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Mastering Leadership Relationships

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People look to leaders when things aren’t working.

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(From the article): “You don’t have to go all the way to bright – just make it better today.”

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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 2016.

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 2014 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 5, 2015 2:48 PM

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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10 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader

10 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership is something that is continuously developed over time, through mentoring and staying curious. The best leaders are always learning and are hungry to be the best they can be for their employees. There's more to leadership than having a high-ranking title and being in charge of a team. You might have the authority to tell people what to do, but if you're an ineffective leader, you won't be able to guide and motivate your staff to accomplish their goals.

 

Via Anne Leong, Kevin Watson
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The world is more complex than ever before, and yet what customers often respond to best is simplicity — in design, form, and function. Taking complex projects, challenges, and ideas and distilling them to their simplest components allows customers, staff, and other stakeholders to better understand and buy into your vision. We humans all crave simplicity, and so today's leader must be focused and deliver simplicity.
 
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The concepts of Leading are rarely smile but number 10 is simplicity... enjoy

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Emotional Intelligence: The Secret Sauce That Makes A Good Leader

Emotional Intelligence: The Secret Sauce That Makes A Good Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Some people managers struggle with being good leaders and cannot understand why: They are experts in their fields, work hard, and communicat

Via Anne Leong, Roger Francis
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Have you ever witnessed someone lose their cool at work? How suddenly facts, arguments, and reason become irrelevant because a decision maker has a meltdown? Or how, at a meeting, the moderator is holding a monologue rather than engaging with the other participants and encouraging different viewpoints and ideas? Those behaviors are signs of a lack of emotional intelligence. And if leaders lack it, the consequences for their teams can be devastating.
 
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How to make clear commitments and fulfill them 

How to make clear commitments and fulfill them  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you want to take on a transformation in your own team in any area read these key 6 steps.
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There are many leadership competencies that shape, define and distinguish a powerful and effective team. I believe that one of the biggest ones is the ability to make and keep decisions and commitments. Furthermore, a team that lacks the ability to make and keep decisions and commitments lacks a fundamental integrity; the integrity to think and operate cohesively and generate accomplishments that are larger than the sum of their parts.
 
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What You Need to Do to Become a Better Leader This Year

What You Need to Do to Become a Better Leader This Year | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Let's simplify. It comes down to these 6 key behaviors.
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I will boil it down to six behaviors every leader needs. In other words, here's how to build an effective leadership culture that will engage your employees at the highest level and have bottom-line impact.
 
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Andy Webb's curator insight, January 4, 9:26 PM

If you pause to consider your leadership in 2017, this article will challenge what you "must do" on six key behaviors.

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10 Ways to be Angry Like a Leader

10 Ways to be Angry Like a Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders who suppress anger live with the ponderous weight of things unsaid. Embrace the power of letting yourself be angry. Expression: Anger isn’t the main issue, expression is.  Spontaneous expressions of anger like mouthing off or blowing up elevate heat and make matters worse. “I need to get something off my chest,” often expresses selfish-immaturity.…
Via Roger Francis
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The idea that anger is bad eliminates an important source of energy in every leader’s life.
 
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How Entrepreneurs Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

How Entrepreneurs Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Countless entrepreneurs, from Richard Branson to Mark Zuckerberg, have professed the importance of pushing yourself past your "comfort zone."
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If you want to become a successful business owner, you'd better get used to being uncomfortable. It may not come easy, but it is an obstacle that can be overcome with willpower and determination.
 
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5 questions to help you lead better next year

5 questions to help you lead better next year | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
This is the time of year when it’s really tempting to look forward and outline plans that will make 2017 a banner year for your organization.


 
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When you accept that being a leader is not synonymous with being infallible, you realize that mistakes are where the learning begins. So, lean into the learning and make it a great New Year.
 
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Stop Being Hard on Yourself: 12 Tips for Learning Life Lessons

Stop Being Hard on Yourself: 12 Tips for Learning Life Lessons | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You need to recognize when you’re being hard on yourself so you can kill negative thinking.
How?
Are you comparing yourself to others? Are you hiding or repressing your anger? Are you trying to do everything alone without a support system?
Stop!
Below is an infographic with 12 simple and inspiring ideas from Anna Vital for how to stop being hard on yourself.

