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9 Things Positive Leaders Do

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J ON GORDON is a prolific writer. He has written at least a dozen books on leadership that I am aware of. The Power of Positive Leadership summarizes much of his thinking and provides a great introduction to all of his other work. As a result, it is full of good practices and thinking.

4 Characteristics of Great Teams

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T HE AMERICA'S CUP is the world’s oldest international sporting trophy, first contested in 1851 when the schooner America crossed the Atlantic and beat 15 British yachts. The trophy became known as the America’s Cup for the winning yacht in 1851.

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Leadership Lessons from a 19th Century Genius

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W ILLIAM JAMES, one of the great thinkers of the late 19th century and the father of modern American psychology, has much to offer the modern executive.

The Stand-Up Strategists

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H OW FREQUENTLY do you think your employees laugh at work? In contrast, how often do you estimate that they feel bored or uninspired?

10 Questions to Ask Your Employees Every Quarter

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M OST LEADERS (the less than great ones) can become afraid of learning their employees’ true feelings towards the company and its overall structure. In turn, they shy away from even initiating such conversations and asking the important questions.

What Kind of Innovator Are You?

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I N EVERYTHING WE DO, we bring with it our personal view of the world. That is both our biggest asset and contribution and our biggest obstacle. We can easily get caught up in trying to make things be the way we think they should be from our perspective. It’s what leads to most of our issues.

Humility is the New Smart: Are You Ready?

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S MART used to be a quantity game. “I I know more than you. I get more things right.” But Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig say that in the new Smart Machine Age, that’s losing game. The new smart is about quality.

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5 Leadership Lessons I Learned by Walking the Camino de Santiago

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T HE Camino de Santiago is a network of ancient hiking paths that all lead to a shrine to St. James in northwest Spain. I first walked that trail – 435 miles over 29 days – in 2013 and have returned twice since.

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How to Avoid Your Leadership Gap

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T HE GAP IN OUR LEADERSHIP arises as a result of the disconnect between how we think people are experiencing our leadership and how they are actually experiencing our leadership. And where we find that disconnect we limit or even derail our leadership potential.

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The Bridge to Growth

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W HAT’S MORE IMPORTANT, strategy or execution? I believe both are critical. But what if something else is just as important? There is a third ingredient to business success, one that many companies undervalue: servant leadership.

The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers

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E ASY PROBLEMS can often be solved by guessing. And we solve hundreds of these kinds of problems as we go throughout our week. The problem arises when we rely on our experience to guess at what might be wrong to try to solve hard problems—problems where the solution is obscured.

What Sets Apart the Greatest Teams of All-Time?

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S AM WALKER revisits the popular idea of leadership. In The Captain Class , Walker describes what makes an elite captain by analyzing the leadership of sixteen of the most dominate teams in history.

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Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

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B EING A LEADER often means making far-reaching decisions that require major investments of time, resources, and energy. Complete certainty is seldom possible. Competing agendas often complicate the process. The future is never something you can take for granted.

8 Ways To Design a High-Trust Culture

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T RUST BEGETS TRUST. Paul Zak, the author of The Trust Factor , has shown that “when someone is tangibly trusted by a stranger, the brain synthesizes the signaling chemical oxytocin” and “ the more trust one is shown, the more the brain produces oxytocin.”

Ego Free Leadership

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E GO IS A CONSTANT preoccupation with our self-worth. Each of us has beliefs and fears about our value, and they cause defensive and/or self-promotional behaviors when under stress.

Unconditional Gratitude

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W E ARE NOT AUTONOMOUS. Autonomy is simply looking at life as though we are a world unto ourselves. As though we did it all by ourselves. It’s pride. But the reality is, we are connected. The opposite of autonomy is gratitude. Gratitude isn’t dead, but it is in trouble.

What Are Good People?

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W HAT DO WE MEAN when we say someone is good? Good is often confused with competency. But it is really a character issue. You can be good at your job but doing good is a character issue.

The Leadership Triangle

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A RE LEADERS BORN or are they made? The underlying assumption here, of course, is that an individual is either a leader or not, whether by genetics or education. Period.

How to Harness the Power of Your Intuition

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T HE SECRET to the visionaries we celebrate is that they made connections that others overlooked. They saw their hunches as opportunities. They are smart people to be sure, but their A-ha moments come from “their prolonged practice of being curious, empathetic and imaginative.”

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The Mathematical Corporation

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Y OU WILL SOON be able to give over almost half of your cognitive work to the machine. This is not to say that you will lose control, but rather, it points to the fact that the human role will become even more critical.

