support can be a very difficult thing to do for many of us. It is incredibly important to be able to recognise your capabilities, your competencies and most importantly, your potential. Asking for support is a way to extend the limits of your boundaries on all of these, as your support person adds their strengths in your aid.
David Hain's insight:

"Men are from Mars and Mars is a place where asking for help is a sign of weakness!" -~ @Peter McKelvie

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Atonement Prayer from Women to Men -

Atonement Prayer from Women to Men - | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Blair Glaser reaches out with an apology on behalf of the women who do these 10 things.
David Hain's insight:

Wise and witty piece from  @BlairGlaser.  I was very reassured !

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Empowered Individuals Or Modern Lotus Eaters? | LinkedIn

Empowered Individuals Or Modern Lotus Eaters? | LinkedIn | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In the Odyssey, Odysseus tells of a race of people living on an island near North Africa, possibly Djerba dominated by lotus plants. The lotus fruits and flowers were the primary food of the island and were a narcotic causing the people to sleep in peaceful apathy.


The internet and mobile technologies are wonderful technologies. They have the power to reawaken our humanity and deepen our relationship to others or distract our minds from the daily grind of live.


Now we can choose to be only consumers of the information on social and that is fine, but if we have a clear purpose, mission, and passion, we have a wonderful opportunity to build and serve a community that can make a difference.


David Hain's insight:

Making a Difference to Others by Assessing, Capturing, Measuring, and Utilizing Relationship Capital (RC) @Rob Peters


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The Power of Cases

The Power of Cases | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

When we live a powerful experience we often want to share it, to tell our story and convey the passion and purpose that moved us. We also want others to hear about our outcomes and perhaps inspire them to pursue a similar path. This is why case studies and stories are so crucial in our professional lives, whether we are in business or education or another field. We learn from cases, by doing them and reading them.

David Hain's insight:

How to write powerful stories - includes template for transforming experiences into stories.

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Leadership Missteps That Brought Down The Secret Service's Director

Leadership Missteps That Brought Down The Secret Service's Director | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Last week, Julia Pierson resigned from her position as the director of the United States secret service. This leadership departure was an embarrassment for her, the department, and our nation, in the wake of recently-obvious flaws in her team, under her watch. So, what went wrong? More importantly, how can we learn from her missteps to figure out what to avoid? Let’s dive in.

David Hain's insight:

You can throw out every single tidbit of business advice you’ve ever heard except this: be truthful.The rest will fall into place if you are a trustworthy person. If not, the rest doesn’t matter.

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Leadership Style: If You're Going To Be A Jerk, Be One All The Time

Leadership Style: If You're Going To Be A Jerk, Be One All The Time | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Would your employees admire you if you became a full-time jerk? Crazy as that sounds, research on the power of predictability suggests there’s something to it. And it should influence the way you lead.
David Hain's insight:

Being consistent works with our need to use our 'prediction engine'. But don't consistently be a jerk!

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The ten things the best leaders never say

The ten things the best leaders never say | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -- 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning," wrote Mark Twain.

Whether you like it or not, the words you use can seriously affect your ability to achieve success. And that's especially true for leaders.

David Hain's insight:

Mind your language!  Ego, power and negativity statements don't seem to work for leaders, says presentation expert.  Wonder why?

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 8, 1:59 AM

a good reminder of, in what terms, not to think, act, or speak, if you really want to be seen as a leader...

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Leadership & Creating an Environment of Service

Leadership & Creating an Environment of Service | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

A lot has been said about the leader as “servant”. I expect, given that it is a relatively young term (having been ‘born’ in 1970), it is also subject to wide interpretation. As such, while some people will experience great results from their efforts to serve, others will consider it a fad that will go away if they ignore it. Still others will make every effort to embrace the notion of the Servant Leader but find themselves exhausted, confused and possibly resentful because people seem to be walking all over them.

So what to do?


Via Kevin Watson
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Gwyn Teatro - put your courage where your faith is to be an effective servant leader.

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Tom Peters on leading the 21st-century organization

Tom Peters on leading the 21st-century organization | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Thirty years after leaving McKinsey, the prolific author returns to discuss tomorrow’s management challenges and the keys to organizational change and transformative leadership in any age. 



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
David Hain's insight:

Great wisdom from one of our leading thinkers over  the last half-century!

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Steve Bax's curator insight, October 5, 4:14 AM

Excellent scoop by Kenneth Mikkelsen with some very good insight for all from it. Some shrewd comment from Tom Peters on the importance of time management and corporate culture too. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 6, 11:54 AM

School managers,. politicians, and School bureaucrats along with teachers should read Peters. We would be more humble and less expert in are efforts.

 

@ivon_ehd1

 

Tony Vengrove's curator insight, October 6, 1:48 PM

Not much to add after Kenneth brilliantly shared his own takeaways. Having said that, I believe much of what's discussed here is highly relevant for leading innovation. 

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6 Essential #SocialMedia Lessons From Top Executives

6 Essential #SocialMedia Lessons From Top Executives | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Previously, right here on this blog, we’ve written about the importance of company leadership getting involved in social media. After all, there are some major benefits to doing so -- an improved company reputation and increased consumer trust, among others. Despite the upsides of social media involvement, the vast majority of c-level executives remain absent from social channels like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com, Ricard Lloria
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Social Globe's curator insight, September 15, 11:24 AM

Certes, les exemples n'ont pas été choisis au hasard… Mais c'est la trame de fond qui est intéressante !