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The Key To Successful Leadership
What every leader needs to know
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Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. - Jack Welch

Only when you are able to help others perform to becoming leaders themselves you understand the real sense of leadership.


When you become a leader you give up the right to think about yourself.
~ Gerald Brooks

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LEADERSHIP MEANS LEARNING FROM EVERYONE - 10 Presidents’ Day Leadership Lessons |

LEADERSHIP MEANS LEARNING FROM EVERYONE - 10 Presidents’ Day Leadership Lessons | | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Here 10 Presidents’ Day Leadership Lessons:

1.) Don’t doubt your own authority.
2.) Build on what makes you unique.
3.) Balance idealism with pragmatism.
4.) Embrace innovation for the sake of innovation.
5.) Consider the needs of others as well as your own.
6.) Focus on how you communicate change.
7.) View your rivals as partners.
8.) Don’t lose sense of your priorities.
9.) The cover-up is always worse than the crime.
10.) Bring a sense of optimism to everything you do.

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Karin Sebelin's insight:

I like this point balancing idealism with pragmatism very much - for me a healthy pragmatism is necessary nowadays when we want to be successful. 

I am an idealist, too and I could realize that letting go in social media and in business will be our future. 

He who thinks having 100 networks and enjoying every given possibility in our digital world, has not understood that quantity won't bring us further.

Only when we find the correct balance between inspiration and letting go, we will find our personal happiness.

He who knows to let go and lives a healthy pragmatism is himself enough.
Pragmatism means being modest and humble with our personal wishes and needs and enjoying these few things that bring us joy. 

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The rarest commodity is leadership without ego: Bob Davids at TED x ESCP


Bob Davids is a highly successful entrepreneur, and has now headed six major company start-ups. Davids' engaging discussion explores the dynamics of leadership. He was hugely inspired by Robert Townsend's 'Up the Organization' and learned that the commodity most needed in business is leadership without ego. 


Management and leadership are two different things.
Management is about control and you can control only 3 things really:

1.) Quality
2.) Time
3.) Money

A leader should always give power back that he receives from his followers.
If people give a leader power back and he takes steadily power from them, one day he will fail totally in his leadership.

Karin Sebelin's insight:

What does that mean in reality?

When a leader gets power from his Twitter followers (mentions and RTs), he should give this power back. He should show a real interest in his followers, should interact with them, should mention them and RT them, with empathy and care. Good leadership is not about exaggerated interaction, but about well-thought-out interaction that makes sense and that appreciates the followers in a grateful way. 

"Any leader who doesn't support the heart of evolving humanity is not a leader worthy of being followed." ~ Vanna Bonta .

Daniela Santos's comment, March 3, 2013 10:03 PM
I agree with everything and I have to conclude that in all my career there were very few people with this ability.
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ENTHUSIASM MOVES MOUNTAINS | The Key To Successful Leadership |

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“What I do best is share my enthusiasm" - This quote from Bill Gates, the co founder of Microsoft is worth making a life philosophy.

Enthusiastic people are able to impress - they can convince and are often extremely successful. Showing a great motivation and a strong enthusiasm is one of the most positive qualities one can have. Enthusiasm leads to new enthusiasm - it can move mountains. Thus a real enthusiasm virus may arise, a wave of energy, fun and inspiration. 




Beware of false enthusiasm - false enthusiasm is feigned passion!

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Does Your Klout Score Determine Your Value?

Does Your Klout Score Determine Your Value? | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Real Influence is About Humanity, Contribution, Reciprocity & Engagement

@Mark Schaefer wrote the book "Return on Influence" to help you understand how you measure up on the social web and what that score means to your career or your business.

Read this article that will help you understand:

The conclusion from that is:
You Have Become a Number

But in reality it is not about this number!

Mark Schaefer wants to explain us that true and lasting influence is not the ever-changing badge of scores; rather, it’s about humanity, credibility, meaningful content and an engaged group of followers.

In my words:

We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.

