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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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It’s About What You Add to the Interaction

It’s About What You Add to the Interaction | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learning what drives people’s self esteem can improve interactions among organization members.
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How does the effective leader deal with various levels of self-esteem? We need to take a step back and again look at the people you will be interacting with, that is, people in general.
 
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Effective Communication - Is Security More Important Than Opportunity? 

Effective Communication - Is Security More Important Than Opportunity?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you are feeling nervous at this prospect of public speaking just ask yourself, is security more important than opportunity?

 

Via The People Development Network
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Being prepared to ask for help was the first step. Then to think about planning and organising her presentation to suit her audience. Finally, to realise that she was a competent speaker and that presenting to the international board was a privilege and a great opportunity, far more important than security!
 
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What You Need to Do to Become a Better Leader This Year

What You Need to Do to Become a Better Leader This Year | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Let's simplify. It comes down to these 6 key behaviors.
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I will boil it down to six behaviors every leader needs. In other words, here's how to build an effective leadership culture that will engage your employees at the highest level and have bottom-line impact.
 
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Andy Webb's curator insight, January 4, 9:26 PM

If you pause to consider your leadership in 2017, this article will challenge what you "must do" on six key behaviors.

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Why is trust is such a crucial aspect of leadership?

Why is trust is such a crucial aspect of leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Why is trust is such a crucial aspect of leadership?


Via David Hain
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Let’s add another layer of nuance to this trust business: Each of us sets our cheater meter a bit differently. This is particularly evident at the start of a relationship. Some people trust until they have data that convinces them otherwise. Some people distrust until they see evidence that they can trust. And a small percentage are on the margins: they either trust too much or rarely feel trust. Look at the following table and think about where your cheater meter is set.
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David Hain's curator insight, October 5, 2016 5:54 AM

Cheater meeter, crap detector - we all have one, and it's critical to knowing how important trust is in leadership!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 6, 2016 6:44 PM

We have become so cynical that we can't detect the truth regardless of where it is coming from, it definitely isn't politics.

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5 Ways To Combat The Stress And Loneliness Of Being A Leader

5 Ways To Combat The Stress And Loneliness Of Being A Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
For all the excitement and responsibility that comes with leadership, there can be equal amounts of stress and loneliness. Take heart and know that you’re not alone and the situation is not hopeless.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Roger Francis
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For all the excitement and responsibility that comes with leadership, there can be equal amounts of stress and loneliness. Take heart and know that you’re not alone and the situation is not hopeless.
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What's the Absolute Worst Thing You Can Do As a Leader?

What's the Absolute Worst Thing You Can Do As a Leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
People expect leaders to make good decisions but what happens when they make a bad call? Often, the answer is the worst thing you can do as a leader.
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Not every decision is a good one. That’s the truth for every single one of us. However, the worst decision is thinking your original decision is do-or-die. Come on, there is always another way forward. Dig deep into your humility, take a deep breath, and be the leader you’re meant to be.
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When will we engage the life around us, and within us, today?

When will we engage the life around us, and within us, today? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 How do we see the ways we contribute to the problems we can also help solve?

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Reflection, contemplation, and monastic life do not excuse us to do nothing. They allow us to pay the attention our questions deserve. They show us that the issues we find in the world around us reflect the issues within us. They give us opportunities to see we are the causes as well as the ways to respond.
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Nobody’s Perfect – So Get Over Yourself

Nobody’s Perfect – So Get Over Yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Sorry if I'm the one to burst your bubble but, nobody is perfect. Not even you. You don't need to handicap yourself by carrying around that kind of burden. Aim for the bull's-eye? Absolutely. Strive for perfection? Yes - always - but understand that some times you can't attain the unattainable. 

