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Robert K. Greenleaf | Center for Servant Leadership

Robert K. Greenleaf | Center for Servant Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership is an international nonprofit organization that serves individuals and organizations seeking to be better servant-leaders.  We provide that service through a variety of programs you will find described here on our website.

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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, 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, 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, 3:58 PM

Absolutely - humility is a key characteristic of good leadership

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Leading Your Team into the Unknown

Leading Your Team into the Unknown | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
How great managers empower their organizations to innovate

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 4, 10:12 AM

(From the article): Innovation is at heart a process of discovery, and so the role of the person leading it is to set other people down a path, not to short-circuit it by jumping to a conclusion right at the start. To lead innovation, you don’t have to be the next Steve Jobs, nor do you need to guess the future. Rather, you must carve out the mental space within which the innovation process can be carried out.


How? First, by setting the expectation that innovation will push boundaries. Fashion designers often include very bold designs in their lines to inspire customers to try more-flamboyant styles. In a similar way, Amazon pursues its flying drones, and Google’s X lab its driverless cars and high-altitude Wi-Fi, in part to make their entire organizations bolder and more innovative.

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, December 5, 1:46 PM

Innovation is the lifeblood of the organization. Leaders make this a priority no matter what happens...

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Leadership Vision Test: How does your vision work?

Leadership Vision Test: How does your vision work? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
In leadership, we often discuss vision and blind spots. We focus a lot on what we see and what we don't. We don't often consider, though, how we see.

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donhornsby's curator insight, November 26, 6:07 PM

(From the article): Great leaders know where their blind spots are, present a high-resolution vision of the organization’s future, and are mindful of activity happening on the periphery. Great leaders encourage diversity of thought and skills so that they can see and overcome their own blind spots. They use the high-resolution vision as a way to bring team members back into alignment. And they check to make sure that moving objects–be they customers, competitors, markets, or employees–don’t pose a significant threat.

David Hain's curator insight, December 2, 2:41 AM

Great leaders know where their blind spots are and are mindful of activity happening on the periphery.

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20 Things Successful People Refuse To Do

20 Things Successful People Refuse To Do | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

1. They don't define success in a monetary term.

2. They don't start their days without plans.

3. They don't define "perfection" as their end goal.

4. They don't surround themselves with negative people.

5. They don't perceive difficulties as problems.

6. They don't let failure bring them down.

7. They don't let problems bring them down.

8. They don't let other people's judgments affect their self-esteem.

9. They don't make excuses.

10. They don't envy other people's success.

11. They don't ignore those they love.

12. They don't forget to have fun.

13. They don't overlook their health.

14. They don't set vague life goals.

15. They don't just talk the talk. They walk the walk.

16. They don't let themselves become victims.

17. They don't get stuck in the past.

18. They don't resist change.

19. They don't ever stop learning.

20. They don't end their days without feeling thankful.

 

 


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Frank Richard Rossi's curator insight, November 25, 1:21 PM

20 things successful people don’t do was a great eye opener for me. As I read all of the things that successful people don’t do I noticed many of these qualities I have seen in exhibited in me. But the difference between seeing them in me and actually applying these skills to my  life is a whole other battle.  I believe that within myself is a fire for success that is unmatched by anyone I’ve ever met.  I have changed everything about myself in the last few months to get ready for my future ahead, and nobody will stop me. I know this because I have failed so many times early on in my life that I have learned from my own mistakes, as well as many of my peers I used to look up to. One of the hardest things I have had to change to help better myself is surrounding me with positive people, with similar goals as me. When I read this in the article it hit home. In the summer time and junior year I was always where the fun was at and worrying about the wrong things, I wasn’t focused. I’m glad I realized this at the start of this year and I have removed myself from that “scene”.  It was really hard at first. I felt alone and abandoned and I got ridiculed by the “friends” I used to be so close with. As we reach closer and closer to the end of senior year it has become apparent that all of those friends I sort of left for the benefit of me are asking me for help and wondering what they can do to get out of this phase they all seem to be stuck in.  I usually tell them to look at the big picture, and realize that there is way more to life than Mill Creek. The people I associate myself with nowadays share my dreams and I am happier overall. Applying all 20 qualities I read in this article will help me use the college I end up going to for my advantage, and get ahead in the business management and administration field I feel I am so destined to be in.

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The Crucial Difference Between A Good Person And A Good Leader - Forbes

The Crucial Difference Between A Good Person And A Good Leader - Forbes | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The best way to cultivate the best leadership is to avoid the temptation to confuse good leaders with good human beings.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 24, 10:36 PM

Ultimately, to raise up better leaders, we need a more sober and sophisticated view of leadership.

