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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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Ignore Psychological Profiles and “Act Like” the Leader You Envision

Ignore Psychological Profiles and “Act Like” the Leader You Envision | About leadership | Scoop.it

My European colleagues think we’re a little nuts.

 

You Americans are obsessed with psychological profiling. You put your leaders through psychological assessment after assessment. And with every new self-assessment you stick them into another little psychological box.


Yes. I know what they mean.

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Achim Nowak is right. If you'll act like one, you'll be one.

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Optimism and Attitude Are Inherent to Great Leadership

Optimism and Attitude Are Inherent to Great Leadership | About leadership | Scoop.it

Many, many years ago (in the 1980’s), I worked for Unisys Corporation in Jericho, NY. My district manager was a gentleman by the name of Bob Greifeld. I worked closely with Bob for over four years and he and I became close friends.

 

Eventually, Bob moved to a company called Automated Security Clearances, which was purchased by Sunguard. One day Bob received a call from a recruiter with a very interesting opportunity. Bob went to his boss at Sunguard and said “I love working for Sunguard, but this is the opportunity of a lifetime.” His boss told him to go for it, and Bob won the job of a lifetime… and he held it.

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What other characteristics make a great leader? 

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How to Avoid Two Dangerous Traps in Leadership - Listen and Engage

How to Avoid Two Dangerous Traps in Leadership - Listen and Engage | About leadership | Scoop.it
We often read or hear in the media about leaders whose lack of courage reaped painful consequences. But these “spectacular” failures are just the tip of the iceberg. Doubts and fears of a much smal...

Via Anne Leong, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 17, 2013 12:25 PM

We need to listen deeply. This is an attribute of servant and mindful leadership.

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Leadin Teams: Build your Team! Get rid of Them

Leadin Teams: Build your Team! Get rid of Them | About leadership | Scoop.it

That’s right. You heard me. Want to build your team? Get rid of the people who are on it. Of course I mean to do so in a good way. Become what I call a “net exporter of talent.

 

What exactly does that mean? You need to develop your people to the point that they’re ready for new challenges. Build their skills. Make them more valuable to the organization. Grow them and their responsibilities. And once you can stand back and admire the fruits of your labor, send them somewhere else to work. Actually, if you’ve done a good enough job developing them, others will be trying to poach them from your team.

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Good Leaders Get Emotional

Good Leaders Get Emotional | About leadership | Scoop.it
But how much emotion is too much?

 

Much of what comes out of people's mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched, and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It's a real person sharing a real feeling. When we hear it, we're riveted — for one because it's rare, but also because it's real. Sometimes it's uncomfortable and a little messy. But that's what makes it powerful. No one is trying to hide anything.

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But I Thought We Were Friends - How to Lead Peers - Trailblaze

But I Thought We Were Friends - How to Lead Peers - Trailblaze | About leadership | Scoop.it
How Could You? He was angry. His tight words and finger stabbing the air made it clear: he felt betrayed. “How could you let this happen?” He had just been fired…by the President of the Company. “Me??
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 16, 2013 3:32 PM

Be consistent with your friends who work with you.

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10 Tips to Develop Your Leadership Inclinations

10 Tips to Develop Your Leadership Inclinations | About leadership | Scoop.it
What is your leadership inclination? Ample evidence suggests leadership skills can be learned, and there are attributes all good leaders have in common.
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Why Most Mission Statements Suck

Why Most Mission Statements Suck | About leadership | Scoop.it

Let me be clear at the outset; I’m not arguing against a clear definition of where a company is going and what sets it apart.

 

My beef is with the way a corporation’s guiding principle is expressed. Generally, it is verbose, convoluted and incapable of resonating with employees. So how in the world can it inspire them? I’m certainly not the first person to make this proclamation. Yet, companies large and small, from start-ups to blue chippers continue to err in crafting compelling, single-minded mantras.

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On Leadership and Ownership

On Leadership and Ownership | About leadership | Scoop.it
In a conversation the other day someone asked a question in a “by the way” fashion.

