Leadership

By Flora Spink | Leadership development articles

6 Crucial Things to Do in Your First 100 Days in a New Leadership Role

You've signed the offer, now what?<p>The rate of change in technology is unmatched. Companies are constantly being funded, getting acquired and, unfortunately, going out of business. These dynamic conditions create both challenges and opportunities for leaders. Changing roles is becoming more frequent …

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The Brutal Truth About Why Being a Leader Is So Hard

It's not about being right. It's about this instead, alright?<p>Being a great leader is so much harder than it looks.<p>What's difficult about leadership is that nobody ever sits you down and "teaches" you what being a real leader is all about. There's no class in early education that defines leadership. …

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Leading Effectively When You Inherit a Mess

An executive I work with recently stepped into the biggest challenge of her career. Recruited from outside the organization, she faced multiple problems: The business was losing money, costs were bloated, customer loyalty was fading, and key talent was defecting. Her predecessor had made a failed …

Management

Management Tip: How to Handle the Transition from Peer to Boss

Being promoted over your coworkers is a tricky situation. It’s important to get off on the right foot with your former peers and to make the …

Management

Is An Aggressive Personality A Key Characteristic Of A Strong Leader?

Shutterstock<p>Since the 1980s, business leaders have used personality tests and behavioral predictors to better understand themselves and their team members. With the goal of maximizing team performance, understanding how differing management and work styles interact provides an invaluable …

Want to Be A Better Leader? Then Adopt These 9 Habits!

Great leadership works everywhere and with teams of all sizes<p>Over the course of my career, I must have spent over 3000 hours reading leadership books, attending training sessions, and studying leadership. From this I learned a lot of things which have worked, many that didn't and several I should …

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How Cultures Across the World Approach Leadership

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Good managers give constructive criticism—but truly masterful leaders offer constructive praise

Getting feedback from your coworkers is scary. A leader at one of my previous jobs once said that my emotional stability fell somewhere between that of a squalling infant and pubescent teen. (Cool, cool.) Now research shows that not only are most managers bad at giving constructive …

Employment

Elon Musk Sent an Extraordinary Email to Employees--and Taught a Major Lesson in Leadership

When the going gets tough, true leaders take action.<p>Tesla, the electric automobile manufacturer led by famed CEO Elon Musk, has struggled mightily with safety over the past few years. California nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, recently made headlines when it reported that injury …

How To Master The Art Of Zen Leadership

There is no shortage of books, courses, and columns like this that purport to share the secrets of success and leadership. If the concept of leadership has been so closely analyzed, scrutinized, and proselytized, why then are good leaders so rare? I believe the answer can often be found in our …

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When Leaders Are Hired for Talent but Fired for Not Fitting In

Over and over again, organizations are unable to appoint the right leaders. According to academic estimates, the baseline for effective corporate leadership is merely 30%, while in politics, approval ratings oscillate between 25% and 40%. In America, 75% of employees report that their direct line …

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The Secret of Great Leadership: Forgiveness

The biggest barrier to growth, healing, and progress is anger. Here's how great leaders embrace forgiveness, move beyond pain, and focus on the future.<p>I poorly handled a situation that transpired with another leader who is important to me, and respects, trusts, and looks up to me. My intentions …

7 Personality Traits Every CEO Should Have

Shutterstock<p>When people hear the title of CEO, those three letters that command respect, they tend to imagine a relentless titan on a quest for entrepreneurial greatness. What comes to mind is the fiery temperament of a visionary like Steve Jobs, or the competitive drive of a leader like Travis …

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Top 5 Tips for Making Managers into Better Leaders

Managers are usually the men and women responsible for coordinating, planning, and organizing activities and tasks within a company. These skills are certainly important, but how managers embrace and apply these skills might be even more important.<p>If you want to be the best manager you can possibly …

How to Handle Underperformers on a Team You Inherit

Recently I was talking with a new manager about the team she had inherited. While she thought that most of the team members were doing a good job, she was concerned that one or two people were not pulling their weight. She wasn’t sure what to do about them. She was worried that if she fired these …

Management

Want to be a Great Leader for the Future? Cultivate This Skill Now.

