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Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve

Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership writer and top TED speaker Simon Sinek explains how great leaders create a circle of safety for their teams.
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Rescooping ... Simon Sinek takes his "golden circle" where leaders always start with "why" and takes it to another level. 

 

By creating a 2nd circle ... a "circle of safety", exceptional leaders create a growth mindset that encourages his/her people, leaders in his/her organization, and the organization at large to manifest a collective growth mindset. 

 

Just imagine the amount of talent, energy, and momentum that can be unleashed to accomplish the unimaginable or the previously impossible.

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Animated: Winston Churchill's Top 10 Sayings About Failure ...

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Animated: Winston Churchill's Top 10 Sayings About Failure, Courage, Setbacks, Haters & Success. in Life | July 13th, 2014 Leave a Comment.
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Leadership, Courage, and Tenacity ... captured in 10 quotes from Winston Churchill

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Leadership is Not a Contest -

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I live in a culture that makes everything a contest. We take metaphors from sports and try to apply them to every activity of life. We live in a time when the language of athletics has become abbreviations to describe how we live.

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John Michel's curator insight, July 9, 10:22 AM

The leaders who inspire me do not lead to defeat anyone, including themselves. The leaders who inspire me lead from their deepest selves. They explore their true selves, and share what they discover with the people around them.

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Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement

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The same strategies used to create a business plan can tell you if you're on the right track in your career and personal life.


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John Michel's curator insight, July 11, 10:53 PM

Finding joy in your career and life means knowing what you’re passions are. If you have trouble coming up with your list of passions, think about the best experiences you’ve had, what you do when you’re procrastinating, or what you daydream about.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 14, 4:27 PM

How can I tell you if you are heading in the right direction if you don’t where you are headed.

Tony Phillips's curator insight, July 15, 6:33 PM

I love it!

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Leadership and Courage

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Courage has many faces. It doesn’t always show up complete with epaulets and a shiny sword yelling “Charge!!” In fact, I would suggest it more often demands a much subtler approach. Either way, cou...
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Why Workplace Leadership Is About to Get Its First Major Makeover in Over a ... - Huffington Post (blog)

Why Workplace Leadership Is About to Get Its First Major Makeover in Over a ... - Huffington Post (blog) | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Why Workplace Leadership Is About to Get Its First Major Makeover in Over a ... Huffington Post (blog) Our common and traditional approach to leadership hasn't significantly evolved since the dawn of the industrial age.
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Leaders, people, and organizations either evolve or go "extinct"...now is the time for a big evolutionary leap forward to unleash the untapped/under tapped potential of the net generation!
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Fewer Policies - More Conversations

Fewer Policies - More Conversations | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
I know they’re necessary, but I hate policies. Leaders who love policies hamper leadership and hinder organizations.   Policies are the result of leadership distance. The further you are from ...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 6, 10:04 AM

Policies are subjected to interpretation once they are in place. Policies create distance and are a form of policing employees in their work. It is something managers can point to and tell the front line workers i.e. teachers this is the standard. What is interesting is the words policy, police, and political share a common root in polis. It is in community we make sense of the rules and constraints. This suggests classrooms as political sites and teachers enacting political acts.

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Lead Wisely: Develop a Courageous Heart | Switch and Shift

Lead Wisely: Develop a Courageous Heart | Switch and Shift | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The great philosopher Aristotle once said, “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” But
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Leaders Eat Last

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Being a true leader, says Simon Sinek, author of Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’'t (Penguin), isn’t about being in charge, having all the answers or being the most qualified person in the room. Instead, it’s about creating a “circle of safety,” a culture that leads people to feel protected and free from danger inside the organization.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 4, 7:33 PM

Ideals of servant leadership carry you far in your organization. Additionally, they allow others to grow. 

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Leaders Need To Walk The Talk When It Comes To Integrity

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Anybody who feels that far too many company reports and websites boast of a commitment to innovation will not be surprised to learn that this is the most cited value  in a survey of how Standard and Poor’s 500 companies present their corporate culture. Innovation – mentioned by fully 80% of companies – was followed by those other staples, integrity, respect and teamwork.


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John Michel's curator insight, July 1, 5:09 AM

 Since the market values profits over corporate culture, companies will tend to focus on maximizing short-term profits rather than keeping their word.

Frank Wander's curator insight, July 1, 8:12 AM

This is a test.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 1, 5:13 PM

There is a trade-off between short-term profits and long-term value.  Investment is required to grow a positive corporate culture.

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Jim Carrey's Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation

Maharishi University of Management (http://www.mum.edu) granted degrees to 285 students representing 54 countries. Jim Carrey gave the commencement address t...

