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Make Yourself Redundant: Why All Effective Leaders Enjoy Vacation - Forbes

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Make Yourself Redundant: Why All Effective Leaders Enjoy Vacation
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A couple of weeks ago I went on a real vacation. I didn't bring my computer, I shut off my phone.
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A helpful insight ... if you're a leader, and thus you are cultivating your future "replacement" leader ... and those folks are doing the same ... and so on -- then not only will you be able to take time off, so will your people.

 

So more leadership equals more productivity plus the ability to take time to appreciate success and share that with your people.  The outcome is simple ... momentum, capacity, and accomplishments.

 

Likewise, poor leadership leads to having to work much harder for less results and not being able to get away ... and neither can your people.  This is a vicious cycle that has one predictable outcome.  If you and everyone around you has to work 50, 60, 70, 80 hours per week -- then you're not leading.

 

Vacation anyone?!

 

 

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Leadership And The Boiling Frog Experiment

Leadership And The Boiling Frog Experiment | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Boiling Frog (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey) True story about one of the biggest regrets I have in my corporate career. At one point, I was part of a C-level leadership team where the business was facing immense challenges.
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Good leaders don't just study/practice "good" leadership traits/actions ... they have the conviction of character to recognize when things are going wrong, take ownership, and then take action to fix it.

 

I can't remember the exact quote, but it goes something like this ... "There are no bad platoons, only bad platoon leaders."

 

Is it fair to assume no one takes on the mantle of leadership with the intent to do poorly and mess up the organization?  (Please make me the CEO so I can bankrupt the company ... please promote me to General so I can lose the war ... etc).  Or is a more likely explanation the one in this article ... where leaders fall victim to the "slowly boiling frog" of growing organizational dysfunction.  This is the very definition of leadership failure ... and examples are too many to count.

 

So when (and I emphasize "when") dysfunction rears its ugly head, how do leaders respond?  How do managers respond?  Here's a defining difference -- a leader takes ownership, "runs into the burning building" of organizational dysfunction, rebuilds trust, and turns the organization around ... whereas managers accept the status quo while pointing the finger at others.

 

So, when things go bad ... are you a true leader ... or just a manager?  Time for some real soul searching.

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Four Essentials of Strength-Based Leadership - Forbes

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It is in human nature to look for negative in everything first. Most of the stories on the news are negative (after all, they draw the most attention).
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Leveraging one's own strengths is key to developing an individual growth mindset ... but even more powerful is the ability of inspiring leaders to appreciate, leverage, and grow the strengths of his/her people -- to promote their own individual growth in alignment towards the purpose that binds the organization together (e.g. the "why" that calls to them).

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The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach

The way we understand our intelligence and abilities deeply impacts our success. Based on social science research and real life examples, Eduardo Briceño art...
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If a "growth mindset" is critical to individual growth, lifelong learning, and long-term success, then I propose that leaders not only manifest a "growth mindset" themselves, but they proactively foster a "growth mindset" in the leaders they recruit and develop, in the work climate they create, and the organization they lead.

 

 

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Career Coach: Good leaders share leadership and power

There are a lot of problems that result when leaders do not share power. Those who have false perceptions of their own importance spend a lot of time reinforcing it.
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Leaders develop more leaders ... and to do that, the leader must give of himself/herself and allow your people the space to grow.  It's the old addage that a leaders job is to grow your future replacement--so true.  How better to do that then to continuously test your people by giving them ever tougher challenges and empowering them to lead and figure it out?

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Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?

Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The organizational psychologist Adam Grant argues that the key to hyperefficiency is tirelessly helping others.
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Great insights and thoughtful observations about leadership and "giving" ... I'm putting Adam Grant's book on my reading list.  These stories definitely piqued by interests ... and hopefully yours.

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Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company

Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Article shared with me (thanks Kenneth Mikkelson) ... now shared with you in the spirit of giving.  If an organization's leaders value givers over takers and thus recruits/hires/developes this talent, then imagine the net strategic impact to the organization -- talk about organizations that can "punch above their weight".  So are you a giver or taker?  Hint ... look at the collegues you keep closest and push forward.

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10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece | N2Growth Blog

10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece | N2Growth Blog | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The riddle of a leadership masterpiece is the hands of others reveal our artistry. By: Brian Layer (New from #N2Growth 10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece: The riddle of a leadership m...

Via John Michel
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Rescooping -- thanks John Michel for finding this article ... so simple, all of us can do it. 

 

Every day is a blessing an opportunity to make things just a little bit better -- now repeat 24/7/365 and imagine for a moment the impact that can have on all the people around us!

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John Michel's curator insight, August 21, 2013 12:37 AM

How might things be different if everyone tried their best to make everyday a masterpiece? 

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Develop Leadership Strengths By Building Around Them

Develop Leadership Strengths By Building Around Them | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
It has become vogue in talent management to focus on strengths as a means to developing leadership skills.
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Just as leaders must be mindful to leverage the strengths of their people, leaders must be self-aware to leverage and build upon one's own leadership strengths.  World class athletes don't become world class by maximizing their talents -- world class leaders need to do the same!

