Top Down Leadership Does Work, If You’re Stuck in the Industrial Age

Lead Change Blog

Power and control, positional authority — we’re all familiar with autocratic leadership styles as these approaches have been around for centuries. And top-down, hierarchical leadership styles can still be effective for managing an organization, especially those that mass-produce specific products. When the expectations of top-down leadership become unrealistic, the workplace turns into a pressure cooker, and employees no longer feel safe to speak up.

Thinking Ahead – Millennial Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Leadership is a hot topic today and will continue to be for a while. The individuals that will shape the next generation of leadership are not a group of millennials, they are a group of leaders just as the generation before them, and the many generations before them. They may operate in the leadership capacity, however from the beginning they have dictated the culture and path of their workforce. By Brody Clemmer. Chief Innovation Officer, N2Growth.

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Improving Leadership Bench Strength

N2Growth Blog

A fter reading Gartner’s report on How to Build Leadership Bench Strength , these are my conclusions: HR already invests 23% of its Training and Development budget in Leadership and 27% on the high potential professionals. How do they affect Leadership?

Management Styles

Strategy Driven

This is my review of how management styles have evolved. In the period that predated scientific management, the Captain of Industry style prevailed. Prior to 1885, the kings of industry were rulers, as had been land barons of earlier years. In this era, business fully segued from an agricultural-based economy to an industrial-based reality. The Human Relations style of management flourished from 1940-1964. You just finished reading Management Styles !

Responsive Leadership: Needed Now More Than Ever

Leading Blog

T HE leadership question is top of mind for many people here in the United States and throughout the world. Responsive Leadership can be an antidote to failing leadership and the foundation for building and sustaining organizational trust and confidence. Leadership Development

The Big Picture of Business – Corporate Cultures Reflect Business Progress and Growth.

Strategy Driven

This is my review of how management styles have evolved. In the period that predated scientific management, the Captain of Industry style prevailed. Prior to 1885, the kings of industry were rulers, as had been land barons of earlier years. In this era, business fully segued from an agricultural-based economy to an industrial-based reality. The Human Relations style of management flourished from 1940-1964.

How HR Can Help Managers To Become Better Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

Organizations in practically every industry are struggling to attract and retain great talent, especially in senior and executive leadership roles. With average job tenures dropping at every level, Human Resource professionals may need to play a more active role in leadership development and coaching. These profiles can be used by leaders to understand their team’s needs, talents and communication styles as well. The following is a guest piece by Kelly Barcelos.

Leadership Lessons from the Banking Upheaval

Great Leadership By Dan

With their industry transforming before their very eyes, what are the lessons for leaders? leadership style. But it’s the opposite of what’s needed to drive the things the financial industry needs right now – in particular, innovation. And our research shows that compared with other industries, they also lack customer focus and pay much less attention to competitors. In any industry it’s hard to innovate and change from within.

You Are What You Say You Are….

Women on Business

Leadership is an elusive quality and few people ever really get it, but as the figurehead of a company you are supposed to know what it means to be a leader and a motivator even if it wasn’t taught to you. In my industry I see a lot of individuals who were really good at their chosen profession and that skill got them thrust into the management arena. Leadership is an elusive quality but interestingly enough the people who want it usually aren’t leaders.

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The Surprising Power of Business Experiments

Skip Prichard

When it finally came to my attention, I realized right away that large-scale, controlled experimentation would revolutionize the way all companies operate their businesses and how managers make decisions. They must embrace a new leadership model. Experiment.

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Rethinking Digital Transformation: An Interview With Kathleen Wilson-Thompson

HR Digest

The purpose of servant leadership, according to Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., How would you describe your personal approach to leadership? I am a long time believer in “servant leadership.”

Be Different! The Key to Business and Career Success

Skip Prichard

Whether a business sells autos, groceries, clothing, computers, bicycles, or raw materials to a manufacturer of industrial products, it wants to be the preferred provider of those products. Effective leaders know how to achieve operational excellence, and they embrace continuous improvement.

The Sam Malone Leadership Secret (They Want To Go Where Everybody Knows Their Name)

Terry Starbucker

He was a cable television pioneer and one of the legends in the industry, having built his first cable system in 1958, and quickly rising to the top in the early 70′s as the CEO of TelePrompter. He later started his own cable company, Bresnan Communications, in 1984, and continued to operate cable systems both internationally and domestically until his too-early passing in 2009. Sam and Bill shared a leadership secret that they happily passed on to anyone they knew.

