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If leadership were a democracy…

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Would your team vote for you? Would your boss vote for you? Would your peers vote for you? Would the customers your team serves vote for you? If leadership (as opposed to management) is about having willing followers, this would be an interesting test of whether you are seen as a leader or manager. Food […]. Leadership Bite Size Leadership leadership v management management

SCARF – a new model of human motivation

Brilliant Leader

It is a testament to the work of Abraham Maslow that his model of human motivation has endured for the best part of 70 years. While leaders around the world have learnt about Maslow’s Hierarchy at business school throughout the modern age, few would have found it particularly useful in helping to motivate their staff. [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

Are leaders responsible for employee engagement?

Brilliant Leader

Last year, I wrote an article suggesting that leadership performance should be measured via a hybrid of results and employee engagement. But to what extent can leaders be held responsible for the motivation and engagement of their people? To a certain extent, each team member must be responsible for their own motivation and career development. However, [.].

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ASTD Conference 2012 – Wednesday

Brilliant Leader

For my final session at ASTD 2012 I thought I would try something a little different and went to the Leader as Storyteller presented by Evrim Kuram of Dinamo Training and Consulting. Evrim means evolution in Turkish (which was so memorable because of her first story) and the lady herself had a delightful presentation style [.]. Miscellaneous

Finding Potential

Brilliant Leader

I recently came across a great site, aptly named Finding Potential, that offers a bunch of free, high quality assessment tools. These tools provide a very useful solution for companies of all sizes and are focused in three areas: Personality Assessment – This is a simple personality questionnaire baed on self-assessment by individuals. It is ideally used [.].

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Insights from the Neuroleadership Summit 2012

Brilliant Leader

#2012NLS This was my first Neuroleadership Summit so I was unsure what to expect. It is a relatively small event (circa 300 attendees) which is not surprising given the emerging nature of the discipline. For three segments of the day, there is only a single session to attend (i.e. no choice) with a choice of [.]. Leadership Development Leadership neuroleadership

Neuroleadership Summit 2013

Brilliant Leader

The EMEA Neuroleadership Summit 2013 is coming to London 24-26th September. As this new area of applied science continues to evolve and gather pace, it is good to see the revised format of this year’s summit. Day 1 will be Neuroleadership 101, enabling new entrants and students to the field to become familiar previous research [.]. Miscellaneous neuroleadership neuroleadership summit neuroscience and leadership effectiveness

Be careful when you throw things over the fence

Brilliant Leader

Whether you are delegating or providing feedback to your team, be careful when you do it. For example, ‘throwing something over the fence’ on a Friday afternoon can ruin someone’s weekend and in turn, this does not lead to high motivation and engagement. I’m sure most of the time this just happens because a leader is clearing their [.]. Leadership Bite Size delegating employee engagement Leadership Leadership Development motivation

ASTD Conference 2012 – Tuesday

Brilliant Leader

Following her impactful performance on yesterday’s panel session, I decided to switch my planned first session today and attend Beverly Kaye’s May I See Your Whine List? How managers can support development. Key messages from Bev’s intro were: - Organizations should begin to reward people for just growing in their careers. What sounds like a whine [.].

High Trust Leadership

Brilliant Leader

One of the age old questions that continues to drive many people to distraction is “What is the difference between management and leadership?” There are of course a plethora of answers to this question that have kept academics, trainers and writers going in perpetuity. For me, one of the key differences between the two is [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

The Definition Of Leadership

Brilliant Leader

One thing I am asked quite frequently is, “What is the definition of leadership?” ” and of course, I can never remember the exact quote from my book – yes I know it’s a sign of getting older - so I normally faff around with some general distinctions around the difference between managing and leading. So I [.].

How can leaders provide invisible support?

Brilliant Leader

One of the most interesting insights I gained from the 2012 Neuroleadership Summit was Kevin Ochsner’s research suggesting that ‘invisible support’ could be more brain friendly and effective than ‘visible support’. For many years now I have espoused the principle that the primary function of a leader is to create an environment in which their [.]. Leadership Development coaching function of a leader invisible support leader Leadership neuro leadership neuroleadership primary function of a leade

ASTD Conference 2012 – Monday

Brilliant Leader

I spent some time earlier in the day exploring the Expo. Maybe it was the new aftershave I’m wearing but there were far fewer enthusiastic sales people grabbing me than is usually the case. The one stand where I spent some considerable time was speaking with Dustin Clinard of MindGym. Their revamped curriculum of 90 [.].