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Worth Remembering … Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence – Vince Lombardi
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10 Benefits of Being a Trustworthy Leader

10 Benefits of Being a Trustworthy Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being a trustworthy leader certainly comes with some challenges, but the benefits outweigh the difficulties. Here are 10 benefits of being trustworthy.
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(From the article): While it takes constant, conscious choices to be trustworthy, the 10 benefits illustrate its usefulness. The workplace today can use more leaders willing to be themselves. What’s more, we can use more leaders who act in ways that develop mutually beneficial outcomes for both the organization and its people.
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5 Tips For Improving Leadership Communication

5 Tips For Improving Leadership Communication | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership communication is much more than the words we say and how we articulate what we want to team to “hear.” Effective communication is also about emotional intelligence, knowing your audience and active listening.

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(From the article): Stay calm and be positive. Calm is contagious. And so is panic.Smile. Carry yourself with confidence. And try not to wear your emotions on your sleeve. I am not saying to deny our normal human functions but be aware that effective communication is about 7% the words we say. The rest is about body language, tone and delivery.
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Don’t worry about being humble, just do it

Don’t worry about being humble, just do it | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Humility is a virtue. You acquire it be acting humble. Here’s how to start.
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(From the article): Here are some quotes on humility that I’ve found helpful. “Humility is the awareness that there’s a lot you don’t know and that a lot of what you think you know is distorted or wrong.” ~ David Brooks “As an internal management value, humility means that you have an accurate self-image. You know your strengths and you know your challenges. You recognize your internal worth and you also recognize and respect the dignity and worth of every human being.” ~ David Dye and Karin Hurt “Humility is the only way to resolve the conflicts and contradictions of leadership. You can avoid excessive pride only if you recognize that you’re human and need the help of others.” ~ James Kouzes and Barry Posner “My own conviction is that every leader should have enough humility to accept, publicly, the responsibility for the mistakes of the subordinates he has himself selected and, likewise, to give them credit, publicly, for their triumphs.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower “I feel that humility is the foundation of servant leadership. It means that you put others first, above yourself on a consistent basis. It means that you remove the status and personal gains from what you do as a leader, and begin to look primarily at what you accomplish in the lives of those you work with.” ~ Mark Deterding - See more at: http://www.threestarleadership.com/leadership/dont-worry-about-becoming-humble-just-do-it#sthash.hHXA7BkD.dpuf
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People Won’t Grow If You Think They Can’t Change

People Won’t Grow If You Think They Can’t Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A fixed mindset could be hurting your ability to lead.
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(From the article): To promote a growth mindset in your team members, have them engage in these same kinds of reflection exercises and experimentation. Additionally, you can serve as a role model by sharing your own learning challenges and strategies with your team members on a regular basis. Make discussions of how your team learns—and how it might do so more effectively—part of planning and review meetings. This is an important practice, because a focus on the process—as opposed to just the outcomes—of learning lies at the heart of a growth mindset. By recognizing when and how you and others have overcome challenges, setting development goals, and sharing learning strategies, you can boost your own learning as well as your team’s. 

 Finally, maintain awareness of your mindset. The next time you catch yourself saying, “There are two kinds of people in this world,” recognize that this is classic fixed-mindset thinking. Retrain your brain to switch to a growth mindset by ending the sentence this way: “There are people who believe that everyone can learn, and people who just haven’t figured that out yet.”
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The Power Of Thank You

The Power Of Thank You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The two most important words that inspire action are thank you.   

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(From the article): So say thank you every day – Not just to your unsung heroes who help you, but also to your peers, supervisors, customers, friends and children. Don’t take them for granted. Write a personal note. Take them to lunch. Send them a small gift. Acknowledge the good things that they do and the difference they make.

 

Most of all – do it sincerely. You’ll be impressed with the actions that follow.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 23, 2016 1:37 PM

I found thank you along with greeting students and parents and acknowledging my errors were important in my pedagogic relationships.

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7 Things the Most Successful Leaders Give Away Every Day

7 Things the Most Successful Leaders Give Away Every Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Just because someone sits in a leadership position doesn't mean he or she will be any good at inspiring others to do good work. It all depends on what a leader is willing to give.
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How do you gauge your success? What are you willing to give away as a leader? 
 