Find the Fire. Again

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T HERE WAS A TIME when you felt inspired. Like you could take on the world? But somewhere along the way, things changed. What happened? In Find the Fire , author Scott Mautz says what happens is that we lose control of the process.

Leadership Forged In Crisis

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L EADERSHIP development is a very personal endeavor. The better you become, the better your leadership becomes. It is a misconception of leadership that if you engage in the best practices of a great leader, you will become that leader.

Radical Candor

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R ADICAL CANDOR is a culture of guidance based on caring personally and challenging directly everyone you work with. The goal is to achieve collaboratively what you could never achieve individually, and to do that, you need to care about the people you’re working with.

4th and Goal Every Day

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O VER THE LAST DECADE, University of Alabama’s Nick Saban—one of college football’s winningest coaches— has produced four national championships. What makes them so successful? The secret is that it is fourth and goal every day.

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4 Ways to Avoid False Humility

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H UMILITY IS A CHOICE. When you meet a humble person you know you will be accepted, respected and listened to. They won’t try to manipulate you, control you, criticize you or try to impress you. They are safe.

Conflict without Casualties

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C ONFLICT is everywhere. Conflict at the most basic level is simply a gap between what we want and what we are experiencing at any given point in time. Conflict is energy, and can be used in positive or negative ways.

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Be a Spark!

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T O CO-AUTHORS Angie Morgan, Courtney and Sean Lynch, to be a Spark is to be a leader. You must recognize yourself as a leader. Know the pathway to leadership development and commit yourself to it. You’re not chosen to be a leader. You choose to lead.”

The 10 Laws of Trust

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I N The 10 Laws of Trust , JetBlue Chairman and Stanford Professor Joel Peterson begins by reminding us that “when it comes to building great companies, a leader’s job isn’t to make it to the top of the mountain alone.

How Do We Get Outside Our Comfort Zone?

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Y OU'VE NO DOUBT HEARD that it is outside our comfort zone where the magic happens. But how do we get outside our comfort zone? It’s not always easy in some cases too stressful to consider.

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Humility Casts a Wide Net

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H UMILITY casts a wide net and makes possible the work of leadership. Nothing facilitates community, collaboration, and innovation like humility.

Employees Do Care – and How that Helps your Bottom Line

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O FTENTIMES managers and executives push for organizational change and growth, yet their businesses continue to suffer from profit loss, lack of productivity, a decline in employee morale, and frustration. Is it due to employee ineptitude or apathy? Managers sending the wrong message?

The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves

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A N OUTWARD MINDSET will greatly impact how we negotiate our world and the impact we will have. An outward mindset helps us to see the world as it is and not how we imagine it to be. Our age increasingly requires us to collaborate more and more with others. An outward mindset is essential.

Challenges for Founder Leaders and How to Make Things Easier

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F OUNDERS of organizations, whether non-profit or for-profit start-ups, often feel that they occupy a very lonely space. Every decision, every responsibility seems to weigh heavily on their shoulders. But it doesn’t need to be that way!

5 Leadership Literacies You Will Need in the Future

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F Futurist Bob Johansen tells us in The New Leadership Literacies , that over the next ten years the world will become explosively more connected. Anything that can be distributed will. To help prepare leaders for the future, he offers a list of five new leadership literacies.

4 Rules for Getting Valuable Work Done

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T O THRIVE IN the new economy—the current information economy—you need to master these two core abilities: The ability to quickly master hard things. (If If you can’t learn you can’t thrive.). The ability to produce at an elite level , in terms of both quality and speed. (To

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The Best Leadership Books of 2016

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O NCE AGAIN we see that despite our rhetoric, what we are is reflected in our leaders and leadership. Actions have consequences and continuity of character matters. We need to be “urgently” reflective because too often by the time we find out it’s broken, it’s been broken for a very long time.

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Create the Target Before You Shoot the Arrow

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I SAW A CARTOON years ago in which Charlie Brown shot an arrow at a fence and then proceeded to draw a circle around the arrow. At some level, he found this satisfying. This is not how great leaders think.

Mastering Civility

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Civility costs nothing, and buys everything. — Montagu. C IVILITY has a way of winning people over and garnering influence. Civility isn’t just the absence of incivility.

How to Bypass Ego-Driven Drama

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T HE WORLD IS full of drama. Rather than deal with reality in a constructive way, we engage in drama. It’s easier than working on what we need to deal with. It makes us feel like we are doing something. We like it, and we bring it to work.

The Potential Principle: How Good Could You Be?

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Y OU KNOW HOW GOOD you are, but do you know how good you could be? This is a case where it’s easy to think that good is good enough and get comfortable. Most of us live below our potential.

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