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10 Signs Your Leadership Strategy Doesn’t Work

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In any professional environment, management is composed of a leader and a group of colleagues working collaboratively. Together, they work towards their team’s goals. Ideally, the team should meet their targets and perform well under an effective management.

Why Leaders Give Feedback

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An important task you have as a leader is giving feedback. Not only in terms of task performance (so that the other knows how he or she is doing), but also in terms of social behavior.

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If We’re Not Human at Work, What are We?

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I’ve been receiving a series of emails lately from a highly regarded organization with the subject line “How to Be More Human at Work.”. Funny. Aren’t we being human all the time? Now, for most of us it’s not that we’re being inhuman at work, but I understand the point.

How Leaders Can Invest in the Power of Differences

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In a world in which we expect the neighborhood ice cream shop to offer up at least 31 flavors, why do we insist on “fixing” people so their point of view matches one flavor—ours?

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5 Secrets to Building Trust in Your Team

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Are you going to force your employees to do what you tell them to do and achieve the goals you expect them to achieve? Or are you going to earn their trust and respect, so they will act towards the organization’s growth because they want to? Of course, you’ll choose the second alternative.

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How GRIT Makes the Difference Between Failure and Success

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In 2007, I had the opportunity to change jobs. Changing jobs is in itself challenging, because you have to prove yourself in a new environment. The challenge was compounded by being in school pursuing a M.A. in Strategic. Communication and Leadership at Seton Hall.

The Best Leaders Use These 3 Hard Words

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I see it with my clients. I see it with my colleagues. I see it in myself. It’s damn hard to admit when we don’t know something. Somewhere along the line, we came to believe that being a leader meant being sure. Knowing the answers. Having the best and rightest solution to every problem.

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Five Reasons Job Seekers Should Study Lean Management

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Even seasoned senior managers look to continually enhance their skill sets to differentiate themselves from other job seekers. Management job seekers with lean management experience can separate themselves from the competition.

Building a Mentoring Culture in Your Organization

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There are a ton of benefits to establishing a culture of mentoring within your organization. This post will share those benefits with you and explain how to cultivate the mentoring culture within your organization. Learning is a two way street.

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The Secret Ingredient for Extraordinary Leadership

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Do you (or your organization) use the vending machine approach to leadership? That approach is when someone asks the boss a question (inserting the coins) and out pops (like the candy bar, soda, or bag of chips) the correct answer. Fitting the mold.

The Difference Between Good and Great Leadership

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Goodness isn’t really celebrated. Only greatness is. Great leaders aren’t just better at being good leaders. They’re in a class apart. To watch them work can be awe inspiring.

It’s About What You Add to the Interaction

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What really makes a good leader? Many theories and models try to show us the way. The discussion may be approached from several perspectives.

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Doing Their Best

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What if you assumed that those people who work for you are in fact doing their best? As leaders we are quick to judge those we lead and when they don’t fit what we think they should be doing, we often get resentful and angry. I believe that most of us are doing the best we can.

Using Conflict for Good—a Conversation with Nate Regier

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Conflict, from your home to the workplace, is inevitable. In fact, did you know that according to a Gallup Poll, negative conflict drains the U.S. economy by $350 BILLION a year in lost productivity and wasted energy? But conflict gets a bad rap.

4 Things That Will Increase Your Optimism

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Respond to the following statements with always, sometimes, and never: In uncertain times, I usually expect the best. If something can go wrong for me, it will. I hardly ever expect things to go my way. I rarely count on good things happening to me.

How to Reduce Employee Turnover with 7 Critical Leadership Skills

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Poor leadership is often at the root of high employee turnover. In fact, according to a recent CMOE infographic , nearly 50 percent of employees were likely to leave their jobs if they didn’t feel recognized by their managers.

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Is the Time Right For You to Speak Out?

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Google “songs about money” and entries like “40 best songs about money” and “12 best songs about money. EVER” pop up. The search results are less abundant if you google “songs about ethics.” No 12- or 40-best lists appear. Top 10 social and political songs of our times” is as close as it gets.

10 Insights on Inspirational Leadership

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Is inspirational leadership the holy grail of leadership? I define such a pinnacle – the holy grail of leadership – as that which engenders the highest levels of employee engagement and commitment. So, by that definition, then yes, hands down, inspirational leadership is the summit.

The Five Most Valuable Leadership Skills

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Quality leaders are in high demand today in almost all areas of professional business, education, science, politics, and also generally in day-to-day life.

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Leading a “Mozart”

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He was arguably the greatest composer who has ever lived. He wrote over 600 scores during his short 35 year life span. He was performing advanced piano works before kings at the age of five.

