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Coaching: It’s All About Hearing the Truth You Don’t Want to Hear

Coaching: It’s All About Hearing the Truth You Don’t Want to Hear | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Recently I was on a panel with a client of mine. We had been coaching for about 12 months when we were invited to talk about our coaching relationship. She started the discussion by saying, “Linda ...

 

Recently I was on a panel with a client of mine. We had been coaching for about 12 months when we were invited to talk about our coaching relationship. She started the discussion by saying, “Linda was my second choice as a coach.” Everyone in the room laughed at this!

 

Then my client continued. “I had interviewed another coach prior to meeting Linda. I loved the other coach. There was great chemistry. During the interview with Linda, she made me very angry. It was on a Friday, and I was angry all weekend. I was stewing because I knew that the first coach would become a good friend, and that Linda would help me get where I wanted to go.”

 

This is not the first time this situation has occurred. I remember another interview several years ago.

 

That gentleman was so angry that he said he didn’t even want referrals from me to other coaches. He’d find them himself! Several weeks later, he contacted me again and said, “I’ve interviewed 4 other coaches, and the voice I keep hearing in my head is yours. You told me the truth I didn’t want to hear.”

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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2017.

 
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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Six Thinking Hats: Looking at a Decision From All Points of View

Six Thinking Hats: Looking at a Decision From All Points of View | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What is your instinctive approach to decision making? If you're naturally optimistic, then chances are you don't always consider potential downsides. Similarly, if you're very cautious or have a risk-averse outlook, you might not focus on opportunities that could open up.

Often, the best decisions come from changing the way that you think about problems, and examining them from different viewpoints.

"Six Thinking Hats" can help you to look at problems from different perspectives, but one at a time, to avoid confusion from too many angles crowding your thinking.


Via Roger Francis
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Often, the best decisions come from changing the way that you think about problems and examining them from different viewpoints.
 
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3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned

3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you remember a time when you left a training session full of valuable knowledge that you were just itching to apply? Unfortunately, when you got back to your workplace, there was a pile of catch-up work that immediately became your top priority. And time out of the office had caused your inbox to explode. And then your boss informed you about a new project you had to tackle.

When this scenario happens, despite your best intentions it’s likely the session materials—along with your new learnings—will end up on a shelf.

Does it have to be this way? No! What if you had returned to your workplace with the same pressing deadlines, and discovered that your company had assigned a coach to support you and help integrate your learnings back on the job. Wouldn’t that be helpful? You bet it would! In fact, people who get coaching to support new learning exhibit up to two-thirds more improved productivity than those who didn’t have coaching following their training.

Wondering how to get started? Here are three of the ways I work with coaching clients to help them apply what they’ve learned in class. Consider how these strategies could help your people.


Via Roger Francis
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Providing coaching turns a training event into a learning process. It makes the learning stick! Could your people benefit from some coaching to support their learning?
 
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9 Ways to Recognize a Real Leader

9 Ways to Recognize a Real Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Look closely and you'll see who they really are.
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To be a leader does not mean wearing the title of "leader." It's not something you choose to be one minute and then choose not to be the next. A leader is not a leader simply because he or she has been promoted. And a leader is not someone who sits in a position of management.
 
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5 Questions To Ask Every New Team Member

5 Questions To Ask Every New Team Member | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Onboarding a new team member can be a difficult task. You have to train them, integrate them into the team, and get to know them.

 
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When you ask questions of your new hires, it shows that you care. You’re looking out for their well-being and how you can serve them.
 
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This Is The Mind-Set You’ll Need In Order To Thrive In The Future Of Work

This Is The Mind-Set You’ll Need In Order To Thrive In The Future Of Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To stay competitive, we need to get comfortable making difficult, complicated, higher-order decisions more regularly—until we’ve achieved what Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan refers to as “immunity to change.”

Sound daunting? Hopeless, even? Don’t fret. It isn’t about turning yourself into a superhuman or somehow making yourself “smarter.” It simply means tapping into the potential that your mind is already hardwired to possess. Here’s how.

Via David Hain
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As machine learning and other forms of #workplace automation gain ground, technical competence alone doesn’t cut it.
 
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Missed out on undertaking that good intention again? You probably have immunity to change - we all do!

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The Discipline of High Performers

The Discipline of High Performers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The biggest changes in our lives start by developing discipline around small activities. Here are ideas to help you get started.

