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Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Many would say if you’re in the leadership business, you’re also in the business of dealing with adversity. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. In today’s post I will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some to succeed where others fail.


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(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

 

Just as a diamond cannot be polished without friction, neither can you fully develop your skills without them being tested by adversity. Use obstacles and failures as an opportunity to polish your skills. I think Winston Churchill said it best when he noted, “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

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David Hain's curator insight, January 9, 2013 2:55 AM

(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

ThinDifference's curator insight, January 9, 2013 6:50 AM

(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

John Michel's curator insight, January 17, 2013 11:54 PM

Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

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John E. Michel is a widely recognized expert in culture, strategy & individual and organizational change. An accomplished unconventional leader and proven status quo buster, he has successfully led several multi-billion dollar transformation efforts and his award-winning work has been featured in a wide variety of articles and journals, including the Harvard Business Review. You are encouraged to learn more about John at his website, www.MedicoreMe.com

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The #1 Rule of Leadership - "It's not about you"

The #1 Rule of Leadership - "It's not about you" | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Perform a search of “leadership” on Google and you will find dozens of listed leadership “rules” and “qualities” (most of which are very accurate).


But there is one primary axiom of leadership that trumps all others:


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 11, 2014 7:06 AM

Its not about you and then its not about you all too; imho, its about us:-)

liz's curator insight, December 3, 2014 8:06 AM

We have a responsibility, but its more than that; a duty as well as an obligation to all stakeholders, morally and ethically.

Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, December 5, 2014 3:58 PM

Absolutely - humility is a key characteristic of good leadership

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21st Century Literacy | School of Interactive Computing

21st Century Literacy | School of Interactive Computing | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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Paul Herring's curator insight, July 23, 11:04 PM

“I believe that computing is a new kind of literacy that is critical for all professions in the 21st century,” says Guzdial. “If I'm right, doing computing education well is as important as doing mathematics or physics education well and needs a similar level and kind of support.”

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Forget the Vision, Make the Connections

Forget the Vision, Make the Connections | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

New leaders don’t spend nearly enough time and effort being intentional about how they show up and how they spend their own time. The effort they devote to forming meaningful connections with the people in the organization is almost an afterthought.


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donhornsby's curator insight, April 27, 9:51 AM

(From the article): How can you be more intentional? Hall frames intentionality in her own work in eight words that guide each of her interactions: “I want it to matter that we met.” And it should matter for both her and the person she is meeting. There is an implied flexibility in the time horizon; it may matter immediately or several years down the road. Challenge yourself: “I want it to matter that I hold this position,” or “I want it to matter that I am your boss.” How does this affect how you will show up to deliver short-term results and create long-term impact?

ALONSO MICHELE's curator insight, May 17, 6:23 AM

Une autre vision du leadership!

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The Naked Truth: How to Uncover an Insecure Leader

The Naked Truth: How to Uncover an Insecure Leader | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Our insecurities can kill our confidence and competence. Learn how to recognize them within yourself, so you can eliminate them.
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5 Timeless Leadership Roles To Help Navigate Change

Organizations don't change, they adapt. They do so because of the timeless principles leaders (ideally) personify during change...

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We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders

We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
We must lead the shift to a way that maximizes opportunities for investigation, problem solving, and collaboration while maintaining assurance that each child is gaining knowledge, and is able to apply it both alone and with others.

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, February 10, 2014 11:33 AM

Excellent argument and validation for Instructional Leaders to be at the forefront of the cutting edge in instruction.  That involves conceptual learning, instructional technology that redefines the learning, and quality instructional implementation both in classrooms and in professional development.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:39 PM

It is wise not to allow allow large dichotomies, perhaps false dichotomies to dominate this debate. Critical thinking, collaborative work and knowledge of content are all important and attainable for good teachers, as they have been. It is a matter of emphasis. Check

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:46 PM

But, we are almost 15% of the way into the century. Why has it not happened? And, it has not. Not even where I used to work.

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Why Emotions Matter In Today's Leadership

Why Emotions Matter In Today's Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn what the latest neuroscience studies reveal about the importance of emotions to successful leadership in today's organizations.

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These findings also cement the truth of why the command-and-control style of leadership is no longer effective given how we can’t lean on our positional authority to assume our perspective and memories are correct [Share on Twitter].

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 18, 4:50 PM

Our emotions not only influence what our brain focuses on, but it can also completely change how we remember details. This is an important key for all leaders to be mindful in their roles.

 

(From the article): Ultimately, what this comes down to and what the various studies from the neuroscience field help us to better appreciate is that our leadership is not defined by us, but through the memories and experiences of those we lead.

And this brings us back to the fundamental truth of succeeding at leadership today – that it’s not about serving our own wants and needs, but about how we can help those under our care to attain that level of success and fulfillment that fuels their drive to do better and to be better going forward.

