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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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How many of these do you do automatically each day?
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Tom Hood's curator insight, April 16, 2013 7:32 AM

Agree! "Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time." 

 

Some great tips - my favorites - lead by example, making it safe for peopkle to speak up, deploy talent (I say maximize your people), ask (powerful) questions, be positive (remember the 3:1 ratio), be a teacher...

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:44 AM

What would you add?

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:08 PM

They are indisputable. What makes them so rare in education?

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What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’? | McKinsey & Company

We assessed the early moves of CEOs with outstanding track records; some valuable lessons for leadership transitions emerged.
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This report confirms what we often see - its better to have "fresh blood" in leadership positions and that strategically reviewing the environment and work or learning is critical within the first 2 years. I suggest it should be every 2 or 3 years.
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A 3-Step Plan for Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

Most of us never make a real effort to change, but we can if we try.
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sometimes making the decision is easy ... but carrying it out is overwhelming...practice in small ways to become the leader you can be
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The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution

The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Digital technology is changing modern business — and many executives are waiting too long to embrace those changes.
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I particularly like the  “zoom-out/zoom-in approach” strategy and think it relevant to education. To extrapolate - What should schools look like 20 years from now? What are the implications for my school or my leadership? this becomes the reflection for a long term goal....and then - What are 2 or 3 initiatives that we could implement in 6 - 12 months that would have the greatest impact toward our 20 year goal? 

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Reflecting on Yourself as a Leader

Reflecting on Yourself as a Leader | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Schools need leaders who don't yet think they are leaders and those of us teachers who are apprehensive about embracing the roles and responsibilities of leadership.
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At this time in the start of a new school year - its a good idea to reflect on yourself as a leader and where you want to be. I particularly like the questions from this post on:

What kind of leader do you aspire to be? How do you want others to see you?What kind of leader does your team need you to be?
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Which School of Leadership Are You From?

Which School of Leadership Are You From? | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
There are several schools of thought about what it takes to be a great leader. See if you can recognize yours -- and whether it's time to change schools.
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There are times when every leader needs to be a Gates or a Buffet or a Knight of the Round Table. What is your fall back position?

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12 Things Even the Best Leaders Can Forget

12 Things Even the Best Leaders Can Forget | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Leaders have a lot to do, so sometimes they forget things—important, big-picture things. 

Via Anne Leong
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Its always good to continue to learn - even if you are reading what you know. Don't forget that in order to lead change you need to dream and take advantage of opportunities

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Change Management vs Change Leadership — What's the Difference - YouTube

Change Management vs Change Leadership — What's the Difference 

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Whilst we need to have the skills and understandings to manage change, as leaders we need to be able to take the big leaps (risks) and be innovative leaders.

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5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders

5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Great leaders separate themselves from the pack in distinct ways. Here are five of them!
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How do you separate from the pack? What are your strengths? Being agile within your framework of leadership is core.
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How To Lead With Design Thinking

How To Lead With Design Thinking | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
7 Principles to keep in mind when leading with design thinking.
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Whilst all of these are important, I especially like 3, 4 and 5! It comes down to being a risk taker as a leader and remembering that building a narrative or background for the change is critical.

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Good leadership can positively change people's brains

Do leaders of successful and adaptive organisations think differently? Yes, according to a University of Adelaide organisational and neural complexity specialist.
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Good leaders:

- ability to create and guide a flexible organisation by establishing and maintaining a shared understanding amongst colleagues

- are pragmatic optimists

- are trustworthy, have the ability to make complex decisions, have a high level of self-awareness (emotional and stress regulation), have sound communication skills and combine analysis with intuitive reasoning.

- high level of honesty, listening, and the support of information ‘cascading’ through the organisation with minimal controls and blockages

- create a low blame / high risk culture

and more - read the article.


Does this sound familiar about your leadership?

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10 Behaviors That Could Kill Your Career

10 Behaviors That Could Kill Your Career | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Careers rarely follow a smooth, linear trajectory. If you’re experiencing a stalled or faltering career — and most of us do at some point or another — take a good look in the mirror. Are you guilty
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Use the term "leadership" and think of these 10 behaviours

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30 Definitions of Leadership

30 Definitions of Leadership | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Leadership quotes: 30 definitions of leadership

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Numbers 1 and 10 resonate with me - how about you?

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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:05 PM

1. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu...

Jim Taylor's curator insight, October 15, 2014 1:51 PM

#6 has always been my favorite.

