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What Will Make You an Exceptional Leader, Exactly? It Comes Down to 1 Word

The question comes down to this: Are you courageous enough to pull it off?<p>Poor leadership is everywhere, costing businesses millions of dollars. One of the factors behind it -- a true blind spot for most people in management roles -- is their inability to display this one strength of the most …

How to be a leader at work — when you’re not the boss

You're not the boss. You know that. But guess what? That doesn't mean you can't be a leader — even to your boss. Here's the thing: "Your boss wants …

Three Indisputable Traits Of A True Leader

I was flying to a business meeting with an associate when he told me he didn’t think I was a very good leader. (Ouch!)<p>Sensing that God had sent a messenger to tell me that I lacked humility, I took the bait and asked him why. He explained that it was because he’d never seen me yell at anyone. In …

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Manager-Employee Communication (and How to Avoid Them)

Which of these communication sins are you committing?<p>For modern businesses, employee engagement is key. High engagement leads to reduced turnover, higher productivity, and increased profitability. However, the latest research from Gallup shows that less than 30% of employees are engaged at work. …

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Feeling Inadequate With Your Writing? Follow These 9 Tips.

The first step to better writing is reading.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Frustration. Angst. Embarrassment. Anxiety. Fear. Insecurity.<p>I felt all those emotions every time I had to write an email, proposal, letter or anything else in my first high-profile corporate …

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Super Inspiring Leaders Have these 33 Characteristics

We tend to put great emphasis on leadership skills and ways we can learn and build them (and spend a ton of money on professional development each …

The 1 Meaningful Email You Should Write Today

Fear and doubt can permeate even the greatest organizations. Here's how leaders can take action and use language to inspire, unite, and protect.<p>After the most surprising presidential election in American history, millions of people worry what the future will hold. With so much uncertainty about the …

7 Ways to Improve Your Reputation as a Leader

Your leadership reputation is critical to your success and the success of your venture. Your reputation is the overall quality or character as seen …

Five Things Most Leaders Are In Denial About

It isn’t easy to manage a team, because the relationship between managers and the people they supervise is an awkward one. It might be a friendly relationship, but it’s a business relationship, not a friendship.<p>When we start our careers, we quickly learn the unwritten rules of the workplace and …

3 Tips for Being a Truly Great Leader

<i>The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s</i> …

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 …

How the Best CEOs Differ from Average Ones

We all know the stereotypes: Great CEOs are extroverted. They’re self-promoting. They’re risk takers. But are these stereotypes true? Which traits actually differentiate CEOs from other executives? And, most important, which attributes separate successful CEOs from other CEOs?<p>There is a great deal …

Climate change in the courthouse: Milestone lawsuit awaits Donald Trump administration

<b>(AP)</b><p>A sweeping climate change lawsuit filed against the Obama Administration will move forward<p>John Upton<p>November 13, 2016 10:59am (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.</i><p>A sweeping climate change lawsuit filed against the Obama Administration will move forward, a judged ruled on …

It’s Time for Leaders to Stop Dragging Everyone to So Many Meetings

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Team Trump is already filled with Washington insiders

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> To shape his administration, President-elect Donald Trump is drawing squarely from the "swamp" he has pledged to drain.<p>Trump's transition team is staffed with long-time Washington experts and lobbyists from K Street, think tanks and political offices.<p>It's a far cry from Trump's …

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A Reading Guide for Those in Despair About American Politics

Nearly three dozen book recommendations to help make sense of the state of U.S. democracy, from academics, comedians, activists, and more<p>No matter who wins the U.S. presidential election on November 8, America’s got some grappling to do. This race has been full of sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, …

These 11 Inactions Will Kill Your Reputation as a Leader

For every action, there's a reaction. But for the leader's 11 worst inactions, there's a chain reaction--of undesirable consequences.<p>As a leader, you don't want to be defined by the things you <i>didn't</i> do.<p>Unfortunately, there's plenty of Monday morning quarterbacks who will take pot shots at you for …

10 Signs Your Boss Is a Great Manager (and You Shouldn't Leave Your Job)

For starters, how is your boss's listening skills?<p>Years ago, I was a member of a politically-charged executive team with each person pulling in different directions with opposing agendas. We were a mess.<p>While that horrendous experience was short-lived, it gave me a front-row seat to witnessing …

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The conversation about Trump can’t end at outrage and condemnation

<i>Tonglen</i> is a Tibetan meditation practice of giving and receiving, where a person can sit mindfully and imagine absorbing the fear and anger of another person, while sending that person their own love and compassion in return. While tonglen may not change the actions or behavior of the other party, …

These are David Bowie’s favorite albums of all-time

A list of David Bowie’s 25 favorite records has emerged from <i>Vanity Fair</i>’s archives, thanks to <i>Open Vulture</i>.<p>In the 2003 interview, the late music icon …

How to Repaint a Guitar

One of the limitations when purchasing a guitar, especially a low-budget model, is the lack of color choices available. If you are set on having a …

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5 Shortcuts To Effective Leadership

In the course of my career as a business journalist and in writing this leadership blog, I’ve come across tons of information in print, on video and in-person that cuts to the core of good leadership. Surprisingly little of it has to do with getting an MBA or going through executive training …

How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders

Research shows that managers see far more leadership potential in their employees when their companies adopt a growth mindset — the belief that talent should be developed in everyone, not viewed as a fixed, innate gift that some have and others don’t. But what are those organizations doing to …

The Mindset Shift All Great Leaders Make to Turn Conflict Into Cooperation

Whose emotions are you considering, yours or theirs?<p>If you have ever been in a leadership position, then you know your primary challenge is keeping the team working toward the same goal, together.<p>Where so many leaders fall short is they begin to see themselves as separate. It's them, and then the …

To Be a Leader, Start With Yourself

To learn to lead yourself, management professor and best-selling author Harry Kraemer suggests four principles that every future leader must develop in themselves.<p>Scientists anywhere will tell you the importance of trial runs. Before you launch a rocket to the moon or distribute a new medicine to …

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