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The 3 Must-Dos of Great Leadership

Terry Starbucker

In the seven years I’ve been writing and talking about my concepts and lessons of personal leadership, I’ve often been asked, “What does it take to be a great leader?” ” That’s a BIG question, isn’t it?

Why Most Leadership Development Efforts Fail

Kevin Eikenberry

George was seen as an up-and-coming leader in the organization. People that worked for him liked and respected him. Those in Senior Leadership saw his potential, so he was slated to attend the company’s leadership development workshop. George was ecstatic! He loved the organization and wanted to move up and contribute as much as he [.]. Leadership Learning Training

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Indispensable Leadership Wisdom I Wish I Had Early in My Career

C-Level Strategies

Every once in a while a book comes along full of leadership wisdom that I wish I had access to early in my career. John Baldoni’s new book, “ The Leader’s Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation ” is one such book.

Three Things That “No Drama” Leaders Do

Next Level Blog

As I write this, it's Election Day morning in the U.S. Looking back over the last four years, there's a lot that comes to mind. One specific thought is that in the 2008 campaign, the soon to be President's nickname was "No Drama Obama." I guess that comes to mind because there have been a number of data points about leadership and the drama factor that have hit my radar screen lately.

A letter of hope for self-absorbed bosses

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Three nearly identical stories shared with me in just two days. Three stories of individual and/or group anguish, trauma, frustration, annoyance, confusion and heartbreak caused by narcissistic control-freak bosses. Bosses of this self-absorbed ilk aren’t self-aware or open to feedback, so no amount of pixie dust will help them listen despite how much we have [.]. Leadership Development Leadership narcissism

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Find Your Blind Spot: A Self-Reflection Activity for Managers

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Workplace Issues We humans tend to evaluate others through the lens of our own best traits. We often value people who have our same strengths and undervalue people who don’t. Are you doing this unwittingly? And if you are, what effect does it have on your team’s morale and performance? Leadership Development Workplace Issues blind spots Coaching Difference diversity emotional intelligence employee engagement Encourage Leadership

10 Ways to Regain Control of Your Work Life: It’s Your Choice

Linked 2 Leadership

Do you ever feel like your work life has gotten out of control? Do you ever feel like you are just holding on for dear life hoping that your grip will last long enough to make it through the day? Have you ever wondered how you have gotten this far away from your dreams and goals? The [.]. Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Leading Change Life Balance business leadership Management Tim Miles

Linda Sharkey: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Linda Sharkey is a proven leader with experience in Fortune 10 companies building teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. She has specific expertise in culture transformation, developing high potential leaders and building proven talent processes that yield better leadership capability. A book co-authored with Dr. Paul Eccher, Optimizing Talent, [.].

Building A Sense Of Community To Help Your Organization Thrive

Tanveer Naseer

As my family, friends and neighbours can attest, celebrating Halloween is a pretty big deal at our house, as seen in the picture above that provides a partial glimpse of what our Halloween display was like this year.

Five Actions for Sound Business Leadership

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Lewis Edward. It’s easy to want others to follow you. The hard part is making yourself the kind of individual people would actually want to follow, and not merely feel obligated to do so. Would you follow you? By following these five easy but key steps, you can make yourself the kind of leader you need to be in no time: Lead by example. Don’t be a “do as I say” kind of person. Instead, adopt the “do as I say and do” approach.

On Leadership and Expressing Gratitude

Linked 2 Leadership

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought about how often do we express our gratitude to people around us? I find that most of the times, we take people for granted especially if we know a person for some time whether it is in our personal life or professional life. We start expecting a certain [.]. Authentic Leadership Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Life Balance Values-Based Leadership business leadership Management Thanksgiving

Influence Isn’t a Guarantee

Kevin Eikenberry

There is a difference between what we can control, and what we can merely influence. Sometimes we get these mixed up and this confusion causes many problems for leaders (and all of us as human beings too). Today, I want to clarify one piece of this mix-up, a piece that starts with us personally, and [.]. Influence Leadership Leadership Communication Learning influence

“WHY” don’t they understand? And what if they did?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development When I was in early elementary school, a neighbor’s grandchild came over to play. All afternoon she asked, “Why?” Literally everything my sisters and I said received an instant punctuation from this little girl, “Why?” By the time the day ended we had given her a new nickname…“The Why Girl.” What I did not [.]. Leadership Development Leadership trust

The November, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the November, 2012 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! For you reading pleasure, this month's Carnival offers up a Fall harvest of posts from some of the best leadership bloggers from around the world. There's way too much good stuff to try to read it all in one sitting.

One Key to a Lifetime of Contentment

Ron Edmondson

Learn to enjoy the mundane. The everyday life. The dishes (You like clean dishes, don’t you? And, you’re thankful for clean water, right?). Brushing your teeth (Don’t they feel better when you do?). Mowing your grass (I just love that freshly mowed look).

Do You Really Know Your Stakeholders?

Modern Servant Leader

A stakeholder is anyone with a vested interest in your organization and leadership. Too often, leaders make decisions without considering all stakeholders. The for-profit sector focuses too much on investors. Nonprofits focus too much on their clients. Politicians often focus on their own constituents at the exclusion of others. As a leader in your organization, you should become more familiar with the term, “stakeholder” because that is who you should serve – all stakeholders.

