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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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The courage to listen

The courage to listen | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
  People want to have your answers to even the most routine of issues.

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Have the courage to listen to build trust with your team and to expect the same from everyone on your team.

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5 Ways to be a Fearless Leader

5 Ways to be a Fearless Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

When I was graduating from college, I didn’t intend to start a Haiti-based non-profit. I knew I wanted to live in Haiti, help people, and work hard. So when a stranger offered a donation to establish a new program in an underserved rural village, I jumped at it.


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Becoming a "Fearless Leader" (see article) is only the first step.  It's the next step that is absolutely critical -- and that is for this "Fearless Leader" to grow other leaders and their people to do the very same thing ... in order to relinquish their fears and unbridle their talents towards the greater purpose that brought you all together.

 

So the more important question is, how are you growing "Fearless Leaders" in your organization?

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The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters

The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Image source by George Hodan Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller capture, “The Secret," of leadership in five letters, SERVE. The beauty of SERVE is inescapable simplicity and actionable clarity. Serve S...


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Joe Boutte's curator insight, September 13, 8:12 AM
“Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader?”
John Michel's curator insight, September 13, 9:14 AM

How would you answer the question, "Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader?”


Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 15, 3:19 AM

Good guidelines for a continual reinventing journey:-)

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Lead with Your Feet - General Leadership

Lead with Your Feet - General Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Attempting to lead with your feet is easy, in practice it is much harder than one would think. To be a leader of people we must be out there, among our team
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"...always remember, that monitors don’t smile back, mobile devices can't hug and to be a leader of people, not things, we must be out there, among our team…leading with our feet."

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10 Secrets of What Great Leaders Know and Do - Forbes

10 Secrets of What Great Leaders Know and Do - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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10 Secrets of What Great Leaders Know and Do
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This is the “doing” part of leadership. The little things that are demonstrated by the actions of leaders.
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How great leaders create powerful organizations where the whole becomes many times greater than the sum of its parts, impossible visions manifests in everyday reality, and individual & organizational purposes are fulfilled and renewed.

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Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times » 3Q Leadership Blog

Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times » 3Q Leadership Blog | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

 

Science confirms that our ability to inspire, empower and actualize our potential has never been greater; remember this, empower it, use it! Neuroscience confirms that we can rewrite default patterns of thinking, communicating and doing; we can build new emotional set-points that take us forward faster and better while also enhancing our ability to focus, ideate, learn and relearn.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip

 

 


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Turbulent times are where the "action is" and when leadership is needed the most ... and when it counts the most.  The only question is will you choose to grab the "turbulent" bull by the horns and lead your people and organization to even greater potential, or will you let someone else lead instead ( ... perhaps your competition or adversary)?

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Leaders inspire others to reach higher!

Leaders inspire others to reach higher! | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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The Habits of Successful People: They Start Before They Feel Ready

The Habits of Successful People: They Start Before They Feel Ready | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
What are the habits of successful people? Surely they are just like you and me! Not quite, the habits of successful people can be broken down very concisely like this:

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If you are only doing things for which you think you're "ready", then you are *not* growing ... and you are holding yourself back from your greater potential.

 

So get comfortable pushing (or throwing) yourself outside your comfort zone.  And as you grow and develop your people, remember that it's the leaders job (e.g. your job) to push (or throw) them outside of their comfort zone, too -- for their own good.

 

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 30, 4:06 PM

If you’re working on something important, then you’ll never feel ready. A side effect of doing challenging work is that you’re pulled by excitement and pushed by confusion at the same time.

You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, and unqualified. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough. You can plan, delay, and revise all you want, but trust me, what you have now is enough to start.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals… who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going.

 

We all start in the same place: no money, no resources, no contacts, no experience. The difference is that some people — the winners — choose to start anyway.

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, August 31, 8:47 AM

Just Start. Shoot first, aim later

Bettina Gifford's curator insight, September 8, 2:36 PM
Particularly like the quote "screw it and just get on and do it"...
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Lay Down Your Crown: How to Find Humility in Leadership - Huffington Post

Lay Down Your Crown: How to Find Humility in Leadership - Huffington Post | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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.


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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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Lead by Asking

Sometimes the most obvious questions are the most crucial.

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Leadership begins with opening the door to on ongoing dialogue with your team, and your asking thoughtful questions is a great way to open that door.  Don't forget to have the courage to listen.

