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Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

Where Have All The Leaders Gone? | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Where have all the leaders gone?  That’s the question I hear everywhere I travel at home and abroad.  I can’t answer the question, but it caused me to reflect on what makes a good leader.
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The Four Rs of High-Stakes Decision Making

Sometimes the most obvious questions are the most crucial.

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Don Dea's curator insight, October 22, 1:43 AM

• Regret: What will you regret if you fail to act and are wrong? The more serious the potential regret, the sooner you should make your decision.

• Repeal: How difficult will it be to reverse course? The easier a decision is to repeal, the sooner you can make it.

• Repercussions: Who and what else will be affected by your decision? The broader the impact, the more carefully you should consider the decision. Be sure to account for less obvious stakeholders in order to minimize unintended consequences.

Oliver Durrer's curator insight, October 22, 5:43 AM

Decision making is a key "make or break it" component to entrepreneurship. Here's a good systematical approach to effective high-stakes decision making. The more you systematize your decision making, the more efficient and effective it will become. No need to reinvent the process.

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Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Here Lolly Daskal provides some inspiring examples of how leaders can and should move outside of their comfort zones in order to be effective. 

 

The risk of staying in your comfort zone she argues is that your organization diminishes because you did not have the courage to make changes, take risks and speak out.


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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, October 22, 1:23 AM

There are those that thrive on being out of their comfort zone and those that don't like to move anywhere outside of it.  Personally I think that you need to be in both places at different times.  Sometimes people need to consolidate who they are and where they are, gaining confidence from a feeling of growing competence gathered from being fairly within one's zone of comfort. 


However it can be too easy to get stuck there, and where learning is concerned, there is undoubtedly rich potential when we sail out into new and unfamiliar waters - provided that is that we take time to reflect!

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3 Ways Leaders Stay Present

3 Ways Leaders Stay Present | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Executive presence is defined as projecting confidence, speaking with a sense of assuredness, being poised, (especially under pressure) and decisive.  People with executive presence are also seen as having the ability to read the room and respond appropriately to situations as they arise. This is where being present plays a critical role.

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6 Bad Things That Happen When Leaders Avoid Conflict

6 Bad Things That Happen When Leaders Avoid Conflict | New Leadership | Scoop.it
A leader's unwillingness to address issues for fear of causing conflict can bring a business to its knees.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 22, 1:48 PM

(From the article): Indeed, it is a leader's job to address issues as they arise. If we choose to avoid conflict at any price, the price may be far greater than we are willing to pay. The impact of conflict avoidance can ripple throughout the organization and cripple the future growth and success of the business. So, embrace conflict resolution. After all, conflict can be very healthy, too. It is often how we get the best answers to the toughest questions.

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4 Ways Leaders Can Trade Form for Substance

4 Ways Leaders Can Trade Form for Substance | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Much has been written about the glam, gravitas, posture, and positioning of what we loosely refer to as leadership.  “Leaders” of this genre enter a room and command it, their stewardship measured in awed silence and respectful tones.  Trust and allegiance result naturally, says the mythology, as individual wills fall effortlessly to the leader’s charm and presence.

 

Baloney.

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3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling | Convince and Convert: Social Media Strategy and Content Marketing Strategy

3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling | Convince and Convert: Social Media Strategy and Content Marketing Strategy | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Great stories inspire. They invoke wonder and provoke engagement. They spark the connection that lights the fire of passion. These three TED talks show you exactly what that means and how you can apply it to your own brand storytelling.


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Norval Oswald's curator insight, July 27, 11:17 PM
Nice article on Story telling - Great stories inspire. They invoke wonder and provoke engagement. They spark the connection that lights the fire of passion.
David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2:30 AM

We all need meaning and context It's hard to make meaning as a leader without telling stories. Some great perspectives here on how to do that.

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The Management Shift: An engaging strategy

The Management Shift: An engaging strategy | New Leadership | Scoop.it
It is much more than a matter of a bit more enthusiasm and extra productivity. The Management Shift is a transition:
From a controlling mindset to an empowering one,
From setting rules to establishing principles,
From issuing instructions to creating teams,
From overseeing transactions to building alliances,
From a focus on short-term profits to serving all stakeholders,
It means a change both for individual executives, and for the wider organization.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 17, 1:43 AM

"Truly transformational leadership can lift performance across the board. It is a different philosophy, not just a new set of techniques and measures." ~ Vlatka Hlupic

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Is ‘holacracy’ the future for HR management? Exclusive interview with Zappos