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PS Leaders should also be mindful of the strengths of their subordinate leaders to coach and mentor them to leverage their strengths as well.
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Leadership Quiz | Executive Education INSEAD

Leadership Quiz | Executive Education INSEAD | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Which type of leader are you?

 


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Rescooping ... so what kind of leader are you?

 

Sun Tzu ... “If you know the enemy and **know yourself**, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Marianne Canter's curator insight, August 16, 2013 3:19 PM

Brief quiz, but hit it on the mark for me.

Leon Shivamber's comment, August 17, 2013 9:25 AM
Thank you for sharing. Took it and got Transformational Leader!
Don Cloud's comment, August 21, 2013 5:15 PM
Thanks for sharing ... interesting tool. A great way to better know yourself.
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How to Give Constructive Criticism: 10 Tips for Successful Coaching

How to Give Constructive Criticism: 10 Tips for Successful Coaching | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
We each want to succeed. The problem is, hearing what we do wrong, sucks. Here are 10 tips to deliver constructive criticism that help us win, together:
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Good servant leaders give their folks what they *need* ... not what they want.  And sometimes what they need is some "tough love" to help make them more successful.  The leaders and commanders that I respect the most are the ones who were the most demanding and provided me open/honest feedback to steer me back on course ... sometimes having to be very blunt (I recall during one feedback when my supervisor told me "you're being a pompous ass" and then explained how I needed to do better -- in particular to grow my collaboration building skills).

 

If you do this right (e.g. giving constructive criticism regularly in order to help them to succeed), then you as a leader are helping people to grow.  BTW, it's supposed to be uncomfortable -- change, growth, and development always are.

 

Lastly, I ask all leaders to have the courage to give constructive criticism.  Failing to do so is failing to have the courage of conviction and character to do the right thing.  I've heard too many times in my career where I had been the *first* person to give an individual constructive criticism or to mark them down on an evaluation.  Does that set them up for success?  Does being "easy" on folks help them to change their behavior for the better?  Does it set them up for future success or does it set them up for future failure because the leader didn't have the guts to tell them something they needed to hear and they kept on plodding away thinking everything was fine.

 

Leaders inspire us to be become our better selves -- be a tough but fair leader -- set high expectations and let folks know where they need to improve.  You're either helping to raise everyone up (by being honest) or you're holding everyone back (by letting things slide).

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Are you really leading, or are you just taking a walk?

Are you really leading, or are you just taking a walk? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It’s lonely at the top” associated with leadership. But is isolated leadership really effective? I don’t think so. In fact, I believe that, “He that thinketh he l...

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Don Cloud's insight:

Rescooping ... good article.  Reminds me of the quote about military command ... "To Command is to Serve, nothing more and nothing less" ~Andre Malraux.  Real leaders "walk the walk" and don't just "talk the talk" ... followers can spot a genuine leader by their actions.

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John Michel's curator insight, August 20, 2013 9:25 PM

Losing touch with your people is a huge leadership landmine. It will damage your credibility and destroy your influence. How do you avoid losing touch?

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 21, 2013 8:59 PM

Leadership requires actions consistent with words.  "The most effective leaders stay connected to their people. This gives them the greatest amount of influence, and allows the leader and the team to achieve their big-picture goals together."

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I am a leader!

I am a leader! | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Via Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach
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Rescooping ... a lot of meaning in such a short list.  If I might try to add a punchline to the bottom:

 

A boss cares about his/her own success ... while a Leader sets everyone else up for success.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, August 17, 2013 10:13 AM
Thank you Ivon, I think so as well!
Don Cloud's comment, August 19, 2013 5:11 PM
What a great list ... thanks for sharing!!
Johann Gauthier's curator insight, August 20, 2013 8:58 PM

I too am a leader !

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7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander

7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Taking tactics from the war room to the boardroom.

Via Scott Span, MSOD
Don Cloud's insight:

Great leadership insights -- leadership, ethics, and adaptability forged in an environment where risk taking is the rule (not the exception).

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, August 26, 2013 12:13 PM

Corporate and military leadership are distinctively different for obvious reasons...

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Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit | Video on TED.com

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled.
Don Cloud's insight:

Whether we call it "grit" ... or a "growth mindset" ... or "resilience" -- they all speak to understanding that life is a journey full of choices:  how to respond to success, how to get back up from failures, how to recognize fleeting opportunities, how to see opportunities when bad things happen, how to take risks, how to dream, and how to keep moving "forward."

 

So what does this say about leaders and organizations with "grit"?  Do any come to mind (Winston Churchill, Southwest, Apple Computer, Steve Jobs ....)?

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Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve

Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership writer and top TED speaker Simon Sinek explains how great leaders create a circle of safety for their teams.
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Rescooping ... Simon Sinek takes his "golden circle" where leaders always start with "why" and takes it to another level. 

 

By creating a 2nd circle ... a "circle of safety", exceptional leaders create a growth mindset that encourages his/her people, leaders in his/her organization, and the organization at large to manifest a collective growth mindset. 

