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How to tell if you have leadership potential

How to tell if you have leadership potential | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

 

A common refrain about Generation Y is that there is a dearth of leadership. It’s something I heard every day when I was a twenty-something at work, when people were saying Generation X were slackers. And, I have a feeling that while the Baby Boomers were high at Woodstock, their elders were saying there was a dearth of leadership in the younger generation.

 

So, instead of constantly complaining about the coming doom in the leadership realm, we should see the idea of leadership as dynamic, and the faster we can understand how it changes, the faster we can identify the upcoming leaders of our time.


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Just the Gravy

Just the Gravy | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Highlights from day one of The Global Leadership Summit:

 

Bill Hybels:

 

1.The leaders most valuable asset isn’t time its energy and the ability to energize others. Leaders manage energy.

 

2. Arrange your schedule around six priorities that you’re shooting to accomplish in six weeks. (6X6) You’re not a leader to respond to stuff.

 

3. You’re a leader to move stuff ahead.

 

4. Create dissatisfaction first. Don’t paint a picture of “there” until you’ve made the case for why we can’t stay “here.” (My personal favorite.)

 

 

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One Thing Employees Need (But Rarely Get)

One Thing Employees Need (But Rarely Get) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Pay, benefits, training, opportunities: All important. But this is more important: self-respect.

 

If you want to be considered a great employer--and you certainly should--providing your employees with higher pay, better benefits, extensive training, and greater opportunities are definite factors.

 

The problem is you might not have the resources to do all that.

 

That's okay. You can still be a great employer, because one thing you can give your employees is more important.

 

Self-respect.


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The Leadership Strategy of Jesus

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So much of the activity I see among leaders today is focused on reaching the masses. “Successful leaders” speak at big conferences, host popular television or radio shows, publish bestselling books, or write successful blogs.


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Rest is a key part of life

Rest is a key part of life | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The lost art of introspection -- even daydreaming -- may be an increasingly valuable but elusive part of life, U.S. researchers said.

 

The lost art of introspection -- even daydreaming -- may be an increasingly valuable but elusive part of life, U.S. researchers said.

 

Psychological scientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a professor of the University of Southern California, and colleagues reviewed the existing scientific literature from neuroscience and psychological science about the brain "at rest."


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5 Reasons Why Optimists Make Better Leaders

5 Reasons Why Optimists Make Better Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Great leaders are optimistic by nature.

 

Optimism is one of those ingredients and I believe it is the one essential trait that today’s leaders must exhibit. Here are five reasons why optimists make better leaders.

 

Optimists start businesses. An optimistic sees opportunity where others see uncertainty and despair. When the economy is down like it is today and millions of people are out of work, the pessimist uses those factors as excuses to stay in place. The optimist refuses to let macro-economic trends impose hurdles on their imagination. Nothing will dissuade them from starting businesses that ultimately put people to work. As Winston Churchill once said, “optimists see opportunities in every difficulty.” Optimists have the successful mindset. You simply cannot start a successful business in a difficult economic environment unless you cast off the negative emotions of fear, uncertainty, and worry.

 

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Leaders…What Is Your Family Footprint

Leaders…What Is Your Family Footprint | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Over the past year I have spent a lot of time thinking about and creating what is referred to as my ‘digital footprint’, a term that I have acquired from educator, George Couros.

 

 At his website, The Principal of Change, he has an entire page dedicated to ‘My Digital Footprint‘.

 

Below you will find an excerpt from his “My Digital Footprint” page…

 

“It is important that we prepare our students to be strong Digital Citizens, so I wanted to highlight my own digital footprint and how I try to contribute to the strong educator community that connects through the Internet.” -George Couros

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How Lincoln Became America's Greatest Leader

How Lincoln Became America's Greatest Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
It wasn't Abraham Lincoln's strengths but the self-discipline with which he used those strengths for the right purpose.

 

There is much we can learn by studying Abraham Lincoln's journey from being just another politician to becoming America's greatest president. (Wikipedia provides a compilation of "Historical rankings of Presidents of the United States" which makes it clear that in the eyes of many experts, and the public, Lincoln has consistently held this status). A key to this transformation was how Lincoln, whose birthday is today, developed the self-discipline to take one of his signature strengths—his mastery of language—and used it to serve the interests of the American people rather than his own.

 

Continue reading: http://www.inc.com/hitendra-wadhwa/lessons-in-leadership-how-abraham-lincoln-became-americas-greatest-president.html


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A Leader's Life Is The Greatest Performance Art

A Leader's Life Is The Greatest Performance Art | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Most leaders don’t have as grand a stage, but rest assured others are watching.

 

Performance art defies a straightforward definition. Wikipedia describes it is an ephemeral, authentic experience for performer and audience in an event that cannot be repeated, captured, or purchased. A lot can qualify as performance art.

