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Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Neither, actually.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:11 PM

Very interesting read.  As usual, a balanced combination seems to be the key.

 

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In our view, the lesson then is that those of you who consider yourself to be drivers should not be afraid to be the “nice guy.” And all of you aspiring nice guys should not view that as incompatable with setting demanding goals. The two approaches are like the oars of a boat. Both need to be used with equal force to maximize the engagement of direct reports.

David Hain's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:09 AM

In my experience, many "nice guys" fail to realise the reservoir of goodwill available to them. People pleasers should focus on respect, not being liked - that will come naturally.

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:54 AM

Great article.  I would break it down more simply.

 

Leaders provide their people with what they need to succeed ... not what they want.  Sometimes, what folks need is inspiriation, motivation, and support.  Other times, certain individuals need a kick in the rear.  A true leader understands the difference ... understands what each individual AND what the team as a whole needs ... and provides that.  Like has nothing to do with it.

 

Something else to consider:  If a leader wants their people to succeed but is never tough and honest with someone who has issues that need improvement ... is that person setting their subordinate up for success (to learn) or failure (to get blindsided).  How will that person grow if the leader that they trust can't be trusted to provide honest, tough feedback.  And this even means that sometimes what an individual requires to be successful is to no longer be part of the team/group/organization.  Leaders make the tough calls.

 

The mentors I respect the most told me what I needed to hear and what I needed to do to improve.  Strong leaders who grow other strong leaders always provide their subordinates what they need.

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Issue 30 – Chris Atkinson » Realizing Leadership

Issue 30 – Chris Atkinson » Realizing Leadership | Leadership | Scoop.it

Realizing Leadership Magazine.
In Conversation with Chris Atkinson: The Transformational Leader

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Elysian Training is very happy to be featured on the cover of Realizing Leadership this month.

“If people listen to you, if they’re choosing to follow you – your words, your ideas – you’re a leader regardless of your position and that’s fundamentally misunderstood because we associate the word leader with those people with power..” 
~ Chris Atkinson

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5 Business Goals To Achieve In 2017

5 Business Goals To Achieve In 2017 | Leadership | Scoop.it
Digital marketing manager Mike Schiemer & business analyst Scarlett Erin compile 5 goals your business needs to plan and achieve this year.
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The 5 Communication Habits All Leaders Need to Motivate a Team

The 5 Communication Habits All Leaders Need to Motivate a Team | Leadership | Scoop.it

Good communication is certainly a strong leadership trait. But what exactly does that look like? A global leadership study revealed that 85 percent of companies report an urgent need to develop employees with leadership potential. Let me echo that massive study: We are in an era with an alarming leadership shortage. As more Boomers retire and Millennials continue to increase in numbers as the largest working generation, today's companies just aren't prepared to develop tomorrow's leaders.

 

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Be Better Prepared For 2017 With These 8 Leadership Trend Projections

Be Better Prepared For 2017 With These 8 Leadership Trend Projections | Leadership | Scoop.it
With a new year comes new challenges. Prepare yourself for 2017 with these eight leadership trend projections.
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13 Leadership Skills You Didn't Need A Decade Ago That Are Now Essential

13 Leadership Skills You Didn't Need A Decade Ago That Are Now Essential | Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership skills aren't stagnant. Different generations moving in and out of the workforce dictate changes to the way people lead.
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Leadership skills aren't stagnant. Different generations moving in and out of the workforce dictate changes to the ways people lead. This is one reason leaders need to be constantly updating their skills.
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Here's What to Look for in a Truly Great Mentor

Here's What to Look for in a Truly Great Mentor | Leadership | Scoop.it
The mentors in your life are important so choose them wisely.
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The Leadership 'X' Factor That Can Fix Any Business

The Leadership 'X' Factor That Can Fix Any Business | Leadership | Scoop.it

Businesses don't fail - products don't fail - projects don't fail - leaders fail. I have little use for leaders who can effortlessly call upon the right clichés and buzzwords in conversation, but fail to put into practice what they so frequently wax eloquent about. Words matter; but they matter more...

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7 Tips to Increase Employee Happiness and Productivity

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These are a few moves management can make to keep your employees smiling and working hard.
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Fly on the wall insight - A more strategic approach to HR

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This ‘fly on the wall insight’ offers a glimpse at the key discussions, signposts thinking and shares light bulb moments from the latest HR event.
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Expertly guided by Elysian’s Paul Tuck, delegates on the latest Elysian Executive HR Strategic Positioning Event considered themselves against the role description of a Strategic HR Business Partner. 

 Through the discussions all delegates reached the conclusion that, in order to gain, or remain at, a seat at the top table of their organisation, they need to think, act and speak differently. Here are their insights as key points to use before you lose by Elysian's Kerry Bellamy.
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Strengths-Based Development: The Manager's Role

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When it comes to getting the most out of employees' strengths and unlocking their potential, managers play an essential role.
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Losing the Leadership Ego

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This taught me a great deal about how to lose the leadership ego. As the owner/director of a language school in Brighton. I'd run this school for 12 years

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What’s Stopping You From Empowering Your Team?

