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7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander

7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Taking tactics from the war room to the boardroom.
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I certainly can appreciate articles bridging the nexus between military and corporate, and this one gives us all food for thought. I particularly appreciate the 'stay calm' idea.
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The Heart of Leadership: Courage is Required - Great Leaders Serve

The Heart of Leadership: Courage is Required - Great Leaders Serve | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Without courage, our leadership is latent, unseen and nothing more than unrealized potential. Leadership without courage is not leadership at all.
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Right on target here. Many kinds of courage come into play--moral, emotional, and physical among them. How will you respond with courage as a leader?
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10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - - The Buffer Blog

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - - The Buffer Blog | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
What are some simple and straight forward things to make yourself happier? We brought together the best research about what will make yourself happier:
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There is a 'Duh' factor accompanying nearly every one of the things on this list, yet it's simplicity is genius.  You can't help but feel good reading this piece and knowing author Belle Beth Cooper is EXACTLY right.  More so, she brings great evidence to nearly every point!  I find myself wanting to read this piece over and over to make sure I'm actively pursuing some of these!

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Great Leadership: 15 Timeless Work Habits for Career Success

Great Leadership: 15 Timeless Work Habits for Career Success | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Great Leadership: 15 Timeless Work Habits for Career Success http://t.co/ZvfGJ9sCXU
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Great advice...I need to work on #14 some more!  ;)

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I'm the Boss! Why Should I Care If You Like Me? Research Results on Executive Likability

I'm the Boss!  Why Should I Care If You Like Me?  Research Results on Executive Likability | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it

Bad news for mean bosses.  In a study of 51,836 leaders, we found just 27 who were rated at the bottom quartile in terms of likability but in the top quartile in terms of overall leadership effectiveness — that's approximately one out of 2,000.

360 data from these 50,000+ leaders highlighted seven key steps executives can take to substantially increase their likability.

 

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Increase positive emotional connections with others.... If a leader is angry or frustrated, those feelings will spread to others. Conversely, if a leader is positive and optimistic, those emotions also spread. Be aware of your emotional state and work to spread the positive emotions.

    

Display rock solid integrity. Do others trust you to keep your commitments and promises? Are others confident that you will be fair and do the right thing? 

   
Be a coach, mentor, and teacher. Most people have fond and positive memories of coaches and mentors. Helping others develop is a gift that is never forgotten.

Be an inspiration. Most leaders know very well how to drive for results. ...The most successful leaders ...also ...roll up their sleeves ...and pitch in with the team. They communicate powerfully. Inspiring leaders...are more likeable.

 


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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It takes real humility to ask subordinates for feedback on your performance.  The purpose in doing so is not to expect to hear how good you are, but to hear what you need to work on.  We all have leadership 'blind spots' requiring the benefit of trusted people, ideally honest and critical subordinates, to tell us when we wear 'no clothes.'  If you're open and honest to feedback, and pay attention to the likability characteristics here, you WILL increase your leadership quotient.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:05 PM

Like or dislike, integrity also connects to respect:  "Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect." ~ Thomas S. Monson

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:07 PM

Also scooped to Careers and Self-Awareness Strength.  ~  Deb

Manish Puranik's curator insight, August 6, 2013 10:32 PM

...The most successful leaders ...also ...roll up their sleeves ...and pitch in with the team. They communicate powerfully. Inspiring leaders...are more likeable...

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3 Things You Can Learn from the Navy About Saying Thank You for a Job Well Done | Eblin Group

3 Things You Can Learn from the Navy About Saying Thank You for a Job Well Done | Eblin Group | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
RT @srexecadvisor: 3 Things You Can Learn from the Navy About Saying Thank You for a Job Well Done http://t.co/hl1RXh90PF #leadership...
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Rituals provide a vessel, taking time makes a difference, and preparation are require planning to really wow your audience. Wouldn't you rather overwhelm than underwhelm? Your personal reputation may ride on your successful execution of these time-tested principles.
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Choose Mentors Over Mistakes | i2i Leadership

Choose Mentors Over Mistakes | i2i Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Choose Mentors Over Mistakes ... “You either learn from mentors or you learn from mistakes.

Via John Michel
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I'd like to think of this not as a choice but a quiver with two good arrows.  Why not learn from both?!  Those who don't learn from their (unintended) mistakes are doomed to repeat them!

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John Michel's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:04 AM

If you are a leader, you have a choice. You can either learn from mentors or learn from mistakes. It will be a lot less painful if you will choose the mentors.

Don Cloud's curator insight, August 15, 2013 3:43 AM

Mentors can help you learn, grow, and succeed and to avoid mistakes.  At the same time, they can help you learn from your mistakes/failures ... to help you see opportunities you might not have thought of.  Mistakes/failures/setbacks are not 100% avoidable but a good mentor can help you persevere despite frustration.  Finally, as you move forward, don't forget to be that mentor who helps others ... just as your mentors helped you.

Don Cloud's comment, August 18, 2013 7:55 PM
The truth is, I think we do learn from both ... but to take it a step further, we learn from our mentors, we learn from our mistakes, and we should be smart enough to learn from the mistakes of others as well.
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Are these the three most powerful words a leader can say?

