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Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily

Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
If you really want to create a shift in your business and get the most from your leadership, make these powerful questions part of your daily ritual.

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Web Connect Agency's curator insight, October 20, 2014 10:44 PM

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Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim's curator insight, October 24, 2014 7:52 AM

This is great for everyone. It provides great advice not only for business but in every day life.

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Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Fast Company | Business + Innovation | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Instead of thinking about what you want, ask: “What is it that would be most useful for them?”
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From the article ... Instead of thinking about what you want, ask: “What is it that would be most useful for them?”

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Courage to Take a Different Path

Courage to Take a Different Path | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The most frightening thing in life is reaching for what lies deepest in your heart. You won’t get there alone. Mentors ignite courage and fuel progress. This post is based on my conversation with L...

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 2, 2014 11:23 AM

Excellent snippet on mentoring.  Contains a number of 2 minute audio responses from Linda Rottenberg.

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One Simple Concept That Will Infuse Your Leadership With Success - Forbes

One Simple Concept That Will Infuse Your Leadership With Success - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Your success as a leader will be significantly enhanced if you do one thing better - create opportunity.
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From the article:  "I had a conversation with my five-year-old son, Ian. He had been selected as the 'leader for the day' at his pre-school. I gave him a big high five and said, 'What did you get to do as class leader, little buddy?' His reply? 'I got to open doors for people.'"

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The Most Important Skill for Great Leaders? Trustworthiness.

The Most Important Skill for Great Leaders? Trustworthiness. | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

What makes a great leader? You are probably thinking it’s something buzzword-worthy like confidence.  Or maybe vision.  Or emotional intelligence—you hear about that one all the time.  For sure, those are all good qualities for a leader to have, but the answer is actually trustworthiness. Technically, it’s not just being trustworthy that is key, but being seen as trustworthy.

 


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Trust can only be given.  Are you the kind of leader in whom your people choose to put their trust?

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 1, 2014 11:34 AM

It doesn’t matter how competent you are as a leader, you won’t get very far if your team doesn’t trust you.

Pierre Galeon's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:13 AM

Without trust there is nothing. 

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20 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough

20 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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John Michel's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:33 AM

The wisest, most loving, and well rounded people you have ever met are likely those who have known misery, known defeat, known the heartbreak of losing something or someone they loved, and have found their way out of the depths of their own despair.  These people have experienced many ups and downs, and have gained an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, understanding and a deep loving wisdom.  People like this aren’t born; they develop slowly over the course of time.

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Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Almost everyone seems to think that being vulnerable is a bad thing – it implies that you’re weak or defenseless. In fact, when someone is willing to admit they’re vulnerable, it demonstrates a level of trust and respect with the person or people they’re opening up to. Great leaders recognize the importance of bringing vulnerability to work because it is the foundation for open and nonjudgmental communications. The boldest act of a leader is to be publicly vulnerable.


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Our humanity is the source of our strength.  Just as fear does not define weakness, but rather it is courage in the face of fear that defines true strength.  Similarly, being vulnerable does not define weakness, but rather embracing one's vulnerability defines the strength of a leader.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 30, 2014 9:12 AM

(From the article): A leader who shows vulnerability is someone who stops feeling compelled to be the first one with an idea or the first one to answer a question. Becoming vulnerable requires a mindset shift where you start to see the aspirations of the business through the eyes of the people you lead. This invites them to become more involved in – and in fact to become the drivers of – the conversation. When you are vulnerable, your employees feel more connected, invested, respected, and vital to the organization. Everyone benefits.

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12 Promises You Should Make to Yourself and Keep Forever

12 Promises You Should Make to Yourself and Keep Forever | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:58 AM

I am not sure we own our lives, but we can be responsible for it and what happens in it. I found many teachers and their bosses were always looking for ways to not be responsible. What do you want from me was a common question.

 

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Marcela Contreras M's curator insight, September 26, 2014 12:46 PM

Think positive, just do it. 

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The Traits That Lead To Success - And How To Tell Who's Got Them

The Traits That Lead To Success - And How To Tell Who's Got Them | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Technology changes quickly. Companies implode and people switch jobs every few years.

 

If 30% of information in some fields becomes obsolete in a year, how long does expertise last? says Liz Wiseman in her forthcoming book, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.