ASTD Conference 2012 – Sunday

Brilliant Leader

Having spent a relaxing Saturday exploring the delights of Denver, today (Sunday) I eased my way into the 2012 ASTD conference. Registration was slick, although throughout the day the queue for collecting the freebies from the ASTD stand was sufficiently long to deter me from collecting my goodie bag. Of the sessions I attended today, [.]. Miscellaneous

Leading Remote Workers

Brilliant Leader

If the 2011 CISCO Connected World Technology Report is anything to go by, attracting and retaining the top talent of the future will be less about the traditional workplace motivational drivers and far more about issues such as remote working and flexible working hours. What challenges does this trend create for leaders? Leading remote workers has [.]. Leadership Development Leadership leading across boundaries leading remote workers remote leadership

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Leadership Development versus Leadership Training – Is there a difference?

Brilliant Leader

When I introduce myself to people as a Leadership Development specialist one of the more common responses revolves around leadership training – “So you run leadership training?”, “What type of leadership training do you specialize in?”, “I really value leadership training” etc. Is there really a difference between leadership training and leadership development? You bet [.]. Leadership Development Leadership Leadership Development Specialist Leadership Training professional leader

ASTD International Conference and Exposition 2012

Brilliant Leader

Save the Date! This year’s ASTD (American Society of Training & Development) International Conference and Exposition is being held in one of my favorite cities in the world – Denver, Colorado. The dates are 6-9 May, maybe a little late for combining it with some skiing but who knows? I’m not planning on presenting at [.]. Uncategorized ASTD Leadership Development

The Iceberg Effect

Brilliant Leader

In my latest book, Brilliant Leader 2nd Edition, I explain the iceberg effect in relation to the jobs that people do. Essentially, there are those parts of a job that we can see – the tasks that people do and the skills that they employ. And then there are the contributing factors that we don’t [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

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Leadership Bite Size – Ask For Feedback

Brilliant Leader

Every so often during a 1-1 with your staff, why not ask for feedback? What more do you need from me? What can I do to make things better for you? How am I doing as a manager? What could I do better/differently? Of course, if you ask the question, you have to be open [.]. Leadership Bite Size Leadership Leadership Development leading versus managing

Leadership Bite Size – Be Positive

Brilliant Leader

Starting today I am introducing a new feature category to this site – Leadership Bite Size. This will be a series of tips and techniques for becoming an effective leader and will enable me to share with you small yet powerful ideas on a regular basis. The first of these tips is to be positive. [.]. Leadership Bite Size Leadership Leadership Development

Leading with the brain in mind

Brilliant Leader

In October I wrote an article introducing the SCARF model that has been developed by Dr David Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute. Today, I’d like to take the concept further by exploring some of the key activities that might provide a threat stimulus and therefore, an away reaction versus those that provide a reward stimulus [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development leadership motivation leading versus managing SCARF

Do Cultural Boundaries Exist?

Brilliant Leader

Anyone who works for a global organization will be familiar with the issue of working across cultural boundaries but my provocative question is; do they really exist? And moreover, to what extent do these boundaries need to be addressed in order for global organizations thrive? Of course every country and in many cases, regions within [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development Leading across cultural boundaries

Leadership Digital

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I am delighted to announce that Brilliant Leader is now a featured contributor to Leadership Digital. This excellent portal enables you to access the latest and very best articles around leadership, management and leadership development as they are published. You can also search for historic articles by topic, concept, leadership gurus and industry focus.

How should we measure leadership potential?

Brilliant Leader

In talent management circles, the received wisdom is that leadership potential is best measured by assessing learning agility – often described as an individual’s ability to learn, adapt and change. I believe this makes a certain amount of sense as people who have these three attributes would be able to learn the skills required to [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development Leadership Potential

Leadership – It’s a marathon not a sprint

Brilliant Leader

One of the toughest balancing acts facing leaders at all levels is the need to deliver short-term results versus the leadership activities that will help sustain and increase those results over the longer term. For example: - How often do you have to put managing vision and purpose to one side while you focus on [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

