untitled 9 Personal Capacities of Authentic Leaders I came across the book The Lotus: a practice guide for authentic leadership toward sustainability on blurb.com yesterday. Research by Baan, Long and Pearlman shows that successful sustainability leaders embody these nine personal capacities: 1. Being Present means being fully aware and awake in the present moment – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 2. Suspension and Letting Go is the ability to actively experience and observe a thought, assumption, judgment, habitual pattern, emotion or sensation like fear, confusion, conflict or desire, and then refraining from immediately reacting or responding to the situation. 3. Intention Aligned with Higher Purpose is the alignment of one’s authentic nature with one’s internal resonance with manifested actions in the world. 4. 5. Compassion is having unconditional acceptance and kindness toward all the dimensions of oneself and others, regardless of circumstance. 6. 7. 8. 9. Like this: Like Loading...
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7 Things Confident Leaders Don't Do If you've been around long enough, you begin to realize that success is just as much about what you don't do as what you do. Any CEO, entrepreneur, or venture capitalist will tell you that lack of focus is one of their most insidious enemies. It's always been true, but the temptation to try to do more or give in to distraction has never been greater than it is today. Don't get me wrong. In my experience, and I've worked with hundreds of successful executives and business leaders, there are certain things they simply don't do. 1. Quite the contrary, they tend to have a natural tendency to question conventional wisdom and challenge the status quo. That is, unless that's their competency, their passion, who they are. 2. Maybe they should. Don't get me wrong. 3. It's not that they're concerned with productivity or time management. They don't indulge activities that so many people waste their lives on. They don't wish for things to be different. 4. Don't get me wrong. 5. 6. 7.
6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them You don’t need an MP3 player, a turntable, or a CD player to listen to Tristan Perich’s new album, Noise Patterns. All you need is a pair of headphones—"not earbuds," says the composer—and a willingness to hear music in noise. The 34-year-old Perich’s compositions push the border between white noise and electronic music, frequently straddling the two as if the static on your old television started emitting a strangely beautiful pattern of sound. Perich, who studied math, music, and computer science at Columbia and received a masters from NYU's fabled hacking-meets-art Interactive Telecommunications Program, has spent the last dozen years of his life exploring the frontiers of one-bit sound, transforming those lines of 1s and 0s into a living art form. Like the previous outings, Perich’s latest masterpiece is emblazoned on a limited-edition microchip and soldered to a circuit board so simple that it looks like it could be made out of Snap Circuits. A recorded excerpt from Noise Patterns
Whole Systems Leadership "The days of command and control leadership have evaporated." ~David Gergen, Director, Harvard University Center for Public Leadership In this world of rapid, complex change, no one can really know the future and lead others there. From a Whole Systems Leadership perspective, change doesn’t take place one person at a time. Drawing from the lessons of complexity science, Whole Systems Leadership recognizes that when many interconnected individuals and groups take many small actions, a shift happens in the larger patterns of communities, organizations, and societies. Who Can Practice Whole Systems Leadership? Anyone and everyone, individuals or groups—all can practice Whole Systems Leadership! In this new model, leadership is not a position, but a behavior that can show up anywhere within a community, an organization, or other human system. “The leaders we need are already here, emerging everywhere.” Inspiring Examples How did Lecia come up with a theater company as a social change strategy?
Empowering Leadership and Innovation | ALIA Institute ALIA Europe Intensive The Netherlands • 26-31 March Leadership is a journey without final destination and with few reliable maps. The ALIA Intensive is a place where you can strengthen this kind of leadership while working on your current project. You will leave ready to • step into leadership in a way that is authentic for you • engage uncertainty and change as your allies • bring out the leadership in others • navigate effectively through challenge and complexity • apply new lenses and strategies to your current leadership goal or project ALIA creates the conditions for empowered leadership and innovation. Three streams The Leadership Intensive weaves together three integrated streams: foundations of authentic leadership, skill-building for action, and community dialogue and exchange. Foundations of authentic leadership Each day begins with a session that strengthens presence, alignment, and creativity. Skill-building for action Community dialogue and exchange See also the daily schedule.
5 Cheap Ways to Motivate Employees How do you get people excited about work without paying them more money? It turns out that it's relatively easy, as long as you understand why money works as a motivator. In fact, nobody works simply to get money. Nobody. Why would anyone want a collection of identical engraving of dead presidents? Furthermore, once you get past the minimum "food, clothing and shelter" level, nobody works in order to buy more stuff. The only reason that people use extra money to buy "stuff" is because they believe that owning it and using that "stuff" will make them happy. In short, once you get beyond the survival level, the only reason money works as a motivator is that people see money as a vehicle for feeling good. That's why it's easy to motivate people without paying them more. The way you do this is to create opportunities that both recognize good performance and connect employees to each other and to the larger purpose of your firm. Here's how: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Six Emotional Leadership Styles - Leadership Training From MindTools Choosing the Right Style for the Situation Find out how emotional leadership styles can affect your team's happiness. © iStockphoto/Kuklev Imagine that you work with a positive, charismatic leader. She's excited about the future of the organization, and she shares this excitement with her team. She makes sure that people understand how their efforts contribute to this future, and this inclusion sparks loyalty and intense effort in the team. Generally, morale and job satisfaction are high, because team members feel that they're making a difference. However, some people in her team don't respond well to this style of leadership. She could be more effective by varying her approach to leadership, depending on the situation; and she could do this by using "six emotional leadership styles," each of which is useful in different circumstances. In this article, we'll look at these six emotional leadership styles. The Six Emotional Leadership Styles Note: We'll now examine each style in more detail. 1. 2.
Authentic Leadership Components Who we are | Green Economy Coalition Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces) of the Business Administration School of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) is an open environment for study, learning, insights, innovation and the production of knowledge, made up of personnel with a multidisciplinary and diverse background; these are highly creative people that are engaged, committed, curious and bold, and especially motivated by a genuine desire to change the world. GVces bases its activities in formulating and following-up public policies, in building tools for self-regulation and in the development of strategies and tools for business management towards sustainability, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Leadership Styles Around The World Different cultures can have radically different leadership styles, and international organizations would do well to understand them. British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted these differences in his book "When Cultures Collide," first published in 1996 and now in its third edition, and he teaches these insights in seminars with major corporate clients. From structured individualism in the U.S. to ringi-sho consensus in Japan, the charts seem intuitively correct, if not unilaterally true across a country. Lewis acknowledges the risks of dealing in stereotypes: "Determining national characteristics is treading a minefield of inaccurate assessment and surprising exception. He argues that these patterns won't change any time soon: "Even in countries where political and economic change is currently rapid or sweeping, deeply rooted attitudes and beliefs will resist a sudden transformation of values when pressured by reformists, governments or multinational conglomerates." crossculture.com