 

Leadership is performance art, but capturing its essence is elusive. Leadership and performance art parallel each other in several ways. Both are…

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The Management Upside of Mistakes: Six Leadership Suggestions

The Management Upside of Mistakes: Six Leadership Suggestions | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

6 suggestions for leadership gains from errors (To Err is Just Fine: 6 Leadership Benefits Found in Mistakes from @artpetty -- http://t.co/36QRw1Ln #management...)...

 

Beyond the certainty of death and taxes, one other absolute in life is that as a leader, you will make mistakes. A great number of them.

 

From misspeaking to making a decision that turns out wrong to a million other areas to show off your humanness, mistakes are part of the learning to lead process. How you choose to deal with your mistakes will help determine people’s perception of you and speak volumes about your leadership character.


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Before You Start Talking, Think

Before You Start Talking, Think | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Uncertainty — market uncertainty, regulatory uncertainty — can adversely affect the success and growth of a company. But there's another kind of uncertainty that takes a big toll on performance: the lack of certainty that exists within a company.

 

More than ever before, people at all levels of an organization need to understand the strategic aims that their leaders are pursuing. Equally important, they need to have a firm grasp of how their own work relates to those aims. No longer is it enough for employees just to "do their jobs." And no longer is it enough for executives simply to issue orders. Instead, leaders must explain to their people the strategy — the sense of organizational direction — that underlies every operational directive. If your employees aren't sure about where you stand, or about where your company is heading, then their uncertainty will hinder their ability to help move the company forward.


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Stretched not Crushed

Stretched not Crushed | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Every time things start going wrong we look to the leader for solutions. Beware! The pressure to provide solutions crushes leaders. When solutions come from the top, organizations crumble from the bottom


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How to Stay Energized

How to Stay Energized | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

An interesting discovery from working with people on their leadership skills is that they tend to work against their motivational needs.


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7 Steps to Finding a Better, Third Option

7 Steps to Finding a Better, Third Option | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The best decisions often don’t come out of two choices, but out of a better, third one. In this guest post, Jeremy Statton explains how to find it.

 

We are a culture that is accustomed to thinking in terms of two options:

 

Republicans versus Democrats

 

Cowboys versus Indians

 

Mac versus PC.

 

Yen versus Yang.

 

Yankees versus Red Sox.

 

When two different sides disagree, both are often right. Both have a valid perspective. Both represent possible solutions.

 

And both are wrong. All at the same time.

 

If you can find a way to combine the best elements of the seemingly two different solutions into one remedy, then you have found the third option.

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Understanding the New Culture of Learning

Understanding the New Culture of Learning | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

But for this slim philosophical volume, a clarion call for invigorating education with the kind of self-discovery and creativity that so often flow organically from play, such a conventional route just seemed, well, a tad conventional.

 

"It would have been less true to the themes of the book," says Thomas.

 

Instead, befitting a book that says notions of literacy should be expanded to include "how information is transmitted through new phenomena, such as viral distribution," the authors dived head first into the world of self-publishing with a digital on-demand publishing service. The result is a 100-page publication that may be significant not only for what it says but how it came to say it.


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Leaders must manage emotions

Leaders must manage emotions | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
How an understanding of 'BS' and the neuroscience of thought and emotion can avoid conflict at work...

 

Recent studies in the field of social cognitive neuroscience show our human brain works harder to avoid pain than to seek pleasure.  My brain was working hard, very hard.  Maybe as a child being late was severely punished.   Maybe I had one negative experience being late for a meeting (and feeling embarrassed or ?) which combined to create a cellular memory (or rule so I didn’t let it happen again in the future) of pain so my brain could keep me safe.

 

So what makes a problem a problem is the not only the negative or painful emotion attached to it,but the rule or pattern your brain created when it connected the feeling to a situation in the past and projected it into the future.


So, why is this important?  Empathy. The #1 secret to keeping cool under pressure is drumming up the feeling of empathy.  Because of the wiring in our brain, we cannot feel empathy and angry at the same time … the experience of empathy occurs in a different part of the brain and we can’t feel both at the same time.

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How to Become the CEO of You, Inc.

How to Become the CEO of You, Inc. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Climbing the corporate ladder might not be for everyone, but everyone can use secrets to business success in order to improve their lives and reach their goals. 

 

Climbing the corporate ladder might not be for everyone, but everyone can use secrets to business success in order to improve their lives and reach their goals.  The key to success is to set achievable goals, develop a plan to reach those goals, surround yourself with people who can help you, and – most importantly – take charge to run your life the way you want it to be ran.

 

Here are ten steps to Become the CEO of You, Inc.:

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5 Tips For Better Storytelling

5 Tips For Better Storytelling | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
At a recent conference on transmedia, or multiplatform storytelling, Starlight Runner Entertainment CEO Jeff Gomez said that stories help us commune with things greater than ourselves.

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Stories help us communicate with things greater than ourselves. In a world where attention and big ideas are prized, knowing a few things about storytelling can make you more successful in your endeavors.

Here are five steps you can take to help better tell your story.

1. Decide why you want to tell this story

No one decides to tell a story without some purpose, passion, or contemplation of a subject.

