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When did we make leadership such a big thing? We have built it up to be something so extraordinary, that it can often seem out of reach for many of us.As part of a leadership programme or when I am coaching, I will often ask for examples of leaders. The usual responses include Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Ghandi.Although I may get examples of past managers that people have worked with, I can't think of one example when someone has replied "me!"Why is this? Why do we have difficulty in considering ourselves as leaders?
For people who have been through it and experienced it, they can tell you that self-improvement is a journey. It all depends on where one is starting from. The most necessary thing though is gettin...
Good businesses are run by good people. You can throw around as many buzzwords as you like, but when it all comes down to it, it is the people who make ...
In life and in leadership, we are constantly dealing with duality. To learn, we need to be curious. To lead, we need to have followers. To be strong, we need to be vulnerable. To give, we need to receive.
[Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins are co-founders of Isis Associates, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm. They are also co-authors of ...
What attributes do you conjure up when you think about a leader that has effective presence? Authentic, engaging, trustworthy, visible, clear, decisive, listener? The fact of the matter is that an effective presence reflects all of those attributes.
There is potential for mediocrity even in well-run companies, but the best of them know how to stamp it out
Learn how Sir Richard Branson has built an airline with the best customer service in the industry.
When a company is in crisis, managers have no choice but to be open and straightforward
Gary Shapiro leads the Consumer Electronics Association, and at last week’s The Next Web Conference 2013, he explained how important diversity is to developing strong teams and successful businesses.
What defines global companies and leadership in the 21st century?
We need a much different leadership approach and an education system that promotes self-directed learning, emotional intelligence, and creative thinking. Those don't exist.
Findings from a global communications survey say that 'Employee Engagement' will be the most important quality for successful Leadership in 2020 (61%). Remarkable, the leadership quality 'Profitability' only accounts for 7% of the respondents. Also, in 2020, 'Innovation and Meaningful Experiences' will outrank 'Profit' as the most predominant business driver.
Circumstances don’t make a person; they reveal him or her. – Richard Carlson The story is told of two hunters who came across a bear so big that they
MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are saying. So what’s next? Learning to code and “lean startups.” Accelerators are the new b-school.
There’s just one problem though.
While creating a product and starting a company have never been easier, building and sustaining a business have never been harder. And lean is not everything. That means business education has never been more important. But first, both b-schools and companies need to learn some new tricks.
Though I don't like statements such as one "must" and companies "have to", I believe that the overall view is correct. The world's changing, business environment is changing as well. New leadership skills are required that were not taught in public schools at all but neither at business schools yet.
Even the best leaders sometimes need a helping hand. Here are three cases where a little boost can make a big difference.
A leader once said to me “Alan, I’m a leader in my company, but I don’t know what’s expected of me.” A closer look at that organization revealed a fe... (RT @MattMonge: Want a Leadership Culture? Try This.
Author of "Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change" Joseph Grenny discusses the traits of effective leadership with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)
A strong culture isn't something you wish into place, or even will into place. It's something you build. Here's how.
Good list...what would you add?
Tpotally agree with Don on item #5. I also like #3.
Create an environment of trust. Many organizations believe internal trust is nice to have but not a key factor for bottom line profitability. That simply isn’t true. Trust directly affects speed and cost. When trust diminishes, speed goes down and costs go up. These economic factors are usually disguised as other things, but when there isn’t trust between team members, or between the company and its customers, it is impossible to achieve real success. The myths are that trust is built solely on integrity, that you either have it or you don’t, that if lost it can’t be restored, and that it can’t be taught. The realities are that trust is a function of both character and competency, it can be both created and destroyed, it can be restored (in most cases), and be taught and developed into a measurable strategic advantage.
YES! I work under a leader like this! I want to be a leader like this!
All geeks, nerds and puzzle folks are aware of the nine-dot problem, along with the lesson it is frequently used to present. Here's a pencil. Here's a piece of copy paper with nine dots on it. Without lifting the pencil...
Intellectual health flows from deep curiosity, an adaptive mindset & paradoxical thinking, helping leaders to create dialogue & insight for intelligent change.
(From the Article): Are you deeply curious? Do you respond to challenges with openness? Do you ask powerful questions?
Or do you want just the facts? When challenged, do you defend yourself and attack the other person? Do you have more answers than questions?
I encourage you to cultivate your curiosity as a leader and to promote a spirit of inquiry among those you lead. Make extra effort to explore an issue before deciding. And, when someone disagrees with you, see that as a gift.
Intellectual curiosity, at its deepest, reaches outward and inward.
There is an external openness. The leader has a willingness to explore the unknown – seeking new situations, new data and new insights from others. When challenged, the leader wants to explore the differences.
And there is also be an internal openness to new ways of thinking. The leader is willing to challenge her own biases. The leader is willing to approach an issue with alternative perspectives.
John is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 19 million books. His organizations have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide.
(From the video): Except for one trifling exception - the world is made up of others.
To encourage is to be a leader who makes a difference by manifesting a positive belief in others. “Humans need encouragement as much as plants need wat...
As human beings we operate out of a Belief System based on factors including upbringing, environment, schooling, news media, television shows, movies, etc.,
Good medicine for when we have the unhappy bug. From the article:
This is one reason why taking the words and actions of others personally can be so counter-productive to our own sense of happiness and peace of mind.
Solution? No, we do not have to agree with their world view. We don’t even have to understand their world view.
We just need to understand that their world view is their world view, different from ours. And, that everything they think, feel, say and do will be be based on that frame or premise.
Now, we can be more at peace. After all, it isn’t us. It’s them.
Or, is it?
Leadership training is an essential component of strategy execution. It can help companies improve the trust between managers and other employees, whi