Doing something for #mankind is what matters.

#influence #life #humanity #contribution #reciprocity #engagement #Klout #mankind

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TO WHICH TYPE DO YOU BELONG? - Great Leadership: The Great Leadership Learning Matrix

TO WHICH TYPE DO YOU BELONG? - Great Leadership: The Great Leadership Learning Matrix | The Key To Successful Leadership |

The Great Leadership Learning Matrix

“Everyone is an idiot, not just the people with low SAT scores.
The only differences among us is that we're idiots about different things at different times. No matter how smart you are, you spend much of your day being an idiot.” ~ Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

Look at this learning and development model.
According to the author, anybody would fall into one of these four quadrants:

Here's a summary of each type of learner:

1. The Ostrich
Doesn't know a lot and doesn't really give a damn about it. 
They won't seek out feedback, ignore it if they get it, and are seen as unwilling or unable to adapt. 

2. The Eager Beaver
Eager beavers are often new in their roles or are in a situation where they need to learn something new in order to be successful. The problem is,
they sometimes are a little too eager, and try to take on too many new skills at once. They can come across as not genuine, lack consistency, and are prone to lose their confidence. 

3. The Know-it-all
Know-it-alls really do have a lot of talent or expertise around the subject. However, they can come across as arrogant, presumptuousness, close-minded, and judgmental. They also may be very successful in their current role, but struggle with transitioning to new roles, given their unwillingness to let go of old skills and pick up new ones.

4. The Continuous Learner
Continuous learners are always looking to improve, no matter how good they are. Continuous learner leaders seem to be naturally curious and outstanding listeners. They are not faking it - they really do feel that they can learn something from everyone. They are not afraid to admit their weaknesses, and openly share their development plans to address those weaknesses. They are always seeking feedback, and seem to know how to take that feedback and adapt their behavior accordingly.

Karin Sebelin's insight:

To which type of learner do you belong?

I am a continuous and motivated learner.


Alan Bowman's comment, February 19, 2013 6:22 AM
TEAMWORK is the way Treat Everyone As Myself Willingly Openly Recycle Knowledge and also never be afraid tio admit you do not know something but you are willing to learn as well as pass on KNOWLEDGE the one thing you can give away which does not diminish but helps others GROW.
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thank you Alan.. like your words!
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A GOOD LEADER MUST BE ENGAGED, ETHICAL AND EFFECTIVE - Leaders in search of followership |

A GOOD LEADER MUST BE ENGAGED, ETHICAL AND EFFECTIVE - Leaders in search of followership | | The Key To Successful Leadership |

“No matter how many #leadership skills and personal characteristics a leader possesses, it ultimately boils down to two crucial things, according to Barbara Kellerman. A good leader must be #ethical and a good leader must be #effective.”

Barack Obama’s remarkable journey to the White House and his role as the world’s most powerful leader is a central story in a recent book, The End of Leadership, by Barbara Kellerman, professor in Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and an esteemed expert on leadership and followership. In her book, Barbara Kellerman takes a critical look at modern leaders and why we are so fascinated by them and often blindly pursue the idea of great leaders.

The End of Leadership challenges a widely spread perception that learning about and copying the traits and characteristics of a few good men and women is a fast track to success. Kellerman urges us to increasingly support the focus on individual leaders’ personal traits with a broader understanding of followership and the context that leaders operate within when we develop leaders.

It is all about engagement with the followers / with the stakeholders 

“This is not to say that CEOs don’t reach out—they do. But the large majority of them continue to do so in ways that are decidedly old-fashioned, by being quoted in the news or by speaking directly to different audiences at different events. This leaves only about a third of CEOs who engage with their stakeholders, their followers, by employing technologies such as their own corporate websites, podcasts, blogs, or YouTube channels, or through social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn,” Barbara Kellerman explains.