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Use Emotional Intelligence To Address Speech Anxiety

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What do you feel when you imagine standing up in front of an audience? Visualize the bright lights in your face, see all those people looking at you and expecting you to deliver a top-notch performance. Do butterflies start fluttering about in your stomach? Do your palms start to sweat?

Resilience: It’s All In Your Head

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I remember sitting on the edge of my bed crying. I have a variety of issues with my back. A few years ago they were acting up. One day I rolled out of bed about 4 pm because I couldn’t get up any sooner. I had a “why me?” moment. “Why is this happening to me?”

Is It Wrong to Have a Personal Agenda at Work?

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I remember chairing a project meeting several years ago. My teammates got on a riff about not wanting to work with a particular person because that person had their own personal agenda. Perish the thought. I let them go on for a while.

How to Rectify a Serious Leadership Mistake

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We’re having a new kitchen fitted this week, and we discovered yesterday that an erroneous measurement on behalf of the designer means we’ll have to wait another three days for replacement units to arrive.

A 30-60-90 Day Plan For New Leaders

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Leaders new to a team have the unenviable task of getting results, building trust and establishing credibility. All the while they are learning their new role, and possibly even a new company. For some leaders, doing one or the other is attainable, but doing all simultaneously can be a daunting task.

How Great Leaders Value People

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Organizations of all sizes and industries are reimagining work cultures in this relationship economy. It’s all about the people. Consequently, servant leadership quickly is becoming the preferred practice for some of the biggest and best companies in the world.

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Leadership Hinges Upon What You Do – Not Who You Are

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There are hundreds of thousands of resources that tell people about what it takes to be a leader. Everyone has an opinion on how it should be done. Studies have been conducted to prove that leadership is achievable. Former leaders are emulated. Current leaders serve as inspiration.

Business Leaders Need This Fourth Grade Teacher

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If you face disengaged employees, low productivity, low morale, and trying to get teams to do more with less: listen up! This elementary school teacher is turning the tables on traditional thinking and in the process, modeling steps that can also get results with an adult workforce.

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Dysfunctional Leadership: 10 Thinking Habits to Avoid

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Certain aspects of thinking and behaving like a good leader can be tough for many on the leadership development path. Our brain doesn’t develop neuropathways at the flip of a switch. New habits may takes months, if not years, to become second nature.

6 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style

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The first thing you’ve got to let go in order to be a great leader is the stereotype in your head. Good leaders come in every shape and size. Some are indeed smartly dressed, tall and authoritative. Others, however, might be short, introverted or less domineering in their approach.

July 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the July 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Dan Rockwell of Leadership Freak wrote recently about assets that help leaders extend their influence. Before highlighting each of the assets, Dan wrote, “Leadership isn’t about status, position, salary, or title.

The Characteristics of A True Leader

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What makes a great leader?

7 Qualities Of Outstanding Leaders

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Leadership is putting a face to management science. A good leader is an able manager. And an able manager is someone who can recruit, hire, train, and mentor. He or she is someone who can motivate, engage, and monitor. And he or she has the ability to envision, plan, clarify, evaluate, and revise.

11 Reasons Fear Screws Up Your Leadership and What To Do About It

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It’s a question that has perplexed me for many years: With the wealth of leadership wisdom available, why do we continue to struggle to lead well? Why do employee engagement rates continue to hover around 30% despite the obvious advantages for leaders who choose to lead well?

Are You a Bridge Building Leader?

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A crowded Montgomery, AL city bus stopped at its usual spot and a middle-aged African-American woman boarded the bus. As the bus pulled away, she realized every seat on the bus was taken and was prepared to take the trip standing on her feet. But, something changed that stance.

How to Win Influence and Keep It

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Once upon a time there was a Battery. This Battery was very proud because he was full of power. What he didn’t know was his power had been granted to him from the beginning. It was built in – he had this power simply because he was a battery.

7 Tips on Becoming an Exceptional Leader

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Leadership is a nebulous concept. I mean, we all know when we’ve got a good leader or when the person in charge doesn’t know what they’re doing. But that’s not the same as defining leadership. I mean, there are leaders that are outspoken and there are leaders who listen patiently.

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Compliments, Criticism and Relationship

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An important task you have as a leader is to give compliments and know how to deal with criticism. Compliments motivate; criticism has a negative effect on relationships. And good relationships already facilitate an environment in which the other is more willing to do things differently.

The Most Cost Effective Way To Engage Your People

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Do you remember Bob Nelson’s series of books “ 1001 Ways “? The titles ran the gamut of 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work to 1001 Ways to Energize Employees and 1001 Ways to Energize Employees.

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Three Steps To Building the Leader You Need

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Charles-Guillaume Etienne is said to have penned the phrase, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” Most of us have heard something in this vein and many of us agree with these words whole-heartedly.