Building Empathy: A Surprising Reading List For A Better Work Life AOL Jobs Getty The idea of picking up a classic like Anna Karenina might sooner cause some of us to groan -- either from the sheer weight of the thing or from memories of slogging...
Don Cloud's insight:
There's more to building your leadership skills than reading a bunch of leadership books. Leadership is about people, their emotions, hopes, dreams, triumphs, losses, tragedy, and falls from grace. And literary fiction is chocked full of all these human experiences, which makes it a great place to expand your horizons of human perspective and understanding -- and can be a useful tool in your leadership perspective.
Do It Yourself Leadership: Mintzberg and I Forbes Some people seem to always be looking for the things that could make them a better leader; the 7 habits of effective people, the 21 laws of leadership, the 12.5 strengths of leaders, top 10...
Don Cloud's insight:
Being a better leader means carving out the time to think and work on becoming a better leader!
There are no shortcuts ... what time are you spending today, this week, this month, this year, working on being a better leader.
Remember, there's a reason they call it a "work out" ... without the work, it's an "easy out."
Since my life's work has always focused on self-awareness and well being, I have made those two attributes the criterion for people I want to work with. In my course, The Soul of Leadership, I advise (A positive psychology approach to hiring.
Great article ... thanks for sharing. And I'll piggyback that a leaders purpose is to create this condition/environment: "the real magic of an organization is realized when employees are able to utilize their top strengths and talents the majority of the time."
Curious question ... although leaders do help pull all the pieces together, is it possible that sometimes even the leader doesn't quite have a sense of the big picture but inherently directs progress towards a yet-to-be-seen target?
Good insights in what it means to be a mentor while avoiding the trap of becoming your mentees "rescuer". As leaders grow subordinate leaders, it's important to mentor and to help open doors of opportunity that would good for your mentee's growth, but it's even more important that the mentee stands on his/her own feet and is not dependent upon the leader. Remember, you can show them the doors, but they have to walk through them (you can't do it for them).
Every decision a leader makes is tangible evidence of his/her beliefs and values and that reflected of the organizations culture. Who you hire, grow, develop, and promote says more about your values and that of the organization than any words.
Truly innovative, successful individuals get to where they are not by selling a product, but by selling what they believe. What drives their success is the ability to inspire, and at the core -- it is emotional IQ.