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6 Principles that Prove Good Storytellers Make Good Leaders

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We believe that Good Storytellers Make Good Leaders and we can prove it. Read our 6 principles and you'll understand why...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 27, 2013 12:24 PM

We are all storytellers and should take advantage of learning to tell a good story.

John Michel's curator insight, September 27, 2013 3:53 PM

ChTheseus these 6 Principles that Prove Good Storytellers Make Good Leaders:

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Women’s Corporate Exodus – How Not to Run a Meritocracy

Women’s Corporate Exodus – How Not to Run a Meritocracy | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
  (Another) Open Letter to Corporate Leadership: Do you… (RT @GAIA_Insights: Women’s Corporate Exodus – How Not to Run a Meritocracy http://t.co/Pm2JEU0WPh - By @DanaTheus - #leadership...

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Beyond the altruistic reasons for taking actions to correct systemic biases (e.g. doing the right thing) -- there are also a practical reasons that impact organizational performance.

 

The power of institutionalizing diversity is not for the sake of diversity itself ... it's because recruiting, retaining, and developing diverse people with a variety of talents and different perspectives can continuously refresh the idea pool of the organization.  If you want creativity and innovation, you have to bring in fresh ideas and perspectives and allow them to flourish and grow -- on the flip side, the surest way to institutionalize stagnation is to thin out your own organization's "gene pool" with biased HR practices.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:34 AM

Your biases, and the biases of your company’s current leadership may be quickly backing you into a corner when it comes to leadership development for the next wave of leaders who will move the company forward.

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Help Your Team Make Smarter Decisions

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You can't make all the decisions all the time. Here's how to get your team up to speed.
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Helpful tips in teaching members of your team how to lead, learn, and make better decisions.

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Why You Must Have Leaders At Every Level

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“ You cannot be the only one holding power withing your organization. Begin looking for ways to create leaders at every level.”


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David, thanks for sharing.  Your note says it all.

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Tom Hood's curator insight, September 18, 2013 8:03 AM
More urgent than ever. I have been noticing a change in CPAs in all walks of life (small practice, large firms, mid-market CFOs, public company finance/accounting teams) talking about the need for leadership at all levels. It goes way beyond the obvious need for succession planning. It seems to be driven by the accelerating change and complexity and need for people who can anticipate what's coming around the bend and help mobilize the organization to make the turns and adjust the sails as necessary. It is this kind of leader that I am seeing becoming fast in-demand. What do you see?
David Hain's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:34 AM

The job of a leader is to create more leaders...

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The Power of Listening - An Ancient Practice for Our Future: Leon Berg

Leon Berg is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation, an educational sanctuary in the Upper Ojai Valley of Southern California. He is a Senior Trainer of the Ojai Foundation's Center for Council Practice, and has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S. and abroad for over 20 years. 


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It's easy to say that leaders need to listen to be successful.

 

But let's flip that on it's head with a question -- how have you as a leader institutionalized listening into what you do?  Try to jot down a list ... better yet, ask your subordinates to do the same.  Listening is not natural for most folks, and it is incumbent on leaders to actively pursue the art of listening.

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Charo Encinas Bayán's comment, September 23, 2013 4:32 AM
Practice, practice and practice... don't you think? it's not easy. Only in that way will become natural...
Don Cloud's comment, September 23, 2013 8:17 AM
Thanks Charo ... I agree--more practice and more effort listening is what it take ... and less talking.
Charo Encinas Bayán's comment, September 23, 2013 8:27 AM
Totally agree!
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Three Crucial Ingredients For Leadership Success

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Three essential qualities of great leaders ... without these, nothing else matters.

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Don Dea's curator insight, September 17, 2013 11:49 PM

An accurate self-awareness.

Do you know your strengths?  Weaknesses?  Do you know how others perceive you (whether intentional on your part or not?)  Do you know when and how to ask for help?  Do you know if people would want to help you?  Do you open doors, bring down walls, draw people in?  Do you inspire people?  Do you bring people together?  Are you creating any kind of legacy?

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Don't Be A Quitter: Perseverance Is One Of The Most Underestimated Skills of Successful People

Don't Be A Quitter: Perseverance Is One Of The Most Underestimated Skills of Successful People | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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John Michel's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:42 AM

Success is not about avoiding problems - it is about perseverance and overcoming them. If you really want to learn from the most successful people, rather than enviously dreaming about their success, try to find out about the problems they faced on the way and how they overcame them. You’ll learn lots more than by reading about their achievements and how perfect their lives are.

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Will Your Leadership Improvements Stick? -

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Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.

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Good insights and a helpful tool to assess if your organization's leadership education program is working ... that is, if it is effectively investing in and growing leaders.

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5 Steps to Keeping Your Top Performers

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High-performing employees are your most important asset--here's how to keep them around for the long term.
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Good ideas not just for keeping/growing top performers ... but also to grow and develop your leaders.

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I’m Not Sure I'm Up to the Task

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Comfortable jobs equal drifting employees. Everyone in your organization needs to feel stretched in some area.