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Creating an empowered team should be the goal of every single leader, but it’s amazing how many people in leadership teams refuse to do that. In this video I cover why I believe that is and w…
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5 ways to tailor your engagement efforts to your employees

5 ways to tailor your engagement efforts to your employees | Leadership | Scoop.it
Motivating a staff might seem like a one-size-fits-all process, but you’ll see much more success if workers at every level contribute ideas and insights.
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63% Of Employees Don't Trust Their Leader - Here's What You Can Do To Change That

63% Of Employees Don't Trust Their Leader - Here's What You Can Do To Change That | Leadership | Scoop.it
Trust is toast. It’s worldwide, it’s pervasive across business and government, and trust of CEOs is at an all-time low. We can help heal the significant distrust in the business world. Here’s how.
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Here’s What So Many Leaders Get Wrong About Motivating Employees

Here’s What So Many Leaders Get Wrong About Motivating Employees | Leadership | Scoop.it
Rachel Mendelowitz, managing partner at McChrystal Group, explains. Get her tips here.
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The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership

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Neuroscience research shows how to become a better leader.
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The Best Business Articles of 2016 on the Workplace

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What do women and millennials want from the workplace? Gallup.com covered these and other hot topics in 2016.
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5 Eye-Opening HR Stats: Why Employee Recognition Matters  The Employee Success and Engagement Blog 

5 Eye-Opening HR Stats: Why Employee Recognition Matters  The Employee Success and Engagement Blog  | Leadership | Scoop.it
To help set the groundwork for a successful 2017, we present to you five revealing HR stats that prove the value of employee recognition.
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Why You Should Care About Emotional Culture

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Paying attention to emotional culture is a way for organizations to improve productivity, retention and job satisfaction among employees.
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Does Your Company's Purpose Resonate With Everyone, Or Just Senior Leaders?

Does Your Company's Purpose Resonate With Everyone, Or Just Senior Leaders? | Leadership | Scoop.it

Discovering your company's "purpose" is tough. Sustaining it can be even tougher. Even if you've zeroed in on a mission that your executives love, it won't do your company much good if the rest of your team doesn't share the same sentiment.

 

The challenge is to make sure your entire organization is willing to buy into its stated purpose. The consulting firm Radley Yeldar, which ranks brands according to "social purpose," gives the top spot to Unilever for its sustainability efforts, among other causes beyond the company's bottom line to which it has shown commitment.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 10, 2016 5:58 PM

If your own employees write off your shiny new mission statement as just another marketing trick, so will your customers.

Peter Krull's curator insight, November 10, 2016 8:53 PM
Mission & purpose are critical at Krull & Company!
Pam Ross's curator insight, November 15, 2016 8:33 AM
Connecting employees to purpose is so important for culture, trust, engagement, accountability.
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A Lesson in Leadership: How to Powerfully Influence Others by Doing These 5 Things Every Day

A Lesson in Leadership: How to Powerfully Influence Others by Doing These 5 Things Every Day | Leadership | Scoop.it
Put these habits in play, now you're exercising influence like a boss.
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The most important skills of tomorrow, according to five global leaders

The most important skills of tomorrow, according to five global leaders | Leadership | Scoop.it
The world of work is changing faster and more drastically than at perhaps any other time in recent history. According to research from the World Economic Forum, 35% of the skills necessary to thrive in a job today will be different five years from now.

How can we prepare for a workplace of the future if we’re not quite sure what it will look like? What skills or expertise should students focus on acquiring today if they want to succeed tomorrow? We spoke with five experts from the Forum’s Young Global Leaders community to get their opinion.

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Focus on transferable skills for career success in 21C!

Ian Berry's curator insight, October 22, 2016 8:30 PM
There's a plethora of these type of posts lately Here's another http://www.businessinsider.com.au/the-10-most-sought-after-job-skills-in-australia-2016-10 Most are missing the two most vital soft/leadership skills - self-awareness and awareness of others
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The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline

The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline | Leadership | Scoop.it
From a survey of 2,000 organizations.

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Emotional Intelligence: How Competent Are You?

Emotional Intelligence Isn’t a Trait - It’s Skills When I talk about emotional intelligence, I’m not referring to a fixed trait. Emotional intelligence is a set of skills that can be developed. In my model of emotional intelligence those skills fall into four domains: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Richard Boyatzis and I worked with KF Hay Group to produce a tool for assessing twelve emotional intelligence competencies nested within each of these four domains that make people stars in the workplace.

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Why is employee motivation important and how can you encourage it?

Why is employee motivation important and how can you encourage it? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Check Out This Fascinating Infographic That Highlights The Importance Of Employee Motivation As The Driving Force Behind The Organizational Change Process.

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