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10 Leadership Styles That Build Better Teams

10 Leadership Styles That Build Better Teams | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Leadership doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all definition. There are many different leadership styles in management and each plays an important role when it comes to building productive work teams. We can all identify leaders in our lives that stand out as visionaries, others as strategists, and still others as motivators or peacemakers. The list goes on and on. As is often the case in individual departments or in organizations as a whole, no single leader embodies all leadership styles in management and thus will always be more successful at building teams when surrounded by managers with different but just as effective leadership styles.

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Take Your Business To The Next Level

Take Your Business To The Next Level | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

You know the saying that “2 heads are better than one” – well what about if you had access to 10 heads?

 

Running your own business can be a lonely and frustrating experience and, whilst the buck ultimately stops with you, you don’t always have the solutions to the day to day problems that running a business throws at you.

 

A MasterMind group provides you with access to a peer network and an experienced business advisor and facilitator (that’s me!), that helps you grow your business and get valuable advice to help you deal with the issues that land on your desk.

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Five Leadership Qualities Great Executives Must Have

Five Leadership Qualities Great Executives Must Have | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

For reasons that aren’t exactly clear to me, there’s a powerful tendency to overcomplicate the whole notion of leadership: what it is, why it matters, and how it manifests itself.


I’m not saying it’s a simple concept to master; quite the contrary. We see the evidence of this all around us in our daily lives: whether in business, politics, sports or other endeavors large and small, it’s not easy to find effective leaders who’ve built an enduring record of success.


The best way to be a leader, and to help shape high-potential young people into the leaders of tomorrow, is to ensure that these five abilities are always the focal points:


1) Getting the strategy right.

2) Executing that strategy.

3) Putting the right people in the right places.

4) Managing dual priorities that others see as conflicting.

5) Keeping everyone focused on what matters.

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Why the Best Leaders Have a Big Heart

Why the Best Leaders Have a Big Heart | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

To be clear, there are as many different leadership styles as there are people. Yes, lots of smart people have created models to define and describe basic leadership styles, and yet all of us bring our uniqueness to the equation too. Perhaps the simplest of leadership style models divides leaders into “people leaders” and “task leaders”.


The truth?


Leaders must be focused on both tasks andpeople – leaning too far either way can cause challenges for the leader and those following them. The cleaner and less complicated approach is to lean towards the task focus. 

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Eight Clear Signs It's Time To Make A Leadership Change

Eight Clear Signs It's Time To Make A Leadership Change | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Many leaders today don’t belong in leadership positions anymore.   The success factors for leadership have changed drastically because of the demands of a new global marketplace.  It’s not only about evaluating the charts, graphs and the numbers – it’s much more than that now.  

 

Leadership has become more instinctual and requires broadened observation to connect the dots and understand the patterns of performance probability about the business, its people, its clients and the marketplace it competes in – simultaneously.

 
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What Are The Benefits Of Being Involved In A Mastermind Group?

What Are The Benefits Of Being Involved In A Mastermind Group? | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

One great reason network marketers fail is do to not working with people of like minds. If you want to really boost your business sales and marketing, what can be greater than working with individuals who have the same goals? Lets see the benefit of this and what it can do to help you get the results you want…


“Power consist in one’s capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.” ~ Woodrow Wilson


Have you ever brainstorm with a group and made what seemed impossible come to physical reality? When people of like minds come together it creates this unbelievable well connected vibe that eventually benefits everyone in the group.


That’s how it is when you have a mastermind group. When all of you can swap ideas and what each one can do in order to get result(s) that you want, then you’re definitely going to attract it.

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7 Steps to Making Decisions Intelligently

7 Steps to Making Decisions Intelligently | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Making decisions is a difficult task for many business leaders, especially if the decision will have significant impact. Having an intelligent decision-making process is critical for even seasoned, top-level leaders.


“Possessing the ability to make wise decisions quickly in the context of the organization’s culture is a crucial skill,” says John Mattone, a recognized expert leadership. In his new book, INTELLIGENT LEADERSHIP, Mattone breaks down great decision making into seven steps. 