 

More importantly, ask yourself how do you as the leader encourage others to have the courage to ask questions and to listen?  If you don't have a good answer to this question yet, then it's time to start asking more questions.

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Don Dea's curator insight, September 14, 9:23 PM

Be sure to listen to the answers, not just use the question to fill a gap in the conversation.

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Thoughts on Trust from Stephen Covey

Thoughts on Trust from Stephen Covey | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Trust is the bedrock of individual character.  And those who know how to grow and develop trust in an organization -- we call them leaders.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, September 12, 2:56 PM

Some good insights in trust fomr Stephen M.R. Covey via Trust Across America.  Worth reading.

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Great Leaders Never Stop Trying to Learn

As you gain experience, you may start to feel like you've seen it all. But as former Cabinet secretary John W. Gardner said in his most famous speech, to stay motivated, ambitious, and effective, you need to continue learning.
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Leadership and lifelong learning go hand-in-hand.  The moment a leader stops learning is the moment that he/she is no longer relevant, no longer useful to his/her organization or people, and not long for remaining the organization’s leader.

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The Psychology of Trust in Life, Learning, and Love

The Psychology of Trust in Life, Learning, and Love | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

“When you trust people to help you, they often do,” Amanda Palmer asserted in her beautiful meditation on the art of asking without shame. But what does it really mean to “trust,” and perhaps more importantly, how can we live with the potential heartbreak that lurks in the gap between “often” and “always”? That’s precisely what psychologist David DeSteno, director of Northeastern University’s Social Emotions Lab, explores in The Truth About Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More (public library).

 

DeSteno, who has previously studied the osmosis of good and evil in all of us and the psychology of compassion and resilience, argues that matters of trust occupy an enormous amount of our mental energies and influence, directly or indirectly, practically every aspect of our everyday lives. But trust is a wholly different animal from the majority of our mental concerns. 


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Fascinating article/book on the inner workings of trust.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 3, 12:56 PM

The science of why tit-for-tat isn't the best strategy for cooperation and why you should hear out your hunches.

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Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
As humans we exist in time. As a leader you need to understand the influence of your past. Manage the pressures of today. Whilst you create a compelling vision of the future.

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Leadership and change go hand-in-hand ... you cannot have one without the other. 

 

As the world inevitably changes, leaders must lead their organizations to adapt for competitive advantage or "die" from irrelevance. 

 

And an organization's values and culture can either be the foundation and leverage from which to launch changes or they can become the dead weight that drags the organization to bottom -- it is in this decision that the leader carries the most sway.

 

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Don Dea's curator insight, September 1, 9:32 PM

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

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Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery

Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it


People are innately wired to avoid risk. During times of times of change and uncertainty, our risk aversion is amplified. Yet the number one way to gaining competitive edge is by creating a culture where people feel safe and emboldened to innovate and challenge the status quo thinking. The first key to creating a 'culture of courage' is leading from possibility, not probability.


Winston Churchill once said that courage is the first of all virtues because it is the only one that guarantees all others. Courage is also what it takes to set a bold course for yourself and your organization, engage in a courageous conversation, forge new ground, and to be decisive in uncertainty.



Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Courage is the guardian of integrity, the foundation of culture, and the fuel to energize innovation and change. 

 

But it is not enough for a leader to have courage -- rather, it is the leader's responsibility to recruit, breed, and develop courage across the organization.  Here are 5 "must do" tasks that every leader needs to embrace, encourage from their people, and embed into the "DNA" of their institution.

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Marianne Naughton's curator insight, September 3, 11:54 AM

Building Courage In Our Culture ...

Teresa Lucke's curator insight, September 4, 3:14 PM

Courage and passion trump fear, go ahead,  step out of your comfort zone!

Bénédicte Berche's curator insight, September 14, 9:26 AM

L'audace est une habitude à prendre... Voilà 5 clés pour un leadership audacieux !

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7 Ways to Powerfully Lead Through Problems

7 Ways to Powerfully Lead Through Problems | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Reluctance to deal with problems makes you look ineffective, weak, and self-protective. The problem isn’t the problem. Avoiding it is. Inaction increases fear; action increase courage. .


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For strong leaders, problems are *opportunities* to change the organization for the better and to bring the organization closer together.  Never let a problem or crisis go to waste.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 1, 6:36 AM

Weak leaders listen to problems and do nothing. Powerful leaders listen to resolve, solve, and move forward.

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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

From the article:

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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