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6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them

6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. According to writer and consultant Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

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(From the article): Not only do the greatest teammates allow different leaders to consistently emerge based on their strengths, but also they realize that leadership can and should be situational, depending on the needs of the team. Sometimes a teammate needs a warm hug. Sometimes the team needs a visionary, a new style of coaching, someone to lead the way or even, on occasion, a kick in the bike shorts. For that reason, great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal and the best tool for the job.

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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Serving and Leadership | 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 October 2014. 

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Anne Egros's comment, April 23, 2013 7:55 AM
Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
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One Crazy-Simple Productivity Hack You Should Do Immediately

One Crazy-Simple Productivity Hack You Should Do Immediately | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
It's so easy you won't believe it
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(From the article): The act of saving something digitally gives us a sense of reassurance that the information is there when we need it, which psychologically frees up our mind and allows us to focus on the next batch of information we need to learn. Essentially, we’re reallocating our mental resources.

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Five habits for executives to become more digital

Five habits for executives to become more digital | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
For many consumers, being digital is second nature. Activities unknown a few years ago are now commonplace: using a smartphone to compare prices while shopping, or seeking product recommendations using Facebook. Yet an organization’s top table can take a while to catch up to this reality. After all, most of today’s senior executives built their careers in the predigital age and for the past ten years have been too busy hitting their numbers to spend much time following tech trends or posting on social media.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone: we often hear from leaders we work with that they feel left behind by the digital revolution. So here are a few practical tips that we’ve found help senior executives make the transition from analog to digital:

Via David Hain
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(From the article): Surround yourself with the right people

Find a ‘reverse mentor.’ Get that interesting new hire with the funny haircut to send you snippets to guide you through the digital world. Ask your CIO or CTO to suggest likely candidates, spend ten minutes talking to them, and select whoever gave you most to think about.

Be thoughtful about your team. Get your head of HR and commercial director to identify your top digital talent. Then ask, What are they are doing? Who are we hiring? Do we have the right roles and structures? Do we need a digital officer or an “innovator without portfolio”?

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David Hain's curator insight, December 16, 1:29 AM

Want to get with digital?  Seek a geek and learn to think differently!

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So here are a few practical tips that we’ve found help senior executives make the transition from analog to digital:

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Sometimes it's easy to lose track of the things that initially made your company great - innovative ideas, great customer service, and incredible value .  Business is ever-changing - Rest too long and you'll be overtaken by the next wave of start-ups. Here's five habits that will keep your company current.

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Leadership Tips for First Time Managers...

Leadership tips for first time managers #infografia #infographic #leadership

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Change leader, change thyself

Change leader, change thyself | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. .


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(From the article): Learning to lead yourself requires you to question some core assumptions too, about yourself and the way things work. Like Joseph Campbell’s famous “hero’s journey,” that often means leaving your everyday environment, or going outside your comfort zone, to experience trials and adventures.8 One global company sent its senior leaders to places as far afield as the heart of Communist China and the beaches of Normandy with a view to challenging their internal assumptions about the company’s operating model. The fresh perspectives these leaders gained helped shape their internal values and leadership behavior, allowing them to cascade the lessons through the organization upon their return.

 

This integration of looking both inward and outward is the most powerful formula we know for creating long-term, high-impact organizational change.

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Why We Need Fewer Leaders

Why We Need Fewer Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Title inflation is rampant in corporations, government and academia.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Today we have an even bigger problem, a cultural problem. We’re more concerned with what we appear to be than what we accomplish. We’re more concerned about what we look like and what we say than what we do. Image matters more than results.

That’s why we’re seeing title inflation across our entire society. We see it in the corporate world, in government and in academia, as well. The result is that our entire culture is becoming more bureaucratic. That’s not a good thing.

 

Is it any wonder that Millennials are more concerned with their personal brands than anything else? Should we be surprised that the vast majority of young people see entrepreneurship as a mindset that has nothing to do with running a company, owning a business or even having a job? Where in the world do you think they get that idea?

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Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas

Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
At one time or another, we’re all in a position to lead. We’re parents, teachers, coaches, managers and committee leaders.  As such, we know that setting a good example is an important part of lead...

Via Kevin Watson
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“You can’t make me be nice. You can’t make me be good. You can’t make me believe.But your example, your kindness, your patience and love will affect me perhaps enough that eventually I may choose to do those things.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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Albert Schweitzer is a great example of leadership.

 

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5 Things Successful People Do to End Their Days Right

5 Things Successful People Do to End Their Days Right | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
You're probably not at your most energetic toward the end of the day. Here's how the most successful people utilize this time for maximum productivity.
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(From the article): "Successful people never tackle a project or make an important decision that requires a lot of brainpower or focus at the very end of the workday," Kerr adds. "Leave important writing or thinking tasks for the following morning, when your brain is at its peak energy, and instead use this time to focus on clearing off simpler tasks, planning, and reflecting."

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Are You Unknowingly Fighting Collaboration?

