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Researchers studied the traits that make a successful boss and it basically comes down to being nice

<i>This post originally appeared at</i> <i>LinkedIn</i><i>. Follow the author here.</i><p>Many bosses assume that a leader needs to be aloof and tough on employees in order to be effective. They fear that looking “soft” will erode their employees’ motivation and respect for them. To prove their case, they cite examples of …

Leadership

Five Ways To Keep Valued Employees

Are your employees looking for new jobs? Chances are the answer is “yes.” Studies show that around 40 percent of workers are planning to look for a new job within the next six months, and 69 percent say they’re already passively looking.<p>While losing an employee whom you thought was happy might take …

Employee Engagement

How to Lead with More Focus and Purpose | Inc.com

You've likely heard something about meditation recently. Maybe it was from a friend or colleague, or you read something online about the benefits of the increased focus and calm it can bring. Meditation has been catching on more and more in Western business culture over the past few years. There …

Meditation

Followers Don’t See Their Leaders as Real People

Great leaders, especially in large organizations, aren’t really people. They’re mental images.<p>They may be flesh and blood to the senior team and the assistants in the C-suite, but to people in outer orbits, from operational departments to business units, they are imaginary constructs. Employees …

Leadership

Why Organizations Get The Employee Engagement They Deserve

Organizations get the employee engagement they deserve because they prompt it. Purpose-driven organizations that let employees co-create the path forward get employees committed to the cause. Those that invite their employees to contribute are more likely to get those contributions. Organizations …

Employee Engagement

Why Real Leaders Have Strong Egos (And That’s A Good Thing)

Understanding and developing your own ego doesn’t make you a narcissist, one writer argues. In fact, it’s a prerequisite to leadership.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast Company.<p>Ego tends to get a bad rap in leadership circles, and it’s …

Leadership

How To Lead In Times Of Uncertainty

War in Syria. Assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. The biggest refugee crisis since World War II. And the United States is about to get a new president that has no track record of public service that would indicate how he will actually lead.<p>There is a palpable sense of uncertainty today. …

Leadership

The Best Strategic Leaders Balance Agility and Consistency

As a former consultant, I have a deep and abiding love for the use of 2×2 matrices in business strategy. My favorites are those that highlight two factors that seem, at first glance, in conflict. I find these particularly relevant to personal development, as individuals often must resolve the …

Management

The Harvard Business Review Manager's Handbook: The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out

Publication Date: <b>January 03, 2017</b><p>The one primer you need to develop your managerial and leadership skills. Whether you're a new manager or looking to have more influence in your current management role, the challenges you face come in all shapes and sizes--a direct report's anxious questions, your …

Management

How to Be The Leader Of Your Own Life | Inc.com

When people talk about leadership, they the focus is most often on others--how leaders serve them, empower them and motivate them.<p>What if we turn the tables, though?<p>What if instead of thinking about leadership in relation to others, we concentrate on the leadership we can take within our own lives? …

Leadership

Finding hidden leaders

Organizations should learn to hunt, fish, and trawl for the best talent.<p><b>Searching for the next</b> generation of business leaders represents one of the …

Human Resources

Four ways to motivate employees, according to one of the world's top behavioral economists

What makes employees care about their work?<p>Money is what gets workers in the door, but it doesn’t make them go the extra mile. To better understand what drives us, Dan Ariely, a professor of behavioral economics and psychology at Duke University, designed a series of experiments aimed at unlocking …

Employment

These Leaders Take Employee Appreciation to the Next Level

From cruises to cars, here are three bosses going above and beyond to motivate their teams.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is included in</i> Entrepreneur Voices on Strategic Management<i>, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors,</i> …

Employment

20 Management Tips That Will Transform You Into An Amazing Leader

Entrepreneurs learn something new everyday, but these tidbits will put you ahead of the game.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A successful career doesn’t just require great ideas and a good work ethic -- it also takes the right people. In order to work well with others, …

Leadership

3 Unexpected Ways Reading Personal Development Books Changed My Life

Open your mind to the opportunities all around you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Reading was never something I was interested in while attending school. Nor was it something I thought I would ever do again once I graduated. My choices in life after school seemed to …

Self-improvement

How an emotional 'hangover' changes your brain - Futurity

The "emotional hangover" is a real phenomenon, according to research showing that emotional experiences have lingering effects on our brains.

