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How Leaders Use The Paradox Secret To Solve Tough Problems - Forbes

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“How can I balance short-term profits with long-term growth?” “Should we centralize ...
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Interesting article ... on how to use paradox as a tool to expand your understanding of complex/wicked problems.  Simply put, the toughest problems/challenges are not bound -- and thus neither are respective solutions.  Paradox helps break the "box" our mind is stuck in to better grapple with ever tougher challenges.

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Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

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Humility, inspires loyalty, helps to build and sustain cohesive, productive team work, and decreases staff turnover.


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Rescooping ... humility is the necessary ingredient for your personal leadership growth and the growth of those around you.

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60 Reasons Leaders Stop Learning - Let's Grow Leaders

60 Reasons Leaders Stop Learning - Let's Grow Leaders | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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In the spirit of self-awareness and optimism, this is an opportunity for leadership self-assessment and 60 opportunities to improve ones own leadership.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 8, 2013 7:04 PM

Competent, lazy leaders are dangerous.


  • “Why fix something that’s working?”
  • “I was promoted to this position for a reason.”
  • “I’ve seen this movie before.”


Beware of highly skilled, non-learning leaders.

60 Reasons Leaders Stop Learning

This week, to kick off our last leg of the REAL model, Learning, I’ve been asking leaders across many contexts why leaders stop learning.  Here’s the top 60.  Don’t fall into these traps.  Be deliberate in your learning.  If you’re already a great leader, read more closely.  Leadership is never handled.

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The Heart of Leadership: Expect the Best

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The demonstrated ability to Expect the Best may be the one leadership trait that correlates most directly with our ability to enlist followers.

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Don Dea's curator insight, September 8, 2013 11:49 PM

When contemplating the future. Leadership always begins with a preferred picture of the future. If you and I don’t expect the best, it is virtually impossible to see a future that is better than the past. If we don’t see a preferred future, we shouldn’t be leading – actually, we aren’t leading.

When facing challenges. Challenges are real and so are the problems leaders face on an on-going basis. However, it is our belief in our ability to architect a favorable outcome that makes challenges approachable. People want and need this from their leaders. A calm confidence that says, “We are going to figure this out.”

When working with people. In case you missed it, working with and leading people is one of the ever-present challenges leaders face. This challenge is manageable, in part, because leaders Expect the Best from people. Obviously, this is not always the way it works out. But it is where the best leaders begin. It’s not, “Prove I can trust you,” it’s, “I trust you until you prove yourself untrustworthy.”

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Management & Business | Feel Good Friday Quotes 9-6-13| Tolero Solutions

Management & Business | Feel Good Friday Quotes 9-6-13| Tolero Solutions | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
A little motivation and humor are good for business. We post motivational business quotes at the end of each week - end your week on a feel good note.

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Rescooping ... thx!

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, September 7, 2013 11:20 AM

Happy Friday!

Scott Span, MSOD's comment, September 11, 2013 4:24 PM
No problem. Glad it resonated!
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The 21st Century Dual-Mindset Leader - Innovation Excellence (blog)

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It dictated our approach to growth. It shaped the management systems we put into place to lead and mange the business. It influenced how we structured our organizations.
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As a leader, are you pushing the limits of tomorrow's possibilities of chaos, uncertainty, and disruptive growth or keeping yourself and your organization in the comfort zone of the past.  Beware the latter -- for it's the path to obsolescence and extinction as adaptive leaders and organizations change the world.

 

Reminds me of a quote:  "In the development of air power, one has to look ahead and not backward and figure out what is going to happen, not too much what has happened." -- Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell, US Army Air Corps

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10 Quotes All Entrepreneurs Should Memorize

10 Quotes All Entrepreneurs Should Memorize | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Life can be tough. As my mother used to wryly remind me, “No one gets out alive.” We all have plenty of less-than-perfect moments. Not even the most gifted, telegenic and charming people

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Rescooping ... a fresh set of great leadership quotes.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 8, 2013 2:09 AM

You cannot control everything, buy you can control how you deal with setbacks. However stressful failure can be, if you consistently pick yourself up and get back on the horse, you’ve passed the real test of leadership.


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Hiring Culture: Creating A Recruitment Ecosystem

Hiring Culture: Creating A Recruitment Ecosystem | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Every company has a distinctive organizational culture and "hiring culture." To improve the impact of your hiring culture, focus on 3 essential elements...