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Excuse Me, Your Attitude Is Showing

Excuse Me, Your Attitude Is Showing | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders are readers of people. They study a person like they would a book, by paying careful attention to words. If you listen careful to the words someone says, you will learn a lot about that person. Specifically, you’ll discover the person’s attitude toward life, which reveals his or her gratitude for life.

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22 Top CEOs Reveal Their Favorite Books (Infographic)

22 Top CEOs Reveal Their Favorite Books (Infographic) | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
For your reading enjoyment, here's a list of favorite books from Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer, and more.

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donhornsby's curator insight, November 19, 11:04 AM

Great list. What is on your bookshelf?

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To Build A Powerful Company Culture, Create a Powerful Orientation Process

To Build A Powerful Company Culture, Create a Powerful Orientation Process | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you know—for certain—what the first day of work is like for your employees? Is there a chance you're frittering away orientation–a key part of building your corporate culture–on inconsequential details? (‘‘This is the break room. We clean the employee fridge out each Friday.’’) Each day, all around the world, careless orientations like this one are [...]
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Stuck in the Middle With You

Stuck in the Middle With You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The other day I got the kind of feedback that kicks you in the gut and makes your brain hurt for days. I'm sure you know the kind, it stings with truth, but you've got a gazillion counter points yo...
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Sure the system is imperfect. People are imperfect. There are good guys and bad guys at every level. I’ve learned a heck of a lot about getting unstuck on both sides of the equation. I must help, and will do everything in my power to help you, them, and the guys in the middle.

We must work together to create the conversation that will build better organizations through meaningful visions, great cultures, and brilliant execution. Such results come from imperfect, inspired people who care for the big picture – at every level.

I’m not ready to pick a side. The best good I can do is right here, stuck in the middle – with you.

- See more at: http://letsgrowleaders.com/authenticity-transparency-trust/stuck-in-the-middle-with-you/#sthash.9Yknzcfd.dpuf

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How to Prevent a Fight - Blair Glaser

How to Prevent a Fight - Blair Glaser | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Four leadership skills to prevent a fight and help you and your partner (or business partner) have more fun and less unnecessary conflict.
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#Leadership Character... More Caught Than Taught

#Leadership Character... More Caught Than Taught | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
One of the benefits of launching a new book is the number of conversations and questions the process stimulates. Today, regarding The Heart of Leadership, the question is: How can I help my team de...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 31, 12:09 PM

Leadership is the way we act and people see that picking out what works for them.

 

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Change Leadership Beliefs or You'll Change Nothing #peopleskills - Kate Nasser

Change Leadership Beliefs or You'll Change Nothing #peopleskills - Kate Nasser | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders, change leadership beliefs & your spur change/growth. Start with these 3 specific beliefs from The People Skills Coach™.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 28, 4:17 PM
Change wisdom from @KateNasser
donhornsby's curator insight, October 31, 8:48 AM

When change is your goal, change leadership beliefs or you’ll change nothing.

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5 Leadership Lessons For Mentoring Employees

5 Leadership Lessons For Mentoring Employees | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Here are five ways to go a little further and cultivate employees who will eventually work autonomously and remain loyal to your company.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 20, 5:14 PM
Mentoring works - for both parties!
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LifeStone Video Biographies, Memorials & Family History Preservation

LifeStone Video Biographies, Memorials & Family History Preservation | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
THE LIFESTONE™ LEGACY 

The Lifestone Legacy™ is one of our biographical HD documentary features that combines in-depth interviews and digital preservation of clients' photographs and memorabilia to capture your life story and allow you to share your life story with your loved ones, and to keep that story alive indefinitely.

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Growth Mindset: GoBrain and Making a Splash

Growth Mindset: GoBrain and Making a Splash | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
A recent interest of mine has been the Growth Mindset.  I have blogged and presented on this topic: The Educator and the Growth Mindset The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop Growth M...

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Digitpedia's curator insight, December 1, 5:46 AM

Love this picture. So true, the growth mindset is an amazing one to have.

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, December 3, 1:59 AM

Growth mindset has changed the way I teach, the way I parent my three boys, and the way I face challenging situations and risks.  It has given me the resilience I need while in graduate school.  Dr. Carol Dweck's book, Growth Mindset, is a paradigm-changing book.  I highly recommend it.  Thanks for sharing this great visual representation of Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets. 

liz's curator insight, December 3, 8:24 AM

I have been hearing quite a few ideas...becoming a real "buzz" word! It seems to appear within all forms of dialogue?