Successful leaders help others step into uncomfortable – stretching – challenges and opportunities. Eventually, you’ll hear, “I’m not sure I’m up to the task.”

 

Helping people grow
means making them uncomfortable.


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A good reminder that leaders need to step outside of our comfort zones in order to grow ... and likewise need to push subordinate leaders to help them grown.

 

Leaders need to be comfortable being uncomfortable, as a mentor of mine would often say.

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Creative leadership as a way to solve problems

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How often do you encourage your team to accept that problems and barriers exist, but coach them not to get stuck on them?

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Useful perspective on how "creative" leaders reframe problems into opportunities to energize their organization towards success.

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Inspiring Indicators of Great Leaders

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Leaders enlighten their teams and ignite the possibilities. Let's look at the inspiring "I" indicators of great leaders as part of the ABCs of Leadership

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Another great list of leadership qualities ... how do your words and deeds reinforce these qualities in yourself, and in the leaders you're mentoring?

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20 Tenets of Responsive Leadership

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This list is not a recipe, but more a map -- a way of approaching leading as a learner, not from a pedestal or from the stands, but on the ground. If y

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Simple yet powerful list of leadership tenants ... if you're doing these, you're likely on the right course.

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Don Cloud's comment, September 15, 2013 2:42 PM
Patricia, I like that one too (the one about avoiding back-to-back meetings). It speaks to understanding and prioritizing meetings, as well as extracting yourself from meetings that you don't need to be in. Sounds simple, but if you're in meetings all day, when will you find time to lead? Sometimes, less is more ... this is the case with meetings (fewer and shorter but more productive meetings ... fewer emails but each email is more pertinent ... leaves more time for thinking and leading).
Don Cloud's comment, September 15, 2013 3:11 PM
Patricia ... here's a good article on cutting down on meetings: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130819190438-36052017-cut-your-meeting-time-by-90?trk=mp-details-rc
Cruise Line Class's comment, September 15, 2013 10:49 PM
Ahhh Don....thank you so much -- very grateful!!!!!!
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Three Words That Can Transform Your Leadership

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"I trust you." When it comes to building trust in relationships, someone has to make the first move. One person has to be willing to step out, be a little vulnerable, and place trust in another per...

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Thanks for sharing. 

 

Yes, trust can only be given.  Moreover, in order for others to trust you, you must first demonstrate that you are worth of trust.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 29, 2013 2:27 PM

Leaders have to use sound judgement in regards to the amount of trust they extend and it usually begins with small amounts of trust and grows over time as the person proves to be trustworthy. But the point is, someone has to make the first move to extend trust in a relationship.

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5 Ways to be a Better Mentor | Market By Numbers

5 Ways to be a Better Mentor | Market By Numbers | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Mentoring is also a more significant part of the economy today than since, perhaps, apprentorship in the craftsman age. Why? The rise of entrepreneurship and the freelance economy is similar to the craftsman age since as ...
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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:59 AM

It's not enough to be a good leader ... great leaders are great mentors.  But just as leadership is an art, so too is mentoring.  This article has some very useful insight with regards to how to be a better mentor.

John Michel's curator insight, September 19, 2013 2:12 PM

The requirements for high-quality mentoring have changed, but in most environments outside of major tech hubs, the practice of mentoring has not kept pace.

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5 Ways to be a Better Mentor | Market By Numbers

5 Ways to be a Better Mentor | Market By Numbers | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Mentoring is also a more significant part of the economy today than since, perhaps, apprentorship in the craftsman age. Why? The rise of entrepreneurship and the freelance economy is similar to the craftsman age since as ...
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It's not enough to be a good leader ... great leaders are great mentors.  But just as leadership is an art, so too is mentoring.  This article has some very useful insight with regards to how to be a better mentor.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 19, 2013 2:12 PM

The requirements for high-quality mentoring have changed, but in most environments outside of major tech hubs, the practice of mentoring has not kept pace.

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Find your why

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Thanks for sharing!

 

Every leader should write down your own personal "why" you want to lead.

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Kelly Levesque's curator insight, September 18, 2013 5:02 PM

Is this how being a Leader makes you feel?

Cruise Line Class's comment, September 19, 2013 6:24 AM
Dear Kelly, yes this is my why. When I was young one leader believed in me until I believed in myself. My goal is simply to help others reach their potential. Sometimes all it takes is that one person. I am so fortunate to have had many mentors who have helped me. Don, yes -- I do believe that every leader should know their why and write it down.
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Why we need trust – and seven ways to build it

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If I offer you my trust am I:

Agreeing with you
Doing what you ask of me
Offering robust feedback
Protecting your feelings
None of the above

What is considered a sign of trust to one may appear as a betrayal to another.

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Trust must first be given in order for others to then give their trust to you.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 17, 2013 7:25 AM

We can earn and maintain the trust of others by agreeing on what it means in a particular context and then behaving in ways that deliver on those agreements.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:13 AM

As I's said before, trust is the foundation of any great relationship both professional and personal! How are you building trust?

