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A New View of Leadership

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For every Winston Churchill, there is a Fred Goodwin. What makes some leaders soaraway successes, while others crash and burn?


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 8, 5:57 PM

I suggest you also read about the brilliant book: The "I" of Leadership here: 


  1. How do Leaders Gain Deep Insights?
  2. The ‘I’ of Leadership
  3. A new view - Seeing, being and doing


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 8, 7:28 PM

The first key point is about being. We are called human beings not human doings for a reason.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 9, 9:08 AM

Leadership is in tough state... " Think abut the last time you worked for a charismatic, toughed your heart run through the wall for leader?"

If you are there now consider yourself lucky. This article puts some perspective on key leaderships traits. 

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How Fear Gets in the Way of Leadership - Huffington Post

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How Fear Gets in the Way of Leadership
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Sure, there is no shortage of people who hold positions of power and authority, or who are put on a pedestal and proclaimed a leader - by the media, their supporters, or often themselves.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, January 5, 8:18 PM

We all recognize great leadership ... and admire great leaders.  And yet we can recognize the amazing things they have done, and perhaps had even thought of some of the very same things they did. 

 

So what's holding everyone else back from leading in the same way?  FEAR!

 

It is the courage to act despite one's fears that distinguishes leaders from everyone else.  And it is the act of succumbing to one's fears and playing it safe where most make a choice not to lead.

 

With the start of a new year, let's acknowledge what is that we fear and commit to push that fear aside and make things just a little better in 2014!

John Michel's curator insight, January 6, 10:56 AM

Leaders drive change. They motivate, and help and support, others to take action. They make things happen. And when they do, they help to shape the future of our society. We don't have enough leaders right now - and that's a problem.

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The meaningful life is a road worth traveling

The meaningful life is a road worth traveling | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A Stanford research project explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and one should not underestimate the power of meaningfulness.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 6, 2:37 PM

Happiness and meaningfulness distinguished and distilled!

John Michel's curator insight, January 7, 12:04 AM

If happiness is about getting what you want, then meaningfulness is about expressing and defining yourself. A life of meaning is more deeply tied to a valued sense of self and one's purpose in the larger context of life and community.

Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, January 7, 12:52 PM

la ciencia confirma hoy lo que los sabios antiguos, en el Yi-Ging chino,  proclamaban como principio basico de una vida humana: Ying y Yan, luz y sombras, vida con sentido y sinsentidos que nos va poniendo en el camino la misma realidad vital. Ambos son esenciales para vivir en realidad, no en ensueños falsos.

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10 Gifts You Deserve to Give Yourself

10 Gifts You Deserve to Give Yourself | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living (RT @pdiscoveryuk: Inspire #Leadership: 10 Gifts You Deserve to Give Yourself http://t.co/lLZ13cP7w2 @marcandangel)...

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John Michel's curator insight, December 26, 2013 9:58 AM

The greatest and most gratifying experiences in life cannot be seen or touched.  They must be felt with the heart from the inside out.  There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of human, heartfelt feelings. 

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The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust

The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Many leaders see their role as directing and giving information, rather than gathering.  There is pressure to “come up with the answer” quickly or risk looking weak.  Too many new leaders believe they’re expected to know the answer without input or guidance. Nothing could be further from the truth.


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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:47 AM

Thank you for sharing this article!

 

Building trust through involvement, collaboration, and asking their team ...what do you think we should do?  How do you believe this solution will solve the issue?  What factors did you consider to come to this conclusion?

 

What are your thoughts?

Jeffrey Ross's curator insight, December 20, 2013 10:36 AM

Building TRUST is the true cornerstone to building a successful business.  Internally, we need to be able to trust one another, so that our customers will trust us.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 9, 9:20 AM

Trust is HUGE for leading todays workforce. Simply take an interest in your people... reach out them and LISTEN. Put your ego and prejudice away. Author gives 3 great questions to ask :“If you were put into my role tomorrow, what would be the first three things you’d do and why?”  Or: “What are the three biggest barriers to our success, and what are our three biggest opportunities we have?” 