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Do you have the nerve to be a bold and powerful leader? 

Do you have the nerve to be a bold and powerful leader?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you have the nerve to be a bold and powerful leader?

 
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In today’s difficult economic environment, having nerve is more critical than ever. To hear and address people’s skepticism, doubts, fears or uncertainties requires courage. To infuse hope and confidence in the face of seemingly endless gloom and doom requires a strong backbone. Nerve is what allows leaders to inspire and energize people when many are feeling uncertain or anxious. Nerve distinguishes real leaders from managers, administrators and bureaucrats.
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What are the qualities of a great leader? How do you rate?

What are the qualities of a great leader? How do you rate? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What are the qualities of a great leader? Check out the leadership scorecard. How do you rate?
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What are the qualities of a great leader? How do you rate?
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9 signs people see you as a great leader

9 signs people see you as a great leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
No one wants to follow a leader that's just hungry for power.
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In real life, leadership is a much quieter trait. In fact, you may not always even realize that others see you as a great leader.
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3 Keys to Ensuring You Make a Difference In Speaking Up

3 Keys to Ensuring You Make a Difference In Speaking Up | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are 3 keys to ensuring you will not only be heard as you speak up, but also make the difference you intend to make as a leader.
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Sure, speaking up may be risky. It may require courage to face your fear or step out of your comfort zone. But don’t let that stop you. We need you to lead!
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The Best Leaders Know These 6 Tricks to Being More Approachable

The Best Leaders Know These 6 Tricks to Being More Approachable | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not being approachable could be your biggest leadership blind spot

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Roger Francis
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(From the article): If you're struggling with approachability because of persistent shyness or fear of appearing vulnerable, you can still overcome the hurdle breaking the practices down into smaller steps and setting incremental goals for yourself that include practicing with people outside of work--on a plane, in line at the store, or in your neighborhood. For example, a micro-step for number 1 might be making the first move with one person at one event. The easiest way to do this is to scan the room for anyone else who is standing alone. Being approachable doesn't mean changing your core personality, it's simply a way to ensure that more people have access to you and what you have to offer.

 Becoming more approachable will have numerous benefits in your career. You'll gain access to more information faster and grow your network by being known as someone who is interesting and engaging. Awareness of the importance of being approachable is a starting point. Then, these six tips can help you build that awareness and the skills you need to sustain and invite future conversations around the office.
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Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others

Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a leader, the most important part of your job isn't your results. Your job is to inspire your employees' results. Here's how.
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(From the article) Being able to bring out the best in others is a skill that involves just 10% natural inclination; the other 90% has to be deliberate, says Wellins: "It can’t be learned by listening to a lecture or reading examples," he says. "It needs to be practiced, reinforced, and used day to day." Here are six of their daily habits:
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9 Reasons Why Hitting Rock Bottom Will Make You Stronger

9 Reasons Why Hitting Rock Bottom Will Make You Stronger | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Maybe your business has failed or your venture gone off track. 


Maybe you were supposed to be the next Steve Jobs, but it's all gone bad. For whatever reason, you find yourself in a place you never imagined--rock bottom. But failure is not fatal and rock bottom is not forever, unless you make it so. There are very important lessons to learn when you've hit rock bottom. Here are nine of the most important:

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I needed to read this today. I think you do as well.

(From the article):  Rock bottom can become the solid foundation on which you can rebuild your life. Whatever life gives you, even if it hurts a lot, be strong. Remember, strong walls may shake but they never collapse. You were given this life, this pain, this struggle, so work to keep yourself strong enough to make it through.
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Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“What do you think?”

I ask this question a lot. My team knows that when they come to me with a question, this is likely the question I’ll come back with first. Sometimes I even preface it with, “I don’t know.” As leaders in our organizations, it’s up to us to coach colleagues and our employees through finding that answer. More often than not, when I ask this question, my team has a better answer than I do — or one that I hadn’t thought about before.

It can be a powerful technique, especially if there is no single right answer – a situation that will be familiar to anyone doing leading-edge work. But it only works in an organization that values listening.

