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Good Leaders Get Emotional...but How Much Emotion is Too Much?

Good Leaders Get Emotional...but How Much Emotion is Too Much? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
But how much emotion is too much?

Via Anne Leong
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Good discussion on a question facing many leaders.  Some are of the mindset that leaders should not be emotional ... others that leaders should be emotional.  Of course, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  I believe the strongest leaders are emotional and use emotion as a method to connect with their people.  After all, we're all human, and we're all emotional creatures.

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To Be a Great Leader You Must be a Great Follower

To Be a Great Leader You Must be a Great Follower | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
What makes an extraordinary leader? First of all, leadership is about creating a vision of what a true leader means to you. Combine that vision with a steady plan, courage, ambition, persistence, and the end result is a competent, skilled leader.

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Leadership begins with followership.  And it is in these humble beginnings from which the strongest, more insightful, and more inspirational leaders come.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:58 AM

Another great one from Don!

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:57 PM

To be an effective leader you must have vision but also demostrate submissiveness, humility, and a willingness to follow.  True leadership is relational and inspires people to be the best they can be.  As stated in the article, "Leadership and vision are two things that come naturally to some people, not all. Fortunately, it’s a skill that can be developed in time. It’s not about growing your technical expertise but about learning how to inspire and motivate people."

John Michel's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:38 AM

All great leaders in today’s society had to start somewhere. If you’re trying to become one, just make sure you have what it takes to be a follower first. Learn from the vast experience of your superiors, master their skills, and adapt their styles to your personality. Leadership skills can be learned, and as long as you have a great teacher, chances are you’ll become a great leader yourself someday.

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3 Vital Principles to Leading Leaders | Willow Creek Association Blog

3 Vital Principles to Leading Leaders | Willow Creek Association Blog | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

The step from “leader” to “leader of leaders” is one that can be fraught with perils.

 


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Invaluable insights as a leader moves up to become a leader of leaders.  The principals are the same ... the challenges are ever growing -- and so is the growth opportunity.

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5 Reasons CEOs Should Spend Time In The Trenches | CEO.com

5 Reasons CEOs Should Spend Time In The Trenches | CEO.com | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

As a leader at your company, you probably aren’t looking for more to add to your to-do list, but you should always be seeking ways to improve your leadership and your company. And while there are many benefits to working in and around management — like peer insight and guidance from mentors — the rest of your workforce has a lot to offer as well.

 

Here are five reasons why you need to spend time in the trenches with your employees:


Via John Michel, Bobby Dillard
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Spending time in the trenches fulfills one more important leadership task ... it provides the opportunity for rich two-way communication.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 28, 2013 10:03 PM

As a leader at your company, you probably aren’t looking for more to add to your to-do list, but you should always be seeking ways to improve your leadership and your company. And while there are many benefits to working in and around management — like peer insight and guidance from mentors — the rest of your workforce has a lot to offer as well.

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Why and how leaders are different | SmartBlogs

Why and how leaders are different | SmartBlogs | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Mark Miller is vice president of organizational effectiveness for Chick-fil-A and the author of "The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to

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An insight to consider ... if leaders at each level of the organization do not do these things, who will?

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Forgiving: The Hidden Dimension of Exceptional Leadership

Forgiving: The Hidden Dimension of Exceptional Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
By Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries & Katharina Balazs This article explores the concept of forgiveness in the context of leadership, and suggests that forgiveness is one of the keys that distinguish mediocre or ineffective leadership from the...

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Forgiveness ... regifting the grace bestowed upon ourselves to others ... and a gift that leaders know how to give.

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Stay positive at work: It really makes a difference - The Globe and Mail

Stay positive at work: It really makes a difference - The Globe and Mail | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Stay positive at work: It really makes a difference
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Who has the greater edge? Before minimizing Solange's positive attitude as a soft skill, think again.
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Staying positive and optimistic is not only important for indvidual success, resilience, stress response, and performance; the positive attitude and optimistic outlook that a leader can convey to his/her people through the "nervous & limbic system" of the organization can have the same collective effect on people in the organization.

