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5 Counterintuitive Habits Of Truly Authentic Leaders

5 Counterintuitive Habits Of Truly Authentic Leaders | Leadership | Scoop.it
We live in an era in which increasingly, leaders who are authentic, and who translate this into shared value for their people, whether shareholders or stakeholders, employees, customers or constituents, are the ones who have true and lasting impact - ultimately making the world a better place to live in. [...]

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Important to build a culture where people free comfortable telling you they think you're on the wrong path. The best followers will feel free to voice their opinions, but move on and back you 200% once you've made the call.

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They surround themselves with advisors who can tell them why they are wrong.

When you hold a certain belief or unconsciously decide on something, you’ll have a tendency to focus on and favor information that supports your belief or decision, discarding anything that contradicts it. You do it without even realizing it.  Psychologists call this confirmation bias.

Don Cloud's curator insight, July 4, 2014 1:48 PM

Which is leadership habit is your favorite (mine's #5)?

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How Successful People Spend Their Weekends

How Successful People Spend Their Weekends | Leadership | Scoop.it
As co-founder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people’s definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work. What’s the one thing that Spencer refuses to do on the weekend? [...]
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Weekends (or any breaks from the action) are meant to be different. Put that Blackberry down (ok, I'm getting better), pursue a passion, and by all means...unplug!!

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Positive Teams Are More Productive

Positive Teams Are More Productive | Leadership | Scoop.it

Research-based ways to make your employees happier; and in the process, develop high-performing teams.

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It's pretty simple, actually: Care for, be interested in, and maintain responsibility for colleagues as friends. Provide support for one another, including offering kindness and compassion when others are struggling. Avoid blame and forgive mistakes. Inspire one another at work, emphasizing the meaningfulness of the work. Treat one another with respect, gratitude, trust & integrity.

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How To Craft The Pitch Of Your Lifetime In Under A Day

These three simple steps will help you create a compelling pitch in a short amount of time.
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At some point in every professional life, we're all on the "hot seat" to sell something...sometimes, it's ourselves or even our dreams. The person on the listening-end doesn't want 100 pages of analysis or heaven forbid a 72-slide PowerPoint deck. That level of detail comes later, but first...

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What Is Your Life Goal? 5 Personal 'Bottom Lines'

Businesses have bottom lines, like profit. What are you living for?
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There's no right or wrong answer here, it's really up to you. But these 5 suggestions offer a place to start when thinking about what it is that you really want.

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Ways That Great Leaders Are Different From the Rest

Ways That Great Leaders Are Different From the Rest | Leadership | Scoop.it
Set yourself apart as a great leader by emulating and cultivating the following traits of genuine leadership.
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Make people feel valuable and take the time to connect. Get to know the people you're leading and let them get to know you. Take the heat and share the credit! Servant leadership!

 

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Alan Mulally Or Jack Welch: What Type Of Leader Do You Want To Be?

Alan Mulally Or Jack Welch: What Type Of Leader Do You Want To Be? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has created a new, team-based model for business leadership that offers a powerful — and less destructive — alternative to methods of Jack Welch.
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Mulally is a great example of positive leadership: Instead of dividing his employees into winners and losers as Welch advocated, Mulally sought to inspire them all and rally them to his cause. His first order of business was to establish the ground rules that senior leadership team would operate under. Those included “people first,” and “respect, listen, help and appreciate each other."

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Are You Proud of How You’re Spending Your Time?

Are You Proud of How You’re Spending Your Time? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Getting everything done isn’t always the point.
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Invest your time like you do your money. We're over-scheduled, too tied to our email, and spend way too much time in meetings looking at PowerPoint slides. Get out more, schedule "white space" and walk-around time, and please, please take that vacation!!

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Would You Rather Be Accurate Or Precise?

Would You Rather Be Accurate Or Precise? | Leadership | Scoop.it

Why some people succeed and others don’t....

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The middle dartboard shows the meaning of “be more accurate than precise”. While every dart doesn’t land in the same place, they all land very close to the ideal outcome. In most cases, this represents a spectacular outcome.

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Big name earnings and the Super Bowl — five things to watch for in the week ahead

Big name earnings and the Super Bowl — five things to watch for in the week ahead | Leadership | Scoop.it
It's another big week for earnings and football. Here's what to watch for this week.
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Huge week coming up! Tons of corporate earnings and oh, there's a football game, too.

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7 Reasons Why Some People Are Great Leaders

7 Reasons Why Some People Are Great Leaders | Leadership | Scoop.it
This article looks at the fundamental requirements of leadership, and asks how individuals showcase them.

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Basic truths that are still overlooked by many well-intended leaders. The holidays are a good time to take stock of where you stand on these principles regarding your leadership journey.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, December 30, 2014 9:58 AM

Interesting POV, what are your thoughts? Especially in light of moving into 2015!

Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 31, 2014 8:13 AM

Great way to bring in the new year... simple yet effective steps in what great leaders do Happy New Year Everyone

george_reed's curator insight, January 1, 1:17 PM

I'm not sure about the "never satisfied" suggestion in this one. Occasionally it is permissible to stop, take a breath, and say "I did a good job with that." Sitting on one's laurels might not be a way to continue success, but what kind of life is it if you are always reaching for more?

