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The Transparency Debate: How Much Should Leaders Share?

The Transparency Debate:  How Much Should Leaders Share? | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
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John Michel's curator insight, January 21, 2013 10:39 PM

"As leaders grow in levels of responsibility, scope and scale, the issue of “transparency” becomes more significant.  Executives have insights into confidential strategy, complex nuances, and serious situations.  They also have large teams and a customer base watching every move.   It’s common practice for leaders to pull back more as they rise in the business, revealing less about themselves as humans.  Some chose to show up strong, serious and a bit mysterious.   They create professional distance to drive results.  On the other hand, there are also examples of leaders who chose to be more open, sharing more about themselves and why they do what they do."


In this open ended dialogue, the author invites an expanded conversation.  What is the right level of transparency?  What are the pros and cons of being more closed or open?

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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9 Steps to Building and Coaching a Killer Team

9 Steps to Building and Coaching a Killer Team | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
Building a great pool of talent is crucial to your success as an entrepreneur. Here’s how to do it.
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The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make With Executive Assistants

The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make With Executive Assistants | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
We can't succeed on our own, but it's easy to undermine the people trying to help us. Here are the top 10-mistakes leaders make with their executive assistants.
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3 Subtle Differences Between Workaholics And High Performers

3 Subtle Differences Between Workaholics And High Performers | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
“I’m a recovering workaholic,” admits Jullien Gordon, a nationally recognised speaker and founding partner of New Higher, in a recent LinkedIn post.
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7 Marks of Engaging Language

7 Marks of Engaging Language | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
There are no casual words, when it comes to leadership. Every word delivers results. Determine desired results before opening your mouth. Words: Build or destroy. Energize or anesthetize. Push forw...
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Yes, stress can be good

Yes, stress can be good | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
If we stopped complaining about how busy we are, we’d realize we need a certain amount of stress to do great work
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Always Communicate the Why - George Ambler

Always Communicate the Why - George Ambler | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
Communication is most important to leaders. Leaders often spend too much time communicating the "what" and the "how" and don't devote enough time to the "why".
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When Fast Is Not Fast Enough

When Fast Is Not Fast Enough | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
“Slow down!” Does this sound familiar? If the passenger is your significant other, you have a few choices at this point. You can debate (once more) the validity of that request either by pointing to the speedometer, recounting your life-long accident-free track record, expressing out how late you are, or any [...]
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4 Things to Do When You Feel Unappreciated

4 Things to Do When You Feel Unappreciated | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
It’s a cruel, cruel world. Most of the appreciation you receive in life happens when you’re young and incompetent or after you’re dead. In between, you have a measure of competence and you’re expec...
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Great Leadership: 10 Tips for Having 1 on 1 Meetings with Your Boss

Great Leadership: 10 Tips for Having 1 on 1 Meetings with Your Boss | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
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Five Strategies to Build Trust

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There are five key elements a leader must focus their efforts on to develop a comprehensive atmosphere of trust in their workplace. While the concept of trust implies participation by both leader a...
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Leadership Is Listening - #bealeader

Leadership Is Listening - #bealeader | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
We can all agree that a leader should never stop learning.  You can never max out knowledge or number of success stories.   I can’t...
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How to Spot Energy Draining Blood Suckers

How to Spot Energy Draining Blood Suckers | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
Blood sucking people, like parasites, suck the life out of you. Successful leaders energize. Lousy leaders drain. The neglected skill of leadership is managing energy. 4 powers of energy: Energy pr...
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Getting Sophisticated About Emotional Intelligence - ASTD

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10 Skills Leaders Should Practice Daily

10 Skills Leaders Should Practice Daily | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
To become the leader that people will want to follow practice these 10 effective leadership skills every day. Apply these skills in your personal and professional life.
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The Surprising Secret to Employee Engagement

The Surprising Secret to Employee Engagement | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
Most of us are aware of the importance of having actively engaged people in our organizations. The State of the American Workplace report makes it clear just how vital this is....
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The Best Leaders Have Mastered This Underrated Skill

The Best Leaders Have Mastered This Underrated Skill | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
In today’s world of constant connectivity and endless information, brevity is now a leadership necessity.
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The Language of Leadership in the 21st Century

The Language of Leadership in the 21st Century | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
I've always loved language. Admittedly, my facility in it is sadly limited to English, a few French words and phrases, body language (on a good day) and oh yes, a little pig Latin. But, what I love...
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A Presentation Isn't Always the Right Way to Communicate

A Presentation Isn't Always the Right Way to Communicate | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
Sometimes you just need to start a conversation.
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Mastering The Fine Art Of Getting To The Point

Mastering The Fine Art Of Getting To The Point | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
We only truly focus for six hours a week. Endless meetings and wordy emails are chipping away at our dwindling attention spans. Joe McCormack author...
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Stop Managing Your Employees and Start Leading Them - Business 2 Community

Stop Managing Your Employees and Start Leading Them - Business 2 Community | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
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3 Ways to Effectively Communicate a Strategic Plan

3 Ways to Effectively Communicate a Strategic Plan | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
The most common complaint about strategy is how to communicate a strategic plan. Read more to learn how to effectively share your plan with employees.
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What Does It Mean To Lead With Trust?

What Does It Mean To Lead With Trust? | Leading with Distinction | Scoop.it
I'm convinced that leadership is much more about who you are than what you do. As such, there is nothing that speaks more to the quality of your character and leadership than the amount of trust pe...
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