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The Interview Question That Reveals a Born Leader

The Interview Question That Reveals a Born Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Is that executive right for your start-up? Here's how to tell.

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Insightful questions to probe the inner workings of people ... to reveal true leaders.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:23 PM

Regardless of the process you use to build teams, you should spend as much time talking about what went wrong as well as the things that went right. Finding great leaders is incredibly hard, but if you find some, they will help your company experience incredible success.


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Have you become a true leader?

Have you become a true leader? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:31 AM

Excellent 3 questions!

Don Cloud's comment, October 25, 2013 9:26 PM
Thanks for sharing Patricia!!
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What does a humble leader do?

 Humility is a virtue. Perhaps you're aware of the importance of being a humble leader. But what makes it important, and how do you know if you are one? Why

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Humility is the beginning of leadership ... anchored firmly in the heart of every great leader.

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Don Dea's curator insight, October 25, 2013 12:20 AM

Why humility is important Being humble is important because it takes the focus of attention away from you and puts it right where it belongs: on others and the greater good of the organization. Humility is marked by an open mind and heart. A humble leader is approachable and genuinely cares about others. A humble leader wants the greater good to be served and works tirelessly to assure that those who are responsible for the work are taken care of, encouraged, and rewarded. These things are means to an end, whether the organization is a steward of tax dollars, is serving the underserved, or is responsible for making a profit. All of which, by the way, the humble leader wants as well. - See more at: http://www.aspire-cs.com/what-does-a-humble-leader-do#sthash.zMfym7wE.dpuf

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8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership

8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
If you ever wonder why we’re in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership.

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8 of the more unique characteristics of strong leadership ... many of which are not found on other traits lists.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:42 PM

Let’s start with what leadership is not: Leadership is not a monologue, a speech, a lecture or a filibuster. Leadership is not talking at or over people. Leadership is not sequestered, does not live in a bubble or operate in a vacuum. Leadership is not exclusive or arrogant. Leadership is not about the leader.

David Hain's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:49 PM

John Michel articulates it better than I can...

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We Can’t Handle the Truth

We Can’t Handle the Truth | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
I spent the last few days at a National Association of …
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Without the truth ... there is no opportunitity for character ... no opportunity for an organization to flourish ... and zero opportunity for leadership.

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Vulnerability Makes You a Better Leader

Vulnerability Makes You a Better Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Often the image of a leader is a figure of strength – all powerful and all knowing. Personally speaking, I have found this to be a flawed leadership construct.

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Our strengths make us leaders, and our weakness make us human.  A leader must never forget that our purpose is not to be perfect nor to be "superman" nor "wonder woman" -- it's to lead with humility.

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5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Become More Confident - Business Insider

5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Become More Confident - Business Insider | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Become More Confident
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Building on the research of Carol Dweck, you want to have a “growth mindset”: Measure yourself by effort, not by results.
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Leadership requires confidence, both internal confidence as well as confidence in action when we might not "feel" confidence in the face of problems, risks, and failure.  Leaders push through the fear to press forward -- here's how they do it and you can too.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, October 29, 2013 8:57 AM
Thank you for sharing this article Don! Very interesting....I love the goal to have a growth mind-set, and to measure by effort. All we can do is do our best. Acting in spite of fear. Super thought of the day!
Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:58 AM

Thank you Don for sharing this wonderful article, and of course for your pearls of wisdom!

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How CEOs Can Use Quiet Influence to Get Results | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine

How CEOs Can Use Quiet Influence to Get Results | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
RT @Mind_Tools: #Leadership for #introverts RT @ChiefExecGrp How CEOs Can Use Quiet Influence to Get Results http://t.co/fCJAciIz52

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Interesting ... the leadership concept of quiet influence is worth considering and exploring further.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:49 AM

 A great piece reminding us all how “quiet influence” can be a powerful way of making your case and leading your company forward. 