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The Eight Archetypes of Leadership

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Although the ghost of the Great Man still haunts leadership studies, most of us have recognized by now that successful organizations are the product of distributive, collective, and complementary leadership. The first step in putting together such a team is to identify each member of the team’s personality makeup and leadership style, so that strengths and competences can be matched to particular roles and challenges. Getting this match wrong can bring misery to all concerned and cause considerable damage.


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15 Best Leadership Books Every Young Leader Needs To Read

15 Best Leadership Books Every Young Leader Needs To Read | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Read our handy guide to improving your leadership skills, one book at a time.

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John Michel's curator insight, December 16, 2013 6:47 PM

Everyone leader would benefit from reading these fabulous 15 books...regardless of your age. 

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8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings

8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
How to make the most out of every morning.

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John Michel's curator insight, December 15, 2013 12:21 PM

What you do each morning is an indicator of how you approach your entire day. It’s the choices that we repeatedly make that determine the life we live, the health we enjoy, and the work we create. You’ve got 25,000 mornings. What will you do with each one?



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The 6 Secrets Of America's Happiest Workplaces

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The employer ratings site Glassdoor just released their best places to work for 2014--and the results can make your office way better.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:35 AM

Nailed down correctly the factors that make a workplace happy -

 

"Combing through the data, Willoughby and the Glassdoor team found a handful of themes emerged among the most beloved companies. They were:

Mission: a sense of purpose in coming into workCollegiality: working with awesome peopleChallenging work: being stimulated by the work to be done Meaningful advancement: the promise of growth Confidence in senior leaders: a sense of trust--and transparency--with management Perks: good pay, free food, a beer cart or two."
John Michel's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:09 AM

Just in.... Rather than showing a focus on perks, compensation, and other incentives, the best-rated workplaces had a range of intrinsic motivators, like challenging work, impact upon society, and an opportunity to work with brilliant colleagues.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:54 PM

Six principles that make all the difference...

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Why Grounded Leaders Drive High Performance - the Six Pillars

Why Grounded Leaders Drive High Performance - the Six Pillars | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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9 Fears You Will Regret Never Facing

9 Fears You Will Regret Never Facing | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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John Michel's curator insight, December 7, 2013 12:13 PM

Ultimately, you can choose to let your past define you and confine you, or you can choose to learn, grow, and leave it behind you.  Just like the seasons, you have the ability to change.  In many ways, you already have.


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Zappos says goodbye to bosses

Zappos says goodbye to bosses | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

The unusual approach is called a holacracy!


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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, January 9, 2:25 PM

This is forward thinking! 

 

It all comes down to what your company culture is, and what you hope to achieve as a result of this culture. 

 

When we work with executive teams one of the questions that we ask is this:  "What is impossible today; however, if we accomplished this would be a game-changer for our industry?"  Because when you think of it -- nothing is impossible.

 

When you have a leader like the CEO of Zappos...he is constantly asking himself and the team this question. 

 

I am very excited to learn from this model...what are your thoughts?

 

 

Chery Gegelman's curator insight, January 9, 11:11 PM

This move is getting lots of attention.  What are your thoughts?

Terence R. Egan's curator insight, February 26, 6:16 AM

Zappos has led the business community in new management concepts in the past. This idea is super-radical.


Articles published by the company provide a little detail on how this system will work,  however I get the impression that the concept will evolve as they discover major shortcomings and seek to address them.


Zappos may be getting rid of official job titles and management responsibilities, however natural leaders are sure to emerge and take control. In the absence of clear reporting lines and command structures, there will be a strong tendency for 'feifdoms ' to emerge. 


Concepts such as Holacracy, Democracy, Communism, etc. are wonderful in theory, however there is one major obstacle that has never been overcome: the nature of human beings. Self-interest always wins!


In my opinion, Zappos will only make this work after a serious dilution and modification of the core principles. I admire their effort and look forward to observing their progress. We may all learn something valuable from this initiative.


"Go Zappos, Go! ... Go Zappos, Go! ... Go Zappos, Go! "


[I'm staying on the sidelines]

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2014: The Year of Workplace Reinvention

2014: The Year of Workplace Reinvention | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

It is time to explore new ways of working, and as we do, it is important to consider the foundation of culture and strategy in the organization.