Are You Unknowingly Fighting Collaboration? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Beware of five challenges preventing effective collaboration.
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(From the article): Knowing that collaboration has measurable outcomes, some organizations may desire it, but systemic processes, policies and even people can become obstacles to realizing that goal and stunt longer-term success.

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5 Ways to Become a More Creative Person via @Onboardly

5 Ways to Become a More Creative Person via @Onboardly | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for ways to take your startup to the next level and become more creative, start with these five practices and you'll see results.

Via Creativity For Life
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It’s never too late to cultivate creativity, and right now is the perfect time to begin. Creative thinking is essential for startups, as it encourages growth, flexibility and responsiveness. Your problem-solving abilities will be enhanced. You’ll see things from a new perspective. Try some of these tips and practices (or be like Steve Jobs and experiment with each of them), and note the differences in your company.

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3 Must Have Leadership Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

3 Must Have Leadership Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Your leadership style has an impact on your business success. Here are 3 key leadership traits that will help you get there.
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(From the article): Your best bet is to take a good, long look at yourself and determine your leadership strengths and weaknesses. Then decide what’s important to your business success and hire for the traits you've identified as weaknesses. 

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Morale: a moving target

Morale: a moving target | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
What we think we know about morale is probably wrong, especially the black and white notion that morale is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.
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(From the article): What’s going on with the never ending battle for good morale is a human predisposition to study the negative. We look for things that aren’t working. We don’t see the 25 beautiful rose bushes in the yard. Instead, our minds focus on the one dead plant. Instead of focusing on what makes bad, bad, we should spend more effort discovering how good becomes good and aim to spread that knowledge elsewhere. Spend time with the exceptional employees, learning what makes them tick and see if anything you learn can be spread to others. Help them develop their talents so others may see.

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Align Your Time Management with Your Goals

Align Your Time Management with Your Goals | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
A simple tool can help.
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(From the article): But logging your tasks and how long it takes to complete them will let you clearly see where you’re spending too much time and where you need to begin to reallocate time to achieve your goals. If you want to improve your people management skills, for example, you may realize that devoting 10 hours a week is not enough; perhaps you need to offload some administrative tasks so you have the additional time you need for that goal. By making small, deliberate shifts in how you spend your day, you’ll ensure that you’re investing the right amount of time on the tasks that matter most, making you more efficient at achieving your goals.

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Great Leadership Stems From Continuous Learning (And Sharing)

Great Leadership Stems From Continuous Learning (And Sharing) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
According to the recently released Workforce 2020 study, more than half of employees interviewed feel their leader lacks the necessary skills to effectively manage their staff. Leaders at all levels must hold themselves accountable to seek knowledge from new sources, push themselves to learn new skills, and to embrace a broader range of perspectives.
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(From the article): The bottom line: Leaders who make a commitment to their own personal and professional growth (e.g. the intention) and follow through by teaching others (e.g the behavior) are demonstrating to their employees that they value continuous learning – for themselves, for their employees, and for the future of the organization.  

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Employee Maturity: 10 Chances for Leaders to Cultivate It

Employee Maturity: 10 Chances for Leaders to Cultivate It | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When some leaders hear the phrase employee maturity, they assume that employees naturally mature over time. Not quite. For employees to contribute maturely, they must have a mature understanding of the business and of the collaboration needed to succeed.Leaders play a key role in cultivating this maturity. With everyday behaviors, leaders mentor even the best hires into more mature contributions.

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(From the article): Great leaders both inspire growth and mentor that maturity in others.Regardless of age or experience, employees perform better and contribute when the leaders cultivate maturity in everyone.

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How to Become the Most Compelling Person You Will Ever Know

How to Become the Most Compelling Person You Will Ever Know | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you feel like you're just marking time instead of making your mark on the world, here's how to step up your game and start making a memorable difference for those around you.
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(From the article): Leave no room for doubt about your passion for the people, places, and principles that are dear to you. A compelling purpose is a cause worth sharing.

 

Above all, to become the most compelling version of yourself, look within to find the heart of all that matters to you. Then go live it.

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Lead at your best

Lead at your best | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Five simple exercises can help you recognize, and start to shift, the mind-sets that limit your potential as a leader. 

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(From the article): Who wouldn’t want to work in high-performance mode nonstop? A desire for achievement and competitive success urges us on—often past our physical and mental limits. Professional athletes build in time to recover, but executives rarely do. Why not? The limiting beliefs are well accepted: commitment is noticed through hard work and suffering; only slackers take time off during the day. People tell the story of a hospitalized colleague with awe: “He worked so hard he collapsed, in service of the company.” Hero? Not really.

If that young executive had the self-awareness to shift his mind-set from managing time to managing and balancing energy,3 he might have remained in good health. The solution is simple: find ten minutes twice each day (morning and afternoon) to recover, stepping back into a zone of low but positive energy to recharge.