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Getting fit to lead: Habits of successful leaders

Getting fit to lead: Habits of successful leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Do you have what it takes to be a leader in the businesses of the future? Plenty of companies are worried that the pool might not be big enough to pick from in the future, so check out this infographic by NowSourcing to see if you’ve got the right stuff to succeed.


Via Gust MEES, donhornsby, Jose Luis Anzizar, David Hain
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CHARACTER BEATS EVERYTHING / Wisdom for Future Leaders

CHARACTER BEATS EVERYTHING / Wisdom for Future Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Being able to convince people with the own attitude and talents is good, being liked and followed by many is wonderful and being successful is great, but what really counts above all is character. Character is the key for a life of integrity and ethical excellence.

1.) Action is the measure of character - saying and doing the right thing are two different things – only action is the true measure of character.
2.) Talent is a gift – character is a choice - only in combining both you have outermost success
3.) Character generates trust - trust is essential when working with people and character leads to trust
4.) Character is the only way to sustain success - you may be successful without a great character, but with character your success will be lasting

Now you will say:
My reputation and my great influence are testimonial enough.

-> For you maybe and for a short-term success, but not for long-term.

Influence is a matter of transitoriness and your reputation is only a shadow of your character.


“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln



Hunting after your ability to influence people and forgetting your character?

Or concentrating primarily on your character?

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Antony Bell on Developing Leaders

Antony Bell, CEO, of Leadership Development, Inc. illustrates the importance of developing leaders.

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Theater Is Not The Only Place For Drama

There are people who have the ability to turn every situation into a crisis. Whether at home or at work, they exaggerate their reaction and the sky is always falling for them! The problem is here that their issues can escalate into our issues if we aren’t careful.

When someone has an overabundance of drama in his or her life or personality, it absolutely will affect others around them. Drama attracts attention, time, focus and resources.

As leaders, we have to do two things:
1. Temper the impact of the dramatic person and
2. Make sure we do not get caught up in or become the dramatic person!

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15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders - Forbes

15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders - Forbes | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Leaders need to be honest, have a demonstrated track record of success, be excellent communicators, place an emphasis on serving those they lead, be fluid in approach, have laser focus, and a bias toward action. If these traits are not possessed by your current leadership team, or your emerging leaders, you will be in for a rocky road ahead…

Here are 15 ways to identify bad leaders:

1. Leaders who can’t see it, probably won’t find it: 

Leaders without vision will fail. Leaders who lack vision cannot inspire teams, motivate performance, or create sustainable value. 

2. When leaders fail to lead themselves: A leader who lacks character or integrity will not endure the test of time. Optics over ethics is not a formula for success.

3. Put-up or shut-up: Nothing smacks of poor leadership like a lack of performance. Nobody is perfect, but leaders who consistently fail are no leaders.

4. Beware the know-it-all: The best leaders are acutely aware of how much they don’t know. They have no need to be the smartest person in the room, but have the unyielding desire to learn from others. I’ve often said, leaders who are not growing cannot lead a growing enterprise. 

5. When there’s a failure to communicate: Great leaders can communicate effectively across mediums, constituencies, and environments. They are active listeners, fluid thinkers, and know when to dial it up, down, or off.

6. It’s all about them: If a leader doesn’t understand the concept of “service above self” they will not engender the trust, confidence, and loyalty of those they lead. Any leader is only as good as his or her team’s desire to be led by them. 

7. Sing a little Kumbaya: Empathy, humility and kindness are signs of leadership strength – not weakness.

8. One size fits all leadership style: Only those leaders who can quickly recognize and adapt their methods to the situation at hand will be successful over the long haul. Think open-source not proprietary, surrender not control, and collaborate not dictate.

9. Lack of focus: Leaders who are not intentional and are not focused, will fail themselves and their team. Leaders who lack discipline will model the wrong behaviors and will inevitably spread themselves too thin. Organizations are at the greatest risk when leaders lose their focus. Intentions must be aligned with results for leaders to be effective.

