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The Five Key Capabilities of Effective Leadership

The Five Key Capabilities of Effective Leadership | New Leadership | Scoop.it

In our previous article, we explained how difficult it is for leaders to know themselves and described how our development tool, the X360, can assist them in this critical task. While leadership is about knowing who you are, it’s also about your actions and, ultimately, your impact. In this article, we focus on what effective leaders do. Specifically, our decades of research (in collaboration with Thomas Malone, Wanda Orlikowski and Peter Senge at the MIT Sloan School of Management) have uncovered the five key capabilities of effective leaders.

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How to engage employees | McKinsey

How to engage employees | McKinsey | New Leadership | Scoop.it

People who find meaning at work are happier, more productive, and more engaged. Four practical interventions can help make the search more likely to succeed.

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Why Leaders Don’t Embrace the Skills They’ll Need for the Future

Why Leaders Don’t Embrace the Skills They’ll Need for the Future | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Innovative. Agile. Collaborative. Bold.

Over the past year, we’ve been struck by how many times we’ve heard C-suite leaders use these words, or very similar ones, to describe the strengths they believe are critical to transforming their businesses, and to competing effectively in a disruptive era.

What’s equally striking is how difficult organizations are finding it to embed these qualities and behaviors in their people. That’s because the primary obstacle is invisible: the internal resistance that all human beings experience, often unconsciously, when they’re asked to make a significant change. Cognitively, it shows up as mindset — fixed beliefs and assumptions about what will make us successful and what won’t. Emotionally, it usually takes the form of fear.

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The Fine Line Between Stubbornness and Stupidity

The Fine Line Between Stubbornness and Stupidity | New Leadership | Scoop.it

One pathway to greatness is the ability to change one’s mind when proven wrong.

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How to Tell If You’re Delegating Too Much — and What to Do About It

How to Tell If You’re Delegating Too Much — and What to Do About It | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Everyone knows leaders should delegate to ensure that they are working on the right projects and deliverables.  But if you find yourself frequently miscommunicating with your team on deliverables, hearing about issues at the last minute, and misunderstanding how your team set their priorities, it may be a sign you’ve delegated too much, leaving their employees to feel abandoned and unmotivated. At that point, it’s important to take back responsibility for certain tasks to insure you’re providing your team the guidance and structure they need. Here are three steps you can take.

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What Is Ethical Leadership? How to Be a More Ethical Leader

What Is Ethical Leadership? How to Be a More Ethical Leader | New Leadership | Scoop.it
In case you’re not yet convinced of the importance of ethical leadership, here’s a thought experiment. Does the name “Enron” mean anything to you?The Enron scandal happened way back in 2001

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Do You Trust Your Team?

Do You Trust Your Team? | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Building trusting relationships on your team is easy in principle, but much more challenging in practice. To get going, try these modest steps forward:

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David Hain's curator insight, September 10, 8:00 AM

Mutually trusting relationships are at the core of every successful team. But they are easier to talk about than to make happen. Some useful thoughts here for anyone who is concerned about their trust quotient.

Tom Wojick's curator insight, September 10, 12:08 PM

Trust is an emotion. Trusting yourself and your team requires a high level of emotional intelligence.

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Caring Leaders, Better Results

Caring Leaders, Better Results | New Leadership | Scoop.it
A leader’s concern for others all too often gets sidelined in today’s high-pressure business world. Many leaders assume high pressure yields high productivity, when in fact the opposite is true. Emotionally intelligent leaders who cultivate a positive culture increase engagement and productivity while reducing turnover and health problems among employees.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 6, 8:06 AM

Daniel Goleman on why caring matters - or maybe why the right kind of caring matters...

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7 Things Successful Leaders Never Delegate via LeadershipFreak 

7 Things Successful Leaders Never Delegate via LeadershipFreak  | New Leadership | Scoop.it
Everything you hang on to eventually holds you back. But one day you will eventually let go of everything. Apart from delegation, you’re overworked and frantic. Delegation is the skill that makes remarkable success possible. Delegation is the decision to: Lead. Trust others. Lead beyond personal capacity. Build capacity in others. Replace yourself. You’re a…

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Creating a company culture: a collaborative storytelling approach

Creating a company culture: a collaborative storytelling approach | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Does the company culture you set out to create match your team’s experience of it? Here are some thoughts on how to collect their views and shape the culture you’d like in your organisation.

