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Are women better leaders for modern organizations? - Financial Post

Are women better leaders for modern organizations? - Financial Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Are women better leaders for modern organizations?
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Via Lauran Star
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When global management consulting firm McKinsey asked business executives around the world what they believe were the most important leadership attributes today, the top four results were intellectual stimulation, inspiration, participatory decision-making and setting expectations/rewards — all attributes more commonly found in women leaders.

More recently Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, authors of The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Activate, writing in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, argue that in today’s complex demanding world of organizations, women may possess superior leadership capabilities to men.They make that contention based on 30 years of research on what constitutes overall leadership effectiveness culled from 360 degree evaluations of a leader’s peers, bosses and direct reports and a 2011 survey of more than 7,000 leaders from some of the most successful and progressive companies.

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Lauran Star's curator insight, January 21, 2013 6:11 AM

Not sure Quota's are the answer - Leadership is a choice - not a number and as more women enter the workforce it is our decision to climb... hmmm food for thought.

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Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office

Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Here at Lifehacker, we've often encouraged switching up your working environment tospark creativity and prevent burnout. Even taking a few days each month to work in a new place can benefit you greatly. Here, entrepreneur Wesley Verhoeve explains the benefits of his favorite non-office space: the coffee shop.

 

While team Family Records was in between offices in early 2012, we had 6 weeks to bridge until our new space was ready. During that time we were fortunate enough to be taken in as guests by awesome companies for stretches of time, and for the remainder we took over corners of coffee shops all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. The experience of working out of coffee shops was so positive that even after we moved into our new home, I made sure to get in a few "coffee shop days" each month. For carpal tunnel related reasons alone, I would not recommend working out of coffee shops every day, but here are some reasons why it might be great to try it for one or two days every month.


Via Martin Gysler, Lauran Star
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I've been working out of coffe shops for years and agree its a great setting...and the perks aren't bad either.

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Martin Gysler's comment, January 30, 2013 8:54 AM
Yes Robert, I totally agree with you. Today, I went to one of my favorite places (a brewery ... I do not like beer in particular, but I like this place for work). But I know, it's not for everyone ... ;-)
Andre Swart's curator insight, January 31, 2013 12:09 AM

Koffie, wat anders ;)

Lauran Star's curator insight, January 31, 2013 2:23 PM

What do you think? Will this idea "wake up" your creative side?

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Time for Some Fearless Leadership - TIME

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On April 28, 1993, the Combat Exclusion Policy that prohibited women from taking combat aircraft assignments was finally lifted by then-Secretary of Defense, Les Aspin.
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Lifting this ban on allowing women to serve in combat is about increasing military effectiveness. If we want the most effective fighting force, we need to recruit and assign the most qualified individuals for the job. 

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Second-term leadership - Philadelphia Inquirer

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As President Obama contemplates his second term, he has been talking to historians about another two-term president, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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As President Obama contemplates his second term, he has been talking to historians about another two-term president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. We think of Ike as a great military man, but as president he used his understanding of the military to rein it in. Obama is said to be looking for a low-key way of managing America's global role while minding Ike's credo that true national security begins at home with a sound economy, shored up by a careful balance of resources and commitment. How did Eisenhower do it? Once Ike extricated the United States from the Korean War in 1953, he managed to cut the defense budget over his two terms by about a quarter, from about 70 percent of the federal budget to 60 percent. (Today, defense is about 20 percent of federal spending.) the bigger question is, how can President Obama emulate Ike, as he pulls America out of Afghanistan and tries to draw down military spending? The answer may lie less in policy than in a certain habit of command. What the author of the article titles, "the confidence of humility."

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The Language of Leadership | Leader's Beacon

The Language of Leadership | Leader's Beacon | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
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As a leader you need to find your voice, but it is imperative to speak the language of leadership. When you and your team members speak the language of leadership it will change the culture of your organization. Not sure where to begin? Here is a primer to help you build your leadership vocabulary.

