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Hierarchy Is Overrated

Hierarchy Is Overrated | About leadership | Scoop.it
Flat structures work, and work better.

 

Maybe you’ve heard the old cliché – if you’ve got “too many chiefs,” your initiative will fail. Every time I hear it, I wonder, “Why can’t everyone be a chief?”

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It’s time to start reimagining management.  Making everyone a chief is a good place to start.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2013 1:11 PM

Hierarchies are naturally occuring phenomena. It does not mean they are necessary. Knowing they occur helps us deal with them and flatten the structure.

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I strongly believe in a new type of management style. Not the control-and-command style, form which Managers are derived, but working together based on trust, empowerment and cooperation. Leaders in stead of Managers. All part of my philosophy call 'Qualtism'.
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New Blogging Series: “New Leadership in the New Economy: Diversity Matters”

New Blogging Series: “New Leadership in the New Economy: Diversity Matters” | About leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership is no longer defined by years spent in the industry, seniority with the company or the number of gray hairs on our heads. Innovation and social strategies play an increasing role in who wins – and who gets left behind. Often by necessity, leadership is getting younger, stronger and more diverse

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Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership

Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership | About 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.

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Kare Anderson argues the need for #Connective #Leadership and explains it.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 21, 1:41 PM

This is Connected Educators month. We talk more and more about collaboration and working well together. While I'm not convinced the crowd is always the wisest, I think it's likely we'll hear more creative ideas from the crowd than if we work exclusive of the so-called non-experts.

Linda Alexander's curator insight, October 21, 2:33 PM

"Diversity trumps ability" is a clear message to all classroom teachers, institutions & business innovation organizers.  

John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, October 22, 4:28 AM

Loved this article scooped by John Lasschuit! What intrigued me was the diagram plotting the relationships. As a Mind Map devotee, it was always going to lure me in! What was even more interesting was the notion of connective leadership. Great leaders are communicators; they work with and through people and they build relationships that, in turn, develop further relationships. If they don't, they are not great leaders!

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The 4 Biggest Myths About Leadership

A lot of people who think they understand leadership have fallen for some common myths and misconceptions. It's best to learn what these myths are so we uncover the truth.
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Lolly Daskal give the four greatest myths about #leadership and concludes: leadership is an earning. And she's right.

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Het belang van de 'gezonde omgeving' voor leiders

Het belang van de 'gezonde omgeving' voor leiders | About leadership | Scoop.it

"Het is eenzaam aan de top" is een veel gebruikte uitdrukking en bestuurders en (top)managers bevinden zich niet altijd in een gezonde omgeving. Hierbij definieer ik een gezonde omgeving als een omgeving waarin er ruimte is voor dwarsliggers en andersdenkenden. Een omgeving waarin er mensen zijn die kritiek kunnen en durven uiten. Een omgeving waarin vragen gesteld kunnen en mogen worden. Maar helaas is dat niet altijd het geval. Bestuurders en (top)managers verkeren vaak in een omgeving waarin belangen moeilijk te overzien zijn. Waarbij er slechts een selecte groep is die tot de top weet door te dringen om daar invloed uit te oefenen. Een omgeving waar door aandeelhouders grote druk wordt uitgeoefend. En in deze omgeving verwachten wij dat een bestuurder of manager zorgvuldige, integere en moreel juiste beslissingen neemt.

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Rijk Binnekamp over #leiderschap

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Kneale Mann | Leadership: What is Authentic?

Kneale Mann | Leadership: What is Authentic? | About leadership | Scoop.it

The simple definition is something that is genuine; of undisputed origin. But we human types aren't simple. Or perhaps we make it complicated.

At an early age, we are told to set goals and focus on results as if life is simply a recurrent process of projects and tasks. It makes sense in the business world, I suppose, because we want a return on investment to show those who watch the outcome. And without revenue, business grinds to a halt. 

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In our fast-paced never satisfied reach for the next thing even if we haven't defined it world, is there room for #authenticity?

Kneale Mann - #Leadership 

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The ten things the best leaders never say

The ten things the best leaders never say | About leadership | Scoop.it
"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -- 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning," wrote Mark Twain.
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Jaquelyn Smith - 10 things a #leader never should say

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New Leadership Model Vital For The ‘Imagination Age’

New Leadership Model Vital For The ‘Imagination Age’ | About leadership | Scoop.it
A rapidly changing global environment has necessitated the development of a new wave of "neuroleaders" who optimise their brain's potential, according to neuroleadership specialist, Silvia Damiano.
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Jo Knox: The #I4 #Neuroleader model

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3 reasons that prove your business needs to utilize big data

3 reasons that prove your business needs to utilize big data | About leadership | Scoop.it
Adopt big data or get left behind. Business Review USA takes a look at why your business needs to get on the big data bandwagon.
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#BigData  #marketing - by Adam Groff

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On Leadership and People, Process and Production

On Leadership and People, Process and Production | About leadership | Scoop.it

Regular readers know that I try to help both newcomers and experienced project management practitioners and other leaders to achieve above average results using what they have at their disposal. 