Linda Allen's comment, September 18, 2013 12:29 PM
Thank you for sharing; trust is key for all relationships.
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How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement

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If you've ever worked for a bad boss, you've probably uttered these famous words .... "I don’t get paid enough to put up with this crap!

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It's useful to learn from positive/helpful advise, but sometimes it's even more useful to study "what not to do" ... here's a solid list of what not to do as a leader.

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Resilience Through Mindful Leadership

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In my experience, mindful people make much better leaders than frenetic, aggressive ones. They understand their reactions to stress and crises, and understand their impact on others.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:41 AM

The best way to become more resilient is to develop oneself into a calm, compassionate and adaptable Mindful Leader.

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You Can’t Save a Dying Flower by Watering its Petals

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Too often I find myself in meetings. This particular meeting I felt as though I had sat through at least a dozen times. Well, that’s because I had. Duri...
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Interesting metaphor ... and a good illustration to further distinguish managers from leaders, and likewise to distinguish the urgent from the important.

 

Manager "water the petals" of the organization ... while leaders "tend the roots."

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5 Pillars of Becoming a Self-Aware Leader - Fox Business

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5 Pillars of Becoming a Self-Aware Leader
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According to Wadhwa, wisdom is about mindset and the ability to “harness your emotions and thoughts to allow yourself to be at your peak performance at all times” regardless of the circumstances.
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A question for you to ponder ... if a leader's purpose is to grow leaders, then how are you developing these five pillars of self-aware leadership in your organization?  (try to write it down ... easier said than done)

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Millennials Will Soon Rule The World: But How Will They Lead?

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In the last few years there has been a lot of research on Millennials and how they're different. But a new topic has now come up in many of my conversations with HR and business executives: What is their leadership style and how will they lead?


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Rescooping ... powerful insights about the millenial generation's perspective of leadership.

 

Some insight I would offer (feel free to disagree) ... I wholeheartedly disagree with any/all negative connotations about millenials -- period.  My own personal experience is that they are motivated, talented, and hungry to make an impact -- there's a lot of potential energy and talent just waiting to be unleashed.  Their expectations of their leaders and of themselves are very high, and they are looking to being challenged -- isn't this the way it's supposed to be?

 

Leaders -- it's time to "giddy up" if you want to be a relevant leader in the 21st century.  Millenials are eager to step up.  It's your choice as a leader to either step up to the challenge of leading millenials, or step aside.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, September 17, 2013 1:24 PM

Good perspective to consider. This is the question asked of every generation...I am confident the Millenials will meet the leadership challenge.

Cruise Line Class's comment, September 17, 2013 8:52 PM
I agree completely with you Don! Gen Y want to contribute, they want to be creative, they want to be heard, and are eager to grow their skills. Leaders who learn how to effectively communicate and energize will tap into their wonderful talents! As leaders we can't expect them to plan on staying with one employer for life. They don't want to wait years to grow their career.
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To Be a Great Leader, Be a Builder

To Be a Great Leader, Be a Builder | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
For a team that goes above and beyond the requirements, you need to build a strong foundation. ("Building" is the leadership action word for great leaders. Focus on building bridges, connections, confidence.

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Thanks John Michel for sharing ... a great article.

 

I would offer the following for everyone's thoughtful consideration.

 

Do great leaders merely build connections, or do they build something more profound?  I contend that great leaders build bonds that transcend mere connections and relationships -- which serve as the connective tissue of the organization (internally, to the strategic environment, and to customers).  So what's the difference ... connections can easily be broken, while bonds require commitment and loyalty -- and thus are resilient and persistent.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 16, 2013 1:14 PM

Engaging leaders are builders--builders of people and of results. To become an engaging leader, you should constantly be building connections and confidence in your team members. Accomplish this, and you'll see an increase in effort and satisfaction levels among employees. Here's how. 

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The Skill Every Leader Must Master

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You can be smart, ambitious and talented, but until you master this ability you will never rise to the top.
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Great leaders have many skills and talents ... but few are as important as this one -- being able to forgive mistakes.

 

I particularly like tip #4 ... put another way, giving someone the opportunity to fix their mistake does something profound -- it holds them accountable while turning a negative incident into a positive opportunity (to both fix the problem and to enable the person to grow).

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Cruise Line Class's comment, September 15, 2013 11:44 AM
Dear Don, yes....also it builds trust and grows the relationship.
Cruise Line Class's curator insight, September 15, 2013 11:47 AM

Thanks Don for this wonderful article!

 

Recognition is important; however, the real test comes when mistakes are made.  That is when the rubber hits the read, and the moment of truth happens.

 

It is a great opportunity to build trust, develop your team, and show them that you have their back!

Don Cloud's comment, September 15, 2013 2:38 PM
Thanks Patricia ... something else I like to do ... when the individual fixes the problem/failure, to give them credit and praises for that success, in particular to leaders higher up. A good way to push folks forward who overcome obstacles in a positive manner.