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4 Ways to Balance Your Ego In Leadership

4 Ways to Balance Your Ego In Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

“You can have all ego, or all non-ego, but in theory you cannot have half one and half the other yet in practice this is exactly what you must have, for everything is both itself and not itself at one and the same time.” ~ Samuel Butler

 
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Do you want to learn more about Ego in Leadership and how you can become a better Leader? Do you have your own suggestions on how to balance Ego in Leadership? Join Dan Forbes and Chantal Bechervaise in the ‘Lead With Giants’ tweet chat this coming Monday, December 2nd, from 7pm to 8pm EST. 

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Into The Wilderness With Grace - #bealeader

Into The Wilderness With Grace - #bealeader | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What does it really take to make a life in the bush of Alaska as a Professional Wilderness Guide? It takes the determination to...
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"Grace is the beautiful canvas our purpose is written on" LOvely quote, excellent post!

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“I will be a great leader when...”

“I will be a great leader when...” | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

How would you finish that sentence? Is it when you’ve mastered the leadership lessons of Jesus, Lincoln, Sun Tzu, Steve Jobs or any of the dozens of famous people profiled in popular books? 

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Confucius - “If you want to be a leader, you have to be a real human being. You must recognize the true meaning of life before you can become a great leader. You must understand yourself first.” 

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Real leadership begins with one’s self - like Pope Francis

Real leadership begins with one’s self - like Pope Francis | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
America has an ample number of leaders, in the workplace and in politics. But unfortunately, what many of these leaders are actually doing is “leadIng.You'll note the capital “I.” That’s not a typo.


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"Author Chris Lowney has observed the behavior of the first Jesuit pope and used him as a case study in effective leadership. In his new book, “Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads,” Lowney writes of Francis’ first days as pope: “We were not watching someone trying to act like a pope. We were watching a person unafraid to be who he was.”


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/28/3146724/real-leadership-begins-with-ones.html#storylink=cpy
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John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:31 AM

You will be a more effective leader if you place your own self-interests aside. People will work harder for you. Loyalty will increase. You don’t need an academic study to prove that – just think of the bosses, coaches, even parents, who have led you and helped you reach a better place.


Angie Mc's curator insight, December 2, 2013 10:13 AM

Courage to be real, to be your best self.

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Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions

Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

So often we look to leaders to provide answers to the most challenging problems we face whether in politics or business. In fact, great leaders are those who instead ask the right questions and engage others to arrive at the best answers together.

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#Leadership is more about asking better questions than providing answers.

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4 Leadership Lessons From The Hunger Games

4 Leadership Lessons From The Hunger Games | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' provides a strong grounding in some of the principles that lie at the heart of leadership.
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Some interesting thoughts on defining yourself and creating alliances from an unlikely source.

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Turning Inspiration to Action

Turning Inspiration to Action | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
5 Frogs were sitting on a log. One decides to jump. How many frogs are now sitting on the log? Still, five … That’s because deciding and acting are not the same thing. We know this to be true, but
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"Don’t be the frog who just sat there, I tell myself. Even a little jump today, might help me build a muscle for a bigger jump later." Nilofer Merchant

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The new model of Latino leadership - VOXXI

The new model of Latino leadership - VOXXI | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The new model of Latino leadership
VOXXI
The survey found that over 64% of Latinos cannot identify a national Latino leader.

Via Jose Luis Anzizar
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How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match

How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What to do when someone is screaming, venting, explaining, or belaboring.

Via Tom Wojick, Bobby Dillard
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Tom Wojick's curator insight, October 11, 2013 10:00 AM

When you ask employees or anyone in a relationship what issue is having a negative impact on the relationship I oftern hear, "We can't seem to communicate." This article offers practical advice that I've found  helpful in managing the process of communication with a couple of styles that are challenging for many of us.

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Peace Equals Power

Peace Equals Power | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I just got it, peace equals power. For a long time, I have heard other coaches talk about cultivating feelings of peace, and it sounded like deadening the emotions, I don't like that repression lea...
David Hain's insight:

Enjoy peace this Thanksgiving, and come back powerful!

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Coaching and training in a time of lean budgets -- FCW

Coaching and training in a time of lean budgets -- FCW | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Now more than ever, it is vital for federal managers to invest in their own professional development.
David Hain's insight:

This is written for public employees but it applies to all ssectors.

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Gratitude 365: A Thanksgiving Post

Gratitude 365: A Thanksgiving Post | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Another Thanksgiving has arrived. Did you make sure to tell the world what you are grateful for?

Gratitude, without a doubt is one of the key characteristics of a leader. Since we all know that leading in a vacuum isn’t really possible, it is only with the positive contributions of others that we as leaders are able to accomplish our goals.

However, I want to share a question that occurred to me this year as another feast is about to be served and many feelings of thankfulness discussed.

Why is it that we require a holiday to profess our gratitude? Regardless of what it is we are grateful for.

 

David Hain's insight:

Make thanksgiving a feature daily rather than once a year!

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The Value of Vulnerability - Julie Winkle Giulioni

The Value of Vulnerability - Julie Winkle Giulioni | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In a world where perfection and strength are highly valued, we’ve lost our appreciation for vulnerability and the gifts it offers.
David Hain's insight:

People relate best to leaders who are also trying to manage the hum an struggle.

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Personal Branding Is A Leadership Requirement -- Not a Self-Promotion Campaign

Personal Branding Is A Leadership Requirement -- Not a Self-Promotion Campaign | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Developing your personal brand is essential for the advancement of your career and development as a leader.

Via Bobby Dillard
David Hain's insight:

You actually have a brand, whethere you like it or not.  Is it intentional?