Via Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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The good news for all of us is that discipline is contagious in our lives. Focus on starting and committing to one thing daily, regardless of circumstances, and you will find this new-found discipline spreading to other areas of your life.
 
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This takes a different tack and talks about starting your day with something that we normally wouldn't take time for.
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10 hard skills to learn that will last a lifetime 

10 hard skills to learn that will last a lifetime  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To survive growing up on a remote cattle ranch in the middle of Wyoming, I needed to be scrappy, gritty, and tenacious. If I wasn’t keeping an eye out for rattle snakes, I was avoiding horned bulls from charging my horse as I tried to cut them from a herd of cows.

 I learned many important life lessons on that ranch, not the least is that it takes hard work, sweat, and mental toughness to get to the top and stay there. I took many of those lessons with me into the FBI as an undercover and counterintelligence agent for 24 years. 

Here are 10 hard skills to learn that will last you a lifetime:
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Positive thinkers are not optimists. Positive thinkers believe they will prevail in their circumstances rather than believing their circumstances will change; optimists believe their circumstances will eventually change for the better.
 
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Management Lessons from One Hospital’s Dramatic Turnaround

Management Lessons from One Hospital’s Dramatic Turnaround | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Putting people at the core is the key to major improvements in financial, performance, regulatory, and quality indicators.
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A vision can create a unity of purpose and spur everyone in an institution to reach higher and contribute to improvement. Data transparency enables everyone to see benchmarks and measure progress. And efforts to upgrade and support talent bring energy and build commitment. Clearly, other institutions could benefit from following NYU Langone’s three-part prescription for organizational transformation.
 
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Great Leaders Learn From Failure, They Don't Dwell On It!

Great Leaders Learn From Failure, They Don't Dwell On It! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Great leaders learn from failure, they don't dwell on mistakes! How they relate to failure plays a major part in their confidence to do a job.

Via Kevin Watson
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Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. - Oscar Wilde
 
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Those with the Leadership Fractal Get Ahead Faster

Those with the Leadership Fractal Get Ahead Faster | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The core of every successful effort involves vision, problem-solving, planning and execution. This is the Leadership Fractal. Those that get ahead do it over and over again, getting better each time.
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Managers use a different process to hire strangers than people they know. With acquaintances it's based on the person's past performance doing comparable work. Strangers are judged on the depth of their skills and experiences and their presentation skills. To get a better job, job seekers need to be sure they're evaluated like acquaintances. Demonstrating your Leadership Fractal is the key to pulling it off. And if you have it, it won't be much of a problem to prove it.
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5 Ways to be a Leader Who Turns Heads

5 Ways to be a Leader Who Turns Heads | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s an ego boost to sit in the power chair and see heads turn in your direction. You enjoy it. You come to expect it.

The beginning of the leadership journey is about getting heads turning in your direction. As time passes, you see that leadership is about turning heads toward each other.


Via David Hain
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Pour into your leadership if you expect amazing results from your leadership.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, March 15, 2:34 AM

@Leadershipfreak blogs - 2 minute reads containing a lifetime of leadership wisdom!

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The beginning of the leadership journey is about getting heads turning in your direction. As time passes, you see that leadership is about turning heads toward each other.
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 15, 10:47 AM

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Growing a Small Company

Growing a Small Company | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Have you ever noticed how often the counter-intuitive strategy, or the contrarian view yields the best return? If you’ve not thought about this, maybe today’s post will help. One example is our attempt to grow a small company. Clearly, most leaders are trying to grow a large company – the bigger the better. But what would happen if you could grow a small one?
 
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I am personally excited about the new book from bestselling author Mark Miller. LEADERS MADE HERE provides an insightful look on how leaders can build a leadership culture in their organizations. I am sharing the following article (with permission) from Mark that provides a great sample of his work. I highly recommend LEADERS MADE HERE.
 
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How Bosses Can Make or Break Leadership Development Programs

How Bosses Can Make or Break Leadership Development Programs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
CCL’s study of leadership development program alumni found the degree of support from participants’ bosses for their development activities made a significant impact on several outcomes. Selfawareness, leadership capability, leadership effectiveness, and engagement were
all significantly improved when participants had the support of their bosses.

For organizations investing in the development of their people—whether individual contributors or c-suite executives—this research means that participant engagement with a leadership development program is not the only factor influencing outcomes. Maximizing the value of leadership development initiatives requires organizations and their training and development partners to constructively engage bosses as well as participants.

