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4 Reasons You Should Never Hide Your Personality in the Workplace

Your macho man attitude and shoulder pad power suit aren't fooling anyone.<p>Have you ever felt the need to put on a "game face" while you're at work? Do you have to act "manly" or "tough," so that others will respect you? I know that many women feel that they can't act overly feminine, in fear that …

Leadership

Try This Technique 11,000 Leaders Use to Understand Themselves Better

As Socrates says, "Know thyself." Here's the technique that