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What makes a great leader, explained in eight counterintuitive charts

A couple of years after starting my most recent company, I had a scary realization. I noticed that by the time the business had grown to a hundred employees, my day-to-day role had gone from “guy who decides and builds things” to “guy who manages other people who decide and build things”—and I had …

Civil Rights

From Breakdown to Breakthrough: How to Weather an Organizational Crisis - Small Business Trends

Dealing with the conflict that naturally occurs in a business requires balancing the right amount of stress. If the relationships in your business …

4 Leadership Lessons You Should Learn Early

You never really know the type of leader you need to be. You may have an idea of how you <i>want</i> to lead in certain circumstances but as situations change and reality unfolds, you begin to see that who you aspired to be and what you hoped to do don’t actually fit.<p><i>Watch on Forbes:</i><p>Leadership challenges …

Leadership

Here's what happened after North Korea shot down an American plane in 1969

It sounds—and it is—alarming, but it's worth noting we've been here before.<p>On April 15, 1969, North Korean MiG fighter planes shot down an American EC-121 spy plane flying off the coast of the Korean Peninsula (but still over international waters), killing all 31 crew members.<p>President Richard …

3 Really Dumb Things That Managers Should Never Do to Their Employees | Inc.com

Do you work with a Millennial? Shake his or her hand and say thank you.<p>Now that Millennials (the largest generation in U.S. history) make up the majority of the global work force, their influence on employers is dramatically shifting how companies and bosses connect with and engage all employees -- …

Employee Engagement

India Proved That Madison Was Right About Federalism

An innovation by one of America's Founding Fathers helps hold together the diverse nation.<p>It’s easy to think of all the ways India and the U.S. are different, vastly separated by size, culture, religion and wealth. Yet the two are governed by a remarkably similar structure: democratic federalism, …

3 Signs You’re A High Performer At Work, Even When Your Boss Doesn’t Tell You

Praise doesn’t always come naturally.<p>It’s a boss’s job to point out areas for improvement and to help you grow. And so, if you’re on the wrong track or falling short of expectations, you expect them to let you know.<p>But, of course, constructive criticism is only one kind of feedback.<p>Positive …

Reading Habits of the Most Successful Leaders That Can Change Your Life Too | Inc.com

Americans read fewer and fewer books each year. Last year, a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts found that only 43% of U.S. adults read any type of literature not required for work or school--a percentage that is a three-decade low.<p>Apparently these statistics don't apply to the busiest …

Success

Read the 11 'rules for success' a former Apple employee got on his first day

Huxley Dunsany posted a set of 11 "rules for success" that were attached to the back of his employee badge when he started at Apple in 2004.<p>Check them out:<p>The "JB" referred to on the card is John Brandon, who was a vice president of sales in the US and Pacific for Apple.<p>"He was a great guy in my …

3 Things Leaders With Impressive Communication Skills Always Do | Inc.com

Communication is an essential life skill for anyone and everyone. It's one of the earliest survival skills we learn as growing children. (How else would we have asked our parents for another cookie?) As we grow and become fully functioning human beings, communication only increases in complexity …

Communication Skills

The Art of Mentorship: 3 Steps for Building Business Leaders

Establishing a mentorship program can help businesses grow, employees succeed and executives lead more effectively<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A significant majority of women -- 63 percent -- have never had a formal mentor in their career. It goes (almost) without …

1 Sign to Immediately Know Someone Has the Gift of Leadership | Inc.com

When you think of the word "transparency" in business and the workplace, what immediately comes to mind? Do you cringe at the possibility of being that open? That, perhaps, coworkers, direct reports, or even customers will perceive it as a weakness, and take advantage of you or your position?<p>Heck, …

Leadership

6 Common Things Good Managers Do to Create Engaged Teams

Good managers create and boost employee engagement. A lot of managers have room for improvement.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a manager, you have a powerful effect on how engaged your organization will ultimately be. Employee engagement is ultimately a <i>viral</i> …

What's the Fastest Way to Attract Others to You? Do Any of These 8 Things | Inc.com

If you're in a people business of any sort (then again, who isn't?), it should be your highest priority to connect with the human side of your customers, vendors, peers, co-workers, and other stakeholders.<p>This means having a good understanding of what makes humans tick. As you scroll further down, …

Self-improvement

10 super-successful people share the toughest sacrifices they made to achieve their goals

But real success is never without sacrifice, and in this article, they share some of what is required to make dreams a reality.

How To Look Like A Leader When You're Not

The paradox – you won’t get promoted to a leadership role if you don’t have leadership experience. But how do you get leadership experience when you’re only cast in a supporting role? Even if you’re in an entry-level position, you need to demonstrate leadership skills consistently and overtly. They …

Leadership

Want to Build The Best Teams? Science Says You Need These 2 Types of Diversity | Inc.com

<b>Team Members May Differ in Time Urgency.</b> <br>There are two ends of the spectrum: <b>time-urgent</b> and <b>time-patient.</b><p>Time-urgent people view time as a precious resource that should never be wasted. They are constantly aware of the passage of time and deadlines, and are "chronically hurried." They may be …

Time Management

10 Signs You're Burning Out (and How to Stop It) | Inc.com

Even the best jobs can lead to burnout. The harder you work and the more motivated you are to succeed, the easier it is to get in over your head.<p>The prevalence of burnout is increasing as technology further blurs the line between work and home. New research from the American Psychological …

University of Chicago

6 Reasons Smart People Fail | Inc.com

Most businesses are run by highly intelligent people, and when businesses fail, it's usually due to these smart leaders' boneheaded mistakes. Even when a product--or lack of one--is at the center of the spectacle, flawed thinking by very smart people is often what made things fall apart.<p>There are …

Leadership

The 5 Traits That Define Great Leadership | Inc.com

Great teams are led by great leaders, and great leaders all share traits that are absolutely essential to their ability to lead. These are the 5 most important traits leaders have--if you're a leader, they will transform the way you lead for mind-blowingly rewarding results.<p><b>1. Empathy</b><p>One of the …

Self-awareness

What Makes a Good Boss? Follow This Flowchart to Find Out [Infographic]

"You never stop learning how to be a great boss," according to a flowchart infographic from Headway Capital. But having the responsibility of a boss …

The Traits Employers Value Most in a Potential Leader

Skills, experience, and expertise are obviously important when it comes to moving forward in your career. That said, many employers look beyond those …

Leadership

7 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Their Teams

Truly great leaders have these traits in common.<p>I've had my fair share of bosses throughout my career. In the corporate world, they were mostly conditioned to manage by fear, which was a product of the toxic company cultures that existed.<p>Their go to motivational tactic was to constantly threaten …

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 …

This 2-Minute Video Shows What Sets Good and Great Leaders Apart (and It's Not What You Think)

Do you want a good leader, or a great one? The answer might surprise you.<p>Ask most people what type of leader they prefer--good or great--and most would choose great. After all, who doesn't want the best?<p>But according to James R. Bailey, the Hochberg Professor of Leadership Development at George …

The Single Biggest Difference Between Leaders and Managers

I’m not dogmatic when it comes to distinguishing the difference between leadership and management. In fact, I think the difference between leadership …

15 Simple And Effective Motivational Ways To Reset Your Life And Reinvent Yourself

Busy works schedules, toxic relationships, bad habits — there are many things that make living a tough job. If that’s how you feel about life, here …

Science says that charisma can be learned — here are 9 proven strategies

"Charisma is simply the result of learned behaviors," says Olivia Fox Cabane, author of "The Charisma Myth."<p>Here's a rundown of the skills you can learn to become more charismatic: