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Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015

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Are you looking for the top leadership experts to follow in 2015? Maybe you need a leadership development expert or public speaker. Or, maybe you’re focused on personal development and want to find the best content online to help you grow as a leader.

Leadership – I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

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Many people do not understand leadership. They think it is an achievement to reach, rather than a commitment to serve. So this scene from “The Princess Bride” is an appropriate meme.

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You Must Serve to be Great

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You don’t have to be great to serve, but you must serve to be great. Jon Gordon If you want to be a great leader, you must serve. Jon Gordon got it right when he said this at the World LEADERS Conference. Service comes before greatness, but greatness is not a requirement to serve.

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Can I get 1 minute of your time? I’ve been running this blog to advocate servant leadership adoption and digital media action, for free, since 2008. In all that time, I never asked a favor. Today though, I have a favor to ask. It should only take a minute of your time.

Digital Media and the Future of Your Leadership – Video

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Ben Lichtenwalner presents Digital Media and the Future of Leadership at Hope College’s Critical Issues Symposium. Having difficulties viewing the video? Click here. Leadership is not easy, but digital media makes it easier than ever before.

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SERVANT Leadership Acronym Definition

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It took me too long to discover servant leadership. It’s taking too long for others to discover the concept as well. Simply put, servant leadership is authentic leadership. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. The problem is, most definitions of servant leadership are difficult to understand or share. Therefore, to increase awareness and advocacy I created a more simple definition, using the acronym S.E.R.V.A.N.T.

SERVANT Leaders are Selfless – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The first principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Selfless. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. This captures the selfless nature of leadership in a simple statement.

6 Signs You’re Not Qualified to Lead

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It boggles the mind that current co-CEOs of Market Basket blame employees for the company’s problems. That’s a classic example of leaders who are no longer qualified to lead at the organization. Which got me thinking, when should any leader know it is time to step down? What are the signs you are no longer qualified to lead? Here’s my list: 1. You publicly blame your stakeholders for… anything. Accountability is good.

9 Actions to Immediately Improve Your Leadership Skills

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A lot of leadership tips take time to develop. So I wanted to come up with a quick list of immediate actions anyone can take to improve their leadership skills. Will these, alone, make you a great leader? Of course not. But they will help you on your path to becoming a better leader.

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SERVANT Leaders are Thorough – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT ( Selfless , Empathetic , Resolute , Virtuous , Authentic , Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The last principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is THOROUGH. Servant leaders focus on the long-term. In contrast, most executives today are obsessed with the quick win.

How an Organization May Reflect Servant Leadership

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Usually, when speaking of servant leadership , we refer to the leader as an individual. For example, “he or she is a servant leader” Then, organizations that emphasize servant leadership as a core attribute of its people are inherently, servant led organizations.

Are You a Complainer or a Contributor?

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Are you a complainer or a contributor? The complainer likes to point out everything that is wrong. The contributor likes to change what is wrong. The complainer likes to talk. The contributor likes to take action. Complainers take from others. Contributors give to others. A complainer offers feed back. A contributor offers feed forward. A complainer says, “I could do better” A contributor does better. A complainer expects to be served. A contributor serves.

Nelson Mandela – 8 of the Greatest Servant Leadership Quotes and Images

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The world lost one of the greatest servant leaders of all time, yesterday. Nelson Mandela was 95 years old. He exemplified servant leadership throughout his life. To honor his memory, below are my favorite Nelson Mandela quotes for servant leaders, accompanied by graphics of the man the world will miss: 1. “If If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”. It always seems impossible until it’s done.”.

Bad Boss vs. Good Leader Image

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This simple graphic depicts the difference between a Bad Boss and a Good Leader. I love it, because it highlights some key attributes, including: 1. Role of the Team : The Bad Boss expects the team to serve them. The Good Leader serves the team. Command vs. Participate : Bad Bosses command others to do what they are no longer willing to do themselves. Good Leaders never ask from the team, what they are unwilling to do themselves. Role of the Mission : Bad Bosses sit on top of the mission.

SERVANT Leaders are Empathetic – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT ( Selfless , Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The second principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Empathetic. In order to lead people, you need to know what it feels like to walk a mile in their shoes.

