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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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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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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Transformational Leadership: A Relationship for Better or Worse

There are many ways to measure leadership. One such, from Colquitt, LePine, and Wesson [1], breaks it down into three dimensions: Intellectual stimulation Individualized consideration Inspirational motivation Personally, I challenge myself in both professional and personal circles when it comes to intellectual stimulation, which dilutes that dimension when it comes from an external source. Similarly, I pride myself on seeking…

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