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6 Steps to Motivate Yourself When the Going Gets Tough

6 Steps to Motivate Yourself When the Going Gets Tough | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

There is a famous English phrase: When the going gets tough, the tough get going – implies that despite of the difficult situations / circumstances, the individual with the right mindset will work stronger to confront the problems

 

Accomplishing something worthwhile takes time, at times longer than you’d desire. If you’re not wary, it’s effortless to become downcast, and that causes it even difficult to pull off the achievement you be worthy of.

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Which Leads to More Success, Reward or Encouragement?

Which Leads to More Success, Reward or Encouragement? | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

We are a society that puts a huge emphasis on rewards, and a school of psychology is based on it. In behavioral psychology, an American invention, there are two ways to stimulate a response from someone, either reward them or punish them. This two-way mechanism works with lower animals - dog and horse trainers, for example, use food treats to reinforce the behavior they want - so it should work with humans, or so the logic goes. If you want a certain behavior out of prisoners, for example, behaviorists advise giving privileges as a reward for obeying the rules and punishment for disobeying them.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:18 PM

The duality of encouragement-discouragement has its advantages, although they don't come to mind as easily as earning a reward in terms of money and promotion.

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5 Words You Should Say Every Day

5 Words You Should Say Every Day | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Leadership impact comes in the context of the mundane.  Every day little words inspire connection more than any grand speech you could deliver.

 

It’s what you say when you think it doesn’t matter that matters.

 

They notice the way you answer the phone, or your reaction in the hallway.

 

The choices you make when you’re excited, rushed, tired, hungry, annoyed, eager… all matter.  Choose wisely.

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The Golden Rule of Leadership

The Golden Rule of Leadership | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Scanning headlines, popular literature, and reflecting upon what my colleagues and I experience on a daily basis, I am struck by how many leaders (managers included) have seem to either have forgotten, never learned, or are too self-absorbed to get it. It, being the Golden Rule of leadership: Leading others is a privilege that is earned, not a right. Leaders who understand that leading others is a privilege understand that leading, first and foremost, is about service.


Why is it that so many leaders seem to forget that leading others more than any thing else should be held in reverence? Sure, you might have earned the role—late nights, played the political games just right—and maybe you legitimately deserve the leadership chalice. Congrats. However, being the leader does not always mean you deserve to be the leader.


And just because you are the leader does not mean you have a right to lead others. You have been granted the privilege to lead others. Being the leader means that you have been placed in a position to serve others—your customers, investors, your team, and the employees who are part of the company or division you run.

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Leadership Development Through the Eyes of Winston Churchill

Leadership Development Through the Eyes of Winston Churchill | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Winston Churchill said “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” There is a sweet spot you need to find as a leader.  You can’t spend too much time dreaming about a future you aren’t sure how to get to, but you also can’t fail to set goals and develop plans that will improve revenue performance. 


Churchill is encouraging us not to look so far ahead that we set our eyes on a destination for which we have no clear route in which to get there. This is very important advice! 

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Why and how leaders are different

Why and how leaders are different | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Here’s a quick summary of the five leadership character traits that set leaders apart:

 

Hunger for wisdom: Leaders are learners; no surprise here. There is a humility found in this trait. Leaders know they must keep learning and growing. Have you committed to a lifestyle of lifelong learning? What is your plan?

 

Expect the best: Leaders always begins with a picture of the future – a preferred future. If you can’t expect the best, and articulate a better tomorrow, why would anyone want to follow you? Is the glass half-full or half-empty? It’s always full — half-air and half-water.

 

Accept responsibility: The best leaders don’t blame others. He or she is willing to accept the outcome and consequences of their actions and those we lead. Interestingly, leaders own negative outcomes and share, or even deflect, positive outcomes with others.

 

Respond with courage: Courage is where intention moves into action. Virtually every decision a leader makes requires some level of courage — strategy decisions, calendar decisions, people decisions, expansions and budget decisions. Is there a decision you need to make today?

 

Think of others first: This is the bedrock of becoming a leader people want to follow. Are you a serving leader or a self-serving leader? The people you lead know the difference. If it’s all about you, you’ll always struggle building followship. Rather than always seeking value from people, try adding value to people.