The question was this:


“If group approached the current executive management of this organisation, and offered you a management buyout, would you take it?”


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What Gets in the Way of Your Leadership Effectiveness?

What Gets in the Way of Your Leadership Effectiveness? | About leadership | Scoop.it

We all have things that are likely to get in our way of being effective and effectively leading.  Being honest with yourself about what they are is essential to developing yourself as a leader.

 

These past few days I came face to face with a few of those things for myself.  A request was made of me about six weeks ago and as the deadline loomed near I attempted to get to work. I noticed I was really having trouble getting started. Then there were a few false starts. I found myself printing a series of attempts and promptly crumbled each in a ball to toss into the trash

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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees | About leadership | Scoop.it
Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.
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Transformational Leadership - The Dirty Little Secret

Transformational Leadership - The Dirty Little Secret | About leadership | Scoop.it
What is transformational leadership, and what is the well kept secret about how and why very few become transformational leaders?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 14, 2013 3:21 PM

This is a fantastic resource.

 

From the article:

 

Burns, the Grand Father of transformation leadership, defines it as a “Process of engaging with others in such a way as to raise leader and follower to higher levels of motivation and morality.” He contrasts this to,

“A false conception of leadership as mere command and control.

 

As leadership comes properly to be seen as a process of leaders engaging and mobilizing human needs and aspirations of followers, women will be more readily recognized as leaders and men will change their own leadership styles.”

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:15 PM

Any leadership style has situational problems that have to be balance or more fluid with application and implementation.

Robin Martin's comment, August 19, 2013 1:55 PM
Thanks for sharing Susan!
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HR Magazine - Trust is the key to well-being and performance

HR Magazine - Trust is the key to well-being and performance | About leadership | Scoop.it

Trust between employers and their employees is vital in creating a high-performance work culture, according to a report published today.

It revealed that distrust leads to dysfunctional relationships, which slow down every interaction with a direct economic impact.

 

The report states it is easy to know whether an employee is engaged and has a sense of trust in the workplace, but is much harder to understand what drives trust and how it builds engagement, motivation and improves wellbeing.

The report, Trust: the key to building well-being and performance in the workplace, was prepared by work/life balance organisation Working Families, leadership and engagement specialist Susanne Jacobs and in partnership with income protection firm Unum.

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Trust in stead of control

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:09 PM

Without trust, we won't have success.

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Conducting Transformation: Leader, not Dictator

Conducting Transformation: Leader, not Dictator | About leadership | Scoop.it
The Musical Conductor is Perceived to be Dictator - Think Again! The leader leads and the boss dictates! BIG DIFFERENCE!
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So what kind of conductor are you? Does the orchestra play as you intend or as you direct?

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Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail

Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail | About leadership | Scoop.it

In other words, the critical challenge of leadership is, mostly, the challenge of emotional courage.

 


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 16, 2013 6:54 AM

Provocative post here by Peter Bregman on the need to apply the leadership lessons back to the workplace, specifically the emotional courage needed to give work through uncomfortable situations, provide direct feedback and be vulnerable. 

 

From the post:

 

The only way to teach courage is to require it of people. To offer them opportunities to draw from the courage they already have. To give them opportunities to step into real situations they find uncomfortable and truly take the time to connect with the sensations that come with that.

 

For example, most leadership programs give people feedback from anonymously collected forms they and their colleagues fill out before the program. That's safe.

 

In the leadership week I conduct for senior leaders, I have people give each other real feedback, in real time, face-to-face with each other, based on what they're witnessing in the program.

 

That's courageous.

 

And the more they take those kinds of risks during the week — risks to be vulnerable, to communicate hard things, to listen to hard things, to try a new behavior — the more they will take those same risks in real life, when it matters most.

Mike Doherty's curator insight, August 16, 2013 11:09 AM

Have you tried a leadership program? Did it work for you?

 

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Will the Networked Society Require a New Type of Leadership?

