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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Why you don't need charisma to have presence | SmartBlogs

Why you don't need charisma to have presence | SmartBlogs | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether you call it leadership presence or executive presence, it's a term that's being discussed widely at companies.

 

Think about the people who’ve inspired you. I doubt it was because they exuded charisma. More likely, they inspired you because of their trustworthiness, empathy and competency. These people were authentic. They listened to you, and they reached out and connected with you. In turn, you performed better for them because you felt nurtured and respected.

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Lessons of Leadership & Culture From Kenya

Lessons of Leadership & Culture From Kenya | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership begins early in life. We parents/guardians need to nurture young people to help them realize their full potential in any field of choice: our legacy.

 

As we have developed the culture of our family, so the culture of organizations needs to be developed. A primary function of leadership is to develop culture. For the right culture to emerge, deliberate and careful nurturing is required.

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What Is Charismatic Leadership And How Can I Achieve It?

What Is Charismatic Leadership And How Can I Achieve It? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Are you a charismatic leader?

 

Try asking yourself the following questions:

 

Do I stand out from the crowd? What makes me unique? Do I inspire and invigorate my team? Do I communicate a vision that can exhilarate my followers? Do I motivate them to share my values?


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Solitude and Leadership

Solitude and Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts...

 

Leadership is what you are here to learn—the qualities of character and mind that will make you fit to command a platoon, and beyond that, perhaps, a company, a battalion, or, if you leave the military, a corporation, a foundation, a department of government. Solitude is what you have the least of here, especially as plebes. You don’t even have privacy, the opportunity simply to be physically alone, never mind solitude, the ability to be alone with your thoughts. And yet I submit to you that solitude is one of the most important necessities of true leadership.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Pass on the Happy Hour Invite

6 Reasons Why You Should Pass on the Happy Hour Invite | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Bonding with your team is critical. The best way to do this is by fighting ferociously every day to help them succeed as individuals and as a group.

 

Create workplace social opportunities…bring in lunch, sponsor some creative field trips and do everything you can to be accessible and approachable. However, when it comes to the spontaneous post-work gatherings at a local watering hole, thank them for the invite and make certain you have something else to do.

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A kind word changes everything—especially when you’re learning something new

A kind word changes everything—especially when you’re learning something new | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

How are your people doing? Are they knee deep in learning new skills? Have you checked in with them lately? It never hurts to ask.

 

Disillusionment is a normal stage of development. By responding appropriately with encouragement and support, managers can help their people get through this difficult stage and move on to confident performance. Don’t risk losing any of your best people to an extended period of disillusionment. Don’t let a drop in confidence and perceived skill keep your people from moving forward. Check in and see how they are doing. Offer a word of encouragement if appropriate. It can work wonders!

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Why Social Media is Important for Leaders

Why Social Media is Important for Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Why is social media important for leaders? Social media allows leaders to extend their influence.

 

Some leaders in the real world may feel they’re too busy to engage with people online. While that may be true, I believe that they are missing the opportunity to extend their reach exponentially through making connections and adding value online.

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Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull

Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Brrriiinnng. The alarm clock buzzes in another hectic weekday morning. You leap out of bed, rush into the shower, into your clothes and out the door with barely a moment to think. A stressful commute gets your blood pressure climbing.

 

Everything about the way we start our day runs counter to the best conditions for thinking creatively

 


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Gina Stepp's comment, March 22, 2012 7:50 AM
I love the last line: "Laughing babies and a double latte: now that’s a way to start the day."

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Taking Timeouts to Decrease Stress and Increase Creativity - Huffington Post

Taking Timeouts to Decrease Stress and Increase Creativity - Huffington Post | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Taking Timeouts to Decrease Stress and Increase CreativityHuffington PostWhen you're tired you don't think as clearly or creatively, and you can make more mistakes.
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The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Despite being a denizen of the digital world, or maybe because he knew all too well its potential to be isolating, Jobs was a strong believer in face-to-face meetings. “There’s a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by e-mail and iChat,” he told me. “That’s crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘Wow,’ and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.”
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Radically Change Your Leadership, Today

Radically Change Your Leadership, Today | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

The way you make people feel may be the most important thing about your leadership.

 

Relentlessly looking ahead to noble destinations is never enough. Efficient systems don’t work apart from people. Values must find expression in behaviors.

Feelings follow us everywhere. What emotional states do you create in others?

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Leaders, Change What You Pay Attention To | Driving Results Through Culture

Leaders, Change What You Pay Attention To | Driving Results Through Culture | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Great bosses create safe and positive workplaces that inspires high performance and values alignment. Results reported by our culture clients indicate consistent gains in employee work passion, customer devotion, and financial profits.
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Book Review: Leadership is Dead — The Practice of Leadership

Book Review: Leadership is Dead — The Practice of Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
If not new, the book is timely, written as a wake up call to leaders, in a time when much of society is disillusioned and sceptical of most leaders. In this respect the book has a very relevant and important message for leaders today.
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A Letter to Leaders (of all ages)

Young leaders, let’s keep and fuel our drive and passion, but let’s also embrace humility and accountability.