This has important implications for individual leadership development program design as well as broader organizational and leadership development efforts. Companies are increasingly requiring a clear return on investment from leadership development programs and looking for ways to ensure such initiatives have a sustained impact. Engaging bosses is a key ingredient in that effort.

Via David Hain
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The study suggests that when it comes to boss support, a little goes a long way.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, March 22, 5:38 AM

Don't just spend leadership development money on those hi-potentials. Brief,debrief and coach them! Your follow-up is crucial!

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Title says it all because it is true.

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10 Facts About Happiness From Around the World

10 Facts About Happiness From Around the World | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Happiness stems from all aspects of life, from employment to health to friendships. While the building blocks of a satisfying life are universal, happiness levels vary from country to country.

 
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Self-employed people have higher overall life evaluations. Self-employment has its pros and cons. In developed countries, self-employed people report being more satisfied than those who are traditionally employed. However, they are also more likely to experience negative feelings such as stress and worry.
 
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Make Time: There's No Dress Rehearsal in Life

Make Time: There's No Dress Rehearsal in Life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It's not that you don't have the time to devote to things that matter to you –– but rather, the time needed was spent doing something else.
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It’s so easy to be blinded by ambition, power, and success that many folks miss out on the simple pleasures of life. For example, did your children’s birthday parties, Little League games, or dance recitals make your priority list? Were you available to counsel your friend in need? Did you make the time to help your kids with their homework, to attend back-to-school nights, or to put down your newspaper/telephone/iPad when your family wanted to tell you about their day? Or was something else more important to you at the time? Now, I know that you lead a hectic life and that you’re getting pulled in a million different directions. The truth is, it’s not that you don’t have enough time to devote to things that matter to you — but rather, the time needed was spent doing something else.
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5 Reasons Why Workplace Anxiety Is Costing Your Business a Fortune

5 Reasons Why Workplace Anxiety Is Costing Your Business a Fortune | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Over 18 percent of the U.S. population has been diagnosed with anxiety, and a large majority cite their workplace as a major contributor.
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As a business owner, it’s important to be informed, know the signs and provide your employees with the encouragement and support they need to manage their mental health. Corporate wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular and are specifically geared toward helping companies improve in all areas listed above. Let’s continue working to improve the culture of corporate America, and learn to take care of each other in and outside of the workplace.
 
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6 Ways To Become A Better Listener 

6 Ways To Become A Better Listener  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Ever zone out while someone is talking? Of course. We all do. The average human has an eight-second attention span. With electronic distractions competing for your time and an abundance of responsibilities at work, it makes listening attentively to someone else speak pretty difficult.

“We are living in a time when it’s more challenging to be consistently aware and intentional because so many things are demanding our attention. Our brains haven’t caught up to the technology that’s feeding them,” says Scott Eblin, author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. “The impact of this leaves people in a chronic condition of fight or flight.”


Via The Learning Factor, Roger Francis
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We all require self-focus, but leaders who make a difference are the ones who know the purpose is bigger than themselves, says Gregersen. “When a leader is operating on the edge of what’s possible, they’re in strong listening mode,” he says.
 
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Humans have an average eight-second attention span. You’re going to need to do better if you want to get things done.

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Working with your Leadership Vision  

Working with your Leadership Vision   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A vision is your overview of the way things could be.  It is your clear image of what you are working towards.  In your role as a leader, you can see how things could be improved and made better.  Putting all these pieces together in a format of how things should be will give you your overall leadership vision that helps you to get your ideas across powerfully, accurately, and quickly.  Once you have a vision, you tell people about it and use it to lead people.


Via Roger Francis, Kevin Watson
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Sharing a vision is a central role of a leader – a leadership vision gives people a viewpoint, something to work towards and an idea of what things can be like. It helps people raise their hopes and expectations; it inspires them. When people are inspired, they are more likely to consistently work on something.
 
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"Effectively communicating the vision means living the vision; that means doing what you say and practicing what you preach."

One thing is not clearly stated in the article.  The vision has to be communicated with our heart and soul; not only with our head.  As en employee, we must FEEL that the vision is sincere, genuine, authentic, ...  We must BELIEVE in what the leader says (and not only understand what he is saying).  Without the personnal involvement from the leader, the vision communicated may remain only bla bla bla.