 

Consider all four sources: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual activities can each fuel you. Schedule recovery activities, and stick to them until this is your new normal. Here are some examples we’ve observed:

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7 Lessons I Learned as a Marketer in The Startup Nation

7 Lessons I Learned as a Marketer in The Startup Nation | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
In a few days, I will be returning to the United States after 3.5 years of living in Israel - The Startup Nation. As I prepare for the move, I feel it appropriate to reflect on my journey towards becoming a marketer in Startup Nation.Tel Aviv - the heart of Startup NationThe JourneyMy journey started with a standard undergrad degree, with a major in psychology. When I entered college, like most young people, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. At Boston University, I certainly learned a lot about myself and others, but the experience did not provide me with the skills necessary to
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(From the article): Words don't do justice to the amount of knowledge I gained while living and working in Israel. Most importantly, I began my career - something I was unable to do before. I learned that the secret ingredient to the Startup Nation's success was hutzpa. There really is no synonym for hutzpa in the English language, but think of it as audacity, gall, or a certain anatomical phrase that probably isn't appropriate for a LinkedIn post.

 

Today I begin my journey to the United States, but I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on the last 3.5 years and what I learned along the way.

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Leadership Lessons in Purpose from the Silver Screen

Leadership Lessons in Purpose from the Silver Screen | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Executives faced with the reality of leading change have much to learn from the performing arts. In this article we compare the role of the CEO to that of a film director.

Via Kevin Watson
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The parallels between the role of the film director and that of a CEO in guiding an organization through a change process are clear. True, the time scale in a business may be longer, the organization larger and more complex and the passions of the staff harder to ignite. But the CEO can learn much from watching how a great artistic director balances the “why”, the “how” and the “what” to create an acclaimed production.*

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Sleep deprivation is killing your career

Sleep deprivation is killing your career | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Ten rules to getting the sleep you need.
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(From the article): Beyond the obvious sleep benefits of thinking clearly and staying healthy, the ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart  has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are high in emotional intelligence (EQ). These individuals are skilled at understanding and using emotions to their benefit, and good sleep hygiene is one of the greatest tools at their disposal.

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Why Leadership Should Be Hard

Why Leadership Should Be Hard | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
An examination into the realities of leadership in today's organizations and why it should be hard to lead our teams and organizations.
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(From the article): Leadership can no longer be viewed as another rung up the career ladder, as something that is positionally ascribed because of the role we play in our organization. Instead, we need to view leadership for what it is – a calling to inspire, enable and motivate those around us to believe we can do things better; we can make things better than they are today.

 

We need leaders who recognize that to engage people in the work they do requires the willingness to truly listen and understand the realities of those under their care. Of what it is that would make people feel like they’re making a difference – that what they do matters and is meaningful – and then connecting that to the greater purpose that defines our organization.

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John Michel's curator insight, December 10, 9:45 AM

Leadership can no longer be viewed as another rung up the career ladder, as something that is positionally ascribed because of the role we play in our organization. Instead, we need to view leadership for what it is – a calling to inspire, enable and motivate those around us to believe we can do things better; we can make things better than they are today.

Gust MEES's curator insight, December 10, 11:23 AM

An examination into the realities of leadership in today's organizations and why it should be hard to lead our teams and organizations.


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5 Steps for Choosing Confidence

5 Steps for Choosing Confidence | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Confidence typically comes with age and experience...and is gained not given. However, as you gradually grow older and live through more challenging experiences and circumstances there are a few things you can keep in mind to better develop your confidence before you need it.
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(From the article): Accept Your Imperfections: If you’re human, you will make mistakes. You will fail, you will lose…now and then.  Accepting the inevitable pain that will come as a result of being human and vulnerable and realizing failure doesn’t define you, frees you to show more kindness and compassion to yourself and others.

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9 Reasons Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders

9 Reasons Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Here are 9 reasons why so many companies provide so little to support the development of their leaders and 7 reasons why it is absolutely essential to success!

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): “We are too busy to do (leadership) training.” And one of the reasons we are “too busy” is that our leaders are spending time putting out fires, or doing too much of the work themselves, rather than coaching and supporting process improvement. Training requires time (though there are some ways to manage the learning process more effectively), and that time spent can be seen as an investment, to reduce future busy-ness. When leaders lead, they are preventing fires, which change the amount and nature of the work for everyone.

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4 Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

4 Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
When you're running your business daily from the weeds, you can't see the dangers that lie ahead until it's too late. Look for these 4 warning signs that your business may be in trouble.
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(From the article): Get out of the weeds and take a broader view of your business. Look for signals that point to potential problems. Address the root causes and then establish systems to ensure those same problems don’t arise in the future.

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Learn The 9 Times When To Thank Your Customer

Learn The 9 Times When To Thank Your Customer | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Part of delivering excellent customer service is saying "Thank You" to your customers and knowing when to say "Thank You".

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You and your team members can say "Thank You":

VerballyIn writing (and don't underestimate the power of personal notes via snail mail)With a small, tasteful, appropriate gift

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Courage: No Guts, No Glory

Courage: No Guts, No Glory | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Are you courageous? People with courage possess these 10 characteristics.
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(From the article): Don’t be afraid to put yourself on the line if you want the rewards that life has to offer. That means, like in baseball, it’s better to go down swinging than to be called out on strikes. Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

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