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Why Servant Leadership Is Slightly Off -- And What to Do Instead

What constitutes a great leader?<p>Is it charisma? Someone with a great vision who fearlessly leads the team up the hill?<p>Or perhaps it's servant leadership, a humble leader who patiently and selflessly puts him or herself into the service of others?<p>Leadership is the most over analyzed, thoroughly …

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Why Employees Stay (and Why They Go)

What makes employees stay for the long haul when they can get higher pay by jumping around? The answer may surprise you.<p>As business owners, do we reward loyal employees to stay the course, or is jumping ship the way to get ahead? And if it's the latter, is this a business model for success or …

The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask

<i>“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers</i>.”<p>—Voltaire<p>Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions?<p>A masterful leader will sit Yoda-like in a meeting, listening intently to the dialogue and then, with Zen Master timing, ask a question that will change the tenor, the focus and the …

New Thoughts About Leadership Development

<i>guest post by Kelli Wommack</i><p>Leadership Development can sound so corporate, so theoretical, so…like something else to add to our already full plates of …

First 5 Steps to Achieving Great Things

Greatness doesn't just happen. The best leaders take steps to ensure that when they do something, they do it better than anyone else.<p>You're good. You wouldn't be where you are if you weren't. But you know you're capable of better than good. You're capable of achieving truly great things.<p>Problem is, …

4 Ways To Get Your Culture Working For You

<i>The following is a guest piece by Jon Katzenbach and DeAnne Aguirre.</i><p>It is striking to see how many chief executives see their most important …

Developing A Leadership Pipeline That Works

One lesson that you learn reasonably early in life is that if you need to be somewhere at a specific time, and you know roughly how long it will take to make the trip to your destination, it is important to begin the trip on time. No combination of speeding or looking for shortcuts enables you to …

How to Make Things Happen

You have the meetings, but nothing is actually getting done. Sound familiar? Here's how to break the cycle and get back on track.<p>Here's a common scenario: a powerful, driven, clever management team drives their new business through stages a I like to call "Early Struggle" into "Fun" with laser-like …

Focus on Improving One Leadership Competency at a Time

(By the way, it takes a year.)<p>Executive recruiting firm Egon Zehnder International learned a lot while conducting more than 25,000 management appraisals over the course of five years. The company shares its insights in the white paper "The Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Promoted to the …

Culture and the Chief Executive

Illustration by Lars Leetaru<p>It is striking to see how many chief executives see their most important responsibility as being the leader of the …

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …

11 Ways to De-Clutter Your Day

Do less and achieve more--starting today. Adopt some of these easy habits to make it happen.<p>Success tends to create clutter: more meetings, more projects, more decisions, more items on your to-do list. But often doing more can mean achieving less.<p>That's why subtraction can be the best addition, …

Hiring Questions From Warren Buffet and Phil Libin

Hiring the right people to work for you is one of the most important (and overlooked) aspects of growing a business. As entrepreneurs, you’re often …

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What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should, too–here’s how.<p>Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home …

The Right Task vs. The Right People

If you’re the “complete the right task”-type of leader, you better be real smart. You’ll need to know how to do everything. Then you’ll have to make …

Sex-For-Fly: Filipina Workers In Middle East Accuse Own Embassy Of Abuse

<b>MANILA -</b> Swathed in dark cloth that seemed like burkas, three women were pictured recently on the front page of a leading newspaper in the …

5 Unique Ways To Invest In Your Employees

Typical employee benefits no longer differentiate a company as much as they used to. Companies are realizing they must offer unique advantages that other businesses don’t to keep top talent. Investing in your employees is not a new strategy, but there are different ways of creating loyalty among …

Four Ways To Get Your Employees To Care Like Owners

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I took our five-year-old daughter to a friend’s birthday party. At the gathering I met the owner of a budding local martial arts school. His passion for the art form and his business were contagious. He loved everything he was doing, but worried about the rapid …

Six Ways To Turn Online Connections Into Offline Business Relationships

How can you link up for coffee with someone who you’ve only connected with on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn? According to an Academia.edu study, there is a tremendous connection between your online and offline relationships. According to their findings, “the average American has 634 ties in their …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: ""The best way to gain influence is to combine warmth and strength." http://t.co/WOAMa8xN70 @amyjccuddy http://t.co/Dk4bFUfeGt"

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How to develop your presence as a leader

<i>Executive presence is an essential element of effective leadership according to Muriel Maignan Wilkins and Amy Jen Su, co-authors of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence. Wilkins spoke recently with Tom Fox, guest writer for On Leadership, about how federal</i> …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "Who gets better results: quiet coaches or more vocal ones? http://t.co/PvryCYZ3SG @brandonirwin http://t.co/xn0fSp5uWl"

Building Sustainable Cities

By 2050 the number of people living in cities will have nearly doubled, from 3.6 billion in 2011 to more than 6 billion. Yet the world’s urban areas are already overcrowded and, particularly in developing countries, suffer from shortages of clean water, electricity, and other resources essential to …

One Nation, Incentivized and Disincentivized

Having a baby in the United States, <i>The New York Times</i> reported this week, is more expensive than pretty much anywhere else on earth. This is, of course, exactly the opposite of what Americans should want, as a public policy matter. It’s going to take lots more babies growing up into productive, …

Make Good Decisions Faster

In her recent HBR article “Transient Advantage,” Rita Gunther McGrath describes how “fast and roughly right decision making will replace deliberations that are precise and slow.” While most leaders couldn’t agree more, the challenge is <i>how</i>? How do you know the difference between “roughly right” and …

We All Need Friends at Work

Survey after survey shows that employee engagement at work is at an all-time low. One way to help improve engagement at work is to foster friendships. We all know them: the good old fashioned friendships created when we chit-chat, hang-out, joke, and have fun with co-workers.<p>Tony Hsieh, the CEO of …

Connect, Then Lead

<b>Is it better to be loved or feared?</b><p>Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”<p>Now …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "The most effective change agents understand and mobilize their informal networks. http://t.co/j3WoIMEg42 http://t.co/es0qNxMqZ8"

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