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What Made a Great Leader in 1776 - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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What Made a Great Leader in 1776
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As a leader you have to assemble the talent you need, and live with and mitigate the shortcomings of respective team members.
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Happy 4th of July!

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The Missing Leadership Competency

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There is one leadership trait that to me is critical, if not the most important of all leadership traits, one that gives meaning to all the rest...

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Courage ... arguably the single most necessary trait of people worthy of the title "leader."

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Don Dea's curator insight, July 4, 12:20 AM

There is one trait that to me is critical, if not the most important of all leadership traits, one that gives meaning to all the rest.

And that one trait is…

COURAGE

You don’t find courage in the official Harvard Competency Dictionary, and unfortunately, courage is hard to find in business these days.  And what I mean by leadership courage is the willingness and the “guts” to:

  • stand up for the purpose and principles of good business
  • to expose the “elephant in the room” and open up difficult conversations
  • to do what’s right and not what’s expedient or easy
  • to call out bad behaviour rather than walk on by
  • to challenge poor decisions or poor leadership instead of turning a blind eye
  • to defend employees who are being bullied by supervisors or managers
  • to protect “whistle blowers” from retaliation by management
  • to encourage innovation, even at the expense of quarterly returns
  • to promote the best person for the job, not the “right” person
  • to put the customer first and the Wall Street analysts last

- See more at: http://www.n2growth.com/blog/the-missing-leadership-competency/#sthash.CmjvlZgQ.dpuf

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Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders motivated by power over others will not thrive in this new world.We will see more “altrocentric” leaders, who understand that leadership is a relationship and will therefore primarily focus on others rather than themselves. Adept at engaging rather than commanding, they see themselves as just one integral part of the whole. Altrocentric leaders will be capable of long-term vision encompassing both global and local perspectives.

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The new, ever-connecting, ever-transparent, and ever-more-dynamic world demands true leaders with vision, a passion for setting others up for success, and an insatiable drive to grow more leaders.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 2:21 AM

Transparency and complexity make the boss's chair increasingly painful to sit in. Egocentric leaders will struggle more than most>

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4 Lessons Every Business Leader Can Learn From Legendary Marine General ... - Business Insider

4 Lessons Every Business Leader Can Learn From Legendary Marine General ... - Business Insider | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World?

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Trust is the operating system of every organization and every relationship.

Think about that metaphor.

If the operating system on your computer is flaky, nothing seems to work right. Even if you have the best software programs, an unreliable operating system will cause you constant grief.

The same goes for the trust levels in organizations and relationships. Where trust is fragile, people are always looking over their shoulders. They’re reluctant to share information, collaborate, or accept accountability for results. In low-trust environments, everything seems to slow down. Nobody seems willing to do much of anything without a lot of hoop-jumping and multiple approvals.


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donhornsby's curator insight, July 16, 3:16 PM

(From the article): Finally, aside from the fact that it’s simply the right thing to do, here are ten benefits of being trustworthy.

Psychological well-beingMeaningful friendships and business relationshipsFaster, more efficient decision makingGreater personal effectiveness in groupsGreater support for your decisionsCareer promotionsWin/win opportunitiesRole modeling trustworthy behaviorMore time for creativity and relaxationMore money in your pocket (people want to do business with those they trust)
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 16, 6:35 PM

Trust is not an operating system. It is not a commodity. It cannot be manufactured. It is earned in the daily relationships we have with other people. It is situational and contextual. When I consider the ten key elements of servant-leadership, they are the hard work used in entering relationships and building trust in the daily give and take.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 16, 8:58 PM


I really appreciate the following trust benefits listed in the article:


  1. Psychological well-being
  2. Meaningful friendships and business relationships
  3. Faster, more efficient decision making
  4. Greater personal effectiveness in groups
  5. Greater support for your decisions
  6. Career promotions
  7. Win/win opportunities
  8. Role modeling trustworthy behavior
  9. More time for creativity and relaxation
  10. More money in your pocket (people want to do business with those they trust)
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Leaders In the Spotlight Inspire Emotionally Intelligent Behavior in Others | Mary Pat Knight

Leaders In the Spotlight Inspire Emotionally Intelligent Behavior in Others | Mary Pat Knight | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
People watch their leaders - for success AND for failure. Keep your spotlight bright with EI Leadership behaviors you want repeated in your business. (Every day you are “client-facing”.
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5 Ways to Notice Hidden Leadership Talent | Aspire-CS

I once worked with a leader who completely turned around his perspective of one of his employees. This employee was skilled but was critical of the leader.
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Swimming with Jellyfish: A Sea of Virulent Leaders

Swimming with Jellyfish: A Sea of Virulent Leaders | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Help! I have found myself frantically swimming to shore, the salt water stinging my eyes, and have come to the stark realization I am surrounded by Jellyfish.
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Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns Lolly Daskal Leadership Development

The great leaders know that the more they serve, the greater the return.
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Great leaders *serve*.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 6, 10:05 AM

Leading is serving, teaching, learning, etc.