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How can leaders harness the power of narcissists? 

Narcissists’ charm, drive and resilience are genuine organisational assets, according to a new study. So how should leaders handle the less-appealing sides of these individuals?
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4 Ways Leaders Can Protect Their Time and Empower Their Teams

4 Ways Leaders Can Protect Their Time and Empower Their Teams | New Leadership | Scoop.it

When leaders’ time is constantly in demand from staff, they report they have too little time remaining to engage in what might be their most important role — “reflective thinking time.” This is time to look ahead, consider different paths, play out different scenarios, and generally be visionaries for the organization. And even worse, the constant distraction undermines their very capacity for being reflective, by eroding their attention span and crowding out “slow thinking” with “fast thinking.”

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Becoming a Leader: 5 Keys to a Successful Transition

Becoming a Leader: 5 Keys to a Successful Transition | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Moving up from a managerial role and becoming a leader can be a daunting shift for many people. After years of doing, organizing, and monitoring, we are rewarded with expanded leadership roles for our efforts and successes.

There are many skills and competencies that leaders possess, some of which we may already be using. The rest can be learned through mentoring or with a leadership training class, with continual practice. However, rarely are we offered ongoing guidance on what it takes to truly lead.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, July 25, 8:02 AM

Keys to transitioning into a leader role and you know one of them is communication ... #offthebenchleader  #offthebenchlife

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What Makes a Great Leader? The Very Same Things That Make a Great Person.

What Makes a Great Leader? The Very Same Things That Make a Great Person. | New Leadership | Scoop.it
The thing I learned is that the elements of a great leader are, in a lot of ways, the same elements of a great person. Some people have this idea that leaders act a certain way and have a certain bravado about them. I actually think the truth is far from that, and that the people others want to follow are those who are true to themselves, have authenticity in their relationships, and are great people.

You really want to work for great people, so realizing that being a great leader was just being a better person is very liberating in a lot of ways.”

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David Hain's curator insight, November 8, 2:08 AM

We are human beings first, bosses, supervisors or leaders by result of perceptions held by others. Maybe one route to being an excellent leader is  to concentrate foremost on being an excellent human being?

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The Role of a Manager Has to Change in 5 Key Ways

The Role of a Manager Has to Change in 5 Key Ways | New Leadership | Scoop.it

For almost 100 years, management has been associated with the five basic functions outlined by management theorist Henri Fayol: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.

These have become the default dimensions of a manager. But they relate to pursuing a fixed target in a stable landscape. Take away the stability of the landscape, and one needs to start thinking about the fluidity of the target. This is what’s happening today, and managers must move away from the friendly confines of these five tasks.

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Five Reasons Business Strategy Is Mission Critical

Five Reasons Business Strategy Is Mission Critical | New Leadership | Scoop.it
How can a business strategy session transform your tech firm's performance?

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Adam Washousky's curator insight, October 28, 6:33 PM
Great article. Good read. Solid content.
Intelligentq's curator insight, November 3, 8:11 AM
Creating the right business strategies always remains a challenge for small businesses. A good way is to pilot, check, recalibrate and relaunch.
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How to Help Your Team Manage Grunt Work

How to Help Your Team Manage Grunt Work | New Leadership | Scoop.it

I am a great proponent of the joys of work. But not every part of every job is a joy. While we all want to find a level of meaning and purpose in our work, often, some fraction of our time has to be spent doing tasks that have no intrinsic meaning and serve no deeper purpose than helping to keep the workplace trains running.

This can be especially tough for early-career professionals to accept, especially those in entry-level positions. College life is often flexible, challenging, and engaging, and after four years of that it can be hard to sit still in an office for hours at time, doing administrative tasks, without thinking, I earned a college degree for this? But it’s not just recent graduates who struggle with grunt work. Anyone of any age can think their role should only entail tasks that are exciting or fulfilling and that the drudge work is beneath them and should be someone else’s problem.

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How Self-Reflection Can Help Leaders Stay Motivated

How Self-Reflection Can Help Leaders Stay Motivated | New Leadership | Scoop.it

In a study forthcoming in Journal of Applied Psychology, we draw from positive psychology research to develop and test a short daily intervention that helps leaders remain energized throughout the day at work. Research suggests that leaders’ sense of self is closely tied to their leadership role, and leaders care about being successful in their role. For this reason, we expected that an intervention that asks leaders to reflect upon positive aspects of themselves as leaders may energize them by reversing their depletion and improving their engagement.