 

First, you need a clear organizational purpose and strategy. People must understand where the organization is headed and why, as well as how they contribute to that strategy.

 

Second, People must trust and be trusted in order for leaders to relinquish their power and individuals to lead themselves with integrity and authenticity.


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Monique Nillessen's curator insight, January 7, 6:00 AM

Eens. Interessanter dan deze doelen is misschien nog wel de weg zelf, hoe gaan we weer vertrouwen?

david o'connor's curator insight, February 4, 2:53 AM

So true, so obvious, yet so slow to catch on.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 19, 10:30 AM

Culture and strategy as twin pillars!

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10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9C? Adjust your thermostat then check out these quick tips for maximizing mirth.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, December 27, 2013 10:08 AM

Great suggestions for the new year!

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Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It?

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The best salespeople and leaders have a high EQ. Daniel Goleman the man who coined the term pulls apart the aspects of emotional intelligence.

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John Michel's curator insight, December 21, 2013 12:14 PM

A great article about the "other kind of smarts." 

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5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength - Forbes

5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength
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Psychology often discusses mental health — but what's not often discussed is a clear definition of mental strength.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:43 PM

So you're at the top of your corporate game.  You rise before dawn, do a thousand crunches, yanked fifty pull-ups, and squated the equivalent weight of your BMW run five miles,  all before you sit in that beauty for your morning commute.  You're big, strong, looking tight and chiseled.  But what about your mental strength?  Have you ever excercised that muscle before getting to work?  Hmmm..

Annette Swann's curator insight, December 21, 2013 3:51 AM

I like the article's distinction of "productive" thoughts (rather than "positive thoughts")

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Why Should Engagement be Important to Your Organisation? - The Create Network

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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them.

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Andrew Man's curator insight, December 18, 2013 2:14 AM

I like this article. The way it's written makes us realise why emotional intelligence is important to us.

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14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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Annie M Herbert's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:45 PM

Sounds like a great place to start students understanding what their emotional intelligence is.  Need to convince students that emotional intelligence makes a difference.

What a quote:

"Your ability to concentrate on the work you're doing or your schoolwork, and to put off looking at that text or playing that video game until after you're done ... how good you are at that in childhood turns out to be a stronger predictor of your financial success in adulthood than either your IQ or the wealth of the family you grew up in,"

Another great quote:

When an emotionally intelligent person experiences a failure or setback, he or she is able to bounce back quickly. This is in part because of the ability to mindfully experience negative emotions without letting them get out of control, which provides a higher degree of resilience.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:42 AM

What does it mean to be a great leader? I think it is sign of emotional intelligence and so hard to define.

Charney Coaching & Consulting's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:46 PM

How many of these signs do you see in those around you?

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State of the Global Workplace

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"The State of the Global Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for Business Leaders Worldwide report highlights findings from Gallup's ongoing study of workplaces in more than 140 countries from 2011 through 2012. This is a continuation of Gallup's previous report on employee engagement worldwide, which covered data from 2009 through 2010. This latest report provides insights into what leaders can do to improve employee engagement and performance in their companies. It includes regional analyses of employee engagement data, country-level insights from Gallup consultants around the globe, a look at the impact of engagement on organizational and individual performance, and information about how companies can accelerate employee engagement."


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Why Simplicity Is So Complex

Why Simplicity Is So Complex | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The key to solving complex problems may be to simplify as much as possible and approach them with a beginner's mind.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:50 AM

Use the Slow is Fast Method!

 

If you really want to be more efficient in the way that you communicate, delegate, and ensure understanding...use the Slow is Fast Concept.   It takes just a bit more time to think things through. 

 

If you want to speak clearly you need to think clearly.  Taking the time for reflection will help communicating in a concise and simple manner.

 

What are some of the methods you use to make things more simple?  Would love to hear from you.

 

Make it a great day! 

 

 

Andrew Man's curator insight, December 11, 2013 2:00 PM

Gustaaf (Vocking) is close to coining the phrase: "It's simple but hard". When I read this I realise it was my calling to scoop this!