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Are You Considering Writing a Book and Have Been Told to Find a Good Agent, But You Don’t Know How to Even Begin the Process? | Bob Burg

Are You Considering Writing a Book and Have Been Told to Find a Good Agent, But You Don’t Know How to Even Begin the Process? | Bob Burg | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Dear Aspiring Author, New authors, aspiring authors, even people just thinking about becoming an author often call me to ask me about the process of getting
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How to Lead with Compassion but Not Be a Pushover

How to Lead with Compassion but Not Be a Pushover | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Compassion goes wrong when it goes too far. Too much compassion prolongs helplessness, failure, and mediocrity. Compassion done well fuels confidence, excellence, and success. Organizations without...

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, November 22, 4:27 PM

Compassion is the missing link for many leaders today.

Don Sturgill's curator insight, November 24, 10:11 PM

Dan Rockwell asks, "Who on your team needs compassion today?"

liz's curator insight, December 3, 8:04 AM

Believe in what you do! Believe in the ability of your students and expect the best and truly the results are a success.

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12 Frustrating Myths About Millennials (and How to Fix Them)

12 Frustrating Myths About Millennials (and How to Fix Them) | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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"It’s easy to believe Millennials are arrogant and delusional. Their ambitions and needs often seem far too grandiose. But that stereotype ignores the fact that our youth are smarter and more talented than ever. There are plenty of Millennials that are worth their weight in gold, and it simply takes an open mind to encounter and engage those that would be exceptional players on your team."

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donhornsby's curator insight, November 24, 1:46 PM

From the article:

 

"It’s easy to believe Millennials are arrogant and delusional. Their ambitions and needs often seem far too grandiose. But that stereotype ignores the fact that our youth are smarter and more talented than ever. There are plenty of Millennials that are worth their weight in gold, and it simply takes an open mind to encounter and engage those that would be exceptional players on your team."

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Half of Employees Don’t Feel Respected by Their Bosses

Half of Employees Don’t Feel Respected by Their Bosses | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
When it comes to garnering commitment and engagement from employees, there is one thing that leaders need to demonstrate: Respect. That’s what we saw in a study of nearly 20,000 employees around the world (conducted with HBR and Tony Schwartz).

In fact, no other leader behavior had a bigger effect on employees across the outcomes we measured. Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback — even opportunities for learning, growth, and development.

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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From the article: If you believe in something, keep trying.  Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future.  Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter.  Take action instead.  And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 17, 7:05 PM

Growth is painful.  Change is painful.  But in the end, nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you do not belong.  Again, you’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago.  You’re always growing. 

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Titans of Sales: Ted Coine and The Human Touch - Pipeliner CRM Blog

Titans of Sales: Ted Coine and The Human Touch - Pipeliner CRM Blog | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Ted Coine recounts the path that took him from September 11 to a top author on customer centricity and social business.
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New frontiers in strengths-based leadership

New frontiers in strengths-based leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

New frontiers in strengths-based leadership: How Appreciative Inquiry magnifies innovation and positive collaboration.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 30, 4:25 AM

Appreciative Inquiry is a perfect collaborative OD tool for our wicked times!

Nadene Canning's curator insight, November 1, 6:26 AM
An effective way to #facilitate change by shifting a mindset
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Two Simple, Scientific Approaches to Motivational Leadership

Two Simple, Scientific Approaches to Motivational Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether you’re directing a small team or an entire company, you already know that one of the most persistent challenges of leadership is motivating people. You’ve probably experienced a host of universal frustrations: “Why do they lose steam when I’m not here? Why aren’t they pushing themselves more? I know they can do better.” Here’s a secret: they know this too.

90% of your job as a leader is relentlessly encouraging people to do the things they already know they should be doing. Sure, leadership requires strategy and vision, but truly successful leaders also develop their ability to inspire, push and motivate their team in countless, imaginative ways.

To help you in this quest, here are a few simple motivational techniques based on scientific studies, some of which had rather surprising results. These tactics can have lasting effects on the productivity and happiness of your team—and maybe even yourself.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 31, 2:35 AM

Science says focus on tangible achievement to increase motivation. Makes sense!

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About Hayley

About Hayley | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

“True success is not measured by material possession but by personal life fulfillments: making happiness the journey, not just the destination”
EQ Women Succeed, LLC

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Your Choice: Tolerate or Change?

Your Choice: Tolerate or Change? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
When you're the most stuck... you still have a choice to tolerate or change your experience. Unsure of the signs and solutions? This is for you.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 14, 12:46 PM

Includes good Haiku Deck.  Does the pain of changing exceed the pain of staying put.  Do you know so that you can calculate?

Graeme Reid's curator insight, October 14, 7:52 PM

You don't need to stay stuck - you can choose to make a change.