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Rescooping ... great article. 

 

Food for thought -- five good case studies to consider are the different recruitment models for the 5 different military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) -- each tailored to the purpose and culture of each respective military service and tailored to differing groups of potential recruits.

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, September 8, 2013 7:33 PM

Great article....thank you Bobby for sharing!

 

What do the Great companies have in common?  They have strong company culture.  Just like companies such as Zappos, they prioritize recruiting, selecting, training, measuring, and rewarding employees who share their company values and live it!

 

What are your thoughts?

 

 

Cruise Line Class's comment, September 10, 2013 11:04 PM
Don....what excellent examples!!!! How obvious and yet this is the first time that this example has been brought to my attention. Would love to hear your videos or podcasts Don.
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5 Levels of Leadership

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5 Levels of #Leadership #calsae #bealeader #betterleadership #leadbyexample #selfimprovement (RT @LoisZachary: Are you familiar with the five levels of #leadership?

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Two questions ... where do fall on this spectrum?  and what can you do to improve?

 

Good questions to ask yourself ... and good questions to ask your subordinate leaders to help them grow.

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Giving Constructive Criticism—That Won't Make Anyone Cringe | The Daily Muse

Giving Constructive Criticism—That Won't Make Anyone Cringe | The Daily Muse | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Doling out criticism, even if it is "constructive," is never easy. But, with a bit of preparation, you can make yours more constructive and less cringe-worthy.

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Rescooping.

 

An insight from the article that I'd like to footstomp -- that is that as the leader YOU are responsible for setting your people up for success ... and one way you do that is by providing honest feedback.

 

I don't know how many times I've provided folks negative (yet honest and constructive) feedback to then learn that NO ONE had ever given them this type of feedback before in their careers.  IMHO, leaders who do not offer honest feedback, despite how tough it might be, are not leaders.

 

Consider this.  If we can all agree that learning from failure is CRITICAL to success and growth, arent' leaders who fail to provide constructive criticism thereby choosing to set that person up to fail?  Is that leadership?

 

Moreover, the leaders and mentors whom I respect the most are the ones who not only pushed me out of my comfort zone to grow, but also were the ones who told me when I was messing up -- and I am the better for it.  Following their example, I "regift" this leadership lesson by providing the same honest feedback to my subordinates AND expecting other leaders in the unit to do the same at every level.

 

Finally, consider this, the majority of folks will improve in response to constructive and then will pass on that lesson.  Just imagine the momentum that can be built one person and one small improvement at a time -- the whole ends up being greater than the sum of the parts.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 5, 2013 11:58 PM

Being a manager can be incredibly fulfilling, and working through challenges—whether that’s telling your least-favorite team member how her horrible fashion sense is killing the mood at conferences, or that her combative attitude with clients is making everyone’s life difficult—will help you both take your careers to the next level.

Amy Ragsdale's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:32 PM

Great article.

 

From the article: "The fact that she had the stones to ask for a raise got me thinking the problems with her performance weren’t just her fault—I was her manager, after all. It was my job to guide and support her until she earned that raise, and if I wasn’t happy with her performance, I owed it to both of us to tell her.

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Are you on this planet to do something, or for something to do? - Jim Kouzes - Leadership

Are you on this planet to do something, or for something to do? -  Jim Kouzes - Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Jim Kouzes is Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and the co-author (with Barry Posner) of The Leadership Challenge: How to Make...

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What is a leader's purpose?  I think the answer is simple ... just look at the impact that he/she has on the people around him/her and the impact that those folks have on others.

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25 Ways To Be More Creative: Inc. - Huffington Post

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In fact, Sawyer advocates what is likely a radical shift in mindset for most people. Coming up with good ideas isn't something we leave until .....
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I think tip #1 says it all ... creativity comes from leaders asking the right questions.  Note that the leader does not have to have the answers (and often doesn't) ... he/she just has to create the conditions to draw creative ideas from their people and then nurture those ideas into actions.

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Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

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The topic of mindfulness is popping up everywhere. While these somewhat militant monks seem the antithesis of the quiet, calm imagery associated with all things mindful, the message speaks to a lar...