 

More experienced leaders, come alongside us. Coach us. Mentor us. Help us mold and harness our positive attributes into tools that will better equip us to lead and serve.

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Rebuilding Trust: It All Starts With You - Forbes

Rebuilding Trust: It All Starts With You - Forbes | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Right now, people like you are among the most suited to grow trust and help make positive transformations to the political and economic environment.

 

We must use the power gained from this knowledge to exercise moral responsibility. By rebuilding trust in our personal lives we can reverse the decline initially at the local level, and then at the national and global levels. The personal trust rebuilding initiative starts by creating congruence between what you say and what you do; defining expectations and then meeting or exceeding them. Increasing face-to-face time, versus interaction through computers, hand-held devices, and social networking, is another way to increase trust. Being honest, sincere, and transparent also contributes to the perception that a person is fundamentally trustworthy.

 


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The Single Best Way To Develop Leadership Skills | Fast Company

The Single Best Way To Develop Leadership Skills | Fast Company | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
You might learn a great deal in school, but it’s doubtful that you’ll actually develop as a leader by reading a book or taking a course.

 

Through service, you have tremendous opportunities to develop as a leader, become a more valuable professional where you work, and make a meaningful contribution in improving your community and the world.


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The Four Disciplines of Organizational Health

The Four Disciplines of Organizational Health | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

If an organization is to get healthy, it must have the “genuine and active involvement of the person in charge.

 

For a company, that’s the CEO. For a small business, it’s the owner. For the school, it’s the principal. For the church, it’s the pastor. For a department within a company, it’s the department head….The leader must be out front, not as a cheerleader or a figurehead, but as an active, tenacious driver.” Without the leader's commitment, this model will be sabotaged or seen as “career suicide.” The leader must support it and reward it.


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Leadership Isn’t About Being First

Leadership Isn’t About Being First | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The “lead” in leadership implies some level of being first. But the reality is sometimes leaders should go last. Leaders know when to let others lead.

 

Leadership isn’t about being first. It’s about knowing when to go first and when to let others go first. A subtle distinction but an oh so important one.

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10 Leadership Lessons from the IBM Executive School - Forbes

10 Leadership Lessons from the IBM Executive School - Forbes | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
But failure wasn’t an option for Mobley, and after many a dark night of the soul he finally hit upon the answer. Unlike supervisors and middle managers, what successful executives shared were not skills and knowledge but values and attitudes. And over time Mobley identified the values and attitudes that great leaders share.
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Leadership and Tacit Approval

Leadership and Tacit Approval | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
We demonstrate our leadership abilities in all the things we do – and don’t do. When we see bad behavior but don’t correct it, we give tacit approval.

 

We must become comfortable speaking up in every case that warrants it, in spite of our apprehensions. Before long, the reasons for remaining silent will cease to exist. Our feelings about speaking up to correct something that’s wrong becomes less important to us. It becomes about something being wrong that shouldn’t be.

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Empathy: The Ability that Makes us Truly Human

Empathy: The Ability that Makes us Truly Human | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Empathy leads to healing and resolution, in place of conflict.

 

Just as the lack of empathy makes cruelty and oppression possible, the presence of empathy heals conflict. The ability to empathise makes us truly human, and the wider it stretches - from victims to offenders, from one ethnic group to another, from nation to nation and religion to religion - the less brutal and more harmonious a place the world will become.


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Vision-Insights and New Horizons. A quarterly journal.

Vision-Insights and New Horizons. A quarterly journal. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Vision examines the historical and philosophical origins of current social issues and explores ways to restore peace of mind to our daily lives.

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The Five Top Leadership Blind Spots

The Five Top Leadership Blind Spots | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
An interesting pattern begins to emerge when you look at which issues leaders seem to struggle with clearly identifying as areas of weakness or risk within their organization.

 

Consider them Blind Spots – those unseen things that create danger that we don’t react to until too late. Excelling at never being blind to these issues will clearly make the difference between being average and being great in your career.

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Leadership is a journey of continuous improvement | Peter Borner

Leadership is a journey of continuous improvement | Peter Borner | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Continuous investment in leadership development will inevitably lead to improvement.

 

 

It is the capacity to develop and improve your skill that distinguishes you as a leader from your followers. Taking the journey of continuous improvement through learning, self-discipline and perseverance will undoubtedly lead you to be a more successful leader.

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Great Leaders Serve - How to Have a Better Second Half

Great Leaders Serve - How to Have a Better Second Half | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

One of the things I’ve seen great coaches do for decades is rally their teams for a better second half. The insight for me was when I realized that the process I observed from outstanding coaches would also apply in life… and work.


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