Leading Without Direct Reports

In the CEO Afterlife

One direct report does not make you a leader; nor does ten. Yet, the moment you have direct reports, you are EXPECTED to lead. Think about the millions of people in the workforce who do not have direct reports. Leaders Influence Directly AND Indirectly.

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March Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the March Leadership Development Carnival! But if you’re not careful, it’s easy to report “fake news” based on real data points. Development. Jon Mertz of Thin Difference submitted The True Test of Leadership Development: Hiring or Promoting?

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Influencing Up

Leading Blog

If you’re trying to make a significant contribution you will have to influence people you can’t control. In other words, you will need to influence up. Often we get in our own way when trying to influence. In Influencing Up , authors Allan Cohen and David Bradford we have to overcome these barriers: The assumptions you hold about how hard to push. Obviously, the greater the power differential between you and the powerful person, the more difficult influence becomes.

Influencers Wanted

Coaching Tip

are seeking out "influencers" among their employees who are particularly well-connected and trusted by their peers. The influencers reap benefits, too: more money, promotions and opportunities to rub shoulders with top executives. Influencer Traits. Influencers Sell Well.

How to Unlock Your Leadership Influence Instantly

The Empowered Buisness

There is no leadership without influence. You can have a leadership title, yet have no influence. Influence comes from the latin root “ influere” meaning to flow in. The BIG question is … How do you develop and increase your leadership influence?

SHRM India HR Influencers 2019


I am so glad to be sharing the space with HR leaders and fellow learners in the latest SHRM Influencers Report 2019 unveiled at SHRM Tech APAC Conference at Hyderabad yesterday. I am humbled to find a spot in this report for sixth consecutive year. Download 2017-18 Report.

Leading through Influence: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Our July Festival is all about leading through influence. Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seeds of either success or failure in the mind of another. We sometimes underestimate the influence we have via our social media channels.

Leading through Long Term Influence

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Great Leadership regular contributor Beth Armknecht Miller: Webster’s Dictionary defines a “leader” as a person who has commanding authority or influence”. I would argue that in the 21st century it’s all about influence, not authority.

April 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the April 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! As I read through this month’s Leadership Development Carnival entries, I felt a bit of the same. Joel recaps: “Being a successful influencer requires building and fostering strong relationships.

How to Influence Without Authority

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

As companies expand and become more complex, no matter what organizational structure is in place, people must work with each other across reporting lines. It supports the development of adult-adult relationships based on mutual objectives. You can influence by providing data and proof.

Ideas Plus Influence

Terry Starbucker

Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store TerryStarbucker.com Ramblings From a Glass Half Full Ideas Plus Influence by Starbucker on December 2, 2010 (This is Part 1 in a two-part blog series which I’ve worked on with a colleague, Denise Lee Yohn. We’ve each taken on the topic of influence in leadership and are exchanging blog posts. We work really hard on developing smart solutions, only to see them fail because we don’t have enough juice in the organization.

Braithwaite Innovation Group Presents the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival! A major news anchor is suspended for “enhancing” his reporting experiences. Instead, immediately start to develop an action plan for success. Leadership Development Leadership development carnival

Leadership Development Investments

Coaching Tip

study of nearly 400 organizations by Lee Hecht Harrison has identified that 54% of employers plan to increase investments in leadership development in 2015. Only 5% of employers plan to decrease investments, and a further 41% reported leadership development investments will stay the same.

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! Chris Edmonds , from Driving Results Through Culture , says that every leader needs to have " Serve my employees " as their #1 target in their individual development plan. So my development tip is this.

Is Leadership Development the Answer to Low Employee Engagement? (Yes.)

N2Growth Blog

Research by Gallup, as reported in The State of the American Workplace in 2013, discovered that roughly 70% of workers were disengaged. This paper is about rethinking the practice of leadership and reforming the way we approach the development of leaders and leadership in our organizations. It is time to reimagine leadership: what it means in theory and what it means in practice, how we choose leaders, how we develop leaders, and what we ask of leaders.