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Anton van den Berg: #Leadership and the three P's.

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4 Steps to Living Your Leadership Legacy

4 Steps to Living Your Leadership Legacy | About leadership | Scoop.it

Honor. Courage. Humility. Integrity. Loving. Fun. Hero.

Those were the words used to describe Dan Hines at his memorial service last Tuesday. I didn’t know Dan that well, having met him just once, but those who knew him well, really knew him. By the stories told, the laughs shared, and the tears shed, it was evident that Dan’s legacy was clear to those who knew him best.

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Randy Conley - #Leading with #Trust

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Leiderschap is toch geen snel aangeleerd trucje?

Leiderschap is toch geen snel aangeleerd trucje? | About leadership | Scoop.it
Het lijkt soms net zo onontkoombaar als plakkerige kauwgom op de stoep. Je zet de televisie aan en programma’s met bekende professionals uit de wereld van sterrenrestaurants, zoals Herman den Blijker, Gordon ‘f**k’ Ramsay en Fernando Peire, komen in beeld. Deze topkoks houden zich schijnbaar onvermoeibaar bezig met het ‘redden’ van lokale restaurants en zijn dagelijks op de kijkbuis te zien. Vanuit de optiek van leiderschap en crisismanagement zijn deze programma’s vaak hilarisch en leerzaam tegelijkertijd.
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Door Richard van der Lee: #leiders als supermensen.

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How a Leader’s Behavior Affects Team Members | Switch and Shift

How a Leader’s Behavior Affects Team Members | Switch and Shift | About leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders or managers have the unique potential to serve as an energizing force within organizations today. With their position and collected experiences, they have the ability to influence not only what transpires within our work lives, but how we process those moments.

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Dr. Marla Gottschalk: #Leadership and behaviour

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How to become a trusted manager | ILM – Insight

How to become a trusted manager | ILM – Insight | About leadership | Scoop.it
As a manager, cultivating trust in your team should be a top priority. Chris Evans talks to experts to gauge the building blocks for achieving a wall of trust
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Chris Evans on #Leadership and #Trust

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Transformational Leadership - The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams

Transformational Leadership - The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams | About leadership | Scoop.it

Much of modern day leadership thinking is based around the theory of transformational leadership, of which MacGregor Burns first introduced this concept in 1978, in his book called, ‘Leadership’.

Burns was one of the first gurus to identify that true leadership not only creates change and achieves goals within his or her environment, but changes the people and their actions for the better as well.

Imagine a time in your life, when you have been truly inspired by your boss. Perhaps you felt happy to follow his or her lead? You probably felt that the ambiance was perfect and you were empowered to learn and try new things.

Transformational leadership often provides the right make up to allow a team to flourish. It effectively takes all the leadership styles developed over the years and combines them to form one leadership theory that encapsulates leading through inspiring.

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A model to use with #transformational #leadership

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Four Ways “S” Expands Leadership

Four Ways “S” Expands Leadership | About leadership | Scoop.it

A word without an “s” imposes a burden.

“What is the solution,” limits options and inflicts unnecessary pressure.

“What solutions can we develop,” expands and releases.

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Dan Rockwell - #Leadership Freak

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Does Your Presence Inspire People to Inspire Each Other? | Switch and Shift

Does Your Presence Inspire People to Inspire Each Other? | Switch and Shift | About 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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Kate Nasser tries to answer the question which #leadership behavior creates inspirational presence.

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15 Foundational Leadership Tips

15 Foundational Leadership Tips | About leadership | Scoop.it

Whether you are new to leadership or a veteran looking to build on a strong foundation, let me share fifteen tips I learned (and relearned!) early in my leadership journey.

Each of these has served me well in a variety of leadership roles, from elected official to nonprofit executive, and I trust they will help you on your journey!

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David Dye hands over 15 usefull #leadership tips

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5 Bonehead Moves Leaders Make When Times are Tough | Switch and Shift

5 Bonehead Moves Leaders Make When Times are Tough | Switch and Shift | About leadership | Scoop.it
Even Joe the Pipefitter must look askance at some of the moves made in corporate America when faced with a string of bad news.
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Answers are often found at the floor level, not at the ceiling.
By Eileen McDargh (@macdarling) 

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Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader

Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader | About leadership | Scoop.it

Having a great idea, and assembling a team to bring that concept to life is the first step in creating a successful business venture. While finding a new and unique idea is rare enough; the ability to successfully execute this idea is what separates the dreamers from the entrepreneurs. However you see yourself, whatever your age may be, as soon as you make that exciting first hire, you have taken the first steps in becoming a powerful leader. When money is tight, stress levels are high, and the visions of instant success don’t happen like you thought, it’s easy to let those emotions get to you, and thereby your team. Take a breath, calm yourself down, and remind yourself of the leader you are and would like to become. Here are some key qualities that every good leader should possess, and learn to emphasize.