Combien de fois voyons-nous des situations où les "bottines ne suivent pas les babines"...  Ou qu'on ne sent pas l'authenticité derrière le message...
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Three Steps To Building the Leader You Need

Three Steps To Building the Leader You Need | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These three steps can be used in order to develop leaders perfect for your organization’s goals.
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How can you build an environment of creative leadership? Educator George Couros tells us, “One of the best ways to derive fulfillment as an employee is to work on projects you initiate.” Environments that allow employees to be creative and follow passions are open to new ideas and accepting of out-of-the-box thinking. They encourage and reward colleagues who consider new approaches and offer unique and exciting plans. More importantly, they make taking such risks a safe and expected behavior. Organizations that build leaders encourage employees to share their wildest ideas and their most practical. The only failure is the person who contributes nothing at all.
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Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress

Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Four steps to stop it.
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Pressure is not stress.

"While struggling with cancer, it took me a couple of years to train myself to follow these steps. But ultimately it worked. My stress levels went down, my health improved, and my career took off. More heartening, I discovered that everything Derek had taught me could be taught to others, with similar results."
 
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Are competing priorities impacting your health?

Are competing priorities impacting your health? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Everyone can recognise that familiar tug of war inside us; go out or stay in and catch up on work, make a fresh dinner for the kids or finish catching up on e-mails; work late or go to the gym? These are common everyday dilemmas we all face but have you ever stopped to consider that this constant tug of war could be impacting your health?
 
Underneath these seemingly tedious choices there are darker forces at play.

Our values - things which are important to us and we are willing to invest time, money and energy to achieve - drive our decision-making behaviour. Good when they help us make clear choices, less helpful when we are choosing between things that are of similar importance.


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Are competing priorities impacting your health?
 
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How Do I Get My Team to Trust Me? (Story and Video)

How Do I Get My Team to Trust Me? (Story and Video) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Our 8th Winning Well Principle: Trust the Trenches has so many nuances, all of which I learned the hard way. For me, it wasn’t the delegating, or asking fo
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To win the trust of your team, you have to trust them to trust you. Trust the trenches to accept (and even embrace) that you are human being too. And lead from there. 
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Arron Saini's comment, March 16, 6:47 AM
When it comes to parenting teens it can definitely be harder than most people would think. What I have found is that you should become their friend rather than act like their parent. Once you stop exerting your power as a parent and provide guidance as a friend they are more likely to give you a positive response and over time they will learn to trust you because they will be able to talk to you without the feeling of being judged. http://www.dadabhagwan.org/path-to-happiness/relationship/parent-child-relationship/
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3 Big Lessons These Startups Learned From Their Mentors

3 Big Lessons These Startups Learned From Their Mentors | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The top honorees from our 2016 Startups to Watch list share what they've learned so far from working with their advisors.
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Here’s a look at the biggest lessons the startups—The Town Kitchen, Bitsbox, and Leesa Sleep—learned from working with their mentors.
 
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5 Morning Rituals That Will Double Your Energy Levels

5 Morning Rituals That Will Double Your Energy Levels | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Whether you're at the starting line preparing to compete for the gold in the 100 meters or you're trying to be at your most productive state--how you start often predicts the outcome.

If you stumble at the start of the 100 meters--it's nearly impossible to catch up. If you get off to a lethargic start to your day--you're going to be reacting to the day instead of being proactive.

Successful people understand that the day starts as soon as their alarm clock rings.

 

Via The Learning Factor, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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If you desire to become a more productive, healthier, and happier individual, adopt these five powerful morning habits. Practice them before starting your workday to, in turn, help you win the day.
 
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Use these simple habits to not only win your day, but to also change your life.

Allan Whitworth's curator insight, March 15, 3:18 AM
what's good for the worker is good for the customer
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5 Morning Rituals That Will Double Your Energy Levels
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The Forgotten Skill That Will Make You a Better Leader  

The Forgotten Skill That Will Make You a Better Leader   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s easy to tell a good leader from a bad one—but how do you tell a good leader from a great leader? That secret lies in their forgotten skill. Many

 
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Understand leadership is not about you. It’s about others. The leader may hold power and authority, but those things come with obligations. Leadership is ultimately an act of service. It’s impossible to treat it otherwise and achieve greatness. With great power comes great responsibility—not only to yourself but also to those you lead. As a leader, you must always be willing to show accountability and to respect and serve others. The true source of power is not titles or bank accounts but service and responsibility.
 
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