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7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander

7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Taking tactics from the war room to the boardroom.

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Great leadership insights -- leadership, ethics, and adaptability forged in an environment where risk taking is the rule (not the exception).

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, August 26, 2013 9:13 AM

Corporate and military leadership are distinctively different for obvious reasons...

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The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders

The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Great leaders should be bombastic, omniscient, controlling and possessed of the easy confidence that their decisions are right.


People want certainty, they need authority.


Or do they?


New research published in Administrative Science Quarterly once again finds that it’s humility which can produce the best performance from an organisation.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 23, 2:36 AM

The finding comes from interviews with CEOs of 63 Chinese companies and around 1,000 of their employees.


They found that CEOs who were humble were more likely to empower the top management team, which in turn enabled the management team to be better integrated.

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16 Traits Of The World's Most #Successful People - #Leaders

16 Traits Of The World's Most #Successful People - #Leaders | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Ways others have found their own success, and how you can, too.

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Leadership Is About Enabling The Full Potential In Others

Leadership Is About Enabling The Full Potential In Others | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

The 21st century leader must have the ability to make the most out of every situation. They are courageous and not afraid to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries to make things better. Because of these qualities and many others, the best leaders know how to get the most out of people; they enable the full potential in others.


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donhornsby's curator insight, August 5, 5:24 AM

(From the article): No matter how much potential an employee has, it can remain dormant if not managed rightly and properly nourished with the right ingredients. A great leader will never allow an employee’s potential to go unnoticed or to lose its momentum .Realizing potential to its fullest often requires breaking through barriers and creating new paradigms. As such, the 21st century employee must see what others don’t, do what others won’t and keep pushing when prudence says quit. Today’s leaders are not just looking for people to do their jobs better, but to recreate their jobs in their own image – discovering new standards along the way to increase productivity, sustainability and opportunities to impact the bottom line.

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Great Leadership Isn’t About You

Great Leadership Isn’t About You | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The best leaders are supportive.

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John Michel's curator insight, August 22, 8:30 PM

The most effective form of leadership is supportive. It is collaborative. It is never assigning a task, role or function to another that we ourselves would not be willing to perform. For all practical purposes, leading well is as simple as remembering to remain others-centered instead of self-centered. To do this, I try to keep these four imperatives in mind:

David Hain's curator insight, August 23, 12:06 AM

"When the best leaders work is done, the people say - we did it ourselves" - LaoTzu

Amy Melendez's curator insight, August 26, 9:53 PM

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The lesson Washington’s profoundly positive example teaches is that leading people well isn’t about driving them, directing them, or coercing them; it is about compelling them to join you in pushing into new territory. It is motivating them to share your enthusiasm for pursuing a shared ideal, objective, cause, or mission. In essence, it is to always conduct yourself in ways that communicates to others that you believe people are always more important than things.

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Become The Leader Worth Following - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

Become The Leader Worth Following - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
To be a leader is a privilege, and making yourself worthy of being followed comes with great responsibility.

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Finding Serenity

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Please read ... I'm at a loss for words

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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?

How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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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Lay Down Your Crown: How to Find Humility in Leadership - Huffington Post

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Lay Down Your Crown: How to Find Humility in Leadership
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There is no one who loves to take the reigns more than I do, I mean my logo in my agency, U2R1 Media Inc.
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If you know it all or do it all, then you are not leading.  Worse, you are limiting the success of your organization to the limits of your own capacity.  Leaders unleash the talents and passions of their people, and sometimes, that means stepping aside to allow others, yourself, and the organization to grow.

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Teams Can’t Innovate If They’re Too Comfortable

Lessons from a different kind of conference.

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Interesting idea on how to push your people and organization outside its institutional comfort zone to foster debate, new ideas, risk taking, and thus innovation.

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Don Dea's curator insight, August 26, 9:13 PM

the cost of thinking with people like you hurts the rate of innovation – as measured by new ideas — by 15%. Thinking with people different from you improves the quality of decisions by nearly 50%. (Many other studies have shown similar results.)

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12 TED Talks on how to be a great leader

12 TED Talks on how to be a great leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

What makes a great leader? The ability to rule with an iron fist? Being well-liked? These TED speakers offer nuanced takes on how to inspire others to follow you.


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Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
“Together.”

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John Michel's curator insight, August 16, 4:00 AM

The word “together” is a powerful social cue to the brain.  In and of itself, it seems to serve as a kind of relatedness reward, signaling that you belong, that you are connected, and that there are people you can trust working with you toward the same goal.

Yves CINOTTI's curator insight, August 17, 2:56 AM

Ce mot est "ensemble"

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On Leadership and The Personal Courage Required to Be a Leader

On Leadership and The Personal Courage Required to Be a Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

One of the most overlooked aspects of being a leader is the inherent need for personal courage.


Via Chris R Stricklin, Stepped Leader, Roger Francis, Roy Sheneman, PhD, donhornsby
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It is not enough for a leader to have courage ... rather, the most powerful leaders must both exude courage in the face of danger and more importantly must draw out and energize the courage of their people to face and defeat that danger.

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 25, 6:03 AM

(From the article)" A leader is continually asked to make decisions with incomplete and variable data sets. The choices many times are not right or wrong, but differing degrees of good enough with conflicting second and third order effects. This draws many leaders into analysis paralysis where a decision is delayed into nonexistence because of the continual search for a perfect solution.

 

A courageous and dynamic leader knows their worth is determined by their ability to properly analyze situations and take deliberate, calculated risks to move the team forward.

Joe Boutte's curator insight, August 26, 7:37 AM

Courage is indispensable for everyday leadership and making the difficult decisions to lead people to excellence.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, August 26, 11:06 AM

Personal courage is the catalyst to overcoming fears and becoming the leader and person, you are meant to be.

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

Animated: Winston Churchill's Top 10 Sayings About Failure ... | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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 -

Leadership is Not a Contest - | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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

Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Dean J. Fusto, John Michel
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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!

Dixie Binford's curator insight, July 24, 6:28 AM

Good guidelines for school leadership in coaching/mentoring staff.

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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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