Leadership: Top Picks

                            Leadership: an evolutionary journey

                            Duane Dike

                            Have we learned anything new about leadership over the past few decades or are we just touting the same mantras over and over? To answer that, letís take a journey through history.

                            The difference between management & leadership

                            Dan Bobinski

                            It sounds great. ďYou lead people, and you manage things.? Itís salient. Even philosophical. But itís wrong.

                            Wanted: more bad (as in good) leaders

                            Max McKeown

                            Sometimes, bad behaviour is inspirational. That's why great leaders need to be unreasonable. That's what leaders do. It's why the cool kids were the cool kids. It's what progress depends on.

                            The new language of leadership

                            Neil Cassie

                            A profound shift is taking place from predictive to non-predictive demand ?from push to pull economics. And if organisations are to adapt to this, their leaders need to radically reassess their behaviour.

                            What makes a great leader?

                            Dan Bobinski

                            Whether you're already in a leadership role, want to aspire to leadership, or just want to be able to recognize a good leader when you see one, you need to remember that leadership involves its own skill set. So here's what I think are the main attributes of a great leader.

                            More on Leadership

                            Taking time for leadership

                            Duane Dike

                            Reflection is an essential part of leadership. Leaders who don't pause to reflect run into trouble because off-the-cuff decisions are often irrational, people-less, system-ignorant choices. In contrast, reflection brings new alternatives, fresh perspectives and creative solutions.

                            Leadership, innovation and the future

                            Duane Dike

                            Leaders are critical to innovative thinking. Great ideas don't emerge from companies whose leaders try to control and micromanage. Innovation only thrives in organizations whose members are free to think and express themselves.

                            Everyday leadership

                            Duane Dike

                            Over the years, Iíve lost count of the number of leadership theories and styles that Iíve studied, practiced and discarded. What all this has taught me is that leadership is a complicated puzzle - and that the best solution is to keep things simple.

                            Taking time for leadership

                            Duane Dike

                            Reflection is an essential part of leadership. Leaders who don't pause to reflect run into trouble because off-the-cuff decisions are often irrational, people-less, system-ignorant choices. In contrast, reflection brings new alternatives, fresh perspectives and creative solutions.

                            Developing agility

                            Val Nichols

                            Top-down, command-and-control leadership slows organizations down and limits creativity. Instead, we need to develop the agility to rethink, reinvigorate and reinvent in response to changing circumstances.

                            Leading from the heart

                            Michael Jones

                            In a future of intelligent machines, the fastest growing segment of the economy will be the emergence of artist-leaders who build value through experiences that connect people with their hearts.

                            Leadership and the power of the imagination

                            Michael Jones

                            At the core of our existence is a pool of energy that has very little to do with personal identity. This is the world of the imagination, a world in which we play only a small part in the whole marvellous act of creation.

                            Encouraging others to do what you want

                            Val Nichols

                            Having a job title doesnít make you a leader. If you want other people to follow you, you first have to enlist their support. And that means that you need to build your influencing skills.

                            Would you follow you?

                            Val Nichols

                            If you want to be a leader, a good place to start is by considering what convinces you to follow someone else. The chances are that the factors that carry the greatest weight are ones to do with trust.

                            Learning from Demosthenes

                            Wayne Turmel

                            If youíre looking for a role model for how to conduct yourself as a business person and a human being, my vote is for a lawyer who pounded the streets of ancient Athens 2300 years ago. Yup, Demosthenes is my boy.

                            The road to Rio: three powerful leadership lessons

                            John Blakey

                            The road to Rio represents four years of dedication, hard work and suffering for thousands of athletes from around the world. But working with Olympic sports coaches can also offer valuable lessons for those of us leading businesses.

                            The music of leadership

                            Michael Jones

                            Music is a powerful vibration. Too often our world seems filled with bits and fragments that donít make sense. But then we hear the music that tells the story and our world feels coherent and whole again.

                            Choosing brave leadership. Blue pill or red pill?

                            John Blakey

                            Are you one of the 'old guard' dutifully propping up the creaking edifice of the blue pill world, comfortable in your sense of denial? Or are you one of the 'new guard' digging the foundations of the new red pill business architecture?

                            Truth, authenticity and leadership

                            Duane Dike

                            ĎAuthentic leadership?is one of those phrases that gets tossed around so much that its real meaning is in danger of getting lost. So letís take a look at Ďauthentic?in the context of leadership, music and tourism.

                            Which Steve are you?

                            John Blakey

                            Is it possible to be decent and gifted at the same time? Do you believe that nice folk never come first or that you need to be ruthless to get ahead? If Steve Jobs is your business hero, perhaps you need to ask yourself a few searching questions.

                            From leadership to 'communityship'

                            Michael Jones

                            Community lies at the core of human existence. Yet in our hectic, individualistic world, the sense of being in fellowship with one another has been lost and replaced with a language that implies that life is our adversary.

                            Evolving leadership in the digital age

                            Manfred Kets De Vries

                            The era of heroic leadership is over. Leadership has become a team sport - it is no longer defined by what a single leader does but by the ability to collaborate, motivate and manage networks.

                            Names without faces

                            Duane Dike

                            'Recognition', in its most basic sense, means being able to put a name to a face. But in the business world, names without faces are all too common. And the larger a company grows, the more likely it is that bosses donít know the names or faces of the people who do the work.

