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How Can You Tell If Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Famous Study Narrows It Down to 1 Rare Trait | Inc.com

In Jim Collins' landmark book <i>Good to Great (</i>published in 2001)<i>,</i> his research team spent five years examining 1,435 "good" companies and discovered 11 unique companies from that bunch that transformed themselves into "great" companies, outperforming, at the time, the S&P 500.<p>Their secret formula? …

Leadership

What Type Of Leader Do You Want To Be?

Leadership styles are not one-size-fits-all. In fact, there are a number of different types of leaders, all with different strengths and weaknesses. While there are many leadership styles, the real question isn’t about what type of leader you are, but about what type of leader you want to be. …

Team Building

Great Things Can Happen When You Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone | Inc.com

When I took a job in Warsaw, Poland in 1997, I really didn't know what I was getting into. I had never been overseas for an extended period of time before, didn't speak any foreign languages, except for some rudimentary Spanish and, truth be told, I didn't have any idea how to cope in a strange …

Eastern Europe

How to Keep Fighting and Pressing Forward When the Going Gets Tough

Remember, we all fail at one time or another. That's life.<p>5 min read<p>A lot of people like to think that there is some secret formula to achieving extraordinary levels of success and breaking free from mediocrity, but there really isn’t.<p>The one and only secret to crushing your goals and experiencing …

Motivation

How to Lead Versus Manage, to Improve Your Team's Success

To engage workers, step back from the day to day and focus on proactive, inspiring leadership rather than reactive, putting-out-fires management.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is included in</i> Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership<i>, a new book</i> …

How To Spot An Irreplaceable Employee

Employees and employers have a shared interest in discovering the attributes that define the all-time favorite employees. Employees want to be the most-favored, and employers seek to attract those individuals who seem irreplaceable.<p>Michael Gottlieb is the founding partner of Momentum Law Group – a …

Leadership

4 Habits of Highly Profitable Entrepreneurs

Being profitable doesn't come easy, though from the outside, it may seem that way.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with Hurdlr so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Being a profitable entrepreneur requires a …

How to Create Trust and Keep Motivation High at Your Company

Building a culture of trust and motivation within a business is a two-way street built largely on communication.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Building a culture of trust and motivation within a business is a two-way street built largely on communication. Both …

Seven Ways Leaders Thrive Amid Anxiety In Uncertain Times

We human beings are wired for certainty. A lack of it tends to trigger anxiety that drives people to resist anything that may further threaten the status quo…regardless of the cost. Good leaders not only work to dial down fear but to tap the passion, ingenuity and innovation it too often stifles.<p>Of …

Leadership

What's The Secret To Success? Ingratiate Yourself With People Of Great Wealth

As the CEO of a rapidly growing fintech company and a frequent contributor to Forbes, I get asked to do a lot of media interviews.<p>The same questions seem to pop up time and time again, but during a recent interview, I was asked a question I had never encountered before.<p>The interviewer asked, “What …

Self-improvement

You're a Real CEO When Your Company Is Bigger Than Your Title

Even if they founded the company, CEO is a pompous title for somebody supervising a handful of employees.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Are most CEOs just pretenders? Management consultant Steve Tobak certainly thinks so. In his article awhile ago -- Why Most CEOs Are …

Tech Startup Market Sinks to Lowest Point in Three Years

The post-election rally that’s lifting U.S. public markets has left at least one group by the wayside: private technology startups.<p>Since last year’s …

How to Start a Business When You're an Introvert

First, know that your introversion isn't a curse -- it's a strength, if you know how to use it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The business world seems like it caters to extroverts. And that makes sense: As a business owner, you need charisma to lead a team, negotiate …

6 Secrets To Motivating Employees That Most Leaders Don't Know | Inc.com

I travel all over the country facilitating leadership programs for companies, and I have come to a conclusion: most managers do not have a clue about how to motivate employees.<p>They ask me why employees aren't motivated, why they won't work harder and why they aren't loyal. Managers often say to me …