Via David Hain
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Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. Having people you can trust and rely on will make you happier and feel better about yourself.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, December 27, 2016 2:18 AM

Contemplation New Year resolutions? Consider dealing with your inner critic!

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Reflecting on your performance, progress, failures in 2016? Here are some pointers on how to learn positively.
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The 5 Essential Questions for Every Servant Leader 

The 5 Essential Questions for Every Servant Leader  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are you a servant leader? Let us find out. You may already be one and be unaware of it. Test yourself.

 
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“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” ~Robert K. Greenleaf 
 
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Improve Your Listening: 15 Tips to Improve Your Listening 

Improve Your Listening: 15 Tips to Improve Your Listening  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Improve your listening with these 15 tips from a communications expert.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Avoid faking attention and pretending to listen 

The unique challenge that comes with learning to listen well is that we now know how to fake it. But when someone thinks you were paying attention but in reality you weren’t, you are inviting trouble. If the speaker notices, you are insulting him/her. If you are asked to respond in some way, then you will be caught unawares and will most likely suffer embarrassment. And even if you can get away with it, you are gaining nothing except the reinforcement of bad habits.
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10 Questions Every Leader Should Know The Answers To 

10 Questions Every Leader Should Know The Answers To  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership theories are great, but every leader drives down different highways with a unique set of team members on board. Getting clear on the answers to these questions is a powerful component in navigating rough roadways. With this additional information, new, clearer paths open up to your desired destination.

 

Via David Hain, Ricard Lloria
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Leadership theories are great, but every leader drives down different highways with a unique set of team members on board. Getting clear on the answers to these questions is a powerful component in navigating rough roadways. With this additional information, new, clearer paths open up to your desired destination.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, December 21, 2016 1:59 AM

Good leadership questions - more helpful than most 'top ten' posts...

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Henna Inam: “We are Wired for Authenticity” 

Henna Inam: “We are Wired for Authenticity”  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“Authenticity is a moment-by-moment choice about who we will be that best serves the greatest good.”

 

Via David Hain, Ricard Lloria
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“Employees are disengaged because we are not connected to ourselves and others. Look at the infamous Gallup data. My point is: we are wired for authenticity! We need to connect to ourselves and others.”
 
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David Hain's curator insight, December 21, 2016 1:52 AM

Successful CEO on how she discovered her inner self, and why it matters!

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20 Habits of Unsuccessful Leaders por @GordonTredgold

20 Habits of  Unsuccessful Leaders por @GordonTredgold | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It's great to read books and articles about what the great leaders do so that we can model ourselves on the best, and I highly recommend that.

However, it's also worthwhile taking the time to understand what bad leaders do so that we can learn what to avoid which can be just as helpful.

Over my 25 years in leadership, here are some of the top habits of highly unsuccessful and ineffectual leaders that I have seen, and in some cases, their justification for having them.

These are habits best avoided, if possible!

Via Ricard Lloria
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Take, don't give The more we take, the more we have, and that’s how winners are made. It's a dog eat dog world, and we have to fight for our share. Bad leaders adopt a scarcity attitude, believing that there is not enough to go around so focus on making sure they get their share, whether it be money, praise, or position. Good leaders adopt an abundance approach, they are happy to share. They understand that the more you give the more you can get back. They don’t make it all about themselves, they put the team first and themselves second.
 
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How to Do Less When You Have More to Do

How to Do Less When You Have More to Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You can either run the day or let the day run you.
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Many of us were taught that in order to succeed we have to exert enormous amounts of effort and be constantly busy. However, the most successful people don't necessarily work harder than everyone else--instead, they work smarter.
 
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The Single Most Important Leadership Skill To Thrive In Change

The Single Most Important Leadership Skill To Thrive In Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Change is the new constant. Consciously improving and applying this one leadership skill can help your people be more resilient, stay grounded in ambiguity, and learn through failure.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Whether you call it coaching or not, you’re probably used to helping the people under you to skill up. By intentionally applying good coaching techniques to your work with others, you can succeed in decreasing their reliance on you. With the right approach, you can coach employees to become more resilient, stay grounded in ambiguity and learn through failure. That way, together, you can do more than just weather uncertainty; you can succeed and thrive through it.
 