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Build Your Business and Live Life The Go-Giver Way – Walk in Your Value

Build Your Business and Live Life The Go-Giver Way – Walk in Your Value | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Connect, Grow and Profit with Go-Givers Worldwide! Create value. Touch Lives. Build Networks. Be Real. Stay Open. Based on The 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success from The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann.
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The 8 Strengths of Humility

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I asked G.J. Hart, when he was CEO of Texas Roadhouse, if he could spot emerging leaders. He didn’t rule out talent, education, or leadership presence, but he replied, “I can usually tell if they h...

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11 Things Remarkable Leaders Think Every Day

11 Things Remarkable Leaders Think Every Day | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
By getting to the heart of what makes some leaders truly great, you can become pretty remarkable yourself.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 28, 11:44 AM

Things that make you say Hmmm...

John Michel's curator insight, January 28, 1:18 PM

A great leader is the first to say, "They get all the credit because they deserve it." When employees do something exceptional, great leaders are the first to shine the spotlight on their people.

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Leadership By Virtue: Hundred posts

Leadership By Virtue: Hundred posts | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Welcome to different approach to Leadership

Dear Reader, thank you for stopping by to visit my blog. I would love to hear from you. Write a comment to my post or contact me on jaro.berceATgmail.com. You can also visit my pages on Facebook or LinkedIN, and I would be happy to connect with you.

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Can you afford to lead without integrity?

Can you afford to lead without integrity? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Is integrity an essential leadership skill? Hiroo Chothia on why businesses need to lead with more integrity

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 14, 2:44 PM

(From the article):  Trust is a very evocative word in the business world. It means different things to different people, depending on their gender, ethnicity, culture, background and geography.  Corporate behaviour is definitely under the microscope with widespread perception of a disconnect between corporate behaviour and ethical conduct.  In this climate, it would be very easy to jump to measurement and greater legal requirements.  Whilst issues such as compliance are a vital aspect of good governance, recent research published by Roger Steare and colleagues indicates a strong relationship between ethical leadership and performance as well as ethics being key to employee engagement. 


Clearly, there is a need to go back to basics to define what ethical behaviour means both for the individual and the organisation.  Those organisations that have travelled this route have benefited from creating a ‘speak-up’ culture; confidence in the market as well as commitment from employees who buy-into the idea that ‘good thinking = good business’.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, January 16, 9:01 AM

Leading with integrity is all about doing the right thing for yourself and the company.  There is no leadership without it.

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I'm going out on a limb. I hope you'll join me—your work matters. by Seth Godin

I'm going out on a limb. I hope you'll join me—your work matters. by Seth Godin | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
A new book about doing work that matters, embracing tension, dancing with fear and making a difference, by Seth Godin
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Seeking Approval | Utopia Wellness

Seeking Approval | Utopia Wellness | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
When you no longer are seeking approval from others, you switch your mindset to growth, happiness and health, that’s when the healing process begins.
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Amy Melendez's curator insight, August 18, 10:21 PM

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The key to self-respect is to take ownership of these bad decisions and forgive yourself. This will free you to start making better choices moving forward. You can choose to transform your sense of worth. That’s when you don’t need justification, when you take ownership and forgive yourself. That’s when you don’t need others approval to feel worthwhile.

Justification is just another word for staying in your head because that’s what you know, that’s what you are comfortable with. When you no longer are seeking approval, you know that you are aligned with your head and your heart. When you switch your mindset to growth, happiness and health, that’s when the healing process begins.

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Great Leaders Serve | By Mark Miller | Today’s Challenge: Cascading Communications

Great Leaders Serve | By Mark Miller | Today’s Challenge: Cascading Communications | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
If leaders cannot transfer critical messages throughout our entire organization, we will never realize our full potential. This is one of the messages we a
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Authenticity: Lessons Learned | Transformational Leadership

Authenticity: Lessons Learned | Transformational Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Three lessons I learned about authenticity from failing at it.
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Looking forward to reading this book!

 

"Three Lessons Learned About Authenticity

Authenticity takes courage – Choosing to practice authenticity is not one grand act of courage. It is a moment by moment choice we make. ...

Trust is personal and we have to get personal in the workplace - In our corporate environments, it doesn’t seem very professional to get personal. What we ignore is that we are all human beings and our personal distrust and eroded relationships with one another gets in the way of our engagement and real business results. ...

Authenticity is a personal choice - It was easy for my peers and I to walk out that day blaming our boss for not creating the kind of safe environment that opens up courageous dialogue that creates trust. We let ourselves off the hook. There is a lot of truth in the power a leader has to set the tone for an organization’s culture through their actions. And, there is incredible power we have as individuals on a team to choose to take a small step toward authenticity, toward courage, and toward making a personal connection. They don’t have to be giant leaps, just small steps.

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10 Signs You're Headed For Burnout

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If you're experiencing one or more of these symptoms of burnout, take the time to evaluate whether you could benefit from a vacation. Here are 10 signs you're headed for burnout.
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Leading Minds Instead of Managing Behavior

Leading Minds Instead of Managing Behavior | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift that, at times, can be disconcerting. But if we embrace the new worldview that science gives us, we stand to be far more effective managers. The place to start is with an understanding of three fundamental discoveries about how the brain works.