Here are three ways to get started.<p>We're all aware of the current divide in the United States. It seems like there couldn't be a more dramatic difference in how people think or what they value. This growing divide, in combination with an increased diversity of thinking, underscores the importance …

To Be a Strong Leader, There Are 6 Things You Must Give Your People (Most Rarely Do)

The cream of leadership rises to the top when these things happen.<p>The impact of work cultures on the bottom line is a hot business topic. More execs and HR leaders are connecting the dots on how an ecosystem of commonly held values, beliefs, and positive work behaviors drives engagement, …

How To Communicate Like A Confident Leader

As a keynoter, when I ask audience members to call out attributes of executive presence, they always mention confidence. As I drill down on the topic, the audience agrees that they can see it, hear it, and sense it in many ways—often in ways not always apparent to the person being observed. Strong, …

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Trust Your Employees, Not Your Rule Book

Here’s the good news: The big airlines are revising their rules for booking and boarding flights — rules that led to one of the great business fiascos in recent history, United Express Flight 3411. Here’s the bad news: If the long-term lesson that leaders of the airline business (or any other …

Harvard Business Review

Quiet please: Introverts might make better CEOs

A new 10-year study published in this month’s <i>Harvard Business Review</i> proves what HBO’s <i>Silicon Valley</i> already showed us—successful CEOs often <b>don’t fit the stereotype of the extroverted, confident executive glad-handing at conferences</b>. The study, called the CEO Genome Project, looked at performance …

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Assess, Experiment, Improve: How Great Leaders Build Efficient Teams

Most business leaders are aware of the value that collaboration brings to productivity, such as improved performance and job satisfaction. Since the benefit of working in teams is relatively common knowledge, collaboration has become an organizational staple.<p><i>Harvard Business Review</i> reports that, at …

Management

How Leaders Can Encourage Employees To Speak Up

It can be unnerving for employees to give upward constructive feedback, but it’s necessary for open, honest communication. Leaders can encourage …

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What's Better: a Mentor or an Advisory Board (or Both)?

There's a lot you don't know as a new entrepreneur, so why not let someone who's been there lend you a hand?<p>In the past year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published its final rule for the Mentor-Protege program, an initiative that allows small businesses to pursue larger and more complex …

How To Get A Senior Executive You Don't Regularly Work With To Notice You

Shutterstock<p>How do I approach someone in my organization that is two or three levels of seniority above me in another business unit that I’d like to approach/network with to express my interest in their area? If I have no day to day contact with that person, that is, I’m not in meetings etc. with …

Networking

5 Simple Things the Most Incredibly Respected Bosses Do (Every. Single. Day.)

Often overlooked aspects of what it really takes to be a truly great boss.<p>We can all rattle off qualities we absolutely hated in our old bosses quicker than we can the good ones. Like it or not, those awful bosses brought us where we are now.<p>Whether you have three employees or 300 doesn't matter. …

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10 Things Employees Want From Leaders (But Won't Tell Them)

What keeps employees happy isn't always as obvious as it may seem.<p>It's no secret. Employee satisfaction has everything to do with business success. An employee who jumps ship costs your business around 20 percent of his or her salary -- and that's just part of the impact. Workplace productivity, …

The Workplace

Emotional Intelligence Has 12 Elements. Which Do You Need to Work On?

Esther is a well-liked manager of a small team. Kind and respectful, she is sensitive to the needs of others. She is a problem solver; she tends to see setbacks as opportunities. She’s always engaged and is a source of calm to her colleagues. Her manager feels lucky to have such an easy direct …

Emotional Intelligence

How Aligned Is Your Organization?

Most executives today know their enterprises should be aligned. They know their strategies, organizational capabilities, resources, and management systems should all be arranged to support the enterprise’s purpose. The challenge is that executives tend to focus on one of these areas to the …

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