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22 Presidential Quotes On The Most Important Aspects of Great Leadership

In honor of Presidents Day, here are the most inspiring words of wisdom from our nation's leaders on how to best lead others and ourselves.<p>Universal principles apply to anyone that steps into the position of leading others. Whether we lead a company, a team, or a household, we can all benefit from …

Dwight D. Eisenhower

5 Rare Signs That Prove You Were Meant to Lead People

Are you someone who understands what motivates people psychologically? You may be leadership material.<p>A quick Google search of the word <i>leadership</i> gave me about 376 million results. And while it wouldn't give me the total for "leadership books" (if anyone knows, leave it in the comments), the same …

Leadership

More than 50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons

The places change, the numbers change, but the choice of weapon remains the same. In the United States, people who want to kill a lot of other people most often do it with guns.<p>Related<p>The number of U.S. mass shootings depends on how you count<p>Public mass shootings account for a tiny fraction of the …

Guns

8 Essential Qualities That Define Great Leadership

Company leaders are facing a crisis. Nearly one-third of employees don’t trust management. In addition to this, employers now have to cater to the needs of the millennial generation. On average, after graduating from college, a millennial will change jobs four times before they are 32. Most of them …

Employee Engagement

21 Inspiring Quotes from Olympians That Will Bring Out Your Inner Champion

The Olympics are entertaining but also motivating. Let these athletes express the spirit in powerful ways to get you to peak performance.<p>This week brings the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Olympics is a marvel of the modern world, a remarkable moment …

Gymnastics

The 3 Types of C Players and What to Do About Them

When you start leading a new team, one of your first imperatives is to assess the caliber of the talent you are inheriting. At a minimum, you’ll want to focus on three dimensions: (1) Competence — Does each individual match the competence demands of their role? (2) Motivation — Does each member of …

Leadership

10 Leadership Focus Areas That Build High Performing Teams

Shape the conditions that promote teamwork and results.<p>No one person is more important than the whole team.<p>The best teams win together, learn together, adapt together, lose together, and grow together. In high performing teams, their interactions and communications are fluid, relevant, and even …

A picture of a better place

Why a company’s vision really matters (& how to figure out yours)Last week, I was asked to advise an entrepreneurship class over at the Northwestern …

Leadership

The Nuanced Truth about True Happiness at Work

We all want to feel good and true happiness is the answer, right? Well, according to Harvard Medical School psychologist, Dr. Susan David, it’s more …

Happiness

The Psychology Of Professional Purpose: How To Follow Your Calling

“There’s nothing I’d like more than a job that was so meaningful to me that I brought it home,” one 9-5 employee told historian Studs Terkel in <i>Working</i>.<p>She mirrors most of us: though the majority of us say we haven’t found our calling, we want one. Instead, we click at our keyboards like a ticking …

Self-improvement

Positive thinking can make you too lazy to meet your goals

Want to succeed? Your optimism might be getting in the way.<p>About fifteen years ago, when entrepreneur Michael Stausholm started a business with a friend, his partner painted a rosy picture of the future of the business and promised him a lot of success.<p>Stausholm believed him and felt uplifted, as …

Don’t Be a Hypocrite About Failure

If you’re at least a little interested in human creativity and the invention process, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Fail fast to learn faster, failure is necessary to innovate, we must fail to succeed, blah blah blah.<p>The truth is the large majority of us are failure hypocrites.<p>Let me show you …

4 life-changing habits of progressive leaders

A number of progressive leaders, philosophers and authors have been often quoted on the importance of learning.<p>Dr. Seuss summed it up perfectly when he said: "The more you read, the more you will know and the more you will learn, the more places you'll go."<p>From Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, all …

Walter Isaacson

What 2 Best-Selling Researchers Say Are the 10 Biggest Truths About Leadership

Two award-winning authors reveal 10 timeless leadership principles based on 30 years of research.<p>Imagine you're sitting in a meeting with your colleagues at work, and in walks someone you've never met before. This person says, "Hi, I'm your new leader." What questions immediately come to mind that …

