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What Makes a Leader?

What Makes a Leader?
It was Daniel Goleman who first brought the term “emotional intelligence” to a wide audience with his 1995 book of that name, and it was Goleman who first applied the concept to business with his 1998 HBR article, reprinted here. In his research at nearly 200 large, global companies, Goleman found that while the qualities traditionally associated with leadership—such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—are required for success, they are insufficient. Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. These qualities may sound “soft” and unbusinesslike, but Goleman found direct ties between emotional intelligence and measurable business results. Every businessperson knows a story about a highly intelligent, highly skilled executive who was promoted into a leadership position only to fail at the job. Evaluating Emotional Intelligence Related:  Leadership

3 Core Characteristics; Leadership as a Function Shared by: Alex Adamopoulos Date posted: June 6, 2012 Leadership principles tend to be quite ubiquitous since they can apply to so many types of people and situations. It is often hard to improve upon profound statements and insights, especially when they are simple and make the point so clearly. I’m thinking specifically about Peter Drucker’s statement "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." In this article I want to draw on the experiences and work I’m involved in to make the article a bit more specific and real. This often means that there is a leadership discussion at hand simply because the topic of change, whether related to process, methodology, project delivery, outsourcing, portfolio management, etc., directly affects cultural impact and the mind-shift that needs to happen at the leadership level mostly. For example, in large enterprises it is especially hard to walk in with an “agile” message and expect everyone to fall into rank. Integrity Trust

33 Ways To Fund Your Startup Business No matter what the economic situation, someone somewhere, eyes bright with potential, is looking to start a new business. Funds are often the biggest hurdle to what could otherwise be a lucrative opportunity. Here are some ways - traditional and/ or creative - to raise money for your startup business. 1. Risk : It's your money, and if you're not successful, the money is gone, and with it the opportunity to do anything else with it later. 2. Risk : A fed up partner who wants out; arguments; irresponsible partners who leave you with all the debt; broken friendships. 3. Risk : Regrets, or worse: going out and spending to replace the item(s) you sold. 4. Risk : Getting hooked on lotteries and gambling to "fund" your dream business. 5. Risk : One Red Paperclip is a novel approach, though unless you have something well-thought out and as interesting (and you let your personality through), it's hard to do a successful followup act. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.

Leadership and Self-Awareness By Mike Myatt, Chief Executive Officer, N2growth Leader Beware – ignorant bliss, no matter how enjoyable, is still ignorant. If you’re in a position of leadership and don’t feel you have any blind spots, you’re either very naïve or very arrogant. I’ve never understood leaders who make heavy investments in personal and professional development early in their careers, who then go on to make only minimal investments in learning once they have reached the C-suite. It’s at the C-suite level an executive must be on top of his/her game as they have the broadest sphere of influence, the largest ability to impact a business, and they also now have the most at risk. The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates had a few guiding principles that today’s leaders would do well to adopt: Socrates said, “Know Thyself” and “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Following are 5 things all leaders should embrace if they desire to be more self-aware:

How to Deliver a Great Presentation Like Steve Jobs 19 Jul 2012 If you like to learn some of the techniques and styles that make Steve Jobs such a great presenter, watch these excellent videos and slides by Carmine Gallo, author of ‘The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs.’ couch mode print story Steve Jobs is among the most polished presenters in the world. He doesn’t use any bullet points in his presentations, his keynote addresses are free of any jargon, there are very few words in the slides but they have photographs and headlines that are hard to forget. If you like to learn some of the techniques and styles that make Steve Jobs such a great presenter, here’s some excellent advice from Businessweek columnist Carmine Gallo, who is also the author of the book – The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. “Steve Jobs may be a hard act to follow.

5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators 1.9K Flares 1.9K Flares × Have you ever walked away from talking with someone that you’ve just met and thought to yourself “Wow, this was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had!”? I’ve recently had one of those and at first I quite selfishly concluded “Wow, I’m a great communicator”. But then I realized, hang on a second, I think this other person was the reason I felt so good about this talk, how did he do that? I started to think about a few of the things this person did, that made me feel so comfortable and open to speak with him. So what I’ve come up with are 5 of the most effective habits famous communicators have used for hundreds of years. Let’s dig in: 1. The word conversation generally brings to mind talking—at least for me. You might have heard of active listening before. Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also a great one to read for tips on improving your listening skills (and, in fact, how you build relationships in general). 2.