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By Tanya Prive. Qualities of #Leaders

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Leadership & Creating an Environment of Service

Leadership & Creating an Environment of Service | About leadership | Scoop.it

A lot has been said about the leader as “servant”. I expect, given that it is a relatively young term (having been ‘born’ in 1970), it is also subject to wide interpretation. As such, while some people will experience great results from their efforts to serve, others will consider it a fad that will go away if they ignore it. Still others will make every effort to embrace the notion of the Servant Leader but find themselves exhausted, confused and possibly resentful because people seem to be walking all over them.

So what to do?

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Gwyn Teatro #Leadership and #Service

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Hersenwetenschappen, leiderschap en compassie

Hersenwetenschappen, leiderschap en compassie | About leadership | Scoop.it
Er bestaat een mythe dat als je vanuit de hersenwetenschappen leiderschap vorm geeft, het hart verdwijnt. Mogelijk denkt men dat hersenen en ratio hetzelfde is. Maar dat is dus niet zo. Het rationele deel van de hersenen is maar een heel klein gedeelte van de hersenen. Dat de hersenen ook compassie voelen en ervaren is vaak onbekend. Waarschijnlijk is het nog onbekender dat als een manager compassie ervaart hij/zij vaak betere beslissingen kan nemen.
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Guido de Valk verbindt #neuroscience met #leiderschap en #compassie.

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Five ways to bring the leadership greatness in you and others!

Five ways to bring the leadership greatness in you and others! | About leadership | Scoop.it

As you begin a new week, think about the people you lead and serve. You may think about how to add value to their lives and make a positive difference. As you begin these positive affirmations to jump start your week, you realize that leadership can be measured in the small mini gestures of finding the greatness in you and others.

Here is what I know which I believe each one of us is capable of. It was quote by the late Zig Ziglar, “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.”

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Tal Schnall - #Leadership Café

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We Need Better Managers, Not More Technocrats

We Need Better Managers, Not More Technocrats | About leadership | Scoop.it

Digital technology is the biggest agitator of the business world today. Mobile technology, social media, cloud computing, embedded devices, big data, and analytics have radically changed the nature of work and competition.  And digital innovations will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Technology has tremendous potential to be the engine of increasing human, organizational, and economic prosperity.

 

However, digital technology is not the true story. Digital transformation is. Fulfilling technology’s potential will require leaders to recreate the way their institutions operate in a world of digital ubiquity. Leaders need to engage their people in a process of redefining how they work and what their companies do. Digital transformation is therefore the key managerial imperative for today’s business leaders.

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"What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.” Peter Drucker. 
#Leadership 

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HR Magazine - Exploring four alternative leadership models

HR Magazine - Exploring four alternative leadership models | About leadership | Scoop.it

According to a 2011 study by Opportunity Now, inclusive leadership is good for business: 84% of respondents said it improves motivation, 83% loyalty and 81% productivity and performance.

 

Opportunity Now’s director Kathryn Nawrockyi defines inclusive leaders as exhibiting three main behaviours. “Firstly, adaptability,” she says. “They are aware of differences and similarities between people, viewing it as a strength. Secondly, they have the ability to seek out and develop diverse talent. Thirdly, they are good at building inclusive relationships; they remain a leader without letting hierarchy be a barrier to a relationship.”

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Katie Jacobs explores four alternative #leadership models

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Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader

Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader | About leadership | Scoop.it

Command in the U.S. Army, regardless of echelon, is one of the greatest privileges (and stressors) bestowed upon commissioned officers. Unfortunately, many of us seem to stumble through these small windows of our military careers.  Even with all the early mornings, late nights, and family sacrifices that we endure, we don’t seem to make the impact or create the legacy that we originally envisioned.  Usually, it’s after these windows of leadership are closed that we realize there was a lot of activity (and good intentions), but little progress.   I call this “water bucket” leadership.

 

A “water bucket” leader is someone whose leadership approach can be likened to sticking a hand into a bucket of water and creating a stir by splashing it around. Eventually, the leader pulls their hand out, and when they do, the water quickly returns to it’s original state. It’s as if they never existed. Even though there was a lot of activity, in the end, the bucket of water looks no different than it did before


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Joe Byerly: From #Transactional to #Transformational #Leadership

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The look of a leader

The look of a leader | About leadership | Scoop.it

IN GORILLA society, power belongs to silverback males. These splendid creatures have numerous status markers besides their back hair: they are bigger than the rest of their band, strike space-filling postures, produce deeper sounds, thump their chests lustily and, in general, exude an air of physical fitness. Things are not that different in the corporate world. The typical chief executive is more than six feet tall, has a deep voice, a good posture, a touch of grey in his thick, lustrous hair and, for his age, a fit body. Bosses spread themselves out behind their large desks. They stand tall when talking to subordinates. Their conversation is laden with prestige pauses and declarative statements.

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Will we ever get rid off the stereotype #bosses? How to recognize real #leaders?
The Economist Newspaper

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