Via David Hain
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So how can we listen more? 

Three suggestions to try this week: 

 Look people in the eye. Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT who studies the psychology of online connectivity, wisely wrote in her recent book Reclaiming Conversation, “We face a significant choice. It is not about giving up our phones but about using them with greater intention. Conversation is there for us to reclaim.” Put down your phone when you’re in meetings. Close your laptop. See if you’re more energized about work and the people with whom you work. 

 Create space in your day. Manage your calendar and stop booking yourself out the entire day. Can someone on your team be part of that meeting? Does it need to be an hour, or can 30 minutes suffice? Give yourself time for reflection and space throughout the day, so that when you are talking with someone, you can give them your full attention. 

 Ask more questions. Next time a colleague or employee asks for advice, make sure you’re listening and understand the situation. Then, before answering, ask a question. Clarify what they really need — usually it’s just validation that their thinking is on the right track.
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David Hain's curator insight, May 27, 2016 7:09 AM

Listening matters - here's the why and some hows!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 28, 2016 10:27 AM

Totally agree.

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5 Habits Of Great Leaders

5 Habits Of Great Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The habits of the best leaders are well documented. They’re self-aware. They admit mistakes. They take care of, recognize, and communicate well with their teams.

But what do these inspirational people do on their own time? What goes on behind the scenes that helps them be so effective on a day-to-day basis?

 

"I’ve definitely noticed some things that great leaders tend to do," says Danielle Harlan, founder and CEO of The Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential, an organization that helps individuals and organizations maximize their impact. And the things they do behind the scenes make all the difference when it comes to their professional leadership ability, she says. Here are five such common habits.


Via The Learning Factor, Kevin Watson
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(From the Article): Harlan notes that the most effective leaders she works with have personal interests and commitments outside of work. They know what works for them to recharge their batteries, whether it’s hiking and spending time outdoors or reading a good book—and they take the time to do those things to keep themselves sharp, including getting enough sleep, she says. In addition to exercising to stay in shape, the benefits of which are well known, Novak takes time in the morning to write down three things for which he is grateful. This helps him manage his "mood elevator," he says. Novak says we make our worst decisions when we're angry and resentful, but make our best decisions when we're grateful. When he feels his mood elevator going to the wrong places, he knows it’s time to take better care of himself or address what’s bothering him.
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lickben's comment, May 10, 2016 12:04 AM
Thats incredible
Luciano Alibrandi's curator insight, May 10, 2016 3:21 AM

What makes a great leader? Leaders have a purpose, they have a sharp focus, they inspire their teams. They show the way for others to follow. They genuinely push each individual to give his/her best. Great leaders share some common traits. Here's five of them. Well written article

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, May 13, 2016 9:05 AM
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Five Levels of Transformational Leadership  

Five Levels of Transformational Leadership   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In a business transformation, as a critical mass of leaders within the organization develops to a new stage, a tipping point is reached, enabling the system to make and sustain a leap from one level to a higher-order of the five levels of leadership and system performance: 1) Egocentric, 2) Reactive, 3) Creative, 4) Integral and 5) Unitive.


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): We live in a time of great opportunity and great peril. The next 50 years will be pivotal. We could either create a new and vital global order of planetary welfare or destroy ourselves. With their global reach, business leaders play a major role in the world’s future. The evolution of ever more effective and conscious leaders is not only a business imperative as complexity escalates, but a global requirement.
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"Forgive and Live" to Increase Personal Mastery 

"Forgive and Live" to Increase Personal Mastery  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Holding onto anger prevents you from reaching your full potential at work and in your personal life. Instead of "Forgive and Forget," try "Forgive and Live"
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(From the article): You cannot reach your full potential if you are partially stuck in the past. Although you might move forward in some areas, a part of you stays stuck in a certain spot, spinning your wheels, going over what happened. And people who devote their energy toward making another person accountable or exacting revenge marry their misery.

 “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies
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