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Richard Branson's 10 Steps to Becoming an Exceptional Leader | Inc.com

Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson has spent his entire career pushing the envelope.<p>It's resulted in an eclectic and expansive set of companies under the Virgin name, including airlines, a bank, and most recently a hotel chain. He's a self-made billionaire who dropped out of high school and …

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Leadership

What Really Makes a Good Leader?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What makes someone a leader anyway?<p>Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex some of the best thinkers in business. We’ve written several books on leadership, and yet it’s a rare thing to actually pause to define …

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3 Battle-Tested Leadership Tips I Learned From a Four-Star General | Inc.com

General H. Hugh Shelton is a true American hero. He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton and under President George W. Bush. He is also a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War, and Operation Uphold Democracy, during which he earned countless awards including …

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Five Lies I've Heard From Job-Seekers

Anyone who reads my columns knows how I feel about the broken recruiting process.<p>They know how I feel about predatory recruiters who tamp down job-seekers’ expectations and treat them like cattle.<p>Recruiting is in shambles. The current corporate and institutional recruiting approach drives the best …

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Test for Emotional Intelligence and Hire Better

Everyone’s looking for the edge in recruiting. To some, they seek out passive candidates and lure them away from competitors with the promise of high …

3 Psychological Traits Effective Leaders Know How To Manage

Great leaders know how to manage not just behaviors, but the things that cause them.<p>Great leaders boast a range of skills and traits, but one of the most underrated is a keen grasp of psychology. When you understand what motivates people’s actions and perceptions–for instance, why they respond in …

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How to Figure Out What Kind of Leader You’ll Be

Millennials are on the rise across the business landscape—companies big and small are hiring more and more of the young digital natives. So it was …

Leadership Lessons from a Room of Recovering Addicts | Inc.com

<i>Stevie Toepke is Lead Consultant with The Frontier Academy, developing and delivering learning content for professionals who are seeking to increase employee engagement and evolve the culture in their companies.</i><p>My favorite email subject line this month was a simple one:<p>"I'm a Jerk."<p>Inside that …

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10 Smart Leadership Solutions for Every Challenge | Inc.com

The word "leadership" evokes an image of great men and women--people who, in a moment of crisis, always rise to the occasion with the right response, the right decision, the right direction.<p>Unfortunately, that image is based on the misconception that leaders always know what to do. That's often far …

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Here's the unusual interview question one CEO asks every job candidate

That's why Gary Smith, CEO of broadband and telecommunications company Ciena, likes to ask interview questions that help him determine just that.<p>In a recent interview with Adam Bryant of The New York Times, Smith said he typically asks questions like, "What's it like to work for you?" "How do you …

Employment

Carrick best reads: These careers have the highest pay growth

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>These careers have the highest pay growth</b><br>Offered up for young people and parents who are considering what to study in college or university.<p><b>Why I love investing</b> …

Most People Have No Idea Whether They’re Paid Fairly

Managers know that engaged employees are more effective. But despite the vast amount of employee engagement research out there, very little of it focuses on a person’s primary reason for employment in the first place: getting paid.<p>PayScale, the compensation software company where I work, surveyed …

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The 4 Personality Traits Of Engaging Leaders

How well you keep your team engaged is partly a matter of your own personality.<p>Most people think of leadership as a vocation, but it’s really a psychological process–namely, the process of influencing others to put aside their self-serving agendas and cooperate for the common good of a group. …

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3 surprising traits of highly effective leaders

It's not easy. After all, technical competence doesn't always translate to effective managerial skills, and superstar employees won't necessarily be superstar bosses.<p>In a recent article for The Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D., a professor of business psychology, suggests …

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5 Things To Know Before Going Into A Job Interview - Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career

You walk into the interview room and you are ready. You’re looking good, feeling confident, and ready to show off your skills. But then things start …

Skills For Future Success in a Disruptive World of Work

My dad retired as a Library Science professional soon after which the profession of Library management was transformed by digital forces. With the …

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10 Habits of Ultra-Likable Leaders

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out …

Emotional Intelligence

7 Horrible Thoughts That Hinder Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Getting control of your mind is one of the toughest challenges entrepreneurs face and something you will likely work on your whole life. It’s normal to have thoughts of doubt, go through moments of anxiety and to experience periods of …

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10 Tips On How to Be a Success in Your New Job

Starting a new job is scary and exciting all rolled into one! Just like your first day in school, but this time you're in heels and there's big expectations on you. So, here's my top tips on making those first few weeks a seamless transition.<p>The first three months of any new job is a stressful …

Employment

Four Personality Styles All Leaders Need to Recognize

What exactly makes someone a good leader? It's a tough question to answer, largely because there are very few personality traits that are universal to all of them. Think of Gandhi, Napoleon, George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. - undeniably four of the greatest leaders of all time, yet …

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6 Habits Of Aspiring Leaders

If you want to lead, you can’t only be good at the job you already do. Start brushing up on your leadership skills right now.<p>Facebook wouldn’t be Facebook had Mark Zuckerberg decided to stay a programmer. At a certain point, anyone with talent and a great idea needs to stop executing and start …

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17 Daily Affirmations for Leaders | Inc.com

Whether your company is large or small, being a leader is a tough job. Not only are you responsible for your own performance, but you are also responsible for the performance of your employees and of your organization. These responsibilities can weigh heavily on the shoulders of even the most …

Employment

8 Phrases That Will Surely Put A Smile On Your Interviewer's Face

Competition for employment is becoming fiercer than ever. It is up to job candidates to work hard to leave a strong impression on their potential …

10 Indicators That Distinguish Leaders From Managers

Being a manager is a job title that comes with an assigned role to be fulfilled, given from the top management. Leadership, on the other hand, is …

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8 leadership traits that are critical for success

Today’s business world is as complex as ever. And it’s always changing.<p>Ray Carvey, executive vice president of corporate learning at Harvard Business …

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Why You Have to Lie in a Job Interview

Photo Credit: GraphicStock<p>It's never a good idea to lie. It typically destroys your integrity, closes doors, and creates a disconnect and/or ridiculous amounts of drama between you and with whom you lied. But what happens if you need a job, so you can pay your bills, and your normal human flaws …

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Why the Best Leaders Aren't Type A Personalities | Inc.com

How does stress factor into leadership? Is a leader who is stressed out from running around getting things done just a person of action, or a ticking time bomb?<p>Victor Lipman, author of <i>The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World</i>, would say the latter. When he was being considered for …

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