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A Meditation on the Art of Not Trying

A Meditation on the Art of Not Trying | Leadership | Scoop.it
When you’re nervous, how can you be yourself? How you can force yourself to relax? How can you try not to try? It makes no sense, but the paradox may be essential to civilization.
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Our culture is very good at pushing people to work hard or acquire particular technical skills. But actual success requires the ability to transcend our training and relax completely into what we are doing.

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How Successful Leaders Think

How Successful Leaders Think | Leadership | Scoop.it
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We look for lessons in the actions of great leaders. We should instead be examining what goes on in their heads—particularly the way they creatively build on the tensions among conflicting ideas.

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40 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They’re Too Cool to Listen

40 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They’re Too Cool to Listen | Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Leadership applies to parenting too! Raising our children is perhaps the most important job we'll ever have. My kids aren't yet too cool to listen to me (well some days, anyway). #39 is one of my all time favs -- Everyone you meet can teach you something important. – view everyone you meet like you did your Kindergarten teacher and be open to learn from them!

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Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting?

Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting? | Leadership | Scoop.it

We hold too many meetings and I'd estimate at least half aren't necessary!

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“Let’s schedule a meeting” has become the universal default response to most issues. Not sure what to do on a project? Let’s schedule a meeting. Have a few ideas to share? Let’s schedule a meeting. Struggling with taking action? Let’s schedule a meeting. Here's a simple tool to help cut down the time you spend unnecessarily...

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | Leadership | Scoop.it

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress. Studies have long shown that stress [...]

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We all know some (or more than some)...

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Leadership Involves Poetry As Well As Plumbing

The headlines scream about leadership failure after failure around the globe every day -- at the world's biggest companies, in government agencies, the military, et al. Leaders fail when they cannot connect with people.

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The best way to become more resilient is to develop oneself into a calm, compassionate and adaptable, mindful leader. The focus on mindfulness in a leader sets a leader apart from traditional type-A thinking.

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When leading, speed matters!

When leading, speed matters! | Leadership | Scoop.it
Being effective is not enough.
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Decision speed -- being able to make informed decisions quickly, sometimes without the benefit of 100% of the data, is a critical leadership attribute. It takes both knowledge and courage. As the pace of the world increases, it's increasingly vital to success. Leaders must trust their abilities and ensure those around them have a solid understanding of their strategic intent. That means they need to be solid communicators, too.

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Proven Ways to Earn Trust

Proven Ways to Earn Trust | Leadership | Scoop.it
Without trust, performance inevitably suffers.
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Trust is such an important element in any organization, and it's absolutely key to high performing teams. As a person’s position power increases, their perceived trustworthiness can decrease. Counteract this view by really getting to know the people on your team, and letting them get to know you. This might involve chatting about how you share a hometown or like the same sports team. Do something that makes them believe that you are one of them and that signals that “even though you are the boss, in the end you’re all in this together.” Trust begets trust!

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Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Better Listener

Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Better Listener | Leadership | Scoop.it
You have ears. Here’s how to use them.
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Listening is the most overlooked leadership skill out there. People in general do not know how to listen. They have ears that hear very well, but seldom have they acquired the necessary skills which would allow those ears to be used effectively for what is called listening.

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5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware

5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware | Leadership | Scoop.it
To be a good leader, you have to know yourself.
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You can't be a good leader without being self-aware...

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Admire Elon Musk all you want, but please don’t manage like him

Admire Elon Musk all you want, but please don’t manage like him | Leadership | Scoop.it
Before legions of executives start trying to be “nano-managers” like the Tesla founder, here’s a note of caution: This is a terrible way to get the most out of your people.
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Unless you're Elon himself, "nano-managing" probably isn't for you.

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Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World

Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World | Leadership | Scoop.it
Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Speed is more important than ever!

 

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Francisco Marin's curator insight, January 1, 12:17 PM

Very interesting article. It suggests a lot of questions to be answered by any leader about: priorities, motivation, dreams, change, micromanagement, values, passion, competences, team, challenges, corporate culture, and work/life balance.

Xerox Services University's curator insight, January 5, 2:15 PM

I like the idea of avoiding the "Crazy Eight"

Lauran Star's curator insight, January 12, 3:38 PM

Love this

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29 predictions for 2015: Fortune’s Crystal Ball

29 predictions for 2015: Fortune’s Crystal Ball | Leadership | Scoop.it
We parsed the data and polled the experts to bring you 29 well-studied predictions of the events, people, and ideas that will matter in 2015.
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Looking ahead to a great 2015! Some interesting speculations found here.

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What nuns can teach you about leadership (Hint: A lot)!

What nuns can teach you about leadership (Hint: A lot)! | Leadership | Scoop.it
Nuns are collaborators, delegators and team players. They don't rule with an iron fist or an iron ruler. In fact, they do just the opposite.
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My Mom always said to listen to the Sisters. Don't laugh -- Nuns can teach us a lot about leadership: Live and work your passions, make mistakes, give yourself away each and every day, and more...

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What Success Really Looks Like

What Success Really Looks Like | Leadership | Scoop.it
Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending it with fellow board members of a non-profit that supports Navy SEALs through education and transition assistance. The purpose of the board meeting was to discuss the way ahead for the non-profit, but it turned into something more. With just four people discussing [...]
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More than anything success is about the people with whom you surround yourself. Think teamwork, common purpose, selflessness, and servant leadership.

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