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12 Core Competencies For Great Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Asked to define what a great leader is, many people might say something like “Great leaders have integrity” or “Great leaders inspire people” or “Great leaders lead by service and setting the right example.”. And each one of those answers is correct in its way.

Veterans Day – Solemnly Remember

General Leadership

Armistice Day parade – 1929 – Boston (Source: Boston Public Library). “…solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

It’s At The Top Of Your List For a Reason: Don’t Put Off The Hard Stuff

Terry Starbucker

Remember yellow legal note pads? I used to have them with me constantly, before modern technology banished them to the desk drawer in favor of laptops, iPads and smartphones ( And yes, that officially qualifies me as a dinosaur).

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The Leadership Dance

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Not everyone will respond to your leadership. No matter how good you are, there will be skeptics. Leadership is a human endeavor and humans have choices. Still, it’s your duty to find a way to lead them.

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

7 Traits That Indicate You Might Not Be Leadership Material

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Rosalinda Randall : Are you ready to consistently set a good example? Can you be engaging, good-humored, tactful, available, considerate, courteous, honest, reliable, and understanding, every day, all day? Being an effective leader is a task not everyone can do.

21 Leadership Quotes From Truett Cathy, Founder Of Chick-Fil-A

Joseph Lalonde

T ruett Cathy was an amazing man. More than the founder of Chick-Fil-A, he was a great leader. Sadly, Truett passed away on Monday. Even with his passing, his legacy doesn’t have to fade away. We can remember the man and the leadership he taught us. Image via Creative Commons.

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The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

Leading Blog

The 5 Choices is a nuts and bolts solution to greater productivity. Ironically, while we live in a time of unprecedented opportunity, we spend almost half—40%—of our time attention and energy on unimportant or irrelevant activities almost insuring that we miss the possibilities all around us.

Leader, Know Yourself

Lead Change Blog

How do leaders build credibility with team members? I believe credibility happens when leaders act on their primary responsibility to serve team members. Servant leadership is not easy to do in today’s dog-eat-dog, me-first business environment.

Solve One Of The Most Common Leadership Frustrations

Lead Change Blog

One of the most common frustrations of leaders is expectations not being met. Leaders are busy folks and as a result we assume a lot in the process of doing our jobs. One of the common assumptions and therefore a source of frustration is that our people know what we expect of them.

How do you live life on purpose?

Lead Change Blog

An aerial shot of the sidewalks of any major city bear an amazing resemblance to the view we get as we look down at a large ant den. . Lots and lots of tiny little bodies scurrying as fast as they can, doing what they can for as long as they can.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

How We Overlook Hidden Talent

Lead Change Blog

In the history of every industry – manufacturing, tech, entertainment, sports, all industries – there have been many examples of talent that was overlooked only to be discovered at a later moment.

Why Courage Is A Skill

General Leadership

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”. Winston Churchill. Richard Branson’s first business venture was a mail-order company started with funding accumulated by handing out leaflets outside of concerts.

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Assembly Required: 12 Steps To Building A Leadership Juggernaut

Terry Starbucker

Once it was built, great progress became inevitable as tomorrow. Once all the pieces were in their right place, it became a leadership juggernaut destined for success. And it was a wonderful ride.

On Being an Authentic Leader

N2Growth Blog

By Grant Wattie , President, N2growth Australia. Wolfgang Beltracchi’s is the most successful art forger in history. His fake paintings have sold for $46 million to museums, and private collections all over the world.

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5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

6 Steps That Help Generate Leaders from Followers

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Taffy Williams : Leaders must be creative and agile in their thinking in order to create the leaders of tomorrow. It is easy to stand back and give orders and assume all knowledge resides with top management of the business.

21 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Joseph Lalonde

H oly cow has this been a blockbuster year for superhero movies! Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-man 2 have already released. This past Friday was the release of the newest X-Men movie, Days Of Future Past.

How to Create a Shared Vision That Works

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

The Full Steam Ahead! Roadmap This is a “how to” post – for leaders and team members who want to create a shared vision. Over the years I have written blog posts that provide an explanation of each of these steps.

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Efficiency is the Wrong Mindset for a Leader

Leading Blog

Efficiency always seems like the right answer. It’s reflexive. Faster. Easier. Who doesn’t want that?

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

30 Influencers Behind the Brands We Love

Lead Change Blog

We recently published an Aha Amplifier social media enabled eBook called Bryan Kramer & Leadtail On The Influencers Behind The Brands We Love that we’re very excited about. The eBook is based on a study that PureMatter and Leadtail collaborated on.

How Being a Parent Improves Your Leadership Competency

Lead Change Blog

With all the juggling and balancing of being a parent and doing your leadership day job, it’s easy to feel like you can never do enough. After all, you only have so many hours in a day, and on most days someone gets the short stick.

7 Habits Of Highly Inept Leaders

Lead Change Blog

John’s voice shook as he shared his latest third party encounter with his bosses’ boss. “Apparently I was caught yawning during her presentation. I didn’t even realize I had. The irony is that I was really into what she was saying. This had nothing to do with her.

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Parents as Leadership Developers

Lead Change Blog

Parents are well positioned to be the first leadership developers of their children. And yet, many parents do not take a deliberate approach to growing leadership in their kids.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

The Bridge To Your Big Dream

General Leadership

“Teamwork makes the. dream work.”. Bang Gae. Every so often we have a grand idea, or dream of doing something bigger than our selves. Just the thought of it generates a chain of “What if…?”. We are even inspired by the image of what that dream looks like at its fulfillment.

The Leadership Equation: 7 Keys To An Awesome Team

Terry Starbucker

Sometimes it all boils down to math. Even for something as inherently “unmathmatical” as great leadership of an awesome team.

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Why Your CEO Just Doesn’t Get It

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Executive Officer, N2growth. This column was originally published on Forbes.com. Quality leadership or a lack thereof is easy to spot if you know what to look for.

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30 Thoughts We All Have in Staff Meetings:

Great Leadership By Dan

Right before the meeting: 1. Arrgh, I’m supposed to be at a meeting in 10 minutes. What the heck is it for, who’s running it, and where is it? Oh no, it''s the dreaded staff meeting! I’d better take a look at the agenda and make sure I wasn’t supposed do anything to prepare.

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The CFO Playbook: How to Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

To increase employee retention, you need to consider more than universal healthcare benefits in your turnover calculation. Discover how investing in the right employee benefits can decrease turnover by 138%.

25 Leadership Quotes From Martin Luther King Jr.

Joseph Lalonde

T oday is the day set aside to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. He’s the man who helped propel the civil rights movement forward. According to Wikipedia , he was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

The Two Faces of Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

There are two faces of leadership. One face looks forward toward the future – because leadership is about going somewhere. That face of leadership focuses on questions like: 1. Where are we going? What is the purpose? How will we get there? What are our key strategies?

Are You Uncomfortable?

Leading Blog

No one likes to be uncomfortable. But, there is a correlation between our growth and success in life and the discomfort we’re willing to impose on ourselves. Growth necessarily takes us outside of our comfort zone. In a world of rapid and continual change, radical personal growth is required.

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10 Rules for Women Who Want to Lead: Melissa Greenwell, The Finish Line

Lead Change Blog

In presenting to the women at The Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women yesterday in Indianapolis, Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Finish Line shared that the end result is that women earn only $0.77 for every dollar men make.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.