10. Death by comfort zone: The best leaders are focused on leading change and innovation to keep their organizations fresh, dynamic and growing. Bottom line – leaders who build a static business doom themselves to failure.

11. Not paying attention to the consumer: The best leaders find ways to consistently engage the consumer and incorporate them into their innovation and planning initiatives. If you ignore, mistreat, or otherwise don’t value your customer base, your days as a leader are most certainly numbered.

12. Get Invested: Leaders not fully committed to investing in those they lead will fail. The best leaders support their team, build into their team, mentor and coach their team, and they truly care for their team. A leader not fully invested in their team won’t have a team – at least not an effective one. Never forget the old saying, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care – words to live by for leaders.

13. The “A” word: Real leaders are accountable. They don’t blame others, don’t claim credit for the success of their team, but always accept responsibility for failures that occur on their watch. Most of all, leaders are accountable to their team. I’ve always said that leaders not accountable to their people will eventually be held accountable by their people.

14. It’s the culture stupid: The lesson here is that culture matters – forget this and all other efforts with regard to talent initiatives will be dysfunctional, if not altogether lost. Don’t allow your culture to evolve by default, create it by design. The first step in cultural design is to be very, very careful who you let through the front door. People, their traits, attitudes, and work ethic (or lack thereof) are contagions. This can be positive or negative – the choice is yours. The old saying, “talent begets talent” is true, but talent that aligns with culture will produce better results than talent that does not.

15. Show some chutzpa: Leadership absent courage is a farce. I’m not referring to arrogance or bravado, but real courage. It takes courage to break from the norm, challenge the status quo, seek new opportunities, cut your losses, make the tough decision, listen rather than speak, admit your faults, forgive the faults of others, not allow failure to dampen your spirit, stand for those not capable of standing for themselves, and to remain true to your core values. You can do none of these things without courage. Courage is having the strength of conviction to do the right thing when it would just be easier to do things right.

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A GOOD LEADER MUST SHOW EMPATHY - Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters |

A GOOD LEADER MUST SHOW EMPATHY - Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters | | The Key To Successful Leadership |

1. What does empathy mean?

“Empathy means I demonstrate concern for & listen to reach understanding of others ideas & feelings.” –@scedmonds

2. Why does it matter for us to understand the needs of others?

“By understanding others we can develop closer relationships.” –@TerriKlass

3. What traits/behaviours distinguish someone as empathetic?

“Empathy requires listening, nonjudgmentalism, openness, emotional intelligence.” –@StrategicMonk

4. Can we learn to be more empathetic or is this an innate trait?

“Empathy is human. We can develop empathy when we focus on others and commit to develop our authentic self.” –@jimweibe

5. What can we do to become more empathetic?

“Take a personal interest in people. Show people that you care, and genuine curiosity about their lives.” –@LollyDaskal

6. What role does empathy play in leadership? Why does it matter?

“When we understand our team we have a better idea of the challenges ahead of us.” –@morrismichellek

7. So why aren’t we being more empathetic at work?

“Empathy takes time, focus, effort. Some people focus more on meeting deadlines than on the people who will carry you there.” –@elbiddulph

8. How can leaders encourage a culture of empathy?

“Create an environment were people feel it is safe to express their true opinion.” –@DrGregWaddell

9. How can we use empathy to become a better leader?

“Empathy as a state of mind breeds more listening -> understanding -> leadership!” –@KateNasser

10. If leaders could do one thing to create a more empathetic workplace, what would it be?

“Remember that people are not machines. They feel as well as produce.” –@dapancost

The greatest problem in our society are leaders who don't want to "see" others, who don't respect and value other people. These people are not able to feeling empathy.They prevent themselves from developping good relationships with people. These people are an obstacle for themselves, an obstacle through the own behaviour. And they are often so heavily involved in this false behaviour that they are not aware what they do and how wrong they behave. 