Will the Networked Society Require a New Type of Leadership? | About leadership | Scoop.it

Because of its openness, its technology based on mobility, cloud and performing networks, because of globalization, free trade and capital movement; the Networked Society will transform and reshape businesses and industries.


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Donna Karlin's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:54 AM

Leading people you might never meet or see requires a whole new paradigm, but it's not going to go away any time soon. If anything we will become increasingly virtual. How to we maintain relationship in the process?

David Hain's curator insight, September 11, 2013 9:45 AM

My short answer would be yes (as the article concludes with some helpful capabilities to develop) - although some of the old types will still apply.

Gary Bamford's comment, September 13, 2013 12:57 PM
Hopefully!
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Decisions…Decisions – How Leaders Make The Call

Decisions…Decisions – How Leaders Make The Call | About leadership | Scoop.it
Several years ago, I was lost. It was night, and we were somewhere in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. My team’s radio was broken, and for some reason, so...
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Inspired vs. Required

Inspired vs. Required | About leadership | Scoop.it

It’s back to school time! While the memories of summer fade into our conscious, to be called upon in future years of eternal youth, young minds reluctantly transition into formal education mode. The thought of spending the next nine months sitting in a classroom cramming information into their brains is far from the glorious lessons learned on rope swings down by the river, swimming pools, and lemonade stands of summertime.

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The way we raise and teach our children conditions them to accept mediocrity and boredom and a state of disempowerment as the norm for their adult lives to the detriment of us all. There is a better way.

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The Common Misconceptions In Thought Leadership

The Common Misconceptions In Thought Leadership | About leadership | Scoop.it
With buzzwords like “thought leader” and “industry expert” floating around, it can be tough for a company or leader to determine where to get started in establishing themselves as a go-to brand — or even to decipher what they’re entitled to.
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Do You Have A Leader Worth Following?

Do You Have A Leader Worth Following? | About leadership | Scoop.it
A leadership role is not given to someone, it is something that they earn and are called to fulfill. In the workplace many times this is done in reverse. Someone is promoted or hired in to be a man...
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Leadership Nostalgia: The Perils of Leading in the Past

Leadership Nostalgia: The Perils of Leading in the Past | About leadership | Scoop.it
Are we leading organizations, ministries, groups or teams as though we are living in 1990 – or worse yet, 1950? Non-profits are most guilty, living in the founder’s dreams way beyond their life cycleSuch visions were birthed in a former reality and the values, decisions, strategies and structures reflected that reality. - News Flash – it is 2013.
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Build Your Leadership Prototype - Let's Grow Leaders

Build Your Leadership Prototype - Let's Grow Leaders | About leadership | Scoop.it

Your journey toward authentic leadership involves evolution and revolution. You're in what LinkedIn Founder, Reid Hoffman, calls the state of permanent beta.

But, what’s your ideal leadership prototype?

What are you working on becoming?   Not some textbook leadership prototype, or what someone else wants you to be.

Build your prototype of your leadership at it’s very best.

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The John Maxwell Company

The John Maxwell Company | About leadership | Scoop.it

To respect someone means to consider that person worthy of high regard or esteem. For a leader, respect is an absolutely crucial component of influence. Leading without respect is a little like trying to run in knee-deep mud…you tire quickly and go nowhere.

Like most people, you have probably observed a boss or supervisor whose teammates did not respect him. No leader wants to be disrespected, but many leaders clearly command little to no respect. What, then, are they doing wrong?

 

Disrespected leaders prioritize being accepted by others above being respected by others.


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What is Appreciative Inquiry?

What is Appreciative Inquiry? | About leadership | Scoop.it
What is Appreciative Inquiry anyway? Have you ever heard: People join organizations, but leave managers. What would your employees say about you?
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Henk Stuurman's curator insight, August 15, 2013 8:21 AM

One of the famous methods for intervision, and intervention in change management and other trouble in organization. Positive thinking is more helpfull than negative thinking !

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | About leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.
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