Does Your Passion Overshadow Another’s?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development It can be like an overpowering cologne or perfume. When someone enters the room, the scent overtakes everything, and we can barely breathe. The same happens when someone’s individual passion overtakes a conversation or decision. What seems to be the unfortunate goal is for one person’s passion to be imposed on others. It is [.]. Leadership Development Authentic Purpose team values

Why Middle Managers Need to “Fire” Themselves as Supervisors

Great Leadership By Dan

There are rich leadership lessons to be learned from politics and sports. Given that I try to avoid politics in this blog, please allow me the indulgence of referencing a headline from my favorite sport to make a point about leadership: Chiefs' Romeo Crennel fires himself.

No More Finger Pointing – It’s Time to Rise Above the Negativity and Reconnect

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Image via Sun Gazing. I am hopeful for our planet. I believe we have the capacity for unity and great goodness. I am disturbed by the animosity, anxiety, and polarization surrounding the upcoming elections here in the United States. This election is not about a cause that people care deeply about.

What experience does for you…

Ron Edmondson

You are never the same… After a major stretching moment in leadership…in life…you never stretch back the same. Even if its a failure…it will serve a greater purpose. You’ve got experience now. You’ve got a story. You have more wisdom.

Avoiding GIGO in Organizational Change… Reasons Individuals Resist Organizational Change

Business Learning Coach

By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. Putting organizational change in motion is a relatively easy undertaking. It’s keeping it on track that takes lots of skill and hard work. It is unfortunate there are far more leaders who thrust change upon their organizations than there are who successfully usher the change through to success. Estimates suggest [.]. Organizational Change

The 5 Positive Powers of Self-Doubt

Leadership Freak

Image source If you grapple with self-doubt, keep reading. If you don’t grapple with it, you’re dangerous. Experts sing, “Believe in yourself,” However, unquestioned self-belief produces self-serving leaders who won’t adapt. Tom Petty captures the experience of many in, “Saving Grace,” when he sings, “You’re confident but not really sure.” Confident but not sure is [.].

How is technology impacting your work?

Chartered Management Institute

Not having a television, much of my visual entertainment comes from watching videos on TED. This morning I watched the following video by Andrew McAfee. He provides a fascinating talk on how technology impacts our work, and indeed our reactions to this impact. Well worth a watch this morning over your coffee and croissant. How will the role of management be impacted by digital technologies? Adi Gaskell is a social business expert and community manager.

7 Ways I Hope to be a Kingdom Builder

Ron Edmondson

I have often said in conversations, “I want to be a Kingdom-minded person” Recently some one asked me, “What do you mean by that?” ” Great question. What do I mean by that? I thought it might be more helpful if I described how I hope to do that. Here are 7 ways I hope to be Kingdom minded: Care more about a person’s relationship to Jesus than their denominational loyalties. Care more about a person growing to be like Christ than their membership in my church.

The Promise of Gemba

QAspire

In an organization, work flows horizontally but organizations are structured vertically in hierarchies. With seniority and promotions up the order, a person tends to drift away from the place where real business value is created; the place where real action happens; where problems are clearly visible. They end up expecting results without caring about the process and its purpose. That’s where the promise of “Gemba” kicks in. Gemba” is a Japanese word which means ‘ the real place ’.

Photo Inquiry Friday: How far have you gotten? What worked to get you there? What does x + 1 look like?

Create Learning

Often resistance to change is just the lack of clarity. Taking the time to be clear on what the goal or end of the process will look like and defining with clarity what is expected can be enough to move people and yourself into action.

Leading with Inclusion at the Core

Linked 2 Leadership

Looking online one can see that most companies post their Core Values on their websites. Often Core Values are also included in employee handbooks and other such marketing materials. I have two questions to explore… First, how do those values “show up” in the organization and can they be evident to an “outsider?” ” Second, with this “global economy” [.].

Use The Leadership Wheel to help you lead the way – every day

Talent Technologies

Leadership is a journey, not a destination. And because of the circular, cyclical nature of this leadership journey, it sure does help to have a leadership wheel to help you accomplish your. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Leadership is a journey, not a destination.

How to Have Life Changing Conversations

Leadership Freak

Your job is bringing out the best in others by the way you interact with them. Well timed, well executed conversation change people’s lives. First: Determine and affirm aspirations and goals. Never have conversations about an individual’s life, strengths, weaknesses, or potential until you understand their hopes and dreams. People open their hearts to people who [.].

Learning is least likely to occur the higher one goes in an organization

Create Learning

Sometimes you read something, that seems obvious, and the light bulb flickers on in your mind.

Leadership Caffeine-Finding Right is Different than Having to Be Right

Management Excellence

I want to know what you know.” One of my early career managers used this line regularly when engaging with her team members. She was genuine in her interest in our take on problems and opportunities, and you could almost hear her mind working as she processed the information and compared and contrasted it with her own views. Her employees genuinely appreciated her effort to see a situation from multiple vantage points.

Why might my favorite employee be undermining my leadership?

CO2

Why might my favorite employee be undermining my leadership? One of the questions I ask leaders is “Who do you eat lunch with?” ” Some eat alone, with clients, or with friends from outside of work, as you might imagine.

A Leader on the Line

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Team Dynamics I was co-captain of the drum line in high school marching band my junior year. In that leadership role, I was looked up to by my fellow drummers to lead the way in music and marching; I was literally looked down on from the observation tower by our director, who expected me to keep the [.]. Team Dynamics Leadership turning points Leading by example Taking responsibility Teamwork

011: How to Develop Executive Presence | Featuring Tom Henschel

Engaging Leader

©2012 Essential Communications. Tom Henschel is the president of Essential Communications, an executive development firm.