5 Things Great Bosses Never Do I recently described what remarkable bosses do. A number of people emailed and asked, "That's a great list, but flip it around: What things should I not do?" Glad you asked. As a leader what you don't do can sometimes make as much or even more impact than what you do. Say, "I've been meaning to apologize for a while..." You should never need to apologize for not having apologized sooner. When you mess up, 'fess up. If love means never having to say you're sorry, leadership means always having to say you're sorry. Deliver annual performance reviews. Annual or semi-annual performance appraisals are largely a waste of time. Years ago my review was late so I mentioned it to my boss. He was right. Your job is to coach and mentor and develop--every day. Hold formal meetings to solicit ideas. Many companies hold brainstorming sessions to solicit ideas for improvement, especially when times get tough. Sounds great; after all you're "engaging employees" and "valuing their contributions," right?
What Makes a Leader? - HBR Executive Summary Reprint: R0401H When asked to define the ideal leader, many would emphasize traits such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—the qualities traditionally associated with leadership. Such skills and smarts are necessary but insufficient qualities for the leader. Psychologist and author Daniel Goleman first brought the term “emotional intelligence” to a wide audience with his 1995 book of the same name, and Goleman first applied the concept to business with this 1998 classic HBR article. The chief components of emotional intelligence—self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill—can sound unbusinesslike, but Goleman, cochair of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers University, found direct ties between emotional intelligence and measurable business results. A version of this article appeared in the January 2004 issue of Harvard Business Review.
The One Skill All Leaders Should Work On - Scott Edinger by Scott Edinger | 11:30 AM March 29, 2012 If I had to pick one skill for the majority of leaders I work with to improve, it would be assertiveness. Not because being assertive is such a wonderful trait in and of itself. Rather, because of its power to magnify so many other leadership strengths. Assertiveness gets a bad rap when people equate it with being pushy and annoying. Here are some specific ways in which assertiveness complements a wide range of the critical leadership skills you may already have: • Creating a culture of innovation: A couple of years ago I conducted a study to determine the characteristics of the most innovative leaders in one of the largest companies in the world. • Being customer focused: We typically think of service or business development professionals as being good at, and focused on, building relationships. • Fostering teamwork and collaboration: It might seem like assertiveness has little to do with the skills you need to be a team player.
Core Leadership Theories - Leadership Skills From MindTools.com Learning the Foundations of Leadership © VeerjDOTsierpniowka Why are some leaders successful, while others fail? The truth is that there is no "magic combination" of characteristics that makes a leader successful, and different characteristics matter in different circumstances. This doesn't mean, however, that you can't learn to be an effective leader. One way of doing this is to learn about the core leadership theories that provide the backbone of our current understanding of leadership. Tip: Our article on Leadership Styles explores common leadership styles that have emerged from these core theories. The Four Core Theory Groups Let's look at each of the four core groups of theory, and explore some of the tools and models that apply with each. 1. Trait theories argue that effective leaders share a number of common personality characteristics, or "traits." Early trait theories said that leadership is an innate, instinctive quality that you do or don't have. , Level 5 Leadership 2. 3. 4. . .
What is Leadership? - Leadership Training from MindTools.com Find out what makes a great leader, with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right. – Professor Warren G. BennisLeadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower The word "leadership" can bring to mind a variety of images. A political leader, pursuing a passionate, personal cause.An explorer, cutting a path through the jungle for the rest of his group to follow.An executive, developing her company's strategy to beat the competition. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. In this article, we'll focus on the process of leadership. Note: Leadership means different things to different people around the world, and different things in different situations. This article focuses on the Western model of individual leadership, and discusses leadership in the workplace rather than in other areas. Leadership: A Definition 1. 2. 3. 4.
How to develop leadership skills Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower Steve Jobs (founder of Apple) The following exercise will ask you 50 questions about your leadership style, and then give you an idea of your typical styles. If you are still a student you might like to answer the questions as you would if you were a manager in an organisation, rather than the way you would if, for example, you were president of a student society where the leadership style is more casual than that in most work environments. Now make a note of your scores which can vary up to a maximum of 50 for each style. Once you have finished the test go to the table below where you'll find explanations of each of the leadership styles. You can click on the chart below to go to relevant pages in our site: Leadership involves Being able to motivate & direct others Taking responsibility for the direction & actions of a team Setting objectives. How to become a leader Use initiative to act on opportunities. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
7 Leadership Styles & Famous Example of Each Leadership Style written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Ginny Edwards•updated: 1/30/2011 This article narrates the 7 different leadership styles - namely charismatic, participative, situational, transactional, transformational, servant and quiet leadership. At least one famous example of each leadership style is provided for better understanding. Leadership Styles There are different types of leadership styles, each proving effective depending on the given circumstances, attitude, beliefs, preferences and values of the people involved. In this article, we're going to discuss 7 of these leadership styles. Leadership Tips for the Home Office Worker When you work from home, it can be a lot harder to take part in professional development activities and hone leadership skills.
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