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Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
One of the most underrated parts of the creative process is remaining vulnerable says New York Times bestselling author Brenè Brown in this moving 99U talk.

Via Jasmin Rez
David Hain's insight:

Excellent, recommended!

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Jasmin Rez's curator insight, November 27, 2013 12:14 AM

"Here's To Sweaty Creatives"  Brenè Brown 

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Successful People Know There's a Rhythm to Winning

Successful People Know There's a Rhythm to Winning | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Here's how a simple sports metaphor can help you rethink your strategy for success.
When I was a kid, I played a lot of soccer. A lot. I played for a local team that was really, really bad.

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5 keys to great nonverbal communication

5 keys to great nonverbal communication | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
An experiment proves that a few differences in body language can make a huge difference in how well an audience takes in what a presenter says.

Via AlGonzalezinfo
David Hain's insight:

We're always exhibiting behaviour, worth thinking about how consciously we do it.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 27, 2013 6:50 AM

Excellent article on non-verbal communication.  Here is a very interesting section:

 

Poor nonverbal communication class: 


• “He just had random facts. I just didn’t really know where he got those from.” 


• “I got distracted easily with doodling on my paper. I listened to the first half, but I don’t remember anything from the second half.” 


• “I agree. I kind of wandered off. I tried focusing on the PowerPoint, but that was bad, too.” 


So, next time you’re offering a presentation for a client or at a conference, remember you’re saying just as much with your body as you are with your mouth. 

John Michel's curator insight, November 29, 2013 11:16 AM

The next time you’re offering a presentation for a client or at a conference, remember you’re saying just as much with your body as you are with your mouth.

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Seeking to Understand ~ My Own Coach

Seeking to Understand ~ My Own Coach | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Do you seek to understand or do you seek to be understood? Most people don't listen with an intention to understand the other person. Most of the time, they are listening for a space in which they can reply, some time with a random remark out of context! A few weeks ago, I took part in an internet radio broadcast on the subject of listening with my good friendAl Gonzalez. In the show, we share insights such as listening with your whole self, connecting with your non-judgemental child and respecting diversity. You can hear the show right here:
Via AlGonzalezinfo, Jose Luis Anzizar
David Hain's insight:

Excellent podacst from Al Gonzalez and Kevin Watson - a must listen!!

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 26, 2013 3:54 PM

Listening carefully is of the utmost importance if we want to provide feedback that serves others.  Thanks to KJCoach for his wonderful insight during our podcast!  

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Be Seen as a Leader

#LEADERSHIP: First impressions matter more than ever in today's #business world, and u can improve the ones u make. http://t.co/dX4x4tjPMN

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Fallout from Bad Followership | BARBARA KELLERMAN

Fallout from Bad Followership | BARBARA KELLERMAN | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In my most recent book, The End of Leadership, I wrote this about Silvio Berlusconi, who, after Mussolini, was Italy’s second-longest-serving prime minister ever. I first pointed out that followers all across Europe had recently taken to attacking, demeaning, or even rejecting their leaders. And then I went on to add that to every rule there are some exceptions. 


Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Kellerman

 

"The Italian people tolerated, even supported Berlusconi for way too long, excruciatingly, unfathomably long. Which is why now they are paying the piper."

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Otto Scharmer's Blog

Otto Scharmer's Blog | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

It feels as if the spirit of our time calls for a global fall, for turning our evolutionary forces inward, for discovering the fire from within that helps us lean into and operate from the emerging future. So where can we find early examples, the first red leaves, for this turn?

We generally find them first in the following places: (1) on the periphery of systems, (2) locally, (3) with young folks (Gen Y), and (4) in situations of systemic breakdown and/or the emergence of new systems. The above four stories represent just some of the first leaves that are beginning to glow. Which ‘leaves’ do you see in your environment glowing?

David Hain's insight:

Otto Scharmer - "Where can we find this shift and call for future? In the here and now: The future is already here! We just need to learn to pay attention to it. We need to learn to see the glowing leaves as a sign of the future in the midst of the everyday noise."

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The afterlife

The afterlife | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

It seems clear then that the effects of any one conversation can have a life all of its own, long after we have engaged in it. The point is, how well are you managing that possibility and how aware are you of the possible impacts of any conversation that you have, at any point in the day?

David Hain's insight:

Think about what you happen after you interactions and act accordingly.

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What I Learned in Touchy Feely (This Time) (Ed Batista)

What I Learned in Touchy Feely (This Time) (Ed Batista) | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The most popular elective at Stanford's Graduate School of Business is formally titled Interpersonal Dynamics, but everyone calls it Touchy Feely.
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Much wisdom here from Ed Batista on the learning from a recent T-group.

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Humble and Grateful - The Truly Effective Leader

Humble and Grateful - The Truly Effective Leader | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

We all know the typecast of a typical leader; the boss who rumbles around the office, his shirtsleeves rolled up, yelling at the staff, letting them know "it's my way or the highway."   

David Hain's insight:

Nice story to illustrate humility about the young Benjamin Franklin

 

"He was a cocky, ego-centric, yet accomplished person.  He was also smart enough to realize that he was becoming morally bankrupt and set out to find character traits in which he needed to improve.  He came up with a list of twelve traits.  

Confident and proud of himself, he showed the list to a trusted friend probably with the idea of boasting of his efforts to improve.  His friend then gave him a jolt that led to adding a 13th trait – humility."

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Best 2013 Books for Entrepreneurs

Best 2013 Books for Entrepreneurs | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Smart folks in business follow a simple motto: always be learning. Here's a selection of the year's best books to help you do exactly that.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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A reading list for Thanksgiving and Christmas?

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