 

It’s not that expertise isn’t helpful, but success comes from constantly approaching work as a “perpetual rookie,” Wiseman writes, someone who is “living and working perpetually on a learning curve.” People who can do that will thrive. Here’s how to recognize someone who’s always in back-to-school mode:

 


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"Being a good leader often means approaching situations with a rookie mindset." 

 

Without this "rookie" mindset, a leader will gravitate towards him/her knowing the answer or relying too heavily on "experts" who supposedly know the answers.  And this will inevitably lead to groupthink and static thinking.

 

Instead, ask thoughtful questions and inspire the same of those around you -- this is the only path to critical thinking and innovation ... and to create the organizational culture that naturally thinks and operates in this way.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 15, 2014 6:52 PM

Being a good leader often means approaching situations with a rookie mindset. Here's how to tell if you are up to the challenge.

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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 15, 2014 12:23 AM

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, 2014 5:56 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, 2014 3:56 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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Why You Should Play on Your Strengths--Not Focus on Your Weaknesses - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

Why You Should Play on Your Strengths--Not Focus on Your Weaknesses - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
If you want to improve your leadership, you must learn what your strengths are and align yourself with them.
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Why Leaders Should Focus on Employee Investment, not Engagement | Switch and Shift

Why Leaders Should Focus on Employee Investment, not Engagement | Switch and Shift | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The modern workplace is a collection of new technologies, new business strategies, and new leadership methodologies… and the same staggering number of
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How to See Your Current Leadership Reality - INSEAD Knowledge

How to See Your Current Leadership Reality - INSEAD Knowledge | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you know how people currently experience leadership in your organisation? Is your organisation on the path to creating a step change in...
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Step one to solving a leadership problem is seeing and defining the problem.  Does your organization have a leadership gap?  If so, where is the gap, and how can you fix it?  This article provides a useful framework of questions to be asking about your organization and its leaders.

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10 Tips For Leading Through Changes

10 Tips For Leading Through Changes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Change is hard--proceed with flexibility, patience, and a dose of authority.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 1, 2014 6:52 AM

Here are 10 pieces of advice to bosses when leading your team through change.

Pierre Galeon's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:14 AM

Flexibility  LOTS of patience and a dose of authority! Flexibility and authority come in large supply usually. 

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The Practice of Courage - Huffington Post

The Practice of Courage - Huffington Post | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The Practice of Courage
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The practice of courage is doing small things with love. This was Mother Theresa's anthem.
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"We begin to dismantle what is overwhelming by beginning the journey of involvement one hand at a time, one kindness at a time, one utterance of truth at a time."

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Seth's Blog: The sophistication of truth

Seth's Blog: The sophistication of truth | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
A common form of complexity is the sophistication of fear. Long words when short ones will do. Fancy clothes to keep the riffraff out and to give us a costume to hide behind. Most of all, the sneer of, "you...

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How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change—help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership.  But what about the beliefs and values that drive behavior? 



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So, what is your leadership philosophy? 

 

(if you don't have one, it's time to think about it and make one)

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 19, 2014 3:12 PM

Executive coaching and leadership development programs rarely include much, if anything, about the power of clarifying one’s philosophical world-view. But there is mounting evidence that they should.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:17 PM

Several contemporary educational i.e. Gert Biesta writers express concern about a Platonic approach to education and Socratic circles. Aristotle's work is much more compatible focusing on phronesis. Gadamer felt we needed to rethink the role of praxis which was downplayed in Plato's work. It is the blending of them that makes them function well.

 

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How to Cut Through Fake Talk to Increase Employee Engagement - Switch and Shift

How to Cut Through Fake Talk to Increase Employee Engagement - Switch and Shift | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Recent research on engagement shows that high engagement drives financial results. Additionally, the notion of engagement has come to encompass more than just

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Show me your calendar, and I'll show you your priorities. 

 

So how much time do you spend engaging with your people?  How much time have you set aside for one-on-ones?  Group engagements?  Social media?

 

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, September 17, 2014 4:25 PM

Some great insights on communications. The last two questions are the most critical but the others establish the foundation.

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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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John Michel's curator insight, September 13, 2014 12:14 PM

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


Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 15, 2014 6:19 AM

Good guidelines for a continual reinventing journey:-)

Betty Skeet's curator insight, September 22, 2014 5:58 AM

If you really want to make a difference...what kind of a leader are you?

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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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