How to be a Bad Boss

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We can be really stupid leaders sometimes and that leads to being a bad boss. I can say this because I’ve done it. I still do it sometimes. I can be a bad boss and I bet you can too. Here’s how: 1. Focus on what your boss thinks of you more than what’s right for the organization.

Give Feed Forward, Not Feedback

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Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. -Edmund Burke. Incorporate life, people leaders are often told to give “feedback” to those they lead.A A better way to frame these communications is “feed forward “ Here’s why: Feedback. Feedback infers a focus on what happened in the past. While learning from history is important and necessary, the emphasis should be, as Edmund Burke’s quote highlights, avoiding a repeat of the negative past.

Leadership is Not What You Think it is

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Leadership is not celebrating victory at the end of the battle. …it’s the sleepless nights mourning the lives your decisions cost. It’s not standing on stage in front of thousands of people. …it’s knowing others talk about you behind your back, to achieve their own objectives. It’s not having your name in the history books. …it’s the sacrifices you and supporters pay to achieve what is written. It’s not the fame, fortune or notoriety.

SERVANT Leaders are Authentic – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT ( Selfless , Empathetic , Resolute , Virtuous , Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The next principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Authentic. Authenticity is all about transparency. A great leader is the same in private as they are in public.

Servant Leadership Explained via Santa the Bad Boss and Rudolph the Servant Leader

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Jolly old Santa Claus has a reason to be so happy. After all, he only works one day a year and gets credit for all the gifts his elves made and the work his reindeer do. In return, what do the reindeer and elves get? Left over cookie crumbs, some carrots, and one hit movie vs. dozens for Saint Nick. Santa Claus is really a bad boss, here are several examples of his poor leadership behavior: Santa Claus the Bad Boss. Serves only one stakeholder group. Takes credit for other’s work.

How to Give Constructive Criticism: 10 Tips for Successful Coaching

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We all want the best for our team and we each want to succeed. The problem is, hearing what we do wrong, sucks. Nobody enjoys listening to a list of things they could improve. So if you want to help others succeed, here are 10 tips to deliver constructive criticism that help us win, together. Listen First. Before offering your constructive criticism, make sure you understand where the person is coming from.

When a Servant Leader is Fired – Market Basket Demonstrates the Cost of Terminating a Servant Leader CEO

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Market Basket Stakeholders Rally to Support Their Servant Leader. There’s a Hollywood plot playing out in Massachusetts, as cousins battle for control over a large grocery store chain. Unfortunately, employees, suppliers and customers are paying the price. Market Basket is a multi-billion dollar, family owned, grocery chain in New England. Or at least, it was worth billions. Thanks to a family feud, it’s value is about to implode.

Why Social Media Makes Now a Great Time to be a Leader

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For the first time in history, leaders can receive effective feedback from millions of people. Why is now a great time to be a leader? What makes today so different from prior centuries, or even decades? Technology delivered a leadership innovation called digital social media.

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Is Academia Failing to Develop Leaders? SEC Conference Example

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Tonight the top two college football teams of the year battled on the gridiron. There was no doubt these two schools developed athletic leaders. However, are the institutions behind these teams developing leaders off the field? I recently wrote about our leadership failure in academia.

Steve Jobs vs. Herb Kelleher – Hero Worship vs. Servant Leadership

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Top Row: Steve Jobs, Herb Kelleher; Bottom Row: Steve Wozniak, Tim Cook, Colleen Barrett, Gary Kelly. I am a fan of many Apple products and believe Steve Jobs played a critical role in Apple’s success. However, following his passing, there were many people who referred to him as a great leader.

Why I Started The Modern Servant Leader

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It was 2006. My CFO just fired the 4th person he hired, within a year of hiring them. Now, his entire team had turned over 3 times in as many years. Yet, the executive team felt he was getting positive results. In fact, on paper, he was. The organization was stronger than ever, from a fiscal perspective. However, the reputation of the organization and the lives of many employees were damaged.