How to Overcome the 3 Organizational Barriers to Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

You would think that given the rock-solid evidence that organizations with great leadership consistently outperform those that don’t that EVERY organization would be heavily invested in the development of its current and future leaders. Again, executive influence comes into play here.

Influencing Up

Marshall Goldsmith

Organizations suffer when key people can't effectively influence up. Although knowledge workers may know more about what they are doing than their managers do and have years of education and experience, they rarely know how to effectively influence up. To influence upper management and convert good ideas into meaningful action, follow these 10 guidelines: 1. Influencing up is similar to selling products or services to customers.

10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

But only when you implement all of them together, as a single system, will they enable you to attract, develop, and retain the strategic leaders who’ve eluded you thus far. Create multiple paths for raising and testing ideas Developing and presenting ideas is a key skill for strategic leaders.

Draw from Sales Training to Develop Critical Influencing Skills

The Practical Leader

Persuasion and influence skills have always been a big part of leadership effectiveness. This could be upward to more senior leaders, outward to our peers and other departments, and increasingly toward our team members or direct reports who want to be convinced, not told, what to do.

Frontline Festival: Leaders share tips about professional development

Let's Grow Leaders

This month’s festival gives tips about professional development for leaders. How do you invest in your professional development on a regular basis? Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com advises to stop thinking about professional development as an event!

The January 2013 Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2012 Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to The January 2013 Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2012 Edition! I'd say that's pretty darn efficient leadership development. Jesse Lyn Stoner selected How to Influence Without Authority. leadership development carnival

The June 2010 Leadership Development Carnival

Sales Wolf Blog

Gilda thinks that public speaking is an essential success skill for leadership development yet many aspiring leaders still struggle with it. Alice Snell presents Develop, Engage, and Retain posted at Taleo Blog - Talent Management Solutions.

SHRM Top 20 Indian HR Influencers Active on Social Media 2013


At a time when everyone seems to be on social media, the challenge for those who wish to make a difference is to generate influence. This year, influence was evaluated with a focus on quality of conversations apart from Twitter statistics. Download the 2013 Report Here.

A Mirror as a Leadership Development Tool

Kevin Eikenberry

A mirror may be a metaphor, but how is it a leadership development tool? Reply MARISI TAMBUNAN October 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm A Mirror as a Leadership Development Tool Yes sir you are right.

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The Ultimate Leadership Test

Lead Change Blog

He reported that he had spent many hours preparing for this final exam, memorizing lots of formulas to use during the test. Bryant reports Bettinger’s words this way: “I’ve taught you everything I can teach you about business in the last ten weeks,” said his teacher. “But

The September 2012 Leadership Development Carnival NFL Kick-off Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

So with apologies to those who don't share this passion, I present to you the September 2012 Leadership Development Carnival, NFL Kick-off Edition. Lynn Dessert from Elephants at Work completes a hail mary pass with Using the Benchmarks® Assessment for Leadership Development. "As

Developing Your Leadership Cojones - a Guest Post by Dan McCarthy

Kevin Eikenberry

He is currently the Manager of Leadership and Management Development at a Fortune “Great Place to Work&# , “Training Top 125″, and “High Impact Learning&# (HILO 80) company.

Develop Your Coaching Skills at the Coaching Training Camp

Kevin Eikenberry

Coaching and developing others is one of the most important roles of a leader. As I continue to polish the content and develop the exercises we will be using, I get more excited, which is why I am mentioning it here today.

The Accountable Leader: Developing the Right Mindset and Practices That Ignite Peak Performance (Part 3)

The Empowered Buisness

In your employee’s outcome based job description, identify the skills to succeed, where the gaps are and a development plan to eliminate those gaps. For many leaders, developing a strong accountability organization can be harder than it seems. Photo Credit: David Niblack.

How to Run a Successful Video Game Development Company

Strategy Driven

If you grew up as a gamer or are still an active player, they you may have dreamed of being a game developer one day. Read as many news stories, analyst reports, sales numbers, magazines, target research and market analysis as you can.