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Ben Olmos's curator insight, March 1, 4:48 PM

Feedback is a very important activity managers perform often in their role; however, for many it is difficult to understand why feedback is not effective.  After all, it's not as if the two people sitting in the room are speaking a different language.  How to deliver feedback is a hot topic.  In fact, there are a number of management training courses and articles written on the best and most effective ways to deliver feedback; however, may the approach for providing feedback is all wrong.  Jacobs explains that there is emerging research providing insight on why we may need to change our view of feedback and the effect it has upon those receiving it.  According to recent research, criticism has a negative effect on performance, which is probably not all that surprising.  However, it has also been found that there is no correlation between praise and improvement either.  Take a look at the following to understand how managing behavior is less effective than leading minds.  

Owen Roper's curator insight, March 19, 9:23 AM

In the words of Napoleon Hill, If you can control your mind, your thoughts. Then what you can believe, you can achieve, you will receive it. The Masters Plan goes hand in hand with the Master Mind theory.

Hanne Alsen's curator insight, June 17, 3:28 PM


I OVERGANGE eller forandringer, er du da en elefant (der er god til at løfte tunge ting) eller er du en cirkus-artist (med nye tricks til hver sæson) ?

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12 Reasons Why You Should Show Appreciation to Your Staff

12 Reasons Why You Should Show Appreciation to Your Staff | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Valuable employee appreciation statistics regarding performance increases in recognized employees.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, February 22, 3:28 PM
  1. Improve Satisfaction - "39% of employees feel underappreciated at work, with 77% reporting that they would work harder if they felt better recognized.
  2. Reduce Teacher Turnover - 89% of employers assume that their employees leave for more money elsewhere, but only 12% of employees actually earn more from their next company.
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Creating a Culture of Excellence – The Go-Giver Way

Creating a Culture of Excellence – The Go-Giver Way | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

What is the culture of an organization? How do we create a culture of excellence within our own company or organization?

First, let’s define our terms. Merriam-Webster defines Culture as: A way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business). The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.

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Crushing 5 Urgent Leadership Challenges

Crushing 5 Urgent Leadership Challenges | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
#1 Productivity: The difference between success and failure is doing things others put off. Protect time with priorities. Some things feel urgent but they don’t matter. Urgencies control weak leade...

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Alexandra Salamis's curator insight, February 8, 8:32 AM

Great list that differentiates great leaders from not so great leaders. What's on your leadership development wish list?

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Are You Able To Influence Others Effectively and with Integrity?

Are You Able To Influence Others Effectively and with Integrity? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion
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The Three Pillars of Morally Courageous Leaders - General Leadership

The Three Pillars of Morally Courageous Leaders - General Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Conviction, commitment, credibility—the three pillars of morally courageous leadership. Read more today on GeneralLeadership.com!

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For those of us who don’t wear four stars or run multi-billion dollar businesses, moral courage gives us the ability to act rightly in a world that is in itself, not right. It is what enables us to persist against frustration, take responsibility for our actions, act humanely in the midst of inhumanity, and perhaps above all else, refuse to compromise our values despite the very real threat of experiencing personal or professional insult, injury, or loss.

 

Conviction, commitment, credibility—the three pillars of morally courageous leadership. They reflect a way of thinking and being that compels others to lead a life of integrity, purpose, and meaning. They serve as tangible reminders that we are not here to merely make a living but rather, to make a positive difference.

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John Michel's curator insight, February 2, 8:48 PM

President Woodrow Wilson once remarked, “You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” Don’t forget the errand. Ensure your words and your ways communicate clearly what you are willing to stand and fight for.

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How Do You Get People to Work Harder? Just Turn Them Loose

How Do You Get People to Work Harder? Just Turn Them Loose | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Here’s a fundamental question: How do you get people to work? Answering fundamentally, you form a contract with them consisting of a set amount of compensation and benefits in return for an equally set amount of work.

 

Less fundamental and more important (or at least more interesting) is this question – How do you get people to work harder on what matters most to you?


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donhornsby's curator insight, January 16, 8:20 AM

(From the article): As a leader, you do hold unique responsibility for ensuring there are opportunities for such exposure, for those on your team to work closely with others. But then, turn your people loose. Let them explore ways they can contribute differently within their own team and across departments or groups.

 

That’s how you break down silos, but it’s also how you give people the three hallmarks of engagement espoused by Dan Pink in Drive – autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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Leadership: It is not about you! Get over it.

Leadership: It is not about you! Get over it. | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership is not just a title; and a leadership title, does not necessarily make someone a leader. There are many unsung people in every organisation who exerc(...)
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The focus of any organisation is to fulfill the vision that has been set. The role of the leader is to see that it happens. When the leader forgets about the cause to focus on the position then it is like a ship out of control heading for danger.

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Why Mattering Matters - General Leadership

Why Mattering Matters - General Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Make a choice to matter everyday by offering, thanking, encouraging, inspiring and letting others know you notice and believe in them. Mattering matters!

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John Michel's curator insight, January 17, 3:36 PM

Taking time to let others know they have genuine value...that they matter...is one of the most impactful investments you will ever make.