Character matters. Character can be learned and needs to be practiced in order to be cultivated. Character, defined simply, is the way someone thinks, feels and behaves. Character is fundamental to how we engage with the world, who we engage with, how we act and make decisions, and what we notice and reinforce.
What are the behavioural habits that allow you to have the character of a leader worth following? Philosophers have used the term virtues as a way of describing the behaviours, values and traits of good character. A leading scholar in leadership character, Professor Mary Crossan, identifies 10 virtues of leaders who focus on long-term performance of their organization, and the organizational impact when these virtues are present.
We can really over-engineer things in HR. The jargon, the models of engagement, the diagnostics. Are we creating a veneer of complexity to make ourselves believe we are actually changing things? Lucy Adams presents three simple ways to look at employee engagement. All the research we come across that tells us that, even with billions being spent on …
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...
Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health (including getting enough sleep), make time for family and relationships, and limit (even if they don’t entirely avoid) mindless escapism. But doing this is easier said than done, as we all know—and as I, too, have learned during years of trying unsuccessfully to boost my effectiveness.
In my case, I stumbled upon an ancient meditation technique that, to my surprise, improved my mind’s ability to better resist the typical temptations that get in the way of developing productive and healthy habits. Much in the same way that intense, focused physical activity serves to energize and revitalize the body during the rest of the day, meditation is for me—and for the many other people who use it—like a mental aerobic exercise that declutters and detoxifies the mind to enhance its metabolic activity.
The challenge for people leaders who have responsibility for delivering results through a team of diverse talents is keeping them all fully engaged and productive. Most organisations endeavour to develop the highest levels of leadership capability from their managers. They recognise that leadership affects their firm’s performance (Freed & Ulrich (1).They need leaders who are …
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