Via Jenny Ebermann, Create Wise Leader, David Hain
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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing.  A wealth on useful info about mindfulness and leadership.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 6, 2013 3:22 AM

And long may it stay there!

Jenny Ebermann's comment, September 6, 2013 6:44 AM
Very welcome!
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:03 PM

This should have been happening for some time.

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What’s Your Stretch Factor? The 10 factors that best predict success.

What’s Your Stretch Factor? The 10 factors that best predict success. | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Stretch Factor℠ = the combination of factors that collectively indicates how much bigger a job a person can currently handle.If known, a person’s Stretch Factor could be used to offset
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So what is your "stretch factor?"  And are you open to stretching your limits, or are you comfortable with the status quo?

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Are You A Half-Hearted Kamikaze? Be Committed!

Are You A Half-Hearted Kamikaze? Be Committed! | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The world is filled with half-hearted kamikazes. We need people who understand commitment, not involvement, is key to leading a life of true significance.

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Rescooping.

 

When it comes to leadership, you're either "all in" or you're not in at all.  Your subordinates will follow your lead regarding commitment to the purpose of the organization -- they will only be as committed as you are. 

 

So are you truly "all in" with regards to leading your organization?

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John Michel's curator insight, September 9, 2013 1:56 PM

Are you someone who routinely keeps their commitments? 

Chris Brown's curator insight, September 19, 2013 3:22 PM

Too many half-hearted kamikazes.  The three suggestions are great and the statement just before the suggestions is spot on!  These are simple suggestions that are challenging to implement.

Don't over commit

Agree on a simple, straight forward plan

 

 

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4 Ways to Love Better - Huffington Post (blog)

4 Ways to Love Better - Huffington Post (blog) | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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I've sat witness to many people profoundly disappointed in the opposite sex. You know, the hackneyed, men are dogs or women are bitches. Then, they blame love.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:37 AM

I think the best we can all do is to make a commitment to lov-ing. Even if you don't get it right, each time you make the effort, it takes you to a higher place.

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How to Differentiate Great Leaders from Good Leaders

How to Differentiate Great Leaders from Good Leaders | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

“ Recently, I attended a memorial service for Dennis Dammerman, a retired GE executive and one of the very first people I interviewed with at GE 30 years ago. He was a mentor and friend to me and a”


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John Michel's curator insight, September 9, 2013 4:22 AM

Great insights from one of the best companies in the world. 

David Hain's curator insight, September 9, 2013 5:15 AM

Excellent article.  By chance it arrived on the same day as a tweetchat invitation to join 2 people whose work I also admire.  For those interested:

 

You are invited to join the #LeadWithGiants  Tweetchat exclusively on Twitter every Monday at 7:00pm ET.  This week's topic : Good To Great with @DanVForbes and @TShnall. More info at http://www.leadwithgiants.com/leadwithgiants/

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12 Leadership Quotes You Should Stick On Your Wall: Leadership - Off the Wall

12 Leadership Quotes You Should Stick On Your Wall: Leadership - Off the Wall | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Akash: The following post is by leadership speaker and expert Paul Thornton. Paul has coauthored the book, Public Speaking Tips from the Pros with me. This post is based on his book, Leadership-Off the Wall.

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More great leadership quotes ... including several news ones to add to your collection.

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Library@NYP's curator insight, September 7, 2013 5:54 AM

Practical tips from successful leaders.

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Innovation Excellence - Fear to Innovate

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What was I doing! How could I have been so cruel and naive to not understand the differences between people’s cognitive understanding of fear and their natural resistance to having a visceral experience of it!

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Interesting article ... the truth is fear is a part of all of us -- and the culture that leaders create and foster has a profound influence on how people respond to their own individual fears to push them beyond their comfort zone.  This behavior of accepting and leveraging fear is a culture that can be cultivated in any organization.

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Are you a People Pleaser?

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Are you one of those people who say YES to everyone and everything? Maybe you suffer from what Psychologists call being a people-pleaser. People Pleaser: n. A person who spends a lot of energy pleasing others.

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Rescooping ... sound advice.

 

I'd offer adding one more question ... is the request what the individual wants or what the individual needs (noting that servant leaders always lean towards fulfilling needs based on the bigger picture but not necessarily wants). 

 

For example, sometime a subordinate leader needs to figure certain out on their own in order to grow -- giving them an answer or help may actually hold them back (making them dependent upon you).