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An Overlooked Lesson from America’s Greatest Leader | Switch and Shift

An Overlooked Lesson from America’s Greatest Leader | Switch and Shift | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
What could you, a Social Age business leader, possibly learn from a man who died more than 200 years ago, before the Industrial Age was even underway? Only the
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Leading through trust -- the signature of true powerhouse leaders.  Are you willing to put your fate, unconditionally, in the hands of those you lead?

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Recovering From A Leadership Fail

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We have all been there, anybody who has ever had any level of leadership role has been through it, and you experience failure just when your team was running like a well oiled machine. Now their confidence in you, and ...
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How To Be The Leader They've All Been Waiting For - Forbes

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How To Be The Leader They've All Been Waiting For
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An old colleague and leadership expert used to relate a little parable about the great British prime ministers, William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli.

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 3, 4:01 AM

It takes maturity and humility and wisdom to grasp that oftentimes the best thing you can do with that spotlight is to put it on those around you, so that they blossom in ways they didn’t realize were possible … and so that your organization can benefit fully from their fully developed talents.

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, July 3, 6:39 AM

Wow, I absolutely love this article!

 

What a powerful message to remind us that leadership is not about us, it is about helping our teams shine. 

 

So today if the positive spotlight is turned on you, turn it back to the team and let them shine! 

 

What do you think?  Would love to learn from our experiences and observations....The SPOTLIGHT is on YOU:)

 

Until next time....PS - Live on Purpose!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 10:19 AM

There is a lot of servant-leadership in this article. I thought about how often I heard School managers spoke using language that suggested ownership. For example, my School, my teachers, my leadership, etc as if they were the only ones who had a vision.

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5 Counterintuitive Habits Of Truly Authentic Leaders

5 Counterintuitive Habits Of Truly Authentic Leaders | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
We live in an era in which increasingly, leaders who are authentic, and who translate this into shared value for their people, whether shareholders or stakeholders, employees, customers or constituents, are the ones who have true and lasting impact - ultimately making the world a better place to live in. [...]

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Which is leadership habit is your favorite (mine's #5)?

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, June 24, 4:50 PM

Top Trait: 

They surround themselves with advisors who can tell them why they are wrong.

When you hold a certain belief or unconsciously decide on something, you’ll have a tendency to focus on and favor information that supports your belief or decision, discarding anything that contradicts it. You do it without even realizing it.  Psychologists call this confirmation bias.

Kenneth Todorov's curator insight, July 13, 6:49 PM

Important to build a culture where people free comfortable telling you they think you're on the wrong path. The best followers will feel free to voice their opinions, but move on and back you 200% once you've made the call.

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#Leaders - It Doesn't Get Easier ... You Get Stronger

#Leaders - It Doesn't Get Easier ... You Get Stronger | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, July 1, 7:33 AM

I absolutely love this quote!

 

Challenges, Mistakes, and Misunderstandings are all learning opportunities.  Each make us stronger as long as we learn, and avoid repeating the same mistakes.

 

Think about a situation that happened recently that did not go as you expected.  Stop.  Make a point to reflect on what you could have done differently. 

 

Most importantly, shake it off and remember as long as you learned -- you grew from the experience!

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

 

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Courage Is The Key To Fearless Leadership - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

Courage Is The Key To Fearless Leadership - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it


Wu Feng was a Manchurian diplomat in the 1700s who was posted with an aboriginal tribe in the outskirts of Taiwan.

He befriended the aboriginal chief, whose tribe beheaded one of its members every year as a form of sacrifice. Each year Wu Feng pleaded, with all his compassion and reverence for life, for the chief to put to an end to this custom. The chief would listen respectfully, then summon the chosen tribe member and without hesitation behead him.

Finally, after living with the tribe for 25 years, Wu Feng once more pleaded with the chief to stop the killing. But this time, when the tribe member was called forth, Wu Feng took his place and said, “If you will kill this time, it will be me.”.

The chief stared long into his old friend’s eyes. He could not kill him. And from that day, the practice of beheading stopped.


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Only with courage is true leadership possible.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 1, 8:12 AM

"Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear." @LollyDaskal

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 1, 10:00 AM

Courage is necessary in leading. Leading is about navigating, mapping, and continuously opening up new spaces. Teaching, when done well, is a hermeneutic experiencing in classroom settings where human beings are continuously forming.