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The Art of Non-Conformity » Changing the System

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"It’s all on you, in other words. No pressure." http://t.co/fUEM1lpz #leadership
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For everyone who is frustrated with the proverbial "system," this blogs foe you. Enjoy!

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30 Years Ago a Deeply Conflicted Steve Jobs Introduced the Apple Lisa. Soon He Had to Reinvent Himself. Here's How He Did It - Forbes

30 Years Ago a Deeply Conflicted Steve Jobs Introduced the Apple Lisa. Soon He Had to Reinvent Himself. Here's How He Did It - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This article is by Steven Snyder, the founder of Snyder Leadership Group, author of the forthcoming Leadership and the Art of Struggle, and an early leader at Microsoft, where he worked closely with Bill Gates.
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At the core of Steve Jobs later success was the reinvention of his own leadership. He would cease being his own worst enemy and began to channel his energies more adaptively.

Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson that he wanted to “build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products”—an aspiration larger than any single person, including Jobs himself. By advancing a culture where others were inspired to fully engage in the building effort, Jobs made a crucial transformation; what True North author Bill George calls moving “from I to we.” Jobs developed close partnerships with the likes of retailing guru Ron Johnson, designer Jony Ive, and operational efficiency expert Tim Cook. Through these collaborative efforts, he transcended his powerful self-centeredness to foster a rich, vibrant, and creative climate that fully tapped the potential of all.

The bridge from I to we is an important structure of leadership. Here’s how you can span it yourself:

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Getting Your Team Emotionally Engaged Is Half The Leadership Battle. Here's How To Do It

Getting Your Team Emotionally Engaged Is Half The Leadership Battle. Here's How To Do It | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For leaders to be effective, they need to be able to be able to organize, direct, and focus people's efforts toward the goals of the organization.But that's only half of a leader’s job.The other half is being able to engage people emotionally in...
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For leaders to be effective, they need to be able to be able to organize, direct, and focus people's efforts toward the goals of the organization.

But that's only half of a leader’s job.

The other half is being able to engage people emotionally in the goals of the company. In studying highly effective organizations, we've found that the best leaders are the ones who can create self-direction and self-motivation in their people.

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New Leadership Skills for a New Social Media Age

New Leadership Skills for a New Social Media Age | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
General Management - People who work in companies that are actively using social technologies tend to value a more humanistic approach to corporate leadership over more traditional command-and-control methods, according to the 2012 ...
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People who work in companies that are actively using social technologies tend to value a more humanistic approach to corporate leadership over more traditional "command-and-control" methods, according to the 2012 Social Leadership Survey, conducted by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant.

The new report examines how companies and corporate leaders participate in social media, and how today's corporate environments, changed by social media, require leadership methods that include "people-centric" principles.

The findings highlight a key trend, according to the report: Traditional leadership practices fall short in the new digital world.

For example, among survey participants, apart from "providing clear direction" the most important traits cited were not those typically associated with traditional leaders (e.g., shares information freely, values experimentation and even failure, and is open to diverse perspectives).

By contrast, traditional leadership practices, developed in the industrial era, favor control, accountability, emphasis on the center/top of the organization, consistency, repeatability, and efficiency, according to the research.

However, social technologies have transformed the world by giving people the power to create, share, and learn (which are more human drivers, than machine drivers). Because of this massive shift, managers need to move toward more humanistic principles to be successful. 

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Developing Women Leaders: Five Essentials

Developing Women Leaders: Five Essentials | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We need to make sure we are investing time and energy to developing future generations of women for leadership.
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Some of the characteristics of successful people, such as motivation, natural curiosity, courage, self-management, enjoying being stretched and rising to a challenge, personal will and fortitude, drive, and flexibility may be innate, but there is no doubt that these characteristics also need to be nurtured and encouraged.

Five factors stand out that help to support developing women leaders. Not particularly costly or demanding, they have proven to be very effective.