Is ‘holacracy’ the future for HR management? Exclusive interview with Zappos | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Zappos latest idea is to implement a ‘holacracy’, a radical management structure where employees operate without managers or job titles, but rather in self-governing overlapping circles, where they choose what they work on. Sound like a recipe for disaster? Head of HR Hollie Delaney is the woman charged with implementing it.
“A holacracy is not like a traditional hierarchy at all. You really need the senior management in the company to throw down their authority and give it to the employees who are doing the day-to-day jobs,” says Delaney, who has worked for Zappos for eight years, beginning her tenure as the organisation’s first ever employee relations representative.
“The aim is to create a workplace where employees pick up that authority and make decisions without looking to a manager or supervisor for approval. We’re hoping that this creates an environment where people can be innovative and engaged with their jobs – things that are really important to our key values.”


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David Hain's curator insight, October 17, 6:16 AM

Senior management challenges of getting rid of managers!  Let go, and get to know each other better!

sally evans's curator insight, October 21, 3:46 AM

At last weeks CIPD event in Cardiff, I talked about Zappos approach to employee engagement and when compared to Netflix, the similarities are interesting.....personal responsibility and pride in the brand.

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Does Your Presence Inspire People to Inspire Each Other?

Does Your Presence Inspire People to Inspire Each Other? | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Many leaders believe that their presence must be the dominant force in the room. Yet if they are always the dominant force in the room, will others engage, commit, and own the goals?  Or will people always be looking to the leaders?  And what happens when the leaders are not in the room?


Great leadership presence is not the dominant force in a room. It is inspiration that moves people to inspire each other.

 

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John Michel's curator insight, October 16, 11:49 AM

Great leadership presence is not the dominant force in a room. It is inspiration that moves people to inspire each other.

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The Overlooked Elements of Profound Leadership Presence

The Overlooked Elements of Profound Leadership Presence | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership presence, while beneficial for those believed to have it, is most powerful when it's used to move, touch, and inspire people.
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David Hain's curator insight, October 16, 2:27 AM

"He moves people by listening to them, not hearing their words. He genuinely expresses interest in people. They want to connect." ~ Shawn Murphy @shawmu #BeMoreHuman

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Small Shifts in Wellbeing Have a Big Impact on Performance

Small Shifts in Wellbeing Have a Big Impact on Performance | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Managers should know that serious health and work problems can arise from even minor shifts in employees' wellbeing, according to a recent Gallup study. Here's how to address this problem.

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Adrienne McLean's curator insight, February 26, 2013 5:12 PM

A motivating article - interesting!

 

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The communication skills managers need to master

The communication skills managers need to master | New Leadership | Scoop.it
There are five core principles of interpersonal communication that managers need to master if they want to operate effectively in today’s interconnected workplace, says Simon Mitchell
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Leadership is More Than Skin Deep -

Leadership is More Than Skin Deep - | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Some people understand leadership to be like an article of clothing. They believe they can put leadership on or take it off as they need it. Some of us see a quality or skill in a window and decide to add it to our leadership ensemble. They may add a scarf or shoes to their leadership wardrobe …

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 9:57 PM

I am reading Arne Naess' work on deep ecology. Most of what we do is superficial. It takes hard work to go deep.

 

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Becky Willmoth's curator insight, October 22, 7:27 AM

Individuals who truly know themselves develop a frame for their values, strengths, passion and vision. This knowledge enables them to lead with authenticity and integrity, creating a connection with and commitment from those around them. Leaders that lack this self awareness are more like to behave inconsistently, eroding trust and undermining their leadership effectiveness.

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Team Toward "Yes You Can"

5 Ways to Encourage Your Team Toward "Yes You Can" | New Leadership | Scoop.it
28 eyes looked at me skeptically. They were convinced the task I had outlined for their strategy session was beyond their reach. "Just too hard," they explained. "I'm not that creative," said anoth...

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 22, 8:47 AM

(From the article): Teams need encouragement to take little risks that feel big.

 

Little risks lead to brave steps which lead to bold work which lead to breakthrough results.

 

Encourage them. Please.

 

The world needs more brave doers.

 



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Horses helped to teach me the nature of leadership.

Horses helped to teach me the nature of leadership. | New Leadership | Scoop.it

In the ‘horse world’ many of us have believed for years that a herd is, usually, led by a 'lead mare', and that in order to move the herd the 'lead mare' needs to move (there is a role for the alpha male to protect and herd the mares too, that’s a different story). Similar to the story of the alpha wolf, this idea of a dominant leader seemed to match quite well with many of our actual leadership practices in organisations.