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Five Attitudes Effective Leaders Must Have

Five Attitudes Effective Leaders Must Have | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Given the amount of advice available on how to be an effective leader, one would think that those who lead would have it down to an art.

 

Nevertheless, it can be difficult to parse through the wealth of sometimes paradoxical information, and I’m sure we all encounter leaders that believe that doing anything to get their own way is the only way to lead.

 

While everyone has a natural leadership style, the potential leader may not know how to deliver this style effectively or compassionately.  I’ve found that the following five attitudes, in addition to being easy to remember, help those tasked with the charge to be in charge get in touch with their inner leaders and exercise their skills towards achievement and outer peace.

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Why be a part off a mastermind group?

Why be a part off a mastermind group? | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

I have met some entrepreneurs like when they’ve got an idea for a new project, keeping the secret, I think it is out of fear that other entrepreneurs are stealing the idea.


The problem with that thought is that you as an entrepreneur only have yourself to discuss the project.


I do not think that there is someone who will take your idea as long as it is profitable, by not having someone to share your thoughts, you are unfortunately no one to try them on.

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3 Questions To Enhance Your Leadership And Management Career

3 Questions To Enhance Your Leadership And Management Career | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Questions, I learned early on in may career. Now, I like to think I make a positive contribution to developing people (it is my job after all) but I get more positive responses from people after implementing one of my very simple success habits which will enhance your leadership and management career. So I thought I would share it with you.

It is the habit of ‘self-coaching’.

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Rich Goldberg's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:23 PM

I think self coaching is an underated skill.  The more you can look inward and be self aware, the more open I think you can be to other peoples contributions to you.

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Leadership and Learning

Leadership and Learning | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

It’s hard to believe that JFK died 50 ago.  Because of the 50-year mark, there’s been lots of talk about him and his death recently.  He left quite a legacy, as we’re all aware. 


In preparing to lead a class on coaching around managing and leading, I found an interesting quote:


Leadership and learning are indispensible to one another - John F. Kennedy

 

How very true that is!  As leaders and managers, we need to remember that we learn, too. Learning is not just for the people we lead. 

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What Should You Expect from your Mastermind Group?

What Should You Expect from your Mastermind Group? | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

What You Can Expect to “Get“ from a Mastermind Group


Accountability from each member of the group


New and refined ideas from consistent brainstorming with the group


Introductions to tips, business practices, tools, technology and shared information from the group


To be challenged by being immersed in a group of highly focused, action-oriented individuals all aiming to reach a detailed, written, and dated goal 


Iron sharpens iron. You should fully expect to sharpen your existing, andexpand your potential skills in your mastermind group


Mental, business, vision growth and discovery of what is truly possible for you, your business and your career


Support, compassion, respect and honesty from the privacy of your collective mind-the mastermind

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Brett Baughman's curator insight, January 31, 7:42 PM

In the first chapter of my book, Strategies for Success - http://www.amazon.com/Strategies-Success-Operation-Manual-Excellence/dp/0595530044 I discuss the importance & power of a well-formed Mastermind.  These short list of expectations above are an excellent starting point to ensure you build momentum and enhanced performance from your group and not wasted time while you share your connections and ideas.

 

Are you interested in becoming a part of one of my mastermind groups?  if so, email me on LinkedIn or Facebook.

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3 Fundamentals of Communication That Will Never Change

3 Fundamentals of Communication That Will Never Change | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Communication between generations has become drastically different; and in a increasingly age diverse workplace where Baby Boomers thrive on face to face interaction and tech-savvy fast moving Millenials prefer email, leaders must master the fundamentals of communication to keep the organization moving forward toward its bottom line.

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Are You a Leader? Don’t Do This! Unless You Don’t Care About Trust

Are You a Leader? Don’t Do This! Unless You Don’t Care About Trust | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

There are many do’s and don’ts of effective leaders. One of the most important skills a leader can learn is how to build and increase trust. Through leadership training, books, videos and blogs there is a lot of information out there on how to effectively build trust with those you lead. My own personal favorite and one I highly recommend is “The Speed of Trust,” by Stephen M.R. Covey.