 

Just imagine the amount of talent, energy, and momentum that can be unleashed to accomplish the unimaginable or the previously impossible.

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Courage on two fronts - New York Daily News

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Courage on two fronts
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The valor displayed on a hellacious battlefield by Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt.

Via John Michel
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His actions and character speak louder than any words

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John Michel's curator insight, August 27, 2013 2:10 PM

The valor displayed on a hellacious battlefield by Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ty Carter is incalculable, and the honesty he has shown in discussing warfare’s toll in the ebb of combat is invaluable.




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Successful Companies Are “Nice”

Successful Companies Are “Nice” | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

“There’s no way to institutionalize or “corporatize” niceness…. It has to come from the top, and from there it will filter down…"

 

We live in a world where information travels quickly and powerfully. Nothing happens—good or bad—without the world knowing it.

 

In his book Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management is over—and Collaboration Is In, author Peter Shankman shows how famously nice executives, entrepreneurs, and companies are setting the standard for success in this new world. He goes in-depth with nine hallmarks of effective leadership.


Via Anne Leong, Kenneth Mikkelsen, John Michel
Don Cloud's insight:

Rescooping (thanks John Michel).  I would piggyback that these "nice companies" finish first in the long run.  Sure, a more cutthroat organization may be able to perform in the short term, but how long will that "success" last before the bubble bursts?  Happy leaders make for happy employees, which make for happy customers and success.

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John Ludike's curator insight, August 27, 2013 5:10 AM

Very few of these and can be tracked via reputations on Glassdoor .com

Erin Olson's curator insight, August 27, 2013 11:27 PM

...and successful teachers are "nice", too

Perry Wilson's curator insight, August 28, 2013 1:11 PM

Do you think this is true? Are we becoming collaborative? I've worked and led in the Credit Union sector and I've always found collaboration better then cutthroat.

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In the Company of Givers and Takers

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Another good article on givers versus takers (thanks again Kenneth!).  And a good point of clarification ... I would argue good leaders give their people what they need -- not necessarily what they want -- to succeed. 

 

So it's not a matter of being equally generous for equal outcomes ... it's a matter of setting each individual up for their maximum potential and growth.  And it's a matter of rewarding exceptional performance while promoting the growth of each individual to maximize their own growth potential.

 

Put another way, there should be many ladders to success ... but it's still up to each individual to climb ... and it's up to leaders to help them climb the ladders that are the best fit for that person's talents/gifts.

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What Amazing Leaders Do Differently

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In my work as a startup founder over the last few years, I've been fortunate enough to find myself surrounded by some incredible young leaders, be mentored by a few wise executives, and spend time (.@ShaneSnow shares 7 things amazing leaders do differently:...

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Well said and well thought ... one of the best descriptions/definitions of servant leaders.  Thanks!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 21, 2013 7:57 PM

There is a mindful quality to the qualities.

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How To Succeed At Leadership – Inspiration From An Unlikely Source - TanveerNaseer.com

How To Succeed At Leadership – Inspiration From An Unlikely Source - TanveerNaseer.com | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn about the 4 things successful leaders do to ensure their employees have the right environment to succeed and thrive.
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Leaders provide the atmosphere and environment for their folks to thrive ... 4 simple things to focus on to set your folks up for success.

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3 Musts of Transformational Leadership | To A Higher Level

3 Musts of Transformational Leadership | To A Higher Level | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn 3 musts every transformational leader must embrace, and the 3 questions they must ask themselves today.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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People will follow leaders wherever they go ... so the question is, are you leading them somewhere special and worth going to?

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Leadership Skill #2: Do You Have A Dream?

Leadership Skill #2: Do You Have A Dream? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Great leaders inspire us, creating passion and belief through exciting shared dreams and causes about which they have strong convictions.Do you have an exciting shared dream and a strong cause for (Leadership Skill #2: Do You Have A Dream?

Via John Michel
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Rescooping ... what a hidden gem of an article (thanks to John Michel for scooping)... lot's a great questions that every leader should ask and answer.

 

Bottom line:  If you don't have a dream ... then where exactly are you trying to lead your folks?

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John Michel's curator insight, August 20, 2013 9:21 PM

Great leaders inspire us, creating passion and belief through exciting shared dreams and causes about which they have strong convictions.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:33 AM

Dreams and visions are essential.

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But I Thought We Were Friends - How to Lead Peers - Trailblaze

But I Thought We Were Friends - How to Lead Peers - Trailblaze | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
How Could You? He was angry. His tight words and finger stabbing the air made it clear: he felt betrayed. “How could you let this happen?” He had just been fired…by the President of the Company. “Me??
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One good test of your leadership ability is to lead peers ... who by definition you do not have power over by position.  If you want to flex your leadership muscles and really work them out, this is the perfect place to do so.  Building trust and convincing your peers why we need to work together to get something important done remains the foundation of being a good leader.

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Bad Boss vs. Good Leader Image

Bad Boss vs. Good Leader Image | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
This simple graphic depicts the difference between a Bad Boss and a Good Leader. I love it, because it highlights some key attributes, including:
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The picture says it all ...

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