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Guest post from Leo Bottary: Leadership lessons exist all around us, all the time. All we have to do is pay attention. Let me offer two examples – one is about growth and the other involves the power of declaring victory.

Leadership and Work Teams

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Guest post from Simon Mac Rory: If you work in an organization today as a leader you will lead a team. 90% of what we do in an organization happens through collaborative effort, making the team the most important production unit.

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The Three Keys to Being a Great Leader

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Guest post by Raymond Houser: Being a great leader means getting people to do things that they didn't think possible. It's as simple as that. Many people confuse leadership style with true leadership. You don't have to be an extroverted, rah-rah motivator to be a great leader.

Leaders: Choose Your Own Reality

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Guest post from Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair and Dr. Jeanie Cockell Just about every leader has had an employee who was, to say it diplomatically, a “handful” to manage. We have. One example was a person Joan worked with – let’s call her Jane Doe. Jane saw policies and procedures as mere suggestions. She irritated her team with her habit of pushing limits to get an idea through. When stressed she let it show though in her interactions with others.

The Simplicity—and Power—of Stop, Start, Continue

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Guest post from Rodger Dean Duncan : Whether you’re a leader, follower, partner, or service provider, clarity is always important. Let’s say you’ve delegated a task to someone else. If a deadline will be missed or a key deliverable won’t be ready as expected, you want an honest and timely report.

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How to Build Trust with Your Employees

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Guest post by Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss: “I didn’t tell the complete truth, and our relationship hasn’t been the same since.” This may sound like the confession of a person with marital issues, or the breakdown in a long-term friendship. But it’s a quote from a CEO client of ours.

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3 Moving-Target Issues Every Leader Must Be Following

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Guest post from Alexandra Levit: As a futurist, it’s my job to track the evolution of the 21st century organization, and as of late we’ve come upon new challenges in reputation management, intellectual property, and digital transformation and disruption. Your challenge as a leader?

What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too?

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What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too? Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : The cashier at the checkout line at our local grocery store was literally singing. Did you find everything you neeeedd ?”

What Kills Great Leadership?

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Guest post by Bill Treasurer : Leadership is a powerful thing, one that comes with a unique set of stresses, challenges, privileges, and responsibilities. Our leadership journeys begin starry-eyed and well-intentioned, but the path to leadership power is one that can lead even the best of us astray if we aren’t careful. What kind of leader will I be?”

Letting Go of the Big Chief Motif

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Guest post from Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III: Discipline, focus and drive got you where you are today. You lost count of the sacrifices long ago – free weekends, discretionary purchases, a good night’s sleep – all to achieve your vision. You did it. Now get over it.

The Quality All Great Leaders Have in Common – and How to Cultivate It Within Yourself

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Guest post from Christy Whitman : Above all other qualities, vision is the most essential to extraordinary leadership.

Values in Dynamic Tension

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : Have you prioritized your values so you know which ones are more important than the others? Or are all of your personal values “tied for first?” Here’s a way to test this idea.

5 Traits Every Leader Should Have to Achieve Hero Leadership

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Guest post from Jeffrey Hayzlett: What’s leadership? What makes for an effective leader? The answers to both these questions are relative to every organization -- big or small. There is no one set of rules that makes for an effective leader, but leadership encompasses a slew of characteristics and different people embody different sets of traits. The fact of the matter is, some people become good leaders and others don’t. For me, a good leader isn’t someone who just tells others what to do.

Creating a Winning Corporate Culture Through People Power

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Guest post from Eric Tetuan : Creating a winning company culture starts with an investment in people. Not just investing in staff, but in relationships with clients as well as the people you serve.

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How Pragmatic Leaders Can Transform Stuck Organizations

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Guest post by Samuel B. Bacharach : A stuck organization is one that might meet conventional measures of success but it is not necessarily thriving. It cannot quite reach that next level of innovation.

Radical Accountability

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Guest post by Stephen J. Cloobeck: I was determined not to be a CEO who was content to preach to my team. And so, against the advice and admonishments of “foolishness” from my executive team, and just about everybody else, I decided to do something that would show not only our guests but also our team members how truly committed I was to radical accountability.

8 Steps to Jumpstarting a Truth-telling Workplace Culture

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Guest post from Jim Haudan and Rich Behrens : What do a water cooler, bathroom, and hallway all have in common? These are three places in the workplace where people feel “safe” to tell the truth. Many leaders believe that their people feel safe in telling them what they think and feel. But this is a misconception—or a blind spot, as we call it in our book, What Are Your Blind Spots? Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back.

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Why Managers Don’t Listen (Poor Listener Syndrome): and the Cures!

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One of the most important skills for any manager is listening. Listening demonstrates respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity to feedback – all considered to be qualities of an effective leader. Listening isn’t rocket science. We are born with the ability to listen, yet somehow managers, at some point in their careers, seem to forget how to use this natural born gift.

The Questions Most Leaders Have Never Asked

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Guest post by Marcia Daszko : It’s essential for courageous leaders to ask the bold, imperative questions about performance appraisals! What’s our purpose and aim in using appraisals? What are our strategies? Are they effective? What are the outcomes? Do they help us get closer to our vision or further away? Do they help create collaboration and teamwork or internal competition? How long does it take for our managers and staff to implement this process? What are the results and outcomes?

Great Leadership: The Power of I’s

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Elon Musk, Joking Around is Serious Business!

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Guest post by Jamie Anderson and Gabor George: Truly creative leaders tap ideas from all ranks, and are typically skillful at fostering innovation. They are open to diverse perspectives, and willing to take risks. These leadership characteristics can be further enhanced by humor.