4 Ways To Grow Your Leadership As A Millennial Entrepreneur

The way you live and lead creates a lasting impression of your character and legacy. As a social entrepreneur, your leadership style also directly correlates with how your organization is run, foundational to your future success. By leading your company well from the start, you’ll ensure that when …

Leadership

How to Overcome Fear in the Face of Extreme Risk

There’s a simple rule in athletics that I live by: in order to break plateaus, you need to change your approach. So in June, having recently graduated from Columbia University and looking to accomplish a first ascent big-wall objective in Brazil later in the summer, that’s what I set out to do.<p>For …

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Great CEOs See the Importance of Being Understood

No one who listens to Alan Mulally describe Ford’s remarkable turnaround escapes his rendition of <i>One Ford</i>, <i>One Team</i>, and <i>Working Together</i>. “Those are more than just words,” he passionately declared. Ford employees were expected to carry their CEO’s “one-ness” message with them on laminated …

Leadership

What To Do When Your Boss Doesn’t Notice The Great Work You’re Doing

Maybe your boss is just busy, but maybe it’s something else. Here’s how to tell and what to do next.<p>You’ve been working really hard and the results are there. You beat your quarterly goals, landed that major client, wrote your best proposal yet, or stretched yourself to master a completely new part …

Communication Skills

The 10 Diseases of Leadership - Leadership Forces

Faced with almost certain defeat, some senior Islamic State leaders are slipping out of Mosul as Iraqi and Kurdish forces close in on the city. …

Employees Naturally Trust Leaders Who Have These 5 Powerful Habits | Inc.com

Organizations far and wide have for years attempted to crack the code on what makes for a healthy and profitable work culture. Well, let me save you time and money and simply break it to you here: It is trust.<p>We already know this to be true from several studies. For example, Great Place to Work -- …

Leadership

7 Ways Top Leaders Develop Grit in Their Team | Inc.com

Employees with grit are more determined and motivated. Leaders can intentionally choose to develop grit in their team to achieve greater long term success.<p>One of my first employees was brilliant. His resume was sparkling, and he interviewed like a champ. Months later when I put him on a tough …

Self-improvement

This one thing predicts how defensive a mixed team of professionals are likely to be. | The Oxford Review

The status and stability of the social groups we are part of tends to dictate the way in which we communicate with people who are considered to be in …

How to Navigate a Toxic Work Environment and Preserve Your Creativity | Inc.com

From President-elect Donald Trump to Roger Ailes of Fox News, there's been lots of reporting on harassment in the workplace. While some conduct falls well outside the bounds of what is legally or socially acceptable, many people in this country are working in more subtle, but nonetheless toxic, …

The Workplace

13 Leadership Skills You Didn't Need A Decade Ago That Are Now Essential

Leadership skills aren’t stagnant. Different generations moving in and out of the workforce dictate changes to the ways people lead.<p>This is one reason leaders need to be constantly updating their skills. If you’re wondering what skills have come into play lately for the modern leader, read on for …

Leadership

The Traits of Leaders Who Do Things Fast and Well

An exceptional leader we know would occasionally get a question from his direct reports in a variety of forms but with the common message, “Do you want this done fast or right?” His answer was always the same: “Yes!” He chose not to compromise on either dimension. For this leader and for most …

Management

How to Kill Your Team's Motivation Without Really Trying | Inc.com

When it comes to motivation, everyone thinks they are the expert--there are hundreds of blogs, articles and books on the subject.<p>It's a genuine problem in a lot of organizations--I have been brought in countless times as a consultant and coach to help motivate a team.<p>But--as I've been saying for …

Leadership

10 ways for leaders to build trust in schools

Trust and trust-building qualities frequently top polls and surveys that attempt to show the most important qualities of a leader. A <i>2016 McQuaig</i> …

Leadership