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Leaders Everywhere: A Conversation with Gary Hamel (Video)

Leaders Everywhere: A Conversation with Gary Hamel (Video) | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch |

The latest M-Prize challenge, cosponsored by Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), Harvard Business Review, and McKinsey, asks managers to submit examples of how their organizations are empowering and training individuals to lead even when they lack formal authority. In this video, Professor Hamel discusses why he believes it is vital for companies to “syndicate the work of leadership” across the organization, to redistribute power, and to change the role of the top team. This interview was conducted by McKinsey Publishing’s Simon London. What follows is an edited transcript of Hamel’s remarks.

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The management writer and academic explains why he believes companies that empower and train people at all levels to lead can create competitive advantage.

ksraju's curator insight, June 11, 2013 2:13 PM

every body is leader. A leader is a leader who creates and Empowers all people to be good and Visionaries . They give life to 1000's of pepole and also creates self sustainability for them who in turn  become leaders to create new innovative Things.

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Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge

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You Must Develop Diverse, Global Leaders

You Must Develop Diverse, Global Leaders | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch |
Walking the tightrope of a global economy is a difficult yet increasingly essential feat businesses must perform to thrive. Those that only cater to one audience have a greater chance of falling behind their competitors and losing market share. 
Implementing sound leadership development is an important strategy to help businesses crack into diverse and emerging markets. Having leaders who understand how a diverse workforce fosters a larger consumer base might seem like common sense, but company executives often overlook the connections between diversity and leadership development, and the business suffers because of it.
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Want to boost the return on your leadership development investment? Make sure to incorporate diversity and inclusion in its design.

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Can Networking at the Office Become Too Much of a Good Thing?

Can Networking at the Office Become Too Much of a Good Thing? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch |

In every office, some employees carry a little more sway than others. Perhaps they’ve amassed enough political capital in the workplace to trade favors with colleagues and persuade supervisors to see things from their point of view. Maybe they can schmooze their way through a sales negotiation or exploit relationships with support staff to smooth the progress of a budget meeting.

Recently, some research has suggested that employees who exhibit this type of political proficiency in the workplace also perform better on the job. After all, if politically savvy employees can network more effectively and rally support across different factions of their department or company, it stands to reason that they also have the ability to exert more positive influence over firm-wide affairs.

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It’s generally presumed that employees who accrue political power at work are higher performers. But those who schmooze a little less are actually the best at their jobs.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, November 27, 12:44 AM

This is an important ponderable for leaders of organisations, Managing Directors and so on.

Too much of a good thing or TMGT can often backfire in the long run! In many cases we have seen it all, especially how employees who have amassed political clout in the workplace might become too big for their shoes and thus enter into a confrontation with their seniors. People in leadership positions should beware of allowing too much of freedom to politically savvy employees. Yes it is true that such people perform very well at the workplace, often getting the work done in time and on time, in many cases they have the ability to cajole, or convince people to buy their point of view, however too much of a good thing in such cases might lead to others being undermined by the kind of success that politically savvy enjoy. Leadership is not only about guiding star perfomers to greater heights, it is also about bringing low performers to an optimum level.