9 Habits of Trustworthy Leaders

<b>habit</b> [hab-it], noun — an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntaryHabits…we all have them, don’t we? Some …

Self-improvement

Attributes Of Success: The 4 Key Principles Great Leaders Employ

In an interview this week with The “GreenPrenuer,” Michael Thomas, I spoke about the attributes of success. In our discussion, we covered just four, but I present all seven in “The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning.”<p>Michael began our interview by asking, “What is it like to step into the leader’s seat …

Leadership

Science Says The Seed Of Depression Is Hidden In Your Gut, Not Your Brain

The causes of depression were once thought to lie entirely in the mind. New research shows depression is a gut reaction

Depression

10 Things Your Team Needs From Your Leadership

Psychologist, Author, Speaker<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As leaders our most valuable assets are our employees, not our customers. We must take care of our employees so they will be inspired to take care of our customers. Yet, so often out of our own needs and …

Employee Engagement

The 1 Trait All Great Leaders Have In Common

Spoiler: It's not their title.<p>In every facet of the world, there have been magnificent leaders. Leaders of ideals, leaders of beliefs, leaders of countries, religions, states, orders, governments, congregations, and businesses. Even in our earliest years, going back to kindergarten, leaders made …

What other countries see as the top qualities of great leaders

<i>Global Commerce Insider occasionally seeks input from leaders on vital issues that affect our businesses and economy in a global context.</i><p>Leadership can come in all shapes and sizes, but in today's global business and economic climate, competent, effective and strong leadership is vital for Canada's …

Is your boss an egomaniac? Maybe he was born to it.

Researchers have found links between leaders' narcissism, worse reviews of their leadership behavior and a surprising third factor: How much money their families had when they were growing up.<p>The study, published online by the Academy of Management Journal and recently highlighted by the Harvard …

Leadership

The Surprising Thing Strong Leaders Know That Weak Leaders Don’t

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

5 Ways to Improve Leadership Communication

"The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men."-- Navy SEAL Creed<p>In the Navy SEAL teams, there are three things we must do perfectly to be effective operators: Move, Shoot and Communicate. Communication being of the utmost importance. …

Emotional Intelligence

12 Neglected Questions Successful Leaders Keep Asking

Wrong questions turn people’s attention to distracting issues. You hinder progress when you distract your team. Distractions cause damage. Questions …

Attention Economy

7 Ways to Lead People Who Don’t Want to Be Led

Leadership used to be a top-down, pyramid-style structure. The journey to the top was clearly marked. A student graduates college, finds an …

Leadership

This Life Advice From Sheryl Sandberg Can Make You a Better Business Leader

Embracing these incredibly powerful tips will take you to another level.<p>In a candid commencement speech delivered at the University of California, Berkeley, on May 14, 2016, Sheryl Sandberg, current COO of Facebook, emphasized the importance of resilience and living life fully, a point that is just …

Sheryl Sandberg

The Simple Way to Be a Better Leader

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

9 Body Language Habits That Make You Look Really Unprofessional

Are you sending the right messages with your nonverbal language?<p>Whether or not you realize it, using the wrong nonverbal cues can create a huge obstacle to your success. Research shows that 60 to 90 percent of our communication with others is nonverbal, which means the body language we use is …

Body Language

The Story of God: Morgan Freeman talks creation, evil, and science

Morgan Freeman has wowed as God onscreen — remember that glorious white suit in <i>Bruce Almighty</i>? — but now his focus has shifted to understanding his …

Hinduism

What My Mom Taught Me About Leadership

Recently, I've spent a lot of time reflecting on my personal theory of leadership. And as I contemplate, I realize just how many leadership lessons I learned from my mom -- both directly and indirectly.<p>And so now, in honor of Mother's Day in the US, I want to share with you three of the leadership …