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How You Make Decisions Is as Important as What You Decide

Conventional thinking has suggested that leadership positions go to those who aggressively plan their careers with a keen eye for building the right skills to reach top jobs. Others believe that leaders are born, not made. But according to research one of us (Julia) conducted for her book <i>Pivot</i> …

How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

Andrew Nguyen<p>Anyone trying to come up to speed on emotional intelligence would have a pretty easy time of it since the concept is remarkably recent, and its application to business newer still. The term was coined in 1990 in a research paper by two psychology professors, John D. Mayer of UNH and …

Forget Balance: 5 Things You Can Do to Lead the Life You Want

If you're searching for "work/life balance" you'll always be disappointed because "balance" connotes a zero-sum equation. But if you shift your mindset to asking, "How can I initiate change that's good for my family, and my community, and my career, and my private self (mind, body and spirit)?", …

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Change Management Requires Leadership Clarity and Alignment

Change management is in full-force across all industries, yet many leaders are unprepared to act upon and operationalize the requirements for change to avoid business disruption. For many organizations, preparedness begins at the top and this means that leadership – across all levels – must have …

Manage a Difficult Conversation with Emotional Intelligence

I once worked with a leader — we’ll call him Karl — who needed to have a difficult conversation with an underperforming (but key) team member. To prepare, Karl built ammunition by creating a list of the employee’s shortcomings. He sensed that the interaction would end poorly and he felt extremely …

Say No Without Burning Bridges

Many of us don’t like to say no to a coworker or a boss—for instance, when the boss asks for a tighter deadline, or a team member needs a longer one—because we’re worried about damaging the relationship. That’s because it often feels synonymous with confrontation. And whether you are …

HR Exchange Network | When it comes to leader development, old styles of training just don't cut it.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of learning in a professional development context: transactional and transformational. Transactional learning …

Five Questions Every Leader Should Ask About Organizational Design

A few years ago Dave Ulrich, a management thought leader from the University of Michigan, made a comment I found both insightful and profound: “<i>Every</i> leader needs to have a model of organization design.” Typically a graphic depiction of the organizational components to be addressed in a redesign …

Leadership Is Not a Solitary Task

An inspiring historical story is once again making the rounds at least partially because of its inclusion in Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, <i>David and Goliath</i>. In it, Gladwell tells the story of the French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, which became a safe haven for Jews in Nazi-occupied France during …

Learn Daily Leadership Behaviors That Inspire Motivation

• Share<br>• Flip<br>• Pin<br>• Share<br>• Email<p>Updated September 04, 2017<p>Want to spend your time in leadership activities that inspire motivation, trust, and certainty while …

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Women in Leadership

Companies that lack women in top leadership positions are missing out on a key competitive advantage. This slidecast explores the current state of women in leadership, makes the business case for more women leaders -- and gives a few key points about a professional development workshop that is …

The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women

It’s impossible to respect, value and admire great leadership if you can’t identify what makes a leader great. Because of this, the identity crisis I have written about that exists in today’s workplace is something that women leaders in particular have been facing for much too long. While the tide …