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THE LEADERSHIP ELEPHANT: Why You Lead (Part 1)

THE LEADERSHIP ELEPHANT: Why You Lead (Part 1) | About leadership | Scoop.it

In my last guest blog, I outlined a model of triadic leadership as a means to understand different components of leadership. In summary, it provides elements (Figure 1), which when viewed together, form three foundational elements of leadership. In this post, I will provide a short synopsis of one of the corners of the triad – why a leader leads.

The idea of digging into the heart of why we lead requires that we ask foundational questions about leaders’ values and beliefs. In an era defined by self-empowerment, self-promotion and ‘selfies’, this level of introspection is not popular. To illustrate the point, try to think of a leadership book that deals with why leaders lead.

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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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Leadership: Trends and Dead Ends

Leadership: Trends and Dead Ends | About leadership | Scoop.it
There is little argument that leadership is comprised of many facets. For many, leadership is the key aspect of a manager’s job—as well as a critical component of any directing function. Bart Tkaczyk offers an international research-based and practice-informed review of leadership.
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By Bart Tkaczyk.

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We All Can Transform Culture Through Resonant Leadership

We All Can Transform Culture Through Resonant Leadership | About leadership | Scoop.it

"The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say 'I.' And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say 'I.' They don't think 'I.' They think 'we'; they think 'team.' They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but 'we' gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done." --Peter Drucker

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By Johann Gauthier and Sue Elliot. Achieving Resonance.

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Four Ways To Be A Better Listener Today

Four Ways To Be A Better Listener Today | About leadership | Scoop.it

When we consider the most important communication skills forleaders, we generally focus on the transmitting side of communication. Leaders work to develop their skills for speaking to diverse audiences, selling a message or vision, and managing performance. The other side of communications, receiving, is often overlooked. Yet, if leaders want to be effective, they must develop the art of listening.

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By Kristi Hedges - #Listening, a critiical skill that's getting lost.

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How to be a great leader in a complex world

How to be a great leader in a complex world | About leadership | Scoop.it

We live in a complex world. Over the past decade, the half-life of knowledge and technology has plummeted, the world economy has turned out to be an interconnected house of cards, and destabilizing factors – from economic inequality to health epidemics to terrorism – have shaken up all sectors of society. It is these conditions that have created the environment of complexity in which leaders from the public and private sectors are now operating.

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By Ted Bililies. #Leading tips

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This article offers an astute summary of why the world is more complex than ever before and how leaders need to operate in order to successfully navigate this complexity. It emphasises the importance of networks and collaboration, where “the best thing executives can do is to promote an environment that encourages deep dialogue, recognizes diverse perspectives, and values pooled creativity that cuts across boundaries.” It is clear than no one person or organisation has the answer to the challenges that face society and so an adaptive and inclusive leadership approach is required to ‘glue’ together diverse perspectives and ideas. To enable this, leadership development should embrace experiences that unlock new networks and reframe the world around us, to bring unexpected insights, foster faster innovation and adapt to disruptive change. 

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6 Leadership Theories to define Effectiveness of Leaders

6 Leadership Theories to define Effectiveness of Leaders | About leadership | Scoop.it

Leading is the art of influencing and motivating people to perform in a manner to achieve a common goal. The sum total of a leader’s roles, tasks and responsibilities and interpersonal influences constitutes leadership.

A leader should not only be intelligent (with general problem-solving capacity), but should also possess high integrity and character, equally concerned with ends (doing the right thing) and means (doing rightly).

Effective leaders have to work ceaselessly, and communicate with the people to motivate them in an efficient manner.

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By Bhudeb Chakrabarti. Improve your #leadership effecitviness using these theories.

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Why All Managers Must Be Leaders

Why All Managers Must Be Leaders | About leadership | Scoop.it

Anyone within an organization has the potential to become a leader, but managers must be leaders. In schools and in our organizations we have been taught and conditioned to believe that managers and leaders are two separate people which is quite a harmful assumption. As a result we have managers who cannot lead and leaders who cannot manage. A leader who cannot manage has a vision of where they want to go but no idea of how to get there. A manager who cannot lead is not able to build trust and create engagement within an organization to get to where they need to go. Neither of these scenarios are practical or effective.

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By Jacob Morgan. Most managers aren't leaders. That's the problem.

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5 Ways Leaders Think Differently Than The Rest Of Us

5 Ways Leaders Think Differently Than The Rest Of Us | About leadership | Scoop.it

From their belief systems to the way they approach challenges, leadership thinking seems rooted in analysis and improvement. Kari H. Keating, Ph.D., a teaching associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who studies leadership, coauthored an October 2014 study which supported existing research that leaders are made, not born. Expanding on work by leadership researcher Bruce J. Avolio which found that leadership ability is roughly 30% genetic and 70% learned, Keating and her colleagues found that the first step to becoming a more effective leader is to believe that you can be a leader in the first place.