Are these the three most powerful words a leader can say? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
When leadership is confused with the need to know everything it can lead to cultures of bluff where people feel it’s more important to give a response (including a wrong one) than acknowledge doubt.
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With the availability of digital information at our fingertips, bluffing your way through situations is a death knell and credibility killer for leaders and managers. Plainly acknowledging "I don't know" communicates sincerity as long as its backed up with a promise to subsequently find the answers. 

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3 Musts of Transformational Leadership | To A Higher Level

3 Musts of Transformational Leadership | To A Higher Level | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn 3 musts every transformational leader must embrace, and the 3 questions they must ask themselves today.
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This is Leadership 201. Once you're confident in your leadership abilities, it's time to move out and guide your team to excellence and the pursuit of high-level goals. Shooting for the moon is ok, even if you fall short. Shooting high, with downline buy-in, ensures everyone strives with their best.
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When CEOs Talk Strategy, 70% of the Company Doesn't Get It

When CEOs Talk Strategy, 70% of the Company Doesn't Get It | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Accelerate the Implementation of Your Strategy: A great strategy won’t create a competitive advantage -- unless it gets implemented. We will help you accelerate the implementation of your strategy to get the results you want.
Chad Manske's insight:

John Kotter has written some great books on strategy and hits the nail on the head with this short piece describing the prolific chasm between the CEO's vision/goals/priorities of where the company is headed and the employees'.  Having worked the Air Force's 2008 Strategic Plan, I know exactly what this can feel like.  Fortunately, benifiting from this experience, I was able to take what I learned and apply the best of the experience to building a Strategy Alignment and Deployment (SA&D) process at my wing from scratch through the intellectual talents of my primary dowlines (group commanders) who, because they helped build and design it, were bought in from the start.  Because of this they had a stake in the outcome, and there is nothing better than watching the ownership of these goals by your company, rather than by your lonesome.

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Leadership Is Stewardship

Leadership Is Stewardship | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Stop. Breathe. Deeply. Exhale. Hold still. Listen for y… (#Leadership Is Stewardship http://t.co/jEpOo0VHhY via @tedcoine)
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Simply put: Leadership IS Stewardship!  How do you care for your people and workplace environment and organizational priorities?  In my humble view it begins simply by caring for your people first and foremost who will then take care of the rest.

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What Amazing Leaders Do Differently

What Amazing Leaders Do Differently | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
In my work as a startup founder over the last few years, I've been fortunate enough to find myself surrounded by some incredible young leaders, be mentored by a few wise executives, and spend time (#Leadership: What Amazing Leaders Do Differently ...
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Astute observations on leader characteristics.  Going down the list, I have to say that I agree and subscribe to them all!

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Carol Ann Frey Reinagel's curator insight, August 20, 2013 12:46 PM

I wish I could have every leader read this...

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The Regifting Of Leadership

The Regifting Of Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it

Real, authentic leadership is founded in the idea of regifting…


Via donhornsby
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As an active leader, if you are not working to build up the leaders behind you and are merely a hoarder of leadership insights, how can you then continue to grow?  Regifting, or paying it forward, will give you more satisfaction than you can measure!

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 19, 2013 4:36 AM
Dear Don, thank you for sharing this article! The regift philosophy is a great one, and I absolutely am doing my best to be a regifter! I particularly liked the quote from the article: "Leadership isn’t just about pushing through closed doors…it’s about holding those same doors open for those coming through behind you…"
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, August 19, 2013 4:38 AM

What a nice article on leadership! 

 

I am a regifter and I am proud of it:)

 

Make ti a great day!

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 19, 2013 1:56 PM
Chad, I completely agree with you!!!
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One Question You Should Ask Everyone You Meet

One Question You Should Ask Everyone You Meet | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

Via John Michel
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"What is your story?"  That is the question, and it is a good one.  AF Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh is a firm believer in Airman sharing their stories.  With 7 billion people in the world their are a lot of stories to learn!

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John Michel's curator insight, August 14, 2013 4:59 AM

I don’t care what you do or what you own.  I just want to know who you are.  I want to know your uniqueness, the experiences you’ve had and the learnings you’ve gained.  I want to know your story.

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 19, 2013 2:00 PM
Nice!
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What is Strategy? Three Simple Rules to Get You Started

What is Strategy? Three Simple Rules to Get You Started | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it

Whether you are totally new to strategy or have been around it for years, there can be a lot of confusion and misconceptions about real business strategy.  Many make the mistake of equating business strategy with market strategy, focusing strategy efforts on “how to get and keep customers” while ignoring some of the foundational strategy prerequisites.


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Studying Leadership Helps Land Jobs

Studying Leadership Helps Land Jobs | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Companies in 2013 are looking for qualified applicants to fill open positions, but what might separate you from the hundreds and thousands of others hunting for the same job? The answer is leadership...
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Leadership is an experiential commodity best learned by actually 'doing.'  The more you read about leadership and put into practice, the more of a leg up you will have looking for a job in the work force.

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