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How to Watch the Super Bowl for Leadership Lessons

How to Watch the Super Bowl for Leadership Lessons | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Just like the players will have a playbook to prepare for the game, this article will give you your game plan for gleaning leadership lessons from the Super Bowl.
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Just like the players will have a playbook and a game plan to prepare for the game, this article will give you your game plan for gleaning leadership lessons from the biggest professional football game Of the year. We don’t know what will actually happen, what the score or storyline will be, but that doesn’t keep us from preparing for leadership lessons.

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Big Boss Boo-Boos: 6 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

Big Boss Boo-Boos: 6 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Be wary of the responsibility you now carry with a promotion.
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 Not to set off alarm bells, but of people who have been promoted, a full 40 percent of them will fail within their first 18 months on the job. Most of the failure stems from a few key leadership mistakes that The Forum Corp.'s President and CEO Andrew Graham outlines In this article.

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Is business strategy relevant in today's fast-paced world?

Is business strategy relevant in today's fast-paced world? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Professor Roger Martin rightly decries business executives who say they (@gschaadt Thot you might like my blog replying to @rogerlmartin.
John Michel's insight:

As the author of this article wisely warns, Strategy has been obfuscated by this world. It has become loaded with unnecessary complexity and as a result, is less accessible, less relevant and less helpful to organizations than it could be. I know because I've just wrapped up a comprehensive, one-year strategy effort in a multimillion dollar global enterprise. And it was anything but easy. Here are some reasons why:

"Strategy is still too often taught and practiced as a body of thought independent from the tactics and tasks required to achieve it. This separation destroys strategy’s value and subjects execution to the market’s whipsaw. This is the world of steamships: officers on deck and hands down below. Autocracy and rebellion."

To be useful, strategy must guide execution clearly and, just as important, listen to the messages that execution sends back. To accomplish this, strategy must be coherent, not complicated. It should clearly define what makes an organization unique, how the organization will defend its uniqueness, and how this uniqueness will be turned to the organization’s advantage.

If you don't get this right, your strategy is doomed at the outset.

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Leadership is a Balance of Sound and Silence

Leadership is a Balance of Sound and Silence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Before I knew what leaders do, I saw them as giving other people answers. People needed direction and guidance, and leaders told them what to do. Leaders were smarter and had more answers than ever...
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Leadership is a balance of listening and talking, contemplation and action, sound and silence. The leaders who make a lasting difference have a deeper balance of sound and silence.


Silence is not empty space. Silence gives us time to breathe, time to listen, time to reflect. We let go of the answers we have accumulated and open ourselves to the deep truths all around us. Our true selves connect with the trues selves of other people, and we become the leaders we can be.


What is your balance of sound and silence?

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Leadership Lives in the Present Moment

Leadership Lives in the Present Moment | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Some people think leadership is all about the future. These people are focused on their own vision for where they are going. They work hard to get themselves, and everyone else, moving in the direc...
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"Fueled by the lessons of the past, the spark of our vision for the future ignites the fireworks of leadership in the present. Leadership lights up the darkness."

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Quick: Define Leadership

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If you don't know what your leadership is, how are you going to make it persuasive to others? Only a few people have a solid answer. (RT @Inc: Why you need to define "leadership," or at least your leadership.
John Michel's insight:

"When asked, “Why should I have a definition for my leadership?” I answer, “What is the cost of not understanding the foundation of your leadership?  What is the cost of not knowing your core?  If you do not define your leadership, who will?”

A definition provides meaning; meaning reveals purpose; and meaning and purpose combine to inform your identity.  Identity enables a vision of the future--the direction in which leadership is oriented.

Too many leaders see their leadership as a series of tasks. But a proper leader has a different identity from non-leaders and, therefore, needs a distinct definition." So what's your definition of leadership?

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How Wholehearted Relationships Drive Both Sales and Leadership - Forbes

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It's amazing how many people fail—in sales and as leaders—because of their transactional approach to relationships. The magnificent Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver.
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An excellent article designed to remind us how everything we do as leaders, be it our word choices, body language, or actions, speak volumes to those around us...for better or worse.