How to Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Skip Prichard

The combination of business and military leadership experience added insight and perspective to their book. . In response to the accelerating disruption and change of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a chorus of advice to leaders is urging them to make their organizations more nimble, adaptable, flex­ible, dynamic and, yes, agile. It is a new, more advanced way of studying environments, making decisions, building cultures, and operating on a day-to-day basis.

The Best Leadership Books of 2016

Leading Blog

O NCE AGAIN we see that despite our rhetoric, what we are is reflected in our leaders and leadership. Superbosses : How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein Although Superbosses may differ in leadership styles, they share a playbook that leads to extraordinary success founded on making other people successful. Learning Leadership : The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader by James M. Best Leadership Books of 2014.

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5 Important Keys For Taking On New Leadership Challenges

Tanveer Naseer

At the time we were writing this piece, Chris was stationed at Kabul, Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff/Chief Operating Officer for the NATO Air Training Command. People think that assuming a leadership position over a poorly performing organization is the biggest challenge you could face, but the truth is… becoming the leader of a tight team is a larger challenge. Follow these five simple ground rules and your new leadership challenge will be off to a great start.

Top 16 Books for Human Resource and Talent Management Executives

Chart Your Course

It is hands-down the most popular leadership book of all time. He demonstrates that the ability to build trust is THE key leadership competency of the new global economy. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (2002). She faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Ineffective companies operate only from the other two layers.

Future Leaders

Marshall Goldsmith

In our study of leadership characteristics, we found both consistent themes and emerging trends. Many qualities of effective leadership – characteristics such as communicating vision, demonstrating integrity, focusing on results, and ensuring customer satisfaction – will never change. Future leaders will also need to appreciate cultural diversity, defined as diversity of leadership style, industry style, individual behaviors and values, race, and sex.

Leader Profile: Clayton Daniels

Eric Jacobson

Clayton (Clay) Daniels is VP of Operations , Midwest Service & Solutions at Kansas City-based U.S. Daniels recently shared his insights on leadership with me : Question : As you move from Project Manager to Vice President, what do you plan to do the same, and do differently, from a management standpoint? Question : What primary leadership skills did you use as a Major in the US Army that you''ve transferred to your civilian business leadership role?

Leadership & Influence Summit | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Thanks and I hope you enjoy the summit… Share and Enjoy: View Comments pinto philip Topic : Next Generation leadership -> How has leadership evolved with changing times , how has the styles changed , why is servant leadership more relevant in todays world. You make an excellent case for cultural innovation and leadership. link] Dan Collins Mike, I would particularly like someone to address the popularity of "politically correct" leadership.

0510 |Les McKeown: Full Transcript

LDRLB

It talks about the 4 underlying key leadership styles and visionary, operator, processer, synergists that determine which stage an organization settles into. What I’ve discovered over the years is that, people think it’s our product portfolio, it’s the demographic of our customers, it’s the industry, it’s the economy, all sorts of stuff that force their business into a certain stage of growth. The synergist style is a learned style.

6 Things Successful Women in STEM Have in Common

Harvard Business

Today, both women continue to advance, and have built strong relationships and reputations with the company’s senior-most leadership. For example, Rosa Ramos-Kwok, managing director of Bank of America’s Shared Services Operations Technology, shared with us that her leadership style is to listen to the concerns of people she’s supervising before working with them to help formulate her vision for an organization. PM Images/Getty Images.

One Reason Mergers Fail: The Two Cultures Aren’t Compatible

Harvard Business

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is known to expect unwavering discipline from his workers, personifies this leadership style. Rooted firmly in the manufacturing industry, Amazon has defined processes to maximize its efficiency. Employees operate within a hierarchy and are well aware of the guidelines that dictate their behavior. Managers could operate their stores with autonomy and tailor products to customer preferences. Yongyuan Dai/Getty Images.

Jim Hunter – Servant Leadership Interview Series

Modern Servant Leader

We continue the servant leadership interview series with a real treat. I was honored to have Jim Hunter sit down for an interview on Servant Leadership. Jim has over 30 years of experience teaching and consulting on servant leadership principles. Steve: It’s Leadership 291, it’s called, “Becoming an Influential Leader”. Ben: Well today’s about servant leadership and of course, that ties a lot into influential leadership. So leadership is first.

3 Ways to Get Your Own Digital Platform

Harvard Business

For most organizations, this is the least risky option, and a good middle road, despite the fact that many traditional organizations often see digital network operators as threats rather than allies. Each of these organizations looked to the small, exciting platforms startups in its industry to help broaden its products, capabilities, and customers. Many big organizations even help incubate startups in their industry. So you want to have a digital platform.

Jim Hunter – Servant Leadership Interview Series

Modern Servant Leader

We continue the servant leadership interview series with a real treat. I was honored to have Jim Hunter sit down for an interview on Servant Leadership. Jim has over 30 years of experience teaching and consulting on servant leadership principles. Steve: It’s Leadership 291, it’s called, “Becoming an Influential Leader”. Ben: Well today’s about servant leadership and of course, that ties a lot into influential leadership. So leadership is first.

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

” Dell was responding to a 2015 PwC survey of more than a thousand CEOs, a number of whom cited “curiosity” and “open-mindedness” as leadership traits that are becoming increasingly critical in challenging times. It’s “a continual search,” Shaich says, requiring that today’s leader keep exploring new ideas—including ideas from other industries or even from outside the business world.

What VCs Can Teach Executives About What Drives Returns

Harvard Business Review

But the ways we do business have changed dramatically over the course of the last decade, and it’s become more necessary to reach outside of your expertise – or industry — to gain perspective on your business and leadership style. In this era of continuous digital transformation, every manager can benefit from learning a few best practices from the boutique industry of venture capital. Strategic planning Leadership Article

Rupert Murdoch and the News about Honor (or the Lack Thereof)

Harvard Business Review

Integrity in all dealings means taking the interests of other parties taken into account, operating with a long-term perspective rather than short-term greed or sensationalism. Co-optition ," an awkward term for knowing how to cooperate with competitors, is the operating mode in rapidly changing industries. The frail, forlorn face of Rupert Murdoch in the news exposes the vulnerability at the heart of his News Corporation media empire: his reputation for ruthlessness.

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What Do Good Global Leaders Do?

Harvard Business Review

Is there such a thing as a consistent pattern of successful global leadership? To answer this question, during the last few years, we have met with about 30 CEOs who pass two critical tests for succeeding globally : (1) they have outperformed most of their industry peers and they have gained respect from their stakeholders in multiple ways; and (2) they lead companies originating from different cultures and successfully operate across the globe.

How Cisco Gets Brutally Honest Feedback to Top Leaders

Harvard Business Review

At Cisco, we designed an in-depth executive assessment to help us profile each of our topmost leaders: strengths, development needs, aspirations, strategic capabilities, blind spots, operational capabilities, how they develop their teams, how they fare in big-stage versus one-on-one communications, and so on. For example, if the executive portfolio is made up mostly of strategic thinkers with no operational capability, then the organization might suffer on the strategy execution side.

Changing an Organization’s Culture, Without Resistance or Blame

Harvard Business Review

Getting the company back on its feet required a major boost in operating efficiency. In order to make our success sustainable, we decided to roll out a new “leadership model” for our middle- and upper-level managers. The leadership model and related descriptions went out in the 20 languages used by Lear managers around the world. It had to come from the leadership, and it had to come with some humility.

Loyalty to a Leader Is Overrated, Even Dangerous

Harvard Business Review

” The notion of loyalty as a protective force that leads to great success is so much a part of how we think about leadership that it is very easy to accept, even when it is not espoused by someone as exceptionally interesting to watch as James Spader. So let’s retire this entire model of the fearless leader and the loyal minions — it relies on a childlike view of leadership that does not benefit anyone. Leadership Ethics

Learning Collaboration from Tiki-Taka Soccer

Harvard Business Review

Some of the world’s best teams — such as Brazil, Colombia, Germany, and Holland – have shifted from the traditional one-touch style of play to the tiki-taka style, which is characterized by short, fast passes and continuous positional changes and first used by the Spanish team. Sports journalist Andrés Montes called this style of play tiki-taka, drawing a parallel between the sounds of quick passes and clackers, the popular two-balls-on-a-string toy.

Learning Collaboration from Tiki-Taka Soccer

Harvard Business Review

Some of the world’s best teams — such as Brazil, Colombia, Germany, and Holland – have shifted from the traditional one-touch style of play to the tiki-taka style, which is characterized by short, fast passes and continuous positional changes and first used by the Spanish team. Sports journalist Andrés Montes called this style of play tiki-taka, drawing a parallel between the sounds of quick passes and clackers, the popular two-balls-on-a-string toy.

Transforming Health Care Takes Continuity and Consistency

Harvard Business Review

I have often been struck by the way companies operating in industries as diverse as telecommunications and transport manage to collaborate in a competitive environment, yet health organizations find collaboration difficult even when they are not competing. The answer is the organizations in which they work and the pressures, incentives, and regulations under which they operate. Health care is not the only industry that is resistant to change.