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This insightful article explores some alternative approaches to coaching.
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Ask yourself right questions in 2017

Ask yourself right questions in 2017 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Instead of resolutions for an entire year, how about a few simple questions to ask yourself through the year to stay on course?

 
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Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” - See more at: http://leadingwithquestions.com/latest-news/ask-yourself-right-questions-in-2017/#sthash.bkKrQBOJ.dpuf
 
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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking: 5 Tips from the Pros

How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking: 5 Tips from the Pros | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Like most people, at one time in my life I was terrified of public speaking. I remember one moment particularly clearly. My classmates were waiting for me to read a paper I’d written—an experience, I’m sure, many remember from high school and college. 


Via Bobby Dillard
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Fear can be a terrifying, all-consuming emotion—but so can many others. Speaking about something you’re passionate about can help drive the fear into a corner where it’s manageable. 

Remember that Gandhi example above? His fear was so severe that he struggled to even get out a few sentences in his younger years. What finally motivated him to overcome his fears of public speaking was the fact that he found something greater than himself that he felt he had to advocate—seeing India as an independent nation. 

 When you’re passionate about something, you’ve likely got a lot of facts down already, since you’ve probably done a lot of research on your own. Moreover, finding a topic you’re passionate about will make you more comfortable speaking on it.
 
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18 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

18 Habits That Will Make You Smarter | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Cultivating smart habits is the key to unlocking your potential.
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Some people are born smart, but most smart people do daily rituals to maintain their smartness. Whether they do it in leadership, business, the arts, or a different field, they push and challenge themselves daily. Here are 18 habits that can help you become your smartest self:
 
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5 Ways Introverts Can Become Wired for Leadership Presence

5 Ways Introverts Can Become Wired for Leadership Presence | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How to employ communication techniques that will help you project confidence and display leadership presence in front of your audience.
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Finally, if you want to enhance your leadership presence, focus on speaking in the active voice. If you speak in the passive voice frequently, you can come across as lecturing, even a little condescending—at best, intellectual. 

The active voice is more dynamic, focused, and engaging to you and your audience. 

For example, rather than saying, “Decisions were made to change the way our business is done,” say, “We made decisions to change the way we do business.” 

 When you speak in the active voice, you sound more confident in what you’re saying, and your audience will be more confident in you as a leader.
 
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From one Introvert to another
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10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader

10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To build a great team, do these 10 simple things.
Via TechinBiz, Stewart-Marshall, Roger Francis
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Leaders who meet all 10 of these expectations will have built a loyal, committed team that they can rely upon, a team that is engaged and will do its best to be successful.
 
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 22, 2016 3:11 PM

What do YOU expect from a leader?

 

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10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader
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7 Times When You Should Just Say Thank You, But Don't

7 Times When You Should Just Say Thank You, But Don't | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I don't say "Thank You" as often as I should and I doubt I'm the only one. Here are 7 common situations when you should say thank you, but don't.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Say thank you, more often.
 
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Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead

Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Research explores the pros and cons of two distinct leadership styles.
Via Richard Andrews
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“Good leaders intuit the need for one strategy over another,” Maner says. “But there is always room for improvement in knowing which hat to wear depending on the situation.”
 
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Live with Honor and Integrity

Live with Honor and Integrity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What is your honor worth to you? People with honor share 12 characteristics. They should be treated as guideposts in your journey through life.
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(From the article): But the question remains, what is your honor worth to you? The answer is that it’s priceless. What’s more valuable than being able to look into the mirror each day with a clear conscience? As the author H. Jackson Brown, Jr., said, “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” Equally important is that you will respect yourself. One of the true tests of integrity is your refusal to compromise your honor at any price. Can your integrity be bought?
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100 Ways You Can Express Love as a Leader

100 Ways You Can Express Love as a Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Expressing leadership love--how to show appreciation for and recognition of the people you care about most.
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Each time you say I love you, you are letting people know you care. Take the time today to tell someone "I appreciate you" and express your love to them.
 
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Three Leadership Lessons I Learned By Walking In My Team’s Shoes

Three Leadership Lessons I Learned By Walking In My Team’s Shoes | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Neither starting a family nor leading a sales team is easy. Juggling both, I learned, is nearly impossible.

 
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As a leader, you must earn team members’ respect. When they feel like you’re “one of them,” they’re not following your orders; they’re following your lead.
 
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