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7 Self-Awareness Techniques to Make You a Better Leader

What is the most important characteristic of a leader? Some might say it's integrity. Others may say that it's being a good motivator. But …

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your …

To Be a Brilliant Leader, Mindset Is Everything (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to brilliant leadership, there's no cookie-cutter mold for success. Vastly divergent styles can work equally well, which explains why many of our most respected leaders in business and tech often fall on opposite sides of a …

How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Knowing how to handle toxic people is instrumental to your success at work and in life.<p>Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people's buttons. …

Leadership And The Art Of Making Tough Decisions

Without a doubt, the toughest decisions I have ever made were in combat as a Navy SEAL. And those who have served know that the impact of those decisions can last a lifetime.<p>Unfortunately, making tough decisions amidst chaos takes practice. In the past, I had a tendency to avoid conflict, put off …

To pick your perfect startup co-founder, do this

<i>This post originally appeared at First Round Review.</i><p>Steve Blank‘s biggest failure as a startup CEO was at Rocket Science Games. The team lost $35 million because the business model and the founding team didn’t match. When he looked around at the executive staff, there wasn’t a single founder who …

Important Leadership Lessons From the Blizzard That Never Came

Sometimes the best leadership lessons come from our everyday storms.<p>This past week in New York City we were told to brace ourselves for the blizzard of the century.<p>But the blizzard never came to New York City, and many were not only disappointed but angry with the city's leadership.<p>However, there …

Quit Trying to Motivate People and Focus on These 3 Things Instead

What if I said you were wasting your time trying to motivate your employees? Would you think I’ve committed leadership heresy? Would you say I’ve …

How To Brand Yourself As An Expert In Your Field In 10 Steps

Have you ever heard of a little business term called “pre-framing”? Basically, this is how people perceive you before really knowing you.<p>If you know …

Don’t Let These 6 Leadership Mistakes Make You Look Foolish

No one likes to feel foolish-- especially leaders. Here Inc. columnists protect you from becoming an April fool.<p>Leadership isn't easy. Some people make it look that way because they have good instincts, but the best leaders know they can't rely on always having the right approach. Sometimes what …

The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

One of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to “walk the talk” — that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization. But the more time I spend with game-changing innovators …

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability.<p>Last year, just …

These 5 Steve Jobs Keynotes Will Inspire You to Better Sell Your Ideas

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A Steve Jobs keynote was a tightly choreographed and relentlessly prepared presentation, according to the new book <i>Becoming Steve Jobs,</i> by Brent Schlender.<p>Jobs turned the product launch into an art form. He also leaves a legacy by which …

4 Ways to Limit Leadership OCD (No, not that OCD)

In today’s social media driven world where everyone feels the need to brand themselves in the best light possible, it’s easy to develop leadership …

Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform

David drums his fingers on his desk as he scans the e-mail on his computer screen. At the same time, he’s talking on the phone to an executive halfway around the world. His knee bounces up and down like a jackhammer. He intermittently bites his lip and reaches for his constant companion, the coffee …

How Do You Get Your Colleagues To Trust You?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Trust And Consequences<p><b>About Simon Sinek's TED Talk</b><p>How do you create trust? Management theorist Simon Sinek says it starts with a leader who makes people feel safe.<p><b>About Simon Sinek</b><p>Simon is the author of the books <i>Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone</i> …

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic)

In just six years, the skills you'll be looking for in star employees will be vastly different from those ideal in today's workers. Consider this your crystal ball.<p>In the near future, smart machines and systems will automate many jobs that exist today, changing the nature of skills that are in high …

A Former CIA Executive’s Advice On How To Make Hard Decisions

A five-step decision-making process from a man who spent 25 years making life-and-death decisions.<p>Each day we make thousands of decisions. Most are fairly insignificant, such as what to have for lunch or what to wear. Others carry weight and consequences. Complicating things is our access to …

7 Habits of Highly Respected Leaders

Your technical skills might get you a promotion, but it’s your people skills that will earn you the respect of your employees.<p>A title, position, and corner office may earn them extra pay and benefits, but respect is something that does not automatically come with a leadership position. This has to …

5 things the most successful executives never do

But some behaviors will never result in success, no matter how many times you repeat them.<p>Here are five things you should never do if you want to be an effective executive today.<p>We've all shaken our heads at CEOs who fail to confront a problem and stick their heads in the sand. But equally bad is …

10 things successful leaders remember when things go wrong

Whether it's a failure of planning, a bad judgment call, or an accident of fate, trouble eventually comes to every leader. And that's when leadership really matters.<p>Here are the principles that can guide you through the next storm:<p>Our reactions and moods are like a steering wheel that can move us …

The Leadership Checklist: 10 Principles That Make Leading Easier

Here are 10 ideas that today's busy leaders can embrace to enhance their ability to set direction and manage change.<p>I have dedicated my career to working with senior leadership teams and helping them to devise the strategies, organizational designs and operating models needed to better set …

The Most Important Qualities Of Real Leaders That Many People Overlook

We are all guilty of procrastinating from time to time—there’s <i>always</i> something more interesting than the work in hand. We usually think it’s no big …

I took a personality test to assess my leadership potential and it was freakishly accurate

Having never been asked to complete one while applying for a job, I assumed they were somewhat similar to the quizzes in Seventeen magazine I spent the better part of my adolescence taking.<p>Those quizzes, it seemed, were only useful for diagnosing people on the extremes — those who were destined to …

These 5 Phrases Will Make You a Better Leader

These small phrases can have big impacts on your leadership skills.<p>Carpenters work with wood. Composers' medium is sound. Business leaders like you, however, work in words.<p>Think about it--whether it's persuading a prospective client, laying out your vision for your company, or motivating your …

Understand the 4 Components of Influence

We’ve all encountered people who say less but what they say matters more; people who know how to use silence to dominate an exchange. So having influence means more than just doing all the talking; it’s about taking charge and understanding the roles that positional power, emotion, expertise, and …

The Discipline of Teams

Early in the 1980s, Bill Greenwood and a small band of rebel railroaders took on most of the top management of Burlington Northern and created a multibillion-dollar business in “piggybacking” rail services despite widespread resistance, even resentment, within the company. The Medical Products …

One Thing You Have to Master to Succeed in Business and in Life

This may well be the most important factor in determining your professional and personal success.<p>One thing I've realized about the most successful people I've met is that whatever their varied personalities and idiosyncrasies, there is one attribute they consistently share: high "conversational …

6 Things About Leadership That Business Gurus Can't Tell You

Are some business leaders too dependent on business gurus?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Business, like any other religion, has priests.<p>They find pithy ways to sum up their homilies.<p>They have (usually more than 10) commandments …