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Mediocre Me - Be the First Penguin

Mediocre Me - Be the First Penguin | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

     Not long ago I had the opportunity to don a penguin costume and jump into a pool of icy-cold water, all in the name of supporting a good cause. I, and about three dozen others, braved near-zero temperatures to take turns diving into a frosty pool (really an extra-large refuse dumpster) to help raise money for the Special Olympics.

     Although it seemed like a fun idea when I first volunteered, I have to admit I was a little fearful the actual day of the event. Now don’t get me wrong. I very much enjoyed searching for and buying the penguin costume and had a great time driving to the event, flippers on the wheel and oversized orange penguin feet on the pedals. But as I turned into the parking lot and saw the ambulance parked in front of the diving platform, I seriously began questioning what I had signed up for.

** Read More at http://mediocreme.com/index.php/blog/121-firstpenguin **

John Michel's insight:

     Thinking back to that frigid afternoon when I was scantily clad in my penguin costume preparing to jump into the extra-large refuse dumpster turned diving pool, I’m reminded that, although I did not have to worry about predators lurking in the icy water below me, I did wonder for a moment if what I was about to do really made good sense. It was then, however, that I realized by setting aside my own small fears in order to carry out this gesture for a cause I believed in that I was living out my personal commitment to try and grow into the best version of myself possible not just in words, but in lifestyle--one bold leap at a time.

     How would things be different in your life if you choose to do the same?

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4 Signs You're a Weak Leader

4 Signs You're a Weak Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Outwardly, you appear effective, dependable, on top of things. But look closer. Are you in danger of destructive behaviors? (RT @Certis: A nice, short article on leadership. If you're a manager of any sort, it's worth a read.
John Michel's insight:

"Here's a statement of the blindingly obvious: strong, effective leadership is better than weak, ineffective leadership.

Thankfully, it's usually obvious which is which--most of us can spot a strong leader from a weak one with relative ease. 

The problem comes when a weak leader masquerades as a strong leader. Outwardly, they appear effective, dependable, on top of things. But look closely at what they believe to be strong leadership and what you see is in fact a set of dangerous, destructive behaviors. Behaviors which will eventually strangle the organization.

It's one thing having to work alongside a weak leader who thinks otherwise. Much worse is to find out, painfully and over a long time, that the culprit isyou. That the leadership traits and behaviors you'd thought were strengths are in fact the exact opposite, and that instead of leading your enterprise, like an unpinned grenade, you're about to blow it up.

Time for some tough love. Here are the four most common behaviors of an ineffective leader who thinks otherwise. Recognize any?"

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Brigadier General 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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Insight From Dropbox: Failure Is Not The Worst Outcome, Mediocrity Is

Insight From Dropbox:  Failure Is Not The Worst Outcome, Mediocrity Is | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lesson from the success of Dropbox. Should entrepreneurs abandon current ideas to shoot for something bigger?
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Many founders think that the worst outcome you can have in a startup is failure.  You try something and it fails.  And yes, failing sucks.  But, what's worse than failing is going sideways for years and years.  Being stuck in a quagmire of mediocrity.  Things are going reasonably well, but notspectacularly well.  The reason mediocrity sucks more than failure is very simple:  Failure lets you move on, mediocrity stalls you and keeps you from reaching your potential

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Abraham Lincoln, as Management Guru

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The deliberations over the Emancipation Proclamation built the leadership backbone of Abraham Lincoln, and offer huge lessons for modern executives. (Find your leadership backbone & be ready to serve.
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The legacy of Abraham Lincoln hangs over every American president. To free a people, to preserve the Union, “to bind up the nation’s wounds”: Lincoln’s presidency, at a moment of great moral passion in the country’s history, is a study in high-caliber leadership.  “Lincoln’s presidency is a big, well-lit classroom for business leaders seeking to build successful, enduring organizations,” Howard Schultz, chief executive of Starbucks, said in an e-mail. Lincoln, he said, “always looked upward and always called American citizens to a higher road and to a purpose bigger than themselves. He did this by listening carefully to those both inside and outside of his immediate circle and sphere of influence. Listening, always being present and authenticity are essential leadership qualities whether one is leading a country in wartime or a company during a period of transformation.”