Many of the leadership skills we read about or attend training seminars on are common sense. But for one reason or another some leaders never learn them. However there is one piece of common sense that leaders better get, and it still surprises me every time I see a leader do it. It is sarcasm.

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7 elements of thought leadership

7 elements of thought leadership | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Thought leadership is back in vogue in a big way, and there are many who claim the thought leader mantle without a clue as to what thought leadership is and what it takes to attain the status.


With that being said, I will outline the elements of thought leadership and the accompanying benefits of that status. The term itself has only been around 19 years, first showing up in the Booz Allen Hamilton excellent magazine Strategy and Business.


A thought leader is an individual or company that is widely recognized as an authority in a specific niche. They are sought out by the media, conferences and potential clients for that expertise.

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3 Things a Great Leader Would Never Say

3 Things a Great Leader Would Never Say | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Great leadership is hard. Very occasionally, it's pretty simple-- like just not saying dumb things.

 

In the spirit of simple leadership, I give you my personal top three dumb things leaders shouldn't say. No doubt your mileage will vary

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8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership

8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

If you ever wonder why we’re in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership. While there are clearly many aspects of leadership that must work together in harmony in order for leaders to be effective, everything breaks down when leaders don’t understand how to engage effectively.


Let’s start with what leadership is not: Leadership is not a monologue, a speech, a lecture or a filibuster. Leadership is not talking at or over people. Leadership is not sequestered, does not live in a bubble or operate in a vacuum. Leadership is not exclusive or arrogant. Leadership is not about the leader.

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IQ, EQ and Now VQ – Vision Intelligence

IQ, EQ and Now VQ – Vision Intelligence | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Look beyond the boundaries of next quarter or next year. Vision Intelligence must be learned over time as you become wiser about how trends extrapolate, and how industries evolve. Only a handful of leaders out of any sampling of 100 actually have developed this ability. The others just step onto the gerbil wheel of their careers each day and deal with whatever is close at hand that will get them the largest bonus by the next measuring date. 


Leaders by their very nature are under pressure to have advanced intellectual and emotional intelligence. In today’s economy, they better add one more – VQ, The Vision Quotient. The pace of change is speeding up. Each and everyday, the competition grows a bit smarter, and more of them from all over the world, extend into your territory. New technologies come on the market and mutate the foundational ways that organizations connect with prospects and complete transactions.

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5 Steps to Better Leadership Charisma

5 Steps to Better Leadership Charisma | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Leadership charisma and personal charisma are very different things.

 

They both involve the same kinds of personal attributes--the ability to project confidence, the capacity to engage others, skill in articulating ideas, vision, and goals—which may explain why some leaders aim for one when they should be developing the other.


Personal charisma is centered on the individual, as is the case with celebrities. Leadership charisma exists when a leader is charismatic in the service of the organization, for a greater good, or a higher purpose.


While personal charismatic traits can help a leader, too much of a good thing becomes unhelpful. Leaders who concentrate on constantly influencing others, for instance, may reduce the motivation and ability of their people to stake out their own opinions.

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Trying Too Hard & 5 Ways to Get Over It

Trying Too Hard & 5 Ways to Get Over It | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

I started this post a number of times, but was dissatisfied with it. I was trying too hard.  I was trying to be clever.  I was trying to be deeply intellectual.   Guess what.  It didn’t work.

 

It’s not that I’m not capable of being clever or even deeply intellectual…on a good day.  But, I think today, I was just trying too hard to force myself to be those things.  It happens.

 

When I think about this notion of trying too hard in a leadership context, a number of things come to mind. 

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Four Ways to Build Influential Connection

Four Ways to Build Influential Connection | Mastermind Group | Scoop.it

Intimidation requires position or perceived power but influence is a function of connection.

 

Distance and threat are the tools of bullies. Intimidators reach down from power towers and squeeze peons with fear.

 

Intimidators lose power when they connect. Leaders gain influence when they connect.

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