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How Are You Investing In The Next Generation Of Leaders?

How Are You Investing In The Next Generation Of Leaders? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
There are leaders coming up underneath you. How you respond to them is vital for your legacy. Get ready to invest in this amazing generation of leaders.

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Strong leaders grow more leaders and are always "training your replacement."  Who are the future leaders that you are investing in?

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David Hain's curator insight, October 29, 2013 3:40 AM

One day you won't be there any more. What's your legacy?

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"IF WE COULD SEE INSIDE OTHERS' HEARTS": LIFE, in 4 min

WOW! A profound look at life, in 4 minutes. You have to watch this -- and share it. We literally welled up with tears -- very rarely does that happen. The ca...
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A refresher lesson on empathy.

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How to be a just leader

How to be a just leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
People don’t think a lot about justice anymore. In fact, if you had to, could you think of a particularly just leader? For that matter, what does it mean to be just? SmartBlog on Leadership offers some thoughts on the topic.

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Subordinates expect fairness from their leaders ... do you have the courage of character to provide the fairness they need to thrive?

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Grace: Bosses shouldn't be so bossy, leadership expert says in Omaha talk - Omaha World-Herald

Grace: Bosses shouldn't be so bossy, leadership expert says in Omaha talk - Omaha World-Herald | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Grace: Bosses shouldn't be so bossy, leadership expert says in Omaha talk
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Grace: Bosses shouldn't be so bossy, leadership expert says in Omaha talk. By Erin Grace / World-Herald columnist.
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The heart of leadership in action and simply explained!

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How great leaders communicate and connect

How great leaders communicate and connect | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
One of the biggest reasons leaders fail is their inability to communicate effectively. Communication goes beyond just sharing information. When a leader can communicate effectively, there is a conn...

Via Anne Leong, Wise Leader™, Jose Luis Anzizar, Bobby Dillard, John Michel
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Great leaders must be great communicators in order to create the conditions by which the people in the organization may bond to the organization's greater purpose, to each other, and with the leader ... while the leader likewise bonds with them.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:23 AM

I really don't care for other people who seek a "captive audience" just to to hear themselves speak. Ego is a big  turnoff. A connection really has to be felt and shown via actions. Humility is welcomed.

John Michel's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:26 AM

Great leaders are personal. They build from the group level up. They take the time and effort to build important relationships with people. Relationships are at the core level of great communication because people are looking for a leader they can trust and share their challenges in an open way.

Robin Martin's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:04 PM

Thanks Bobby!

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Why Organizations Fail

Why Organizations Fail | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

We've fostered generations of managers with robust analytical skills and poor social skills, and we don’t seem to think that matters.


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It should be common sense, but being a leader is about leading people -- by definition, a social action.  This does not mean that analytics and business management skills are not important; however, they are no replacement for human leadership.

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Terence R. Egan's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:05 AM

 

SUMMARY

 

For a long time, we believed that people were rational, logical agents, driven by self-interest, greed, and desire. In recent years, we have begun to realize that people have another driver that is of equal, if not greater, importance: the drive to be social.

 

The studies tell the story:

a)  Giving to charity activates the brain's reward system more than winning money.

b)  Painkillers like Tylenol relieve social pain the same way they relieve physical pain.

c)  Being socially rejected can lower your I.Q. score by 20% and cut your GRE score nearly in half.

d)  Seeing a friend regularly has the same effect on our well-being as making an extra $100,000.

e)  Volunteering to help others regularly produces the same increase in well-being as making an extra $50,000.

f)   When an employee meets a person who benefits from their work, that employee can double their productivity.

g)  People will pay $30,000 to be recognized as a high-status employee.

h)  And, finally, being socially connected is literally as good for your health as quitting smoking.