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. – Theodore Roosevelt

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WHAT WE MAY LEARN OF SHERPAS - What Nepalese Mountaineers Can Teach You About Business

WHAT WE MAY LEARN OF SHERPAS - What Nepalese Mountaineers Can Teach You About Business | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Sherpas are famous for trekking to the summit of Mount Everest. But they have also much to teach the business world.

Lee Nadler wrote about Sherpas:
"In my desire for self-awareness and improvement as a business leader and person, I never lost touch with the spirit I found in Sherpas. And, I made note when collaborating with someone in the Western world who I believe has a special, Sherpa-like quality. Commitment to team. Sense of purpose. Positive energy. Calm during tense situations. Acceptance of mistakes. Perseverance. Selflessness. Compassion. Trustworthiness. And laser-like focus on achieving a goal. The principles by which Sherpas live and lead have become like guideposts for me."

Here Lee Nadler's blog where he writes about his wonderful experiences with Sherpas:

Read the article now and get inspired by the Sherpas in the Business World he mentions!

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Thank you .-)
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MANAGEMENT - DEVELOPING A WARRIOR'S MIND - The Art of War, By Sun Tzu. Chapter 1 Modern Interpretation

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"The Art of War" is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. It is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as "Sunzi" and "Sun Wu"), a high ranking military general and strategist during the late Spring and Autumn period. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it is said to be the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time, and is still read for its military insights.

"Winning without conflict" is not an altruistic goal but the logical necessity of Sun Tzu's rules. People become warriors to decrease the conflict in their lives.

Sun Tzu's strategy is both a system and a mindset. When we develop the "warrior's mind," our brain works unconsciously to find ways to improve our position every hour of every day. This is the goal of training in Sun Tzu's Rules.

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11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader

11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader | The Key To Successful Leadership |

+Dave Kerpen interviewed dozens of successful business leaders for his last book, to determine what made them so likeable and their companies so successful.

Read the eleven concepts to become a better leader!

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'The Corner Office': Adam Bryant on the Five Qualities of Successful Leaders

Why do some people get promoted, while others do not?
What distinguishes CEOs from all others?

To answer these questions, New York Times editor Adam Bryant has interviewed more than 200 CEOs for his Corner Office column. In his book, The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, Bryant shares what he has learned from Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Ford CEO Alan R. Mulally, Yum Brands CEO David C. Novak, Teach for America CEO Wendy Kopp, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, and other leaders. 

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How do you know you've become a true leader?

How do you know you've become a true leader? | The Key To Successful Leadership |
Karin Sebelin's insight:

True leaders dont't try to be right - they only speak in clear words.
True leaders don't want to have the last word - they are modest 
true leaders empower other people to own their ideas.


Leadership is about greatness and excellence in all things, about humility and respect and about motivating people. 

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30 Ways to Engage Your Social Media Influencers

30 Ways to Engage Your Social Media Influencers | The Key To Successful Leadership |


It is not about you - your own success! It is all about THEM!

---> First you search your influencers according this guide:

---> Then you engage with them ... as everything is about


Following the points named here in the article:

1. Ask your influencers questions
2. Ask them to guest blog
3. Comment on your influencers’ blog posts
4. Share their content with your social networks
5. +1 and like influencer posts
6. Link to their content in your blog posts
7. Ask to cross-post influencer content on your corporate blog
8. Make introductions
9. Ask for introductions
10. Give your influencers a shout out on your social networks
11. Invite your influencers to a Tweetup
12. Invite them to participate in a Google+ hangout or webinar
13. Ask them to provide feedback on your brand or product
14. Make changes based on your influencer feedback
15. Provide feedback on influencer content
16. Reward them with exclusive content or offers
17. Host an event to show them your appreciation
18. Give them a sneak peak of a new product or service
19. Thank them
20. Connect with your influencers on other networks
21. Ask an influencer to be your brand’s spokesperson
22. Invite them to collaborate on campaigns
23. Offer to work together to author or co-author an ebook
24. Ask your influencers to host a Twitter Chat
25. Host an event panel and invite your influencers to participate
26. Do a blog or video interview with an influencer
27. Engage with your influencers as people, not prospects
28. Ask them for advice on brand or industry topics
29. Add your influencers to a Google+ circle and share it with your community
30. Create a Pinterest board with your favorite influencer content

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David Hain's curator insight, January 23, 2013 11:14 AM

Lots of good ideas here!

