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3 Ways To Welcome Feedback As A Leader - Joseph Lalonde

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Leaders are constantly trying to give feedback to their team. It’s essential that your team know whether or not what they’re doing is correct. Thus feedback has to be given. But how often do you stop and welcome feedback as a leader?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 16, 2013 6:31 AM

Excellent article on the realities of feedback, especially in the higher ranks of management. 

 

From the article:

 

1. Ask for feedback: Ouch! This can hurt. When we ask for feedback, we’re asking for some pain.

 

Go to those on your team and in your community that you know will give you honest feedback. Don’t let them hold anything back. If they do, you’re not getting the whole story.

 

You may also want tot let those giving the feedback what areas you feel you’re struggling in. Ask them for suggestions on what you can do better.

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Brad Garlinghouse of YouSendIt, on Clear Leadership: Be In, Be Real and Be Bold

Brad Garlinghouse of YouSendIt, on Clear Leadership: Be In, Be Real and Be Bold | LEADER on my SHIP | Scoop.it
The C.E.O. of YouSendIt says leaders must always be clear about where they are taking a company.
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LEARN TO SCHEDULE "NOTHING": LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner On The Value Of Under-Scheduling

LEARN TO SCHEDULE "NOTHING": LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner On The Value Of Under-Scheduling | LEADER on my SHIP | Scoop.it

Strategic thinking doesn't find itself. Jeff Weiner says, you need time, which requires stepping away from tactical execution to make room for strategic planning. We have to learn to schedule "nothing"!

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Nelson Mandela’s Legend: 7 Leadership Lessons

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, June 26, 2013 1:34 PM

Article by +Steve Tappin - The CEO Guru 

We have heard that Nelson Mandela is critically ill in hospital and close to his passing. In a world where people frequently express their disillusionment with politicians and their inability to make a difference, he’s a shining star.

The article sees seven profound lessons that CEOs and leaders can learn from Nelson Mandela:

(1) Master your meaning and your emotions

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul,” Mandela likes to quote from W. E. Henley. When his African National Congress (ANC) had been banned by the apartheid South African government in 1960, Mandela had advocated that the party abandon its policy of non-violence, leading to a sentence of life imprisonment. Keeping his emotions in check, relations with his captors improved as he sought to “communicate with them in a message that says I recognize your humanity”.

(2) Treat the losers with dignity and turn them into partners

Mandela understood that in a negotiation, both sides have to gain. There must be no winners and no losers. Learning the lessons from Germany at end of the First World War, he believed, “You mustn’t compromise your principles, but you mustn’t humiliate the opposition. No one is more dangerous than one who is humiliated.”

(3) Shift perspectives through symbolism and shared experiences

CEOs should learn to acknowledge the past and draw a line under it. Then, through shared experiences, they must forge a powerful new purpose that people can connect to and believe in.

(4) Embody the spirit of Ubuntu

In 2007, in partnership with entrepreneur +Richard Branson and singer Peter Gabriel, Mandela founded ‘The Elders’. Composed of former heads of state, revolutionaries, peacemakers and chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Elders work as a small, dedicated group of individuals, using their collective experience and influence to help tackle some of the most pressing problems facing the world today.

In the launch address, Mandela talked about bringing “the spirit of Ubuntu: that profound African sense that we are human only through the humanity of other human beings.” In a thread that defines his whole life, he said, “I believe that in the end that it is kindness and accommodation that are the catalysts for real change.”

(5) Everybody feels bigger in your presence

Time and again people comment on Mandela’s strong personality, saying that he has a aura about him. Leaders and CEOs who have this x-factor succeed. 

(6) Build a sustainable fellowship around your cause

CEOs should develop a true fellowship structure that devolves responsibility and brings on promising talent.

7) Bottle the dream for future generations

Mandela showed us how one person with humility, a dream and a connecting cause could magnify himself and inspire us all. He should take great pride in the legacy that he leaves behind, as it continues to ripple across the world and through future generations. Nelson Mandela: a true legend.

This article is dedicated to +Nadine Hack who knows Nelson Mandela personally.

Read the article: http://goo.gl/GhII9

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7 Dangers of the Proud Leader

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, July 14, 2013 11:12 AM

If we are not careful, our attempt at good leadership will be derailed by the pride of our hearts.

Remember, “Pride goes before destruction”. (Proverbs 16:18)

Here are 7 dangers of the proud leader:

1. Refuses to listen to advice from others – Proud leaders “know it all”. 

2. Makes excuses for mistakes – Proud leaders refuse to admit their errors. They don’t learn from times of failure; they try to hide them.

3. Protects position at any cost – Proud leaders try to keep others from gaining power or influence. 

4. Takes complete credit for a team’s success – There is only one clear winner on a proud leader’s team…the proud leader. 

5. Fails to see personal shortcomings – The proud leader becomes immune to his or her own deficiencies. Pride keeps him or her from getting honest about their weaknesses with anyone, including themselves. Proud leaders are careful to present themselves as flawless, whether in personal appearance or job performance. 

6. Solicits grandstanding on their behalf – You’ll know about a proud leader’s accomplishment. They’ll be the first to start the cheers on their behalf. Proud leaders say things which promote the receiving of positive encouragement or feedback. 

7. Removes God out of the supreme position – The ultimate danger of a leader struggling with pride is to remove God from the seat of control. Proud leaders refuse to submit to the will of God, preferring to chart their own path.

Pride prevents us from gaining a clear view on our life. Pride hinders us to see reality as it really is. Only with humility we are able to assess things adequately. 

Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it.
~ David Richo

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http://www.ronedmondson.com/2012/04/7-dangers-of-the-proud-leader.html