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 Lessons from the Emperor: Part 1 of 2

via disney.com Remember that movie The Emperor's New Groove? It was based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about a couple of conmen who sell an emperor clothes that can only be seen by those who aren't incompetent. The truth is there are no clothes but the emperor is much too proud to call BS. The movie adaptation focuses on a similar…

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Leadership Behavior: Active Listening

More than just "paying attention", active listening involves suspending judgment and reflecting back to the speaker that you understand what they are saying[1]. The dynamics of these components are much more complex than they sound because it requires a certain mindset, not just attention. For a leader, it requires not only wanting to see the world from someone else's perspective,…

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Check Your Optimism at the Door

Effective leaders should be optimistic, right? Optimism, however, is not necessarily a sign an effective leader. The level of optimism someone has in order to be effective unfortunately presents the same whether the individual actually has the qualifications being considered[1]. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology measured individuals' optimism regarding their own performance. There were positive and…

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Why Networking Matters to Leadership

Why Networking matters
Analyzing whether networking is critical to effective leadership depends on how that leadership is defined. If the key for any leader to be effective "is for them to be themselves, but with more skill"[1], then a network might seem useless. This might suggest leadership is innate, not developed; but leadership can be grown through the development of skills. According to…

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How Not to Reply to Social Media Backlash

social media backlash
A small startup out of Silicon Valley called Bodega came under fire yesterday for appropriating the name and concept. The responses cited Bodega being misguided and coming off as all-around sleezy (my word). I saw the FastCompany article spotlighting them and their possibly hazardous mistakes that led to the social media backlash. This post is not on their poor rollout…

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