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Some practical and well-thought ideas.

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Ideas are the Core of a Leadership Philosophy

Ideas are the Core of a Leadership Philosophy | The Key To Successful Leadership |

“Great leaders lead by ideas.” – Rudolph W. Giuliani

John Boyd was famous for his emphasis on “people, ideas and technology. In that order”.

Great leaders lead, with ideas, not through positional power, authority or command. Ideas have significant power to shape the future of people, organisations and even nations. Ideas frame and form our understanding of the world. Ideas inform our beliefs and norms. Ideas drive our behaviour and actions. Ideas have enormous power to inspire change and transform worldviews. Consider how the ideas of Jesus Christ, Mahatma Ghandi, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jr. and more recently Nelson Mandela have transformed nations and changed the world.

For developing a personal leadership philosophy you have to start the process of reflecting about yourself, the world and then integrating a set of beliefs, principles and values into your leadership approach. But a leadership philosophy is not fixed in stone. Leaders are always on the search for new ideas, they are always learning and constantly embracing higher more empowering ideas. They incorporate these ideas into their leadership philosophy on an ongoing basis.

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The portrait of a good thinker | Noozmag

The portrait of a good thinker | Noozmag | The Key To Successful Leadership |

You often hear someone say that a colleague or friend is a “good thinker”, but that phrase means something different to everyone.

John C. Maxwell says:

I believe that good thinking isn’t just one thing.

It consists of several specific thinking skills.


Those …. include the following eleven skills:

1.) Seeing the Wisdom of Big-Picture Thinking
2.) Unleashing the Potential of Focused Thinking
3.) Discovering the Joy of Creative Thinking
4.) Recognizing the Importance of Realistic Thinking
5.) Feeling the Energy of Possibility Thinking
6.) Embracing the Lessons of Reflective Thinking
7.) Questioning the Acceptance of Popular Thinking
8.) Encouraging the Participation of Shared Thinking
9.) Experiencing the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking
10.) Enjoying the Return of Bottom-Line Thinking

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Positional leadership …. or the boss

Positional leadership …. or the boss | The Key To Successful Leadership |


Be selective and get to know people!

Never rely on a status!

Always see the person behind!


A good leader sees himself not as a leader  - only the others see him as a leader!

A famous quote says:

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

(Lao Tzu)

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The most important message to leaders: We need more iconic leaders!

The most important message to leaders: We need more iconic leaders! | The Key To Successful Leadership |

The author says:
"The problem with leadership is that we're making copycats. We study the road leaders take and all try to take the same road, creating creative gridlock. We need more road-makers, more people to follow the spirit of these leaders' steps, not their actual path. We need more history-bending figures that seem bigger than life, able to do things that the rest of us see as impossible. In two words, we need more "iconic leaders."

There are three factors that "iconic" leaders have:

1.) The first is a sense of their own, center of the Earth, core values.
Such values are discovered, not taught, not adopted.
2.) The second element is that they know their great gift.
Great gifts are much more specific than talents, strengths or abilities.
How about finding if you have this gift?
Here's the test if you have this great gift: You cannot not do it. When your mind is idle, your great gift kicks in. If you go days without using it, you feel like you've neglected a friend.
3.) The third element is a "cross-trained intuition." Leaders seem to know what the right thing to do is, even when others don't.

If you put these factors together, you unleash a process called the "genius effect." It begins when you notice that the status quo offends you. You get mad, even outraged. The source of this anger, if you trace it back, is that the way things are violates your core values.Your value compels you to action,

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Karin Sebelin's insight:

Sometimes my own status quo, things that don't correspond to my core values, make me somehow angry and then I feel the strong need to act.
You cannot escape your own core values when they are a part of yourself - you only can act and react. For me it is a kind of reduction, that brings me down to earth, but also a means to know who I am and to realize how strong my values are.   