Steve Jobs – A Great Innovative Leader

Brilliant Leader

Sad news today that Steve Jobs has passed away. He was not only one of the great innovative leaders of our time but of all time. His leadership has literally changed the world, how we communicate and how we behave – some feat. Future articles on this site will cover innovation leadership in more depth [.]. Uncategorized Innovation Leadership

A Leadership Imperative – Developing Yourself and Your People

Brilliant Leader

From time to time I come across so called leaders who have the sole focus of delivering results. These people are often very good at managing performance and getting things done but can they really call themselves leaders? I believe that leading others in the business world is as much about looking forward as it [.]. Uncategorized Leadership Leadership Development

Controlling the Flow: Why Today’s Leaders Have To Be Plumbers Too

Terry Starbucker

There’s a role a leader must play that in this day and age is even more important than being a teacher or mentor. It’s the role of a plumber. Yep, a plumber. Think about this for a minute – a plumber deals with pressure and flow all the time –in this case as it pertains to water.

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Influence: Never Underestimate Your Impact

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link].

Why Your Lack Of Education May Be Your Biggest Leadership Strength

Joseph Lalonde

While many potential and current leaders see a lack of education as a weakness, I believe your lack of education can be your biggest strength. You might be surprised for the reasons. Yet, when I’m finished, I think you’ll agree. You don’t have to be formally educated to lead.

Get Savvy

Leading Blog

F AKE NEWS is not a new phenomenon. From the beginning of time, people have played loose with the truth in order to get what they want. Trust too, has waxed and waned over the millennia. It’s not new. People have always had to be on the lookout for fake news.

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

Leading Blog

T HE INNOVATION WE PRIZE at successful start-ups is a mindset that is brought into the start-up and not necessarily the inherent quality of every start-up. Innovation isn’t something that just happens; we create the conditions for it. Big organizations can innovate like small start-ups.

The Politics of Promotion

Lead Change Blog

Although being savvy about office politics is important for both genders, unconscious bias and stereotypes create special challenges for women. Many women focus on performance, thinking that good work garners promotion.

Horst Schulze: 4 Decisions Every Leader Must Make

Leading Blog

H ORST SCHULZE knew from the time he was eleven years old that he wanted to work in a hotel. It was at the end of his first apprenticeship in an assigned essay he coined the phrase that would guide him the rest of his life: “Ladies and Gentlemen Serving Ladies and Gentlemen.”.

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The Modern Leadership Challenge: An Exquisite Merger of Life and Business

Terry Starbucker

In my now 37 years in the business world, I’ve witnessed and participated in quite an evolution of what constitutes modern leadership.

For the Pastor Who May Be Suffering From Burnout

Ron Edmondson

Pastor burnout is a common problem in the church today. I hear from pastors on a regular basis facing the stress of ministry. One thing I am pushing us to address at Leadership Network is this issue of burnout; including the more severe issues of mental health and depression.

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You Might Be a Bad Leader If…

Leading Blog

N ONE OF US would readily admit to being a bad leader. We see ourselves as pretty good or at least well-intentioned. But people don’t experience our intentions; they experience what we actually do.

Two Types of Creative’s That Bring Success to a Team

Ron Edmondson

There are two types of creatives I love to have on teams I lead. Sometimes I think we recognize the first one, but fail to appreciate the second type. Creative at shaping the vision. These people help us see where we need to go in the future. They are thought leaders and trend setters.

The Art of Successful Giving: Adam Grant

QAspire

I created a series of sketch notes for Tiffani Bova’s “ What’s Next ” podcast where she meets brilliant people to discuss customer experience, growth and innovation. Tiffani Bova is a Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Captain Marvel

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article. The last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to release before this year’s highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, released this past Friday. Captain Marvel took to the screen and wowed most audiences.

Creating a Communication Cadence

Kevin Eikenberry

As leaders, we must always be thinking about when and how and what we communicate with our team members. Finding our way here is critical to our short and long-term success as a leader.

Are Our Souls on Treadmills??

Mills Scofield

This academic year the cost of putting kids on treadmills from Pre-K onward is slapping me in the face through the students I mentor. I’ve seen students’ stress, anxiety and depression increasing over the past few years but not with the exponential leap I’ve seen this year.

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Lessons in Leadership to Last a Lifetime

Leading Blog

A FTER 18 YEARS on the MIT faculty, I thought I knew a thing or two about leadership. After all, I was tenured and had supervised dozens of students seeking undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.