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Welcome to the Art and Science of Leadership, a comprehensive collection of articles and activities for developing leadership skills and knowledge. Becoming a good leader is not easy, but by learning the correct leadership skills and knowledge, putting them into practice through quality learning activities, and then adapting them to different situations, will put you well on your way to becoming a leader. Leadership Manual This guide is divided into five sections: You can also use the Leadership Mind Map to select an article, or use the search bar at the top of the page. For a list of learning activities that help to develop leadership skills, see the Leadership Development Outline. Basics of Leadership Click image for a larger diagram Leadership Philosophies Team Leadership Advanced Leadership Skills Supporting Skills There is no such thing as a perfect leader, either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. Learning Activities Let's work together to solve this. . . Related Pages Related:  LEADERSHIP

Leadership - Meetings, Meet One of the biggest complaints about most organizations is meetings. . . they waste too much of our precious time. This is bad news for the leadership team of an organizations as meetings are important because that is where an organization's culture and climate perpetuates itself. Meetings are one of the ways that the organization's leaders tells its workers, “You are a member.” If you have bad, boring, and time wasting meetings, then the people begin to believe that this is a bad and boring company that does not care about time. Likewise, great meetings tell the workers, “This is a GREAT organization to be working for!” Why are there so many bad meetings? Prepare For The Meeting Define the objectives and desired outcomes. Prepare To Attend a Meeting (for all participants) Know the purpose of the meeting. Set Up The Meeting Place Select a physical setting that is comfortable, big enough, and will serve the purpose. Assign A Note Taker (minutes) Who attended. Start The Meeting Closing

Leadership Theories[edit] Early western history[edit] The trait theory was explored at length in a number of works in the 19th century. Most notable are the writings of Thomas Carlyle and Francis Galton, whose works have prompted decades of research.[4] In Heroes and Hero Worship (1841), Carlyle identified the talents, skills, and physical characteristics of men who rose to power. In Galton's Hereditary Genius (1869), he examined leadership qualities in the families of powerful men. After showing that the numbers of eminent relatives dropped off when moving from first degree to second degree relatives, Galton concluded that leadership was inherited. Rise of alternative theories[edit] In the late 1940s and early 1950s, however, a series of qualitative reviews of these studies (e.g., Bird, 1940;[5] Stogdill, 1948;[6] Mann, 1959[7]) prompted researchers to take a drastically different view of the driving forces behind leadership. Reemergence of trait theory[edit] Attribute pattern approach[edit] B.F.

Concepts of Leadership I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don't think that's quite it; it's more like jazz. There is more improvisation. — Warren Bennis Good leaders are made, not born. To inspire your workers into higher levels of teamwork, there are certain things you must be, know, and, do. Definitions of Leadership “The meaning of a message is the change which it produces in the image.” — Kenneth Boulding in The Image: Knowledge in Life and Society Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Some other popular definitions of Leadership are: A process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal (Northouse, 2007, p3). Note that all the definitions have a couple of processes in common: Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership knowledge and skills. Factors of Leadership

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek : Book Summary Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek Author: Simon Sinek • Book Summary by Dean Bokhari The main message of Leaders Eat Last is simple -- the buck stops at the leader’s desk. In other words, those of us that lead may not always understand the impact that our leadership roles actually have on those we lead. Listen to this book summary on audio The depth and breadth of leadership cascades down from the executive board to management, which in turn cascades down to the soldiers that march in and out of the battle field of the organization on a daily basis shaping the culture of the environment… which comes full circle back up to the one that leads, as a direct reflection of his or her leadership. Watch this book summary on video Summary in a tweet: empathy & trust are the keys to #leadership - show it to those you lead, and it will be reciprocated. 3 Key Insights From Leaders Eat Last: #1. In a word... Lack of control at work = stress + emotional strain. #2. Diggin' this?

The Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory - Leadership Skills from MindTools Choosing the Right Leadership Style for the Right People What type of leadership do your people need? © iStockphoto/oversnap You've just finished training the newest member of your team. Now that he's ready to start working, you give him the data he needs to enter into the company's database, and you hurry off to a meeting. When you return later that afternoon, you find that he hasn't done anything. How can you avoid situations like this? Management experts Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard argue that these things happen because leaders don't match their style of leadership to the maturity of the people they're leading. In this article, we'll review the Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership® Theory, and we'll explain how it's used in different leadership situations. Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory Leadership Styles According to Hersey and Blanchard, there are four main leadership styles: Telling (S1) – Leaders tell their people what to do and how to do it. Maturity Levels Key Points

Leadership: EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP - the Art, Science, and Practic Leadership Defined Leadership is the process of directing the behavior of others toward the accomplishment of some common objectives. "Leadership is influencing people to get things done to a standard and quality above their norm. And doing it willingly."15 As an element in social interaction, leadership is a complex activity involving: a process of influence actors who are both leaders and followers a range of possible outcomes – the achievement of goals, but also the commitment of individuals to such goals, the enhancement of group cohesion and the reinforcement of change of organizational culture.16 Building Better Leaders through Attributes Leadership attributes are the inner or personal qualities that constitute effective leadership. The Leader Is Best, When... By: Lao Tzu The leader is best,... When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, The people say, 'We did it ourselves.'... Inspirational Leadership: 10 Roles Great leaders lead by example. Articulate Your Vision By: Brian Tracy

Top 7 Ways To Remain Focused Single-minded determination is not something that many of us can honestly say that we have on a regular basis. There might be the odd moments of concentrated "will-power" or flashes of inspired effort, but for most of us, lack of confidence, confusion or simply information overload causes us to be easily distracted from our path. When faced with two equally attractive opportunities, have you ever lost energy pursuing both at the same time with the inevitable consequence of neither of them panning out? Do you remember doing your homework in front of the TV or listening to the radio? Your focus and attention may not have been at its highest level, a fact born out the next day when you panicked to correct all the mistakes or to complete the assignment. Focus is a discipline that most of us find hard to maintain for any length of time, yet it is a vital ingredient in the journey to success. So, how can we ensure that we remain focused on one thing at a time?

Leadership Defined | Leadership What is leadership? And does our understanding of it need to change for today's world? When we think of leadership we visualize a larger-than-life individual in charge of some group - team, company or country. We try to define leadership by thinking about great leaders, which means that leadership is glorified. Unfortunately, this approach overlooks everyday kinds of leadership. Conventional Leadership Leaders, as normally conceived, take charge of groups. Where do you want to go from here? Odd Kinds Of Leadership - What Is Leadership Today? There is a lot of leadership that can't be accounted for in terms of being in charge of people: Green leadership - promoting green practices to the world at large - having a leadership impact on far-flung communities. Leadership Reinvented Leadership = promoting new directions by example or advocating by a better way. Green leaders, for example, are activists. Leadership, as defined here, does not manage people - that's management.

10 Coaching Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask The best coaches also receive coaching. They also regularly coach themselves. Let me explain. If you are like me, your are enticed by routines because they allow you to feel comfortable. But routines can deceive you quickly. A simple example is exercise. I’d like to challenge you to take a quick step back to evaluate at least one area of your life (ie coach yourself). You could look at any time period. Give it a shot. 10 Coaching Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask 1) What are we trying to accomplish over the next 90 days? How are you going to measure success? This foundational question will likely be something you’ll need to return to regularly. Be clear. 2) What has gone well recently? For you as a leader to properly assess yourself, your team, or your organization, I think you should celebrate the wins (both big and small). What has been successful lately? 3) What hasn’t delivered your desired results? The coaching questions in #2 and #3 are related but actually opposites.

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. ... for the complete article: Mind Tools Club members, click here.