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By Gwen Moran. How differ #Leaders in the way they think?

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Superfast Wireless Heading to Laptops and Smartphones in 2015

Superfast Wireless Heading to Laptops and Smartphones in 2015 | About leadership | Scoop.it
Wireless technology more than 10 times faster than the best Wi-Fi is coming to market in 2015.
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#WiGig - first products available end this year. Wireless with Gigabit speeds.
By Tom Simonite 

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Why Mattering Matters - General Leadership

Why Mattering Matters - General Leadership | About leadership | Scoop.it
Make a choice to matter everyday by offering, thanking, encouraging, inspiring and letting others know you notice and believe in them. Mattering matters!
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By John Michel. #Maslov and #Leadership

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The Collateral Damage of Selfish Leadership

The Collateral Damage of Selfish Leadership | About leadership | Scoop.it

I’m from Canada and although I’ve never played hockey, there is a colloquial expression in my country known as a “puck hog”.

No, it’s doesn’t have anything to do with pig farming and it’s also not some new form of Canadian doughnut, but it illustrates the collateral damage of a selfish leader rather well.

A puck hog is a player on a hockey team who holds onto the puck for far too long looking to score from anywhere on the ice or is so delusional about his abilities that he believes he can win the game without ever passing the puck to teammates. The same phrase is used in basketball, but replace puck with ball to get “ball hog”.

Do you know any puck or ball hog leaders in business or government or your place of work?

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Dan Pontefract - What selfish #leaders will cause.

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The Roots of Becoming a More Effective Leader

The Roots of Becoming a More Effective Leader | About leadership | Scoop.it

If I had my way, any face-to-face leadership development program on the planet would first start with the facilitator showing a picture of General Sherman.

No, not General William Tecumseh Sherman – military strategist and General of the Union Army during the United States Civil War in 1861 through 1865 – rather the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California.

General Sherman (the tree) is a perfect metaphor for the three key levels of leadership I believe need to be considered for today’s leaders who occupy the management ranks. We’ll return to this metaphor in a minute.

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Dan Pontefarct - #Leadership

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20 Mantras Great Leaders Live By Every Day

20 Mantras Great Leaders Live By Every Day | About leadership | Scoop.it
There might not be a single recipe for what makes a great leader, but these 20 mantras can put you on the right track.
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By James Curtiss. It doesn't harm to read it ;-)

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The five things that define great leaders - Agenda - The World Economic Forum

To be a great modern leader you must focus on communication and show some of these 5 attributes, writes Mike Smith.
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By Mike Smith. What defines a great #leader

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9 Things Leaders Must Do To Create A Transformation

9 Things Leaders Must Do To Create A Transformation | About leadership | Scoop.it

Many high performing senior managers, leaders and executives find themselves at some point in their careers faced with the challenge of leading a strategically critical, highly visible transformation program. The company needs to move in a new direction, a start-up must professionalize, product and service innovations must be accelerated, costs must be reduced, or competitive positioning can be strengthened. Whatever the business driver, the initiatives born from strategic calls to action will always change the status quo, and sometimes they’ll transform the organization in very significant ways. Designing and executing a strategic change or transformation program to realize mission-critical business objectives isn’t simple, familiar or easy, yet often times leaders with no previous experience leading big change are put in charge.

 
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By Supriya Desai. 

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The Big Data Mistake In The Internet Of Things

The Big Data Mistake In The Internet Of Things | About leadership | Scoop.it

The next strategic inflexion point for software application development today is the Internet of Things (IoT); at least that’s what people say. It is hugely fashionable just now to “partner on an IoT initiative” and you will see these tech industry love-ins cropping up every week now.

But do all these firms think about what programmers in the IoT zone really need at the heart of the matter and are we forgetting the real secret locked inside? After all, the secret to the IoT is just “data” itself, isn’t it?

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By Adrian Bridgewater. With cloud hosted analytics and algorithms that are accessible by digital sensors and devices, actions like process updates, event responses and machine behavior can then be implemented says John Bates, global head of industry solutions and CMO at Software AG. “The key to successfully addressing the IoT market is the ability to rapidly build and evolve apps that tap into, analyze and make smart decisions on fast, big data”

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SDN to support Internet of Things devices

SDN will enable the reliability of Internet of Things devices to share network resources more efficiently and cut back on hardware investment; in return, IoT could support SDN networking decisions.
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By David Geer. #SDN, #IoT and #NFV support for #M2M device fleets/

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The Neuroscience Of Being A Good Leader

The Neuroscience Of Being A Good Leader | About leadership | Scoop.it

Neuroscience has gained so much popularity in the last few years, because of advancements made by scientists in human nature and behavior change.