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Give Your Team the Freedom to Do the Work They Think Matters Most

Give Your Team the Freedom to Do the Work They Think Matters Most | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Control, even a perception of it, can be comforting. Moreover, it feels like what a manager should be doing: Setting targets, monitoring adherence to procedures, directing, shaping the future of the business. Control feels essential—especially if you are the boss.

Except it turns out that far from being vital, top-down control carries serious costs, many of which have been hiding in plain sight. What is more, there is an alternative. And not a pie-in-the-sky fantasy conjured up on a whiteboard, but a real, working alternative. It has been practiced to varying degrees in companies around the world for decades. And in France in particular, it is taking on the character of a movement. Companies as large as Michelin and Carrefour are questioning their control structures and seeing real results from replacing them.

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Why a ‘snowplough’ leadership team will deliver results

Why a ‘snowplough’ leadership team will deliver results | New Leadership | Scoop.it

'Snowplough’. Not usually a word used to refer to a workplace leadership team, but in this instance it works. Right now you’re probably wondering: what does that mean? And also, how can I use it to benefit me?
 
Well, a snowplough leadership team is often created by an influential and thought-provoked leader who has both authority and experience to manage in the workplace, and clear the obstacles out of the way for their team to deliver their best work.

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When Is Teamwork Really Necessary?

When Is Teamwork Really Necessary? | New Leadership | Scoop.it

Most leaders assume that they need to foster teamwork among the people whom directly and indirectly report to them. Teaming is now seen as the workplace equivalent of motherhood and apple pie — invariably good. The problem is when leaders try to drive the wrong kind of collaboration on their particular teams. The result: wasted time and unnecessary frustration.

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With Goals, FAST Beats SMART

To execute strategy, leaders must set ambitious targets, translate them into specific metrics and milestones, make them transparent throughout the organisation, and discuss progress frequently.

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Avoiding the pitfalls of accelerated leadership development

Avoiding the pitfalls of accelerated leadership development | New Leadership | Scoop.it

We need a new generation of leaders, and here's how we develop them quickly, says Dr Ines Wichert.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, July 25, 7:59 AM

key tips to accelerating your leadership development to avoid gaps 

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16 Signs You’re a Toxic Leader (tough self-reflection from LeadershipFreak)

16 Signs You’re a Toxic Leader (tough self-reflection from LeadershipFreak) | New Leadership | Scoop.it
The trouble with toxic leaders is they're deadly and don't know it. But if the truth be told, every leader smells at least a little. Every time toxicity gets its way, organizations lose. If you’re easily offended, you’re toxic. If you seldom return favors, you’re toxic. If you talk about yourself most of the time,…

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Guy PEQUIGNOT's curator insight, July 20, 12:41 AM
Auto-test à faire : les quels de nos comportements sont toxiques? C'est la première étape pour changer
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We don’t need better leaders

We don’t need better leaders | New Leadership | Scoop.it

“Why is everyone so hung up on Leaders, Leadership and Leadership courses – it’s what gets us into a mess. Think banking, politics, sport…” —Donald Clark

If all you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. If all you know is hierarchical leadership by virtue of one’s position, then all solutions are in the hands of the CEO. Conversations with 150 CEO’s only yield ‘CEO thinking’.

To raise the organization’s confidence in their decisions, leaders must carefully balance the various personal paradoxes involved in the decision-making process, including:

doubt – anxiety versus fearlessness, omniscience versus ignorance;
conviction – openness versus self-sufficiency, hubris versus humility;
realism – realistic optimism, i.e., pragmatism, versus blind optimism, i.e., gambling; and
patience – the right pacing or timing of decisions versus detrimental haste and hesitation.”

The great man theory of leadership is outdated, just as the divine right of kings was two centuries ago. Even the World Economic Forum thinks in terms of leadership as an individual achievement


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David Hain's curator insight, July 19, 5:43 AM

Uncommon sense about leadership in the network age from @HJarche!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 19, 12:28 PM

While I agree with this in principle I still come back to my definition that everyone is a leader at some level so leadership mentality is still required.  However toxic and selfish leadership does need to be abolished in favor of open, transparent, compassionate, and trustworthy leadership. Adaptable leaders will, if they are smart, build & empower matrixed organizations.

Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, September 24, 7:30 AM
We don’t need better leaders