 

Recent research, however, indicates that the ‘lead mare’ as such probably doesn’t exist and that in fact there is some form of distributed leadership in a herd. Often it will be the older, more senior horses who initiate a move and will be followed, and any horse over one year old can and will get the herd to move from time to time. Leadership seems to be more a process than a role in a horse herd too and our concept of the ‘lead mare’ is likely to have been more based on what we wanted to see than on what was there to see. Our theory of leadership in the end preceded the example and saw it to be as we believed it to be.

 

 


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David Hain's curator insight, Today, 12:41 AM

Horses teach us that the leadership process is a blend of leading and following.  Interesting observations from Sytske Casimir.

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Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership

Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it

“Diversity trumps ability” as a sufficiently diverse, large group of non-experts often outperforms a small group of experts,”found Future Perfect authorSteven Johnson. In our increasingly complex, disruptive world, we will face more situations where we’ll benefit from calling on the so-called wisdom of the crowd.


Thus it behooves us to have colleagues with very different work and life experiences, and from diverse professions and industries.

 

Secondarily, as a connective leader, hone your capacity to recruit and involve them to support you, as you would support them, and to work together around sweet spots of mutual interest. With that diverse network of trusted colleagues you are more able to recruit people who can see a situation from varied perspectives. Plus, when you want to attract attention and support you can recruit unexpected allies to be more compe

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Richard Branson's 10 Rules For Being A Great Leader

Richard Branson's 10 Rules For Being A Great Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it
The billionaire chair of the Virgin Group explains the principles that have gotten him to where he is today.
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Rewire Your Brain and Become a Better Leader

Rewire Your Brain and Become a Better Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it

It's not the carrot or the stick that causes people to follow a leader; it's whether they feel certain they will achieve what the leader says they'll achieve.

Therefore, to lead effectively, the correct question to ask yourself is: "How do I create a sense of certainty in other people?"

Once again, neuroscience has an answer. Humans have what are called "mirror neurons" in nearly every part of the brain: the premotor cortex, the supplementary motor area, the primary somatosensory cortex, and the inferior parietal cortex.

Mirror neurons cause people to imitate the behaviors they see in others. Therefore, to create certainty in others you must first create certainty in yourself.

This is why great leaders always seem so self-confident. Self-confidence is the outward manifestation of the sense of certainty that they've created within themselves, a certainty that infects everyone around them.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 17, 2:59 AM

The latest neuroscience research explains exactly how to inspire people to follow where you lead.

Joe Boutte's curator insight, October 17, 6:04 AM

Be a mirror!  By displaying confidence and competence, along with other leadership characteristics, we can affect how others see themselves.  Being a positive influence and example goes a long way in everyday leadership.

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How To Improve Your Leadership Presence

How To Improve Your Leadership Presence | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Great leaders must remain authentic.

 

That’s the most important thing to establishing a real presence as a leader, because people are very good at spotting fakeness.  There are certain people that whenever they talk, no matter what they’re saying, everyone listens. We all know someone like this. People respect their opinions, because they have proven themselves. So how can leaders establish and increase their leadership presence?

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Military precision

Military precision | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership in the Armed Forces can mean the difference between life and death. Steve Hemsley asks what leaders in the public and private sector can learn from the military counterparts
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21st Century Secrets of Leadership Gravitas

21st Century Secrets of Leadership Gravitas | New Leadership | Scoop.it

You know if you are in the presence of someone with gravitas because they hold everyone’s attention instantly and hypnotically, even if you don’t always know why. There are now two rooms in the 21st century. How does a leader own the room when the room is virtual and the audience can be global?

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How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways. These “smart, connected products”—made possible by vast improvements in processing power and device miniaturization and by the network benefits of ubiquitous wireless connectivity—have unleashed a new era of competition.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 15, 6:18 PM

Connected products are changing how value is created for customers, how companies compete, and the boundaries of competition itself. 

David Hain's curator insight, October 16, 1:41 AM

How will the 'internet of things' change our competitive environment (and therefore our lives and careers)? Good provocation form Michael Porter.

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How allowing unlimited holidays can benefit an employer

How allowing unlimited holidays can benefit an employer | New Leadership | Scoop.it
The world’s most successful entrepreneurs are turning to a new business model, by releasing the shackles on their staff and trusting them with unlimited holiday. Rhian Morgan talks to Jenny Biggam, of major media agency the7stars, about how the policy works for them
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