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Enduring Uncertainty

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Guest post from Chris Lewis : Go on admit it. You’re busy, right? Busier than last year. Busier probably than five years ago. In fact, you’re busier than you can ever remember being. You’re now so busy most people couldn’t even begin to understand how busy you are. And you don’t have time to tell them anyway. There was a time when life was slower. It all used to be so certain. You could plan. You could predict. You could be safe.

10 Essential Facilitation Skills for Meeting Leaders

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A lot of meeting leaders think they know how to “run” a meeting. They may set an agenda, do most of the talking and make the decisions. While this may feel easy and efficient, it’s often a waste of people’s time and does not tap into the creative potential of the team. There are a lot of reasons meeting leaders don’t involve others more in meetings, including a fear of letting go, a lack of belief that others can make a meaningful contribution, or a lack of meeting facilitation skills.

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6 Reasons You’re Not Thinking Clearly

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Guest post from Karen Martin: Ambiguity has become the status quo in most of our organizations. And, it’s the enemy to efficiency, productivity, and a healthy bottom line. Achieving clarity is the only way to defeat this enemy. But getting clear on everything, from why your organization exists and what its priorities are, to how people must operate based on their clearly defined role, requires time and effort.

Hit Songs and Great Leadership

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Guest post by Brant Menswar and Jim Trick: While on the surface, you would think the goal of any songwriter is to write a song that dominates the airwaves, flies up the charts, sells millions of records and wins a coveted Grammy Award.

The 9 (or 99?) Ps of Leadership

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10 Traits of Great Leaders in This New World of Work

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Guest post from Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey : The world of work has and continues to change. Our workforce, which now consists of five generations working side by side, expects and demands different things from its organization, its job, and most certainly its leaders.

How Effective is Your Communication?

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Guest post from David Hiatt : Lack of effective communication skills has done more to keep good people from being promoted into leadership roles than any other skill deficiency.

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Leadership Development Goals for 2019

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One of my most read series of posts is my somewhat yearly list of New Year’s development goals for leaders. I don’t go back and check previous years, so there may be duplicates, as there should be. Things like “striving to be a better listener” come up each year as I work with leaders from around the world. In my coaching practice, I usually start with a 360-degree assessment and use that as to help leaders identify and choose their development goals.

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A 5-Step Training Plan to Think like a Navy SEAL

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Guest post from Mark Divine : The world is more complex and faster than ever. As a retired Navy SEAL and founder of several multimillion-dollar companies, business seems increasingly like a “VUCA” battlefield in Afghanistan or Syria—it’s Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous.

6 Reassuring Truths About Public Speaking

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Guest post by Allison Shapira: Even if you’re not afraid of public speaking, I’m betting you still get butterflies in your stomach before you speak. As a public speaking coach for over 15 years, I’ve seen it up-close: most people get nervous before a speech, presentation, or important meeting. Yet the fact remains: whether you have a formal leadership role such as CEO or you are a young professional looking to move into leadership, public speaking skills are critical.

How to Retain your Star Employees

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In today’s low unemployment, employee-driven job market, employee retention is more important than ever! It’s hard to find great employees – heck, it’s hard to find warm bodies - so is makes sense to do everything you can to hang on to the ones you have. The cost of turnover is often way underestimated. The obvious costs are hiring and training costs, but there is also lost opportunity, morale, reputation, customer relationships, and other intangibles that are harder to measure.

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Out-of-the box Leadership / Leadership From Within

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Guest post by Pratima Rao Gluckman : My daughter once told me, “Mom, I am awesome. I am good at math. I run fast. I am better than my brothers. Right?” As I looked into her darling eyes as she was desperately seeking validation, I thought, “This is where the problem lies.”

Indy 500 Races Can Be Won or Lost in the Pit. How’s Your Pit Crew Doing?

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Guest Post from Glenna Crooks, PhD: If you are a leader today you face a faster pace of change and far greater complexity than at any time in human history. As if the technical challenges, required skillsets and necessary mindsets were not enough to master, there’s more.

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When Work Has Meaning, The Culture Changes

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds: In order to value team members, or help them find meaning in their work - that is, contribution to the greater good, to their community or even society - you don’t need to start a formal organizational initiative.

To be the Best, Invest in Relationships AND Results

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds: If you had a rare diagnosis of an aggressive disease, wouldn’t you want to be treated by the best of the best doctors?

The Future Is Where Brands Must Focus

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Guest post from Sean Pillot de Chenecey: Brands are built on trust, but in a post-truth world, they have a serious problem when so much of modern life is now defined by mistrust. A weakening of the vital trust connection between brands and consumers is causing enormous problems for businesses.

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Active Listening: the Key to Leadership Success

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Guest post by Richard Lindenmuth: Leaders are often thought of as the individual undertaking the most personal risk.

Likability in Leadership—Necessary for Some, a Liability to Others

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Guest post from Cassandra Frangos : We had a handy rule of thumb for hiring in my first job in management consulting.

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How to Lead On Purpose

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Guest post from John Izzo Ph.D. and Jeff Vanderwielen Ph.D.: Why are some leaders effective at truly engaging with their teams? And why do many, despite their best efforts, manage to motivate top performers but can’t get the whole team rowing in the same direction?

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Successful Leaders Are Great Communicators: How to Connect with Your Employees

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Guest post from Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss: To be an effective leader and run a high-performing company, you need to be great at communicating with your employees.

New Leadership for a Changing Workforce

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Guest post from Warren Wright: If you’re hiring and leading a team of freshly-minted college graduates, you may be noticing some differences in their behavior and preferences compared to previous graduates. That’s because they’re from a new generation—we are calling them Second-Wave Millennials (Second-Wavers).

Beyond Self Awareness: Leadership’s Next Frontier

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Guest post from Glain Roberts-McCabe: This year, I published my first book. When I was trying to think of a book title, I reached out to our community of ambitious leaders for advice.