How To Be Persuasive What Is Persuasion? Persuasion is the act of getting a sentient being other than yourself to adopt a particular belief or pursue a particular action. This tutorial will teach you how to excel at doing just that. Our examples will assume a variety of different specific circumstances, but the principles we present will be applicable in a myriad of situations. Whether you're trying to persuade a pseudo-intellectual that his political beliefs are, in fact, as savory as unwashed socks, or whether you're trying to persuade a vicious dog to please kindly release your coccyx, the techniques of persuasion you must employ are fundamentally the same. To be persuasive, you must make use of a number of different tactics. Verbal Techniques As debating is primarily a verbal undertaking, most of the techniques you will need are verbal in nature. Stubbornness The cornerstone of good persuasive arguing is stubbornness. You: "The moon is made of cheese." Strategic Compromise Big Words Forgetfulness Interruption

Tuning People, Processes, and Projects to Power Results » Blog Archive » Managing in Mayberry: An examination of three distinct leadership styles ©2001, 2010 Don Gray and Dan Starr Near the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, not far from where you think it should be, there really is a town called Mayberry. Although the main highway bypassed the town years ago, the namesake for the popular 1960s television series is still a bustling community, and a fair amount of traffic enters Mayberry’s downtown from the north on the US Highway 52 business spur every morning. When road work just north of town closed Business 52, all the traffic entering town from the north had to take the 52 bypass around to the west side of town and enter the downtown on Key Street. Figure 1 The town council feared that during the morning rush the traffic waiting to make the left turn onto Key Street would back up on the southbound off-ramp all the way to Highway 52 itself. Three Approaches to Managing Being a take-charge guy, the officer on duty (we’ll call him Barney) arrived at the scene Monday and quickly sized up the situation. A Question of Style 1. 2.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (12 January 1918[1] – 5 February 2008) was born Mahesh Prasad Varma and obtained the honorific Maharishi (meaning "Great Seer")[2][3] and Yogi as an adult.[4][5] He developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and was the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement and as non-religious.[6][7][8] Maharishi Mahesh Yogi became a disciple and assistant of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya (spiritual leader) of Jyotirmath in the Indian Himalayas. The Maharishi credits Brahmananda Saraswati with inspiring his teachings. In 1955, the Maharishi began to introduce his Transcendental Deep Meditation (later renamed Transcendental Meditation) to India and the world. Life[edit] Birth[edit] Early life[edit] Brahmachari Mahesh remained with Swami Brahmananda Saraswati until the latter died in 1953, when he moved to Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand in the Himalayas.

BioWare co-founder: "It's easier to be a half-assed or outright bad leader" Dr. Ray Muzyka may have retired from making games, but the BioWare co-founder hasn't left the field behind entirely. Muzyka today took a break from running his sustainable investment firm Threshold Impact to deliver the opening keynote address at the 10th annual Montreal International Game Summit. Muzyka began his talk by questioning the nature of leadership, rhetorically asking what qualities constitute good leadership. "The unfortunate truth is it's easier to be a half-assed or outright bad leader," Muzyka said. In the modern age, focus is crucial, Muzyka said. At BioWare, Muzyka said there were three core stakeholders of equal importance: fans, employees, and investors. "Together, these create a balance, sustainable business for the long-term dedicated to our core values," Muzyka said. "If you're not honest externally and internally, it's hard to take feedback and learn from it" Ray Muzyka Realizing that vision requires teamwork and collaboration.

Achieving Agile Leadership This article introduces the concept of Agile Leadership and the Leadership Manifesto. Presents some well-known leadership concepts and models and problems that leaders face nowadays. The concepts of Agile Coach, ScrumMaster and Project Manager are presented as the article derives the concept of Agile Leader as the person living in the intersection of these three roles. It then discusses what Agile Leadership is about: giving a gift. We can learn to be leaders by love or by pain Anything in life subject to learning by humans is just like that. Therefore, in order to develop emotional intelligence IT leaders today need to put their skills to the test by trial and error. What is Leadership about? We are living in the age of knowledge and transparency [1]. “Have different goals and a common strategy but remaining different. Move away from technicalities, from results, from control: don’t linger here. There is no best leadership model Situational Leadership has proven its values over time.

Generational Leadership By Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth A leader’s biggest struggle is not the routine of the familiar, but the journey of the unknown. It’s getting from where they are to where they want to be strategically, tactically, organizationally, developmentally, and most importantly relationally. It’s been said that the best way to impact your future is to change your present circumstances. And quite frankly, I can’t think of a better place to ignite that change than by helping you to gain a better understanding of how to connect with what IS the future – the younger generation – the next generation of leaders. In today’s post I’ll share some thoughts on how to reap the benefits of cross generational leadership. Let me be as clear as I can – there are still far too many leaders who believe in having someone earn their stripes and pay their dues – please don’t do this, don’t be this person. Here’s the thing – cross generational corporate experiments aren’t working too well. Thoughts?