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The Higher Leaders Climb, the More Others See!

The Higher Leaders Climb, the More Others See! | The Key To Successful Leadership |

There is an old saying about those who have climbed the ladder of success: "The higher the monkey climbs the tree, the more of his butt you'll see."

It means that as you achieve higher leadership roles, the more you will be watched and valued regarding how you treat others, how you perform your work, your ethics and integrity, and your credibility with others. 

This is how others will see and perceive you then:

1.) Treatment of Others: How You Perform Your Work

2.) How You Perform Your Work

3.) Your Ethics and Integrity

4.) Your Credibility with Others

Show Everyone That You Belong High Up in That Tree

The importance of displaying how you treat others, your performance, your integrity, and your credibility provides the catalyst to cementing yourself as a bona fide leader in the organization.

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10 COMMUNICATION SECRETS OF GREAT LEADERS | Forbes | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Examine the world’s greatest leaders and you’ll find them all to be exceptional communicators:

Effective communication is an essential component of professional success whether it is at the interpersonal, inter-group, intra-group, organizational, or external level.

The number one thing great communicators have in common is they possess a heightened sense of situational and contextual awareness. The best communicators are great listeners. 

Great communicators are skilled at reading a person / group by sensing the moods, dynamics, attitudes, values and concerns of those being communicated with. Not only do they read their environment well, but they possess the ability to adapt their messaging to said environment without missing a beat. The message is not about the messenger - it is however 100% about meeting the needs and the expectations of those you’re communicating with.

We are excellent communicators when our interactions with others consistently use the following ten principles:

1. Speak not with a forked tongue: 
Trust is best created by earning it with right acting, thinking, and decisioning. Keep in mind people will forgive many things where trust exists, but will rarely forgive anything where trust is absent.

2. Get personal:
If you don’t develop meaningful relationships with people you’ll never know what’s really on their mind until it’s too late to do anything about it.

3. Get specific:

Learn to communicate with clarity. Simple and concise is always better than complicated and confusing.

4. Focus on the leave-behinds not the take-aways:

The best communicators are not only skilled at learning and gathering information while communicating, they are also adept at transferring ideas, aligning expectations, inspiring action, and spreading their vision. 

5. Have an open mind:

The rigidity of a closed mind is the single greatest limiting factor of new opportunities.

A leader takes their game to a whole new level the minute they willingly seek out those who hold dissenting opinions and opposing positions with the goal not of convincing them to change their minds, but with the goal of understanding what’s on their mind. 
Open dialogs with those who confront you, challenge you, stretch you, and develop you.

6. Shut-up and listen:

Great leaders know when to dial it up, dial it down, and dial it off (mostly down and off). 

7. Replace ego with empathy:

Do not to let your ego write checks that your talent may cash. Good communication is about empathy and caring and not about arrogance of an over inflated ego. Empathetic communicators display a level of authenticity and transparency.

8. Read between the lines:

Take a moment and reflect back on any great leader that comes to mind… you’ll find they are very adept at reading between the lines. They have the uncanny ability to understand what is not said, witnessed, or heard. 

9. When you speak, know what you’re talking about:

Develop a technical command over your subject matter. If you don’t possess subject matter expertise, few people will give you the time of day

10. Speak to groups as individuals:

Leaders don’t always have the luxury of speaking to individuals in an intimate setting. Great communicators can tailor a message such that they can speak to 10 people in a conference room or 10,000 people in an auditorium and have them feel as if they were speaking directly to each one of them as an individual. 

11. Bonus – Be prepared to change the message if needed:  

Another component of communications strategy that is rarely discussed is how to prevent a message from going bad, and what to do when does. It’s called being prepared and developing a contingency plan. 

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