I find neuroscience so interesting, and have been spending a lot of my free time learning more about it.

All of this research is especially relevant for being a good leader in the workplace, where executives need to change the behavior of potentially thousands of employees.

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By Jacob Shriar. #Neuroscience and #leadership

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Predictive Analytics: The Impact Of Big Data On Security, Intelligence And Democratic Rights

Predictive Analytics: The Impact Of Big Data On Security, Intelligence And Democratic Rights | About leadership | Scoop.it

Our growing ability to generate, store and analyse data will profoundly affect society and our interaction with institutions, governments and companies in the decades to come. Predictive analytics, the capacity to make predictions based on analysing patterns of personal behaviour, will become more sophisticated – including in realms such as fighting crime and preventing terrorism. We will have fast-expanding capacity for non-transparent intelligence collection and decision-making about people or groups based on unrevealed behaviour. However, predictive analytics is all about correlation and interpretation, not causality and knowledge; it therefore raises fundamental moral and ethical questions related to privacy and the presumption of innocence. Can we balance the benefits of predictive analytics with the democratic control needed to secure personal integrity?

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By Derrick Gosselin. Very good article. Original appeared on the World Economic Forum Report (WEF).

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What makes a good leader?

What makes a good leader? | About leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership is the lifeblood of the British Army and underpins the people element of any operation in the military or business, innovating and shaping values and behaviours to ensure that an organisation performs well. The relationship between command, leadership and management is often blurred and some see management as the business of resources, and leadership as the source of vision. Management can also be considered as taking people in a direction that they would follow naturally in an organised manner and leadership as inspiring people to take a step outside their comfort zone. People’s comfort zones can be severely challenged when in a stressed environment and the circumstances in which soldiers operate are among the most stressful found anywhere, whether war fighting, peacekeeping or in training.

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By Leona Barr-Jones. When is #leadership succesful?

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Leaders, What are you Putting out There?

Leaders, What are you Putting out There? | About leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership – and the quality thereof – is affected by a multitude of factors that impact one’s ability to connect to, communicate with, and motivate diverse groups of people around a common vision.

Through his work, Roger Pearman examines the link between Type and Leadership style, focusing specifically on how one’s natural preferences incline them toward particular patterns of communication which often form a leader’s inherent public persona and their default approach to mobilizing the efforts of subordinates.

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What kind of #leader are you? From extraverted Sensing types to intraverted feeling types. 
By Adain Millar MBTI Insight 

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The Five Practices of Leadership

The Five Practices of Leadership | About leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders aren't mommy or daddy. Successful leaders encourage everyone to think and act like competent people of influence. When leaders act like mommy, team members act like children.

Family-style leadership, depending on it’s expression, is awesome. But, when family-style leadership means depending on mommy to solve our problems, power shifts upward and dependency increases.

Act more like the weird uncle who lets kids steer the car when no one is looking.

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Dan Rockwell: family style #leadership: do or don't?

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Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks

Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks | About leadership | Scoop.it
The human ingenuity within any organisation are it's greatest competitive advantage. Yet according to the latest statistics, over half of todays workers are disengaged . When leaders are committed and actively working to engage, inspire and embolden – they unleash untapped potential and raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organization contributes to all stakeholders.
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By Margie Warrell. Develop #leadership

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Can you afford to lead without integrity? ILM - Insight

Can you afford to lead without integrity? ILM - Insight | About leadership | Scoop.it
Is integrity an essential leadership skill? Hiroo Chothia on why businesses need to lead with more integrity
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#Trust. That's all that matters. #Leadership

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Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company

Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company | About leadership | Scoop.it

Telling CEOs these days that leadership drives performance is a bit like saying that oxygen is necessary to breathe. Over 90 percent of CEOs are already planning to increase investment in leadership development because they see it as the single most important human-capital issue their organizations face.1 And they’re right to do so: earlier McKinsey research has consistently shown that good leadership is a critical part of organizational health, which is an important driver of shareholder returns.2

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McKinsey's insight on #leadership

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2015 Predictions: Security for IoT; orchestrating NFV, SDN prime for progress

2015 Predictions: Security for IoT; orchestrating NFV, SDN prime for progress | About leadership | Scoop.it

With 2015 now upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from leading industry analysts and executives on what they expect to see in the new year.

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By Martin Nuss. What to expect in 2015? 

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