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Brigadier General 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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6 Lessons the Los Angeles Lakers' Recent Hardship Can Teach Us About Leadership - Forbes

6 Lessons the Los Angeles Lakers' Recent Hardship Can Teach Us About Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Last week I wrote about what the NFL can teach corporations about diversity management.
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Having the best individual talent doesn’t mean you will have the best team.   Building a winning team requires a commitment from the entire organization to understand one another; how each team member’s personality type, subtle nuances and unique capabilities can execute together.   Like the most successful companies that embrace the promise of their culture, this requires leadership that knows how to create seamless chemistry and that can teach each team member how to rekindle the flow when it gets lost.

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Think Like Zuck: How Leadership Diversity Sparks Innovation - Forbes

Think Like Zuck: How Leadership Diversity Sparks Innovation - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Wow. I just finished Ekaterina Walter’s fascinating book, Think Like Zuck.  I know: another book about Mark Zuckerberg. What more is there to say, right? Wrong.
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Walter’s book is not just about Facebook’s founder; it’s a very engaging look atwhy his company is successful. And in it, the author hits on something that many of the other books seem to have missed: the power of diversity in innovation. I’m not talking about demographic diversity alone. Please don’t get me wrong—demographic diversity is absolutely vital to innovation. And efforts to make companies more demographically diverse still have a long way to go.

In Think Like Zuck, Walter posits five “musts” for business success: passion, purpose, people, product, partnership. It was her thought-provoking chapters on people and partnerships that made me really sit up and start thinking—about diversity and about why we need to think about it.

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The Future of Leadership is Not About You by Jamie Notter

I think the future of leadership is ultimately about making a significant shift in the way we think and talk about the idea of leadership itself. So I am sorry to have to be the one to break the ne...
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Futurist Peter Senge once said that leadership is “the capacity within the human community to shape its future.” Systems that possess leadership (as a system-wide capacity, rather than only as superior individuals at the helm) are better able to shape their own future. They end up better off, more successful. Systems that lack leadership, end up bouncing around in many different directions and having the future “happen to them.” Leadership is the system’s capacity to shape its future.

So the future of leadership requires some new thinking. Sure, we still need to develop the skills of individuals (and you can call them “leadership” skills if you like), but we can’t stop there.

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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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Differentiating Leadership Development - Design Recommendations for Leadership Development

Differentiating Leadership Development - Design Recommendations for Leadership Development | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Executive leadership development shares similarities with other learning programs. For example, it must direct itself to the specific needs of its audience, and learner reflection is important to increase retention for on-the-job application.
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A high-level review of effective leadership development suggests knowledge gain is only one piece of the puzzle. More importantly, is a process orientation of how to apply new skills to organizational implementation needs. 
 
Evidence from various research studies of senior leaders and their bosses, indicate that leaders may have skill set gaps that don't allow them to successfully lead their organization's strategic direction or meet defined goals. If leaders are to manage and execute strategies, it is important to recognize a leader's role within the organization, which includes an approach that works across, and up and down in the organization. Leaders don't work in a vacuum.


One recent study asked organizations to identify the most important leadership skills during the last 3 years. It identified the 3 top critical skills for leaders in the last 3 years as:

  • Driving and managing change,
  • Executing organizational strategy, and
  • Coaching and developing others.

Additionally, respondents identified those skills that will be required for success in the coming 3 years, with the first two not changing. The new skills include:

  • Identifying and developing future talent, and
  • Fostering innovation
The following article talks about how to go about doing just that.
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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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