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5 Justifiable Ways Great Leaders Are Ruthless in Business

5 Justifiable Ways Great Leaders Are Ruthless in Business | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

It's often said that even the most respected leaders are considered by many to be ruthless, even brutal at times. Of course, often when leaders are perceived as merciless, that hard perception belongs to those who did not deserve any mercy.

 

Great leaders have to be tough and decisive. Often their decisions will displease many, but they can't effectively lead if every decision is the result of democracy or consensus. This is the difficult path for the leader. It's easy to stay popular when you appease everyone, but rarely will that drive a large organization to success. They must make the best decision taking all the needs and wants into account. Ultimately, they have to lead the way or step aside.

 

Here are five ways a leader must be uncompromising and perhaps ruthless in order to benefit a loyal following. See if you have the strength to be tough when needed.


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I couldn't agree more!

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Maibritt S. Andersen's curator insight, October 27, 2014 8:20 AM

Auh yea girl, it's all inside of you....

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Why You Need a Business Coach

Why You Need a Business Coach | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

An outsider's perspective can be more valuable than you suspect.

 

Steve Jobs had Bill Campbell.

Jodie Foster leaned on Robert De Niro.

Andy Murray has Ivan Lendl.

High performers in any field typically have a coach or mentor. A great coach provides you with the benefit of their experience and asks more questions than they answer. They force you to think about your business in ways that you wouldn’t do on your own.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:46 PM

The greats from all walks of life use a coach to get even better. But don’t obsess over finding a mentor from your own industry. Sometimes the very best coaches know nothing about your industry. It is their status as an outsider that makes their perspective so valuable.

David Hain's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:51 AM

Everyone needs a coach!

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The 10 Things You Must Do to Make Hiring Top Talent No. 1

The 10 Things You Must Do to Make Hiring Top Talent No. 1 | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

Over a 10 year period from 1991 to 2001 my firm made over 400 presentations to groups of CEOs at emerging and entrepreneurial companies. The presentations were largely the same. All focused on how to select people to grow the company.

 

One big idea was to map the types of people the company was hiring to its business strategy. The other point, while not as grand, was more important: If hiring top talent is important to your company's growth make this the primary measure of how you reward and promote your hiring managers. Although 90% of the CEOs believed in the concept, few did anything to make this part of their company's culture.


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I think there are some important points around talent management, that any organisation could implement.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:02 PM

Hiring top talent is not number 1 Enhancing the gifts (talents) of the people already there is number 1.

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:03 PM

Hiring is not number 1. Enhancing the gifts (talents) of the people already there is number 1.