 

Social activity matters more than we have realized. Yet institutions and organizations, from political systems to hospitals, schools and corporations, have been built based on a different set of beliefs:

a)  that people are motivated by money,

b)  that physical -- not social -- health is most important

c)  and that social needs are "nice to have."

 

A boss who knows what his staff members really care about will be able to develop a better team environment.

 

We are deeply social beings, with social needs mattering more than physical needs in many situations. Maslow may have been wrong: Social may not be up the pyramid, it may be down at the base with physical needs. Until this insight makes its way into how we design our institutions, we may continue to see less than 30% of people in our organizations actively engaged in their work.

 

Cath Daley's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:44 AM

Some of our long-held beliefs about human motivation may be wrong....

Cath Daley's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:09 AM

and it really all comes down to the ability to be flexible with your communication so that you can interact with evryone in a way that reduces conflict and increases buy in.

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Forget Storytelling: Think Story Sharing!

Forget Storytelling: Think Story Sharing! | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Business storytelling author and thought leader in the field interviews Karen Dietz about her insights into business storytelling. Listen to the free podcast.


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The best stories are those worth sharing.  Even better stories are those that a leader helps his/her people to create together.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 23, 2013 7:26 PM

Woo hoo! My friend and colleague Annette Simmons (author of The Story Factor, Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins, and Territorial Games) and I had quite a chat recently about the ins-and-outs of business storytelling and Part 1 is now available as a free podcast.


The link only lasts a short time -- so go to iTunes to download the podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-2-karen-dietz/id735863915?i=169716216&mt=2 


We had a great time together and talk about the importance of story sharing instead of storytelling, why I prefer NOT to do single story workshops with clients, and what to pay attention to when working with stories in organizations. Read Annette's intro for more goodies you will hear about in the podcast.


Annette wrote one of the first books on business storytelling and is one of the pioneers who broke ground for us all. See me humbly bowing to her. She's a kick-ass kid and I have learned much from her.


Enjoy this conversation as we talk about how we work with stories, what we've learned along the way, and why we are so passionate about storytelling


This review was written by Karen Dietz for the Just Story It curation on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Rita's curator insight, October 24, 2013 2:13 PM

Share stories...that's what people want to hear. 

Jim Signorelli's curator insight, October 25, 2013 7:54 AM

Annette Simmons,  one of the "Storyati," has a new weekly podcast. 

In this, her second podcast, and while interviewing my delightful story friend Karen Dietz,  they talk about their connection to story, what it means to them and how they help others make the most of its power. Karen,  who claims she's more of a story scholar than a storyteller, does a pretty good job of telling her own story about some funny things that happened on the way to her doctorate.    Highly recommend a listen and subscribing to these podcasts. 


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Dilbert Creator Scott Adams: 5 Career Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes - PARADE

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams: 5 Career Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes - PARADE | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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Dilbert Creator Scott Adams: 5 Career Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes
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People often ask me for career advice. I suppose that's because I write about the workplace for a living and my own career turned out well.

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Helping Others To Grow – A Leader’s Duty

Helping Others To Grow – A Leader’s Duty | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
If we take into account the amount of pressure that we place on those in executive, management and leadership roles within companies it becomes understa...
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Many have already said this ... but the purpose of leaders is to grow more leaders at every level.  Also, leaders must be mindful of your own growth needs ... not so much for yourself but because your people deserve a more capable leader to lead them.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:34 PM

I think it is more than a duty. It is a moral purpose. The concept of servant-leadership is to help people grow and become servant leaders themselves. That is a purpose.

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The Power of a Mentor - Skip Prichard

The Power of a Mentor - Skip Prichard | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Andy Andrews, author of The Noticer Returns, discusses the power of a mentor. His mentor, Jones, changed the direction of his life.
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Great insights into how to be a good mentee and to be a good mentor.  Just as good leaders must understand what it means to follow ... a good mentor must understand what it means to be a good mentee.  It is in this cyclical and recursive relationship that leaders and mentors grow more leaders and mentors.

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