Employment

These 10 Leadership Habits Have Been Found in the World's Best Leaders | Inc.com

If you're not familiar with the leadership movement known as servant leadership, you might want to grab a cup of java and pull up a chair. This may just transform how you lead your tribe moving forward.<p>What we are finding is that organizations around the world are changing their attitudes toward …

Leadership

Here Is Marissa Mayer's Letter To Yahoo Employees About The Verizon Sale

Iconic web portal Yahoo agreed to sell its core operating business to Verizon for $4.8 billion on Monday morning, ending 22 years of independence.<p>CEO Marissa Mayer, a former Google executive, tried to turn around Yahoo but her tenure was marred by confused strategy and mismanagement. The sale …

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6 Books That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Reading List

Every book, try to get one takeaway.<p><i>What books should entrepreneurs read? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by James Altucher, entrepreneur, angel investor, and best-selling author, on Quora:</b><p>I'm …

The silver lining of Google’s diversity efforts

Google has had a big week around diversity. The company gifted a $2.8 million office space inside its New York City building to Black Girls Code, appointed Roger Ferguson, an African-American finance executive, to its board of directors, and released its latest diversity report.<p>Most of this was …

Everything About Great Leadership Comes Down to This Essential Question

If you think you're a good boss now, this may change your perception.<p>I'm going to let the cat out of the bag. If you haven't noticed yet, this column is heavily slanted toward promoting a best-in-class leadership philosophy the business world has yet to fully discover. It's as if I were writing …

Five Lessons From Some Of Today's Hottest, Billion-Dollar Startups

What makes the billion dollar startups so unique? The answer is distribution. They either create a whole new market, like Uber and Airbnb did with the sharing economy, or they massively disrupt existing markets, such as healthcare and finance. Here are five companies that made it into the “billion …

Mobile Devices

3 Tips for a Millennial Manager Leading an Older Generation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I was handed the keys to our family business, ROYCE, I never once questioned the loyalty, diligence or dedication of our team. After innumerable dinner table stories shared by my parents akin to the theme of “you wouldn’t believe …

Want to Be a Great CEO? Start With the Man in the Mirror.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The role of a CEO in a company cannot be overstated. A good CEO is the best sales person, a marketing expert, a savant of financial tracking and a politician. If you are considering founding your own company or aspire to hit the top …

Why the Best Leaders Are Wary of 'Stretch' Goals | Inc.com

One of the ongoing controversies of the business world boils down to this: Should you (and your employees) set big, challenging "stretch goals" or should you keep your objectives realistic?<p>Depends who you ask.<p>On one hand, the champions of SMART goals encourage us to set targets we feel confident we …

Management

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Want To Be A CEO? Five Essential Qualities Boards Look For

In a much-read article in Forbes.com –“How To Become A CEO”— fellow contributor Christian Stadler presented a sensible, research-based summary of career steps to the top job: pursuing specific education, choosing particular functional paths, and developing personal qualities like “drive and …

Leadership

Five Things Your Employees Are Unhappy About

I get a lot of mail from HR leaders and department managers who have questions about employee satisfaction. Since few if any business schools or HR training programs teach people about fear and trust, many leaders are confused.<p>They think of their employees’ satisfaction on the job as a quantity …

The Workplace

How To Be A Great CEO- (Chief Encouragement Officer)

Often when I'm traveling on planes, the person next to me asks me what I do for living. When I tell them I am a professional speaker, their next question is "what do you speak about?" My answer is quite simple- I speak about leadership and about motivation. What I find very fascinating is the …

When It's Time to Grow, Sometimes You Need to Let Go

<i>“This is at once one of the hardest and best things I’ve ever done.”</i><p>The year was 2013 and entrepreneur Jonathan Strauss found himself in a situation many business leaders can relate to. His company, social analytics startup Awe.sm, was scaling quickly, converting from a platform used by developers …

Four Power Questions That Will Cultivate Your Leadership Tree

Most agree that there are many traits of a true leader, including: highly competent, professional, visionary, trustworthy, instill confidence, good communicator and, of course, courageous.<p>But great leaders have three other qualities that further set them apart.<p>In the 21st century marketplace, the …

Leadership

Always Do This When Making a Tough Decision

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …