#WomenWhoLead: Wangari Maathai

Leaders are humans, and as such, anyone who classifies themselves as a human can be a leader. There is an ignorant thought out there that somehow a manager must be a man. In my studies of leadership theories, leadership psychology, and effective leaders (past and present), I haven't come across a single attribute that contributes to how amazing a leader…

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Leadership by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

  References Women Respond Better Than Men to Competitive Pressure | Turning Potential into Success: The Missing Link in Leadership Development | A Survey of How 1,000 CEOs Spend Their Day Reveals What Makes Leaders Successful | Too Much Charisma Can Make Leaders Look Less Effective | Leadership Takes Self-Control. Here’s What We Know About It | The Key to…

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Leadership Behavior: Hammer & Scalpel

Leaders aren't always effective and there is a complex web of reasons that contribute to poor performance. One such reason is what's in your arsenal of leadership styles. Your preferred, default style stems from what you think about and define as leadership, but knowing this is only a third of the battle. You also have to know what other leadership…

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Book Summary: Algorithms to Live By – The Computer Science of Human Decisions

  What's it about? Every day we go about our business, making decisions and getting results. Or lack thereof. Authors Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths decipher the intricate models by which we make those decisions and how we can do it better. In essence, they apply computer science to human decision-making (hence the subtitle). They look at optimal stopping points,…

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Strengthening Resilience for Better Leadership

According to Merriam-Webster, resilience is "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change". In other words, it's our ability to acknowledge change and adapt to it. It's not the absence of distress that defines resilience, rather the perseverance through that distress. In construction, the resilience of a structure describes its ability to deal with disasters or…

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Leadership Behavior: Self-Awareness

Without better understanding our own emotions, strengths, and weaknesses, it is difficult to maintain a sense of how we are affecting others. This is especially true when occupying a leadership position because people are trusting that leader to follow an overall vision. If they are likely to make emotional decisions without being aware of those emotions, they might take on every…

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Leadership in the Movies

It's necessary to experience leadership in different mediums, as more than just reading words. Leadership is sometimes easier to understand when it's presented in a story, and some of the best stories we have are in movies. Actors and actresses put themselves into characters and bring leadership to life for us. Here are six aspects of leadership as seen on…

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Leadership Lessons from the Emperor: Part 2 of 2

Disney Last week, we uncovered some of the leadership lessons from the movie The Emperor's New Groove, specifically some positive and negative actions. At some point, in changing into a llama, the emperor's character MINDSETS Anyone Can Be a Leader The villager in the movie, Pacha, comes to the emperor's palace simply to plead his case against the emperor building…

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