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Dealing With Complexity — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

Dealing With Complexity — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
When dealing with complexity, we find that our situation is uncertain and there is disagreement about what direction to take, what’s important, and the decisions we need to take. Here's why.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 9, 2014 1:08 PM

The reference to Ralph Stacey overcame the references to pop culture  i.e. Charlie Sheen. Michael Fullan referenced Stacey extensively in some of his writing about School leadership. I would go to Stacey's work directly as it is more complex than Fullan gave it credit for and is quite controversial.

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The Science Behind What Really Drives Performance (It's Going to Surprise You)

The Science Behind What Really Drives Performance (It's Going to Surprise You) | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
If you're skeptical that this is too touchy-feely for a business setting, the research doesn't lie.
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The real question is - can we teach empathy or can we learn empathy?
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What it takes to be a great leader: A recommended reading list

What it takes to be a great leader: A recommended reading list | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Leadership expert Roselinde Torres suggests 3 big questions you should ask tomorrow's leaders, and provides useful resources to get started.
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Leadership starts in the mind - reading helps grow your mind - read 1 or 2 of these and see where it takes you. Also check out this list at https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action/recommendations ;
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Leadership Skills: Become an Exceptional Leader

Leadership Skills: Become an Exceptional Leader | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Get a definition of what leadership is, test your leadership skills now, and learn the skills you need to become a highly effective leader,
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The old-fashioned view of leadership is that leaders are marked out for leadership from early on in their lives; and that if you are not a born leader, there's little you can do to become one. 

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A decade-long study reveals 4 traits of exceptional leaders

A decade-long study reveals 4 traits of exceptional leaders | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
A recent article by Ron Carucci in The Harvard...
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This aligns with educational leadership:

1. Education leaders get to know ALL parts of the school community

2. They listen to others in regards to decision making but know when a hard decision has to be made - they do this efficiently.

3. They look outside of the school - at business, educational trends, other sectors of life - which helps them to understand and build a high performing team.

4. They seek feedback and have high EQ's and SQ's.

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Google’s surprising discovery about effective teams

Google’s surprising discovery about effective teams | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Google has done extensive research into the skills and character traits of a good manager. But what about the rest of the workforce? For any large organization to thrive, entire teams need to gel together to succeed. In 2013, the internet giant decided to explore this issue. After all, of its 37,000 staff members, only 6,000 of …
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The structure and positioning of a team is more important than who is on the team. Do your teams exhibit these 5 characteristics? 

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Growing and improving yourself as a leader in 2016

Growing and improving yourself as a leader in 2016 | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it

An overview of the GROW acronym

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Opportunity or serendipity is crucial for leadership. Continually scan your landscape!

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5 Characteristics of a Change Agent

5 Characteristics of a Change Agent | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by visualpanic (change agents) - People who act as catalysts for change... In my work through school and organization visits, I have been fascinated to see th...
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Trust and respect is reciprocal. Change is constant so how do you stay on top of the wave?

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6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them

6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal, and...

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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What do you think? .... Try this.... but remember People come first!

 

What styles do you use more often than the others?

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 5, 2015 11:49 AM

I question the value of applying this as "shape-changing" leadership. Credibility is built on predictability (among other habits and practices). It might work for taking a position, assessing the need as leader, and becoming that leader, but to change shape in the same organization will strain relationships and damage communication, especially when a general message to the org or department is towards empowerment and autonomy then expecting others to accept micromanagement. 

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 7, 2015 2:02 AM

OK, after theories the leadership styles to choose from...

Jean Marc Santi's curator insight, March 9, 2015 3:34 AM

Just because it's so adaptative

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The Five Practices of Leadership

The Five Practices of Leadership | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
Leaders aren't mommy or daddy. Successful leaders encourage everyone to think and act like competent people of influence. When leaders act like mommy, team members act like children. Family-style l...
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A quick way to reflect on how we lead and think .... am I the mother of my team or the weird uncle? :-)

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5 Actions of Transformational LeadersSwitch & Shift

5 Actions of Transformational LeadersSwitch & Shift | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
As a business leader, inspiring people to follow you in pursuit of your company’s mission is your job. After all, your personal success is directly linked to the success of the company. If the top and bottom lines don’t improve, you don’t have [...]
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Are you a "rouser"? You should be!

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10 Tips and Quotes From the Best Leadership Books of the Year

10 Tips and Quotes From the Best Leadership Books of the Year | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it
These are the best business books of the year on leadership, with a tip and quote that helps you decide if you want to read more from that author.
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Tips 1, 3, 5, and 7 resonate .....

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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders | Leading from the Middle | Scoop.it

At the outset, the author believes we need to get rid of the terms teach and teacher from our lexicon and start talking about the ‘learning leader’. It immediately changes the focus from teacher-centred to learner-centred approaches. 


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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 8, 2014 2:02 PM

Great way to look at learning.