Servant Leadership Summit – Highlights and Quotes to Share

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Becky Robinson and the Weaving Influence team pulled together a great webinar on Servant Leadership. Each speaker had keen insights. Below are many of the highlights. Cheryl Bachelder. Cheryl A.

3 Studies Prove Servant Leadership Good for Business

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Opponents of servant leadership argue that the concept sounds good, but it just does not work in business. “Show me one study,” they say, “that proves Servant Leadership works for business.” ” I’ll do them two better. Here are three studies that prove Servant Leadership is good for business: Good Company Index.

Servant Leadership 101 – An Introduction to Authentic Leadership

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Want to learn about servant leadership? What to know what servant leadership is, how it got started, where it’s in practice today and more? Then you’ve come to the right place. This is the first (and only) course like this I am aware of. Because it’s new though, I’m offering it for free – at least until I get all the kinks worked out. So please, sign up below and tell me what you think! When you finish, I’ll even send you a digital Certificate of Completion.

Starbucks Demonstrates Servant Leadership with Free Education

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Starbucks has been referred to as a servant leadership company. Now, the company is taking another huge step in continuing its servant leadership principles by offering free college education to their employees. In a Daily Show interview on the announcement, Chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz made some incredible statements: “Today we announced that Starbucks will be the first US Company to provide free college tuition for all our employees.”

15 Questions Employees Will Not Ask But You Should Still Answer

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Most are serious, a few are lighthearted. All touch on potentially sensitive areas. Over time, your team may feel comfortable enough to ask these questions. In the early days though, if you don’t answer these questions, they will not ask.

Best Leadership Speaker Quotes from This Year’s Leadercast

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Did you miss this year’s Leadercast or just want to relive the greatest highlights? I compiled the most popular quotes from each speaker, here. If you want all the images and quotes for your desktop, check out the available compilation at the end. Otherwise, leave a comment and tell me which quote was your favorite – whether I captured it or not. Here are the quotes, images and sharing links: Andy Stanley. “Authority does not equal competency.

The Culture Pyramid – How You Can Strengthen Your Culture

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The corporate culture pyramid has four sides: The Culture Pyramid. Employees : What employees believe about the culture. Leaders : What the leadership team believes about the culture. Corporate : What the company claims about the culture.

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The 7 E’s Required for Social Media Success

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There are 7 E’s required for social media success. Success in social media may require more, but it will not happen without at least the majority of these: Your followers want to know you stand behind them – not just your cash register. Ben Lichtenwalner. Empathize.

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7 Ways Leadership is Like Sports

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Anyone can practice leadership or sports, but not everyone will succeed. Not everyone has the same capacity for sports or leadership. In his book, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership , John Maxwell calls this the Law of the Lid: “The Lid represents the limit of our leadership abilities.

Don’t Confuse Accountability With Responsibility

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Danger Will Robinson, Danger! One symptom of a leader caving to her own ego is one who begins to confuse accountability with responsibility. Accountability is when you own the ultimate result – pass or fail. Responsibility is when you are the one to deliver the result.

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The Social Media – Servant Leadership Dovetail

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In a recent interview with social media author and consultant, Paul Gillin, he described Servant Leadership and social media as “dovetailing” This analogy summarized why I am so passionate about both topics. Social media enables, empowers and really, demands greater servant leadership.

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Southwest Airlines 2011 Results Reflect Benefits of Servant Leadership

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Southwest Airlines ( LUV ) announced the 39th consecutive year of profitability yesterday. The company has been a role model of servant leadership since its founding by Herb Kelleher (and others).

3 Loves Needed for Great Leadership

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There are three loves every great leader must have: Love for the Mission, Love for the People and Love for Character. These three loves set the foundation for great leadership. Great Leaders Have a Foundation of Three Loves: People, Mission and Character. Love for the Mission. Love for the mission shows in all the leader does. Passion flows from one who loves their mission. With this love, leaders inspire and motivate their people.

Top 10 Servant Leadership Tweeters in 2011

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Part of my mission is to spread servant leadership awareness. Therefore, I greatly appreciate folks on Twitter who spread servant leadership content. Last year, I highlighted 5 individuals to whom I was especially grateful for their ongoing support and promotion of these principles.