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How Becoming A Good Listener Can Make You A Better Leader

Running a business is an inherently emotional experience. Even the most stoic leaders are bound to find themselves becoming invested not only in outcomes, but in people and processes as well.<p>While emotional leadership is often regarded as a liability, lack of personal investment can also bring …

Emotional Intelligence

5 Lessons From a Former Navy SEAL That Will Change the Way You View Leadership Forever | Inc.com

During the height of the Iraq War, thousands of US Navy SEALs lead some of the toughest and most dangerous missions across insurgent-held cities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jocko Willink is a former Navy SEAL commander who saw extensive combat action during the Battle of Ramadi, leading SEAL Team …

Leadership

3 Workplace Habits of Happy and Engaged Employees, According to Research | Inc.com

An increasing body of evidence from positive psychology experts the likes of Richard Davidson, Shawn Achor, Barbara Frederickson and others confirm a simple fact: Happy people are better workers. And that translates to good business outcomes.<p>Yet most of us are still afraid of accepting the notion …

Employee Engagement

4 Ways Employee Incentives Can Drive Engagement and Retention

A good incentives program rewards and recognizes employees from across different departments and levels of responsibility for achieving a variety of work-related goals.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No matter the industry or the size of a business, happy and engaged …

What Do Millennials Want from Their Employers, Exactly? This Study Sums It Up in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

One of my go-to resources for discovering the latest insights on Millennials is Deloitte's reputable Millennial Survey. This year's report -- based on the views of almost 8,000 Millennials questioned across 30 countries -- grabbed my attention.<p>For companies looking to attract and retain Millennial …

The Workplace

Google Employees Weighed In on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager (Technical Expertise Came in Last) | Inc.com

Google is widely known as an advocate of data-based decision making. So, it came as no surprise when it looked to its statisticians to help decode the secret formula to effective management.<p>After gathering and analyzing 10,000 manager observations including performance reviews, surveys, and …

Employment

How Managers Drive Results and Employee Engagement at the Same Time

Is it possible to be a high-standards, results-driven leader while at the same time building an engaged, fun-to-work-with team? Many people would contend that doing either of these things well makes it almost impossible to succeed at the other. And yet our examination of 360-degree assessment data …

Elon Musk's No. 1 Rule for Staying Insanely Successful | Inc.com

Elon Musk is one of the most purposeful leaders on the planet. He understands that success doesn't happen overnight. At times, you might privately think you can't go on. You must persist. As the best leaders know, what you must commit to first is focus, energy, and discipline to finding your "why" …

Self-improvement

5 Bad Leadership Habits That Will Make You Look Totally Unprofessional | Inc.com

Forrest Gump famously quipped about the unpredictability of life when he said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."<p>That metaphor of life certainly applies to the unpredictability of bosses as well. When you accept a new position, you don't know what fate has in …

Leadership

Great Bosses Do These 7 Things Really Well | Inc.com

While management trends may come and go, some tried-and-true things every great boss does can't be argued any other way. The very best leaders are always able to inspire their employees to remain loyal, hard working, and enthusiastic.<p>If you hope to be a great boss--or want to make sure that you …

Employment

These Exceptional Leaders All Agree On This Cardinal Rule of Hiring | Inc.com

I was listening to Sheryl Sandberg on the podcast Master's of Scale, when I heard her say, "You do want to hire people who are better than you are." When someone I perceive as an awesome smart woman says this, it gives you pause for thought. I paused the podcast and wondered why so many great …

Sheryl Sandberg

Lessons in Leadership: Tips for Developing Company Culture

With the multiple duties associated with entrepreneurship, especially during the startup phases of our business, the company’s culture was a secondary thought. I wish someone had warned us to put some extra thought into understanding and defining the company’s culture early on. One thing is for …

Employment

7 Personality Traits Every CEO Should Have

When people hear the title of CEO, those three letters that command respect, they tend to imagine a relentless titan on a quest for entrepreneurial greatness. What comes to mind is the fiery temperament of a visionary like Steve Jobs, or the competitive drive of a leader like Travis Kalanick. But …

Leadership

The 4 Secrets of Remarkably Effective Leaders | Inc.com

Despite what we may believe, there's more to being a leader than simply leading or telling their people what to do. In fact, good leadership involves a number of other valuable traits.<p>The best leaders organize, plan, and execute with talent and skill, and they also embody these four secrets of …

Team Building

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for This 1 Rare Sign | Inc.com

Ever been in an important meeting where a topic on the agenda causes tension that you can cut with a knife? Instead of colleagues speaking up to solve an issue, you get poker faces and eyes looking down to avert what nobody wants to deal with.<p>The same is true when it comes to having those tough …

Team Building

6 Common Things Good Managers Do to Create Engaged Teams

Good managers create and boost employee engagement. A lot of managers have room for improvement.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a manager, you have a powerful effect on how engaged your organization will ultimately be. Employee engagement is ultimately a <i>viral</i> …

Managers, Get Ready for Ongoing Performance Conversations

<b></b>Accenture made quite a stir two years ago when the company announced it was eliminating performance rankings.“We’re going to get rid of probably 90 …

Employee Engagement

4 Ways to Use a 'Social Mindset' and Boost Employee Engagement

Social mindset means everyone can see and feel his or her individual value, making for more engagement.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is no such thing as employee-engagement "quick fixes." In spite of what employers may be led to believe that they can accomplish …

We Asked 169,000 Workers About What Makes Their Workplace Great. Here's Their Take | Inc.com

A great corporate culture isn't something you can buy. It's organic; it has to be cultivated. <i>Inc.</i>'s Best Workplaces celebrates companies that actively strive to build vibrant and engaging cultures. More than 1,600 com­panies applied this year--three times as many as last year. Together with my …

Employee Engagement

If You Want Employee Engagement, Lead With Your Listening Skills

As an executive coach, I was working with Phil, director of finance for his company. He shared frustrations he was having with one of his staff …