                            Leadership and the art of minimum force

                            Michael Jones

                            Sometimes by forcing less, we accomplish more. It is when we are at ease that life rushes in. So for leaders, instead of trying to impose their will based on what they believe ought to happen, perhaps they'd be better off going with the flow.

                            Lessons in trust from the Panama Papers leak

                            John Blakey

                            Ever since the 2008 crash, public anger and scepticism has been running like a river of lava beneath the fabric of our societies. And the Panama Papers leak is yet another nail in the coffin of popular trust in those in positions of leadership.

                            Regenerative leadership: learning from craftwork

                            Michael Jones

                            Every leader has some sort of theory being the way they lead. For some it might be military strategy or competitive sport. But for others, it is the regenerative and transformational notion of craftwork.

                            Are you an alpha male leader?

                            Manfred Kets De Vries

                            Alpha male leadership comes with a hefty price tag. Fear, low morale, high absenteeism and stress. So shouldnít we be looking instead for models of leadership that connect, build and nurture?

                            Leaders who can read collective emotions are more effective

                            Quy Huy

                            For leaders to be able to respond successfully to frustrations, hopes and fears of their organisation, they need to be able to read the patterns of emotions that signal the onset of different behaviours.

                            More Good Stuff

                            Leading through stories of place

                            Michael Jones

                            Too often, we try to change things without taking into account the narrative that holds everything together. At the heart of that narrative is a sense of place, because place is not an object or a thing, but a power and a presence.

                            Wisdom vs intelligence

                            Peter Vajda

                            Many business leaders are intelligent. But they're not wise, or even aware that they lack wisdom. And that's something that no amount of left-brain thinking, operations-focused education or experiential learning is going to change.

                            Five ways leaders can communicate change

                            Marcia Xenitelis

                            No matter what the issue - be it a merger, acquisition or and organizational crisis - there are five key ways that a CEO can communicate with employees and achieve positive outcomes each time.

                            Leadership and the art of the impossible

                            Michael Jones

                            In times of volatility and change, we need to dig deep for fresh responses. That is a leaderís work now, to master the art of the impossible and, in so doing, to achieve what we did not think it was possible for us to do.

                            When management meets emotional intelligence

                            Sandrine Frťmeaux

                            The fine balance any emotionally intelligent leader has to strike is to take into account basic human needs without being tempted to institutionalise them. And the the most important element in this is the example set by a leaderís own actions.

                            Abolishing the myths of leadership

                            John Roulet

                            We tend to associate leadership with individuals who are visionary and inspirational. But this is a hopeless distortion. Leadership is about work, not personality traits or social behaviors Business leaders simply need to manage performance

                            The three legs of leadership

                            Duane Dike

                            Every move a leader makes affects someone and something else. So leadership effectiveness depends on three things: knowledge of the job, your place in the working environment and your ability to relate to others. Remove any of these and - like a stool - you're heading for a fall.

                            Four mythic leadership stories

                            Michael Jones

                            Behind our rational and analytical world, where everything is measured and quantified, there exist powerful archetypal narratives that shape who we truly are and offer us the the wisdom to wisely navigate a complex and changeable world.

                            Are you a builder or a climber?

                            Dan Bobinski

                            Over the years, dozens of different types of leaders have been identified. But as someone who believes that simpler is usually better, you can forget all of those because I've boiled down all those styles to just two basic types: Builders and Climbers.

                            Leadership and the curiosity quotient

                            Michael Hvisdos

                            Curiosity is one of the most vital - but least acknowledged - of leadership values. It is the catalyst for creativity and innovation, the building block of relationships and the magic ingredient that can lift a business from medocrity to wild success.

                            From factory to farm: the future of leadership

                            Michael Jones

                            Leaders often donít have the answers weíre looking for. So what is leadership for and what should leaders think, do and imagine to address the new challenges we face? Perhaps the answer is not about knowing more, but about becoming more.

                            Bypassing your boss

                            Cindy Wahler

                            Getting held back by your boss is a dilemma many talented people face. So how can you advance your own career if you work for a boss with a big ego who may even see you as a threat?

                            Leading by candlelight

                            Michael Jones

                            The difference between management and leadership is like the difference between flashlight and candlelight. In the focused, flash-lit world of management, we try to bend others to our will. But in the candle-lit world of dialogue, we blend with others in order to see a greater whole.

                            Leadership and the beauty principle

                            Michael Jones

                            For Steve Jobs, Apple's products had to be beautiful as well as functional. His pursuit of beauty highlights that while power may inspire the mind of a leader, it is beauty that inspires their soul, grips the imagination and inspires what needs to get done.

                            Leadership is a verb, not a noun

                            Duane Dike

                            Whichever way we look at workplace culture, critical elements such as productivity, job satisfaction and personal responsibility all boil down to one factor: boss behavior. Without knowledgeable and empathetic leaders, healthy cultures, work environments and systems canít exist.

                            In praise of inconspicuous leadership

                            Duane Dike

                            Many so-called leaders have an unhealthy interest in the outward trappings of their position. But the problem with conspicuous leadership is that itís usually only skin deep. Real leadership is inconspicuous - and itís about far more than status or measurable achievements.





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