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Cruise Line Class's comment, September 10, 2013 11:05 PM
Good point!
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HELP! I Can't Motivate My Employees

HELP! I Can't Motivate My Employees | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Dear Liz,I'm a big fan of you and Human Workplace. I've been a manager for four years without any big problems, but lately I'm in a leadership bog and I need your help getting out of it.My boss, Gary
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You've got to read this ... this article is jam packed with insights!

 

Captures the difference between leading versus managing ... between inspiring people versus manipulating them (but calling it "motivation") ... between influence and power.

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"Superior performance requires practicing beyond the point of mastery."

"Superior performance requires practicing beyond the point of mastery." | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Practice makes permanent.

 

In reporting on the Neurological Benefits Of Practice, author, Annie Murphy Paul emphasizes that "We don’t just need to learn a task in order to perform it well; we need to overlearn it. Decades of research have shown that superior performance requires practicing beyond the point of mastery."


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A critical question for any leader ... what are you doing to practice leadership beyond the point of mastery?  (try writing a list ... reading and studying leadership is always good, but what else are you doing)

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 6, 2013 11:20 AM

"You’re getting better and better, even when you can’t tell you’re improving—a thought to keep you going through those long hours of practice."


Practice, the Common Core Standards, and Literacy


Literacy is the common ground of the common core. Yet, I see little reading and virtually no writing in most secondary classrooms. Students cannot become proficienct readers or writers without huge quantities of deliberate, guided practice. Even good readers and writers need to practice beyond the point of mastery. 


Remember, practice makes permanent!

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Creating a Company Vision Story

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Do you have a vision of where your company will be in three years? In five? 10? Here’s a sure-fire way to get clear about the future you want.

Via Karen Dietz, David Hain
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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!

 

If the leader can't tell the story of where we're all going, then it's really hard getting there.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:25 AM

A must read. Fabulous article

Karen Dietz's comment, September 11, 2013 8:54 PM
How cool Linda! That must have been a real treat. And thank you Freddy and Ali for your comments.
Debra Walker's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:30 PM

Visioning is critical for ensuring everyone in the organization can "see" the orgn in the future.  Stories are powerful!

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Flat Hierarchy Means Less Stress and Happier, Nicer Individuals

Flat Hierarchy Means Less Stress and Happier, Nicer Individuals | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
“Flat hierarchies make for a happier, better work environment and foster innovation.” We know quotes like this very well and yet, there are many voices, which say there is a certain inevitability for hierarchy in human societies.

Via Riaz Khan
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Something a little different on leadership and culture.  A reminder that its the people in the group that manifest and reinforce culture ... and it only takes a handful of toxic leaders (e.g. the aggressive baboons in this article) to create a toxic culture.

 

So who you recruit, hire, retain, and promote becomes a tangible manifestation of the culture and organizational values the leader wants to sew, and who you fire, remove, or demote manifests what you don't want in your culture/organization -- for better or for worse. 

 

Choose wisely the leaders and people you surround yourself with and who you get rid of.

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The Plague Of The Pessimist Leader: 8 Tips To Make You More Optimistic Today

The Plague Of The Pessimist Leader: 8 Tips To Make You More Optimistic Today | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Are you a pessimistic leader? There is hope.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, John Michel
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Leaders exude eternal optimism, especially when faced with daunting challenges and problems.  But to clarify, it's not enough just to have a positive attitude -- it's more about shaping perspective and guiding people on what they can do to turn around a bad situation.  It's replacing hopelessness after getting knocked down with how to take the hit and then stand back up and fight.  It is in mobilizing positive action and direction that optimistic leadership works.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:53 PM

Leaders who feel their pessimism motivates employees to work harder will find it very hard to reach difficult goals. The workplace already has too many cynics and doubters. Leaders need to create a hopeful environment that inspires employees to do the impossible. These eight behaviors will change your workplace environment and help others see you as a more optimistic leader.

Bryce Wettstein's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:18 PM

This article highlights the benefits of being an optimistic leader in terms of overall happiness and motivation within the workplace. Optimistic leaders tend to receive better production and morale from their employees. This article highlights some tips for becoming or improving optimistic leadership. Their is a great graphical representation of overall leadership effectivenss in relation to optimism perceived by others near the bottom of the article.