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The World in Your Lap – Leadership, Social Media and Authenticity

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Light Your World I’ve read a number of articles recently about whether it is a good idea for CEOs to embrace various social media platforms. he quotes IBM’s 2012 Global CEO Study which reports only 16% of CEOs use [.]. Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Light Your World Communication influence Self Development Social Media

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Leader-Led Development: A Workplace Reality

Coaching Tip

Due to this coming crisis, talent management —finding, developing, and retaining high-performing employees—now is recognized as a prime driver of future business success. . Companies around the globe are working hard to develop a culture of learning and development because they understand that their future success lies in their ability to continuously improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their employees at all levels. by Guest Author Thomas Kayser.

Trust, Management, Complexity, Organization Development and Team Building…Charts

Mike Cardus

Process heavily influenced by trust and acceptance. Process heavily influenced by anxiety or fear. Do you really report to your direct manager, or the one above them?

A Good Bye with Humanity


Thought-full Thursday: A Meaningful Enterprise » A Good Bye with Humanity August 10th, 2010 | Author: Mary Jo Asmus How often as a leader do you have someone in your circle of influence (manager, peer, direct report, maybe even a customer or consultant) that leaves your organization?

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When “But” Makes you a Sphincter-Leader

Leadership Freak

Project ‘A’ is going well,” they report. You’re a sphincter-leader when you say,… Continue reading → Criticism Encouragement Influence Motivation Taking others higher Complaints Leadership Development leadership success Sphincter-leaders unwittingly throw cold water on enthusiasm. A happy employee catches you in the hall. It’s obvious they feel good.

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Does Being Liked at Work Matter?

Lead Change Blog

Her first meeting and her final meeting is with the executive she would be reporting to. Leadership Development Self Leadership actions Authentic influence motives values[Pssssssst, did she just use the L-word?] One of my close friends is in the last phase of a selection process for a new assignment. We’re pretty sure she’s a shoe-in because we already know he likes her. Her [.] Does Being Liked at Work Matter?

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Toxic by Accident

Leadership Freak

Tell a team member, for example, “Your report is late.” Communication Humility Influence Leading Power arrogance Leadership Leadership DevelopmentImage source by George Hodan My children used to say, “Stop yelling dad.” I’d say, “I’m not yelling.” ” My voice sounded calm to me. Authority and power amplify actions and words. Every behavior of respected leaders is magnified. They hear, “I’m getting fired.” Or, you [.].

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Effectively Influencing Decision Makers: Ensuring That Your Knowledge Makes a Difference

Marshall Goldsmith

Many knowledge workers have years of education and experience in training for their positions, yet have almost no training in how to effectively influence decision makers. The eleven guidelines listed below are intended to help you do a better job of influencing decision makers. In many ways, influencing ultimate decision makers is similar to selling products or services to external customers. A key part of the influence process involves the education of decision makers.

DiSC Team Activity: Steady Changing S–Steadiness Development Activity

Mike Cardus

Below is one example of a DiSC Team Development activity other development options; Using DiSC to create a shared language of team performance. Development of coaching & feedback using DiSC. Flexing and developing all your DiSC Behaviors. Report the time to them.

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How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them

Harvard Business Review

Recently, I was talking with a senior leader from a world-class global learning and development company. He was talking about how to help leaders influence others. I asked him, “Do you also teach leaders how to be influenced by others?”

Why You Should Sponsor Others

Leading Blog

Sylvia Ann Hewlett reports in her book, The Sponsor Effect , “Senior-level managers are 53 percent more likely to have received a promotion in the last two years, if they have a protégé.” Work with your protégés to develop where they need to grow, whether that’s in knowledge or soft skills.

Leadership — what you leave

Lead on Purpose

They put as their first concern the growth and development of the people with whom they interact. The results of their success carry forward through the people they have influenced over the years.

Fear Kills

Next Level Blog

Main | Business Travel Divas Turn Themselves In » July 23, 2010 Fear Kills In case you didnt see it, a report in the New York Times earlier this week offers a stark example of what can happen when the culture of an organization discourages open and honest dialogue.

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