What information do you need to convey to your audience?

 Does it help you focus your efforts and strengthen the final product?

2. Make it matter

Consistently ask yourself whether what you include is not only relevant to your story but actively supports it.

3. Know your audience

Reflect on the makeup of the targeted audience and what their medium is (web, TV, print, etc.)

4. Cannibalize your work

While skill and structure are important to the art of storytelling, it also involves a certain level of brutality. Don’t be afraid to cut, paste, and delete to hone your story.

5. Finish it

Finishing a project is even more important than starting it. If you don’t get it down on paper, it might never be shared. Storytelling takes hard work and time.

 

Those who can effectively move people with story regardless of platform will shape the future not only of entertainment and marketing but of the various ways we experience life.

 

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Leadership by Choice

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Leadership by Choice. Leadership is always a choice. In Leadership by Choice, author Eric Papp says it means “making a conscious choice to positively influence those around you by managing yourself and leading others in ...

 

Leadership is always a choice. In Leadership by Choice, author Eric Papp says it means “making a conscious choice to positively influence those around you by managing yourself and leading others in four areas: communication, leading teams, productivity, and personal development.”

Communication — How well do you listen, ask questions, and speak with influence?

 

How many of our problems are caused by lack of listening?

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Who Do You Think You Are?

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It is the way people think, not just what people think about, that determines their productivity.

 

How you think about yourself – your goals, your ability to accomplish those goals and ultimately who you are – will make or break your success.

 

Ask yourself, “Who do you think you are?”

 

How you answer that question might be more important than you think.

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6 Simple Reasons To Keep A Journal

6 Simple Reasons To Keep A Journal | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Journaling can help you tap into your subconscious and inner wisdom. This is where you will find a strong mind that knows what you want and how to get there.

 

I have kept a journal since my college days. Journaling can be an extremely powerful activity—and I would recommend it as a daily pursuit.

 

Journaling can help you tap into your subconscious and your own inner wisdom (click to tweet). And this is where you will find your authentic voice—the one who knows who you really are, what you want, and how to get there. This is how you will develop a strong mind that can continue to lead in changing and volatile environments.

 

Journaling can be a scary process for some because it will expose your vulnerabilities as it peels back layers of your personality. It has been a truly transformative process for me and I know it has been for many others as well.

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7 Ways to Educate Yourself Outside the Classroom

7 Ways to Educate Yourself Outside the Classroom | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Whether you're 8 or 88, you can learn something new on the web.

 

The cost of continued education is soaring, and rate increases still loom on the horizon for many college students.

 

Couple this with the fact that tuition costs are rising faster than inflation, and it’s not surprising in the least to see college-age kids starting to look elsewhere for education alternatives.

 

Since so many schools have begun offering online courses as part of their curricula and app developers are making education apps by the truckload, we thought it’d be worth our while — and yours — to assemble a shortlist of the best alternatives to traditional education that are currently on the market. After all, you’re never too old to learn something new.


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It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters.

It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Let's face it.  CEOs come and go. But leadership, if developed in a comprehensive way, endures.

 

Well, while the CEO is a very important person, our research shows that enduring business performance is really driven at much deeper levels: a focus on leadership strategy. Long term business performance comes from leadership culture and careful and continuous development of leadership at all levels. It’s not all about the CEO.

 

In this research we looked at hundreds of companies over the last few years and correlated their business performance to a variety of different people and talent practices.

 

After looking at many talent management practices (including the purchase of expensive software), we found that a company’s level of maturity in their leadership development has a greater impact on their long term business performance than almost all else. And this impact transcends changes in the CEO.


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Stress Is Not Your Enemy

Stress Is Not Your Enemy | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
How often do you intentionally push yourself to discomfort? I know that sounds a little nutty, but here's why I ask: Subjecting yourself to stress is the only way to systematically get stronger — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

 

How often do you intentionally push yourself to discomfort?

 

I know that sounds a little nutty, but here's why I ask: Subjecting yourself to stress is the only way to systematically get stronger — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And you'll get weaker if you don't.

 

We live by the myth that stress is the enemy in our lives. The real enemy is our failure to balance stress with intermittent rest. Push the body too hard for too long — chronic stress — and the result will indeed be burnout and breakdown. But subject the body to insufficient stress, and it will weaken and atrophy.

 

Few of us push ourselves nearly hard enough to realize our potential, nor do we rest, sleep, and renew nearly as deeply or for as long as we should.

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Expose each generation by @ronald_thomas on Altruistic Leadership® (@AltruisticLead)

Expose each generation by @ronald_thomas on Altruistic Leadership® (@AltruisticLead) | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What does it mean to be exposed to something?  I watched with pride, this past week the coverage of the Olympics.  I was proud of all the participants who had toiled over the past four years or more to get to this spot. But to see Gabby Davis and Cullen Jones made me as a father especially proud.Cullen Jones almost drowned as a kid at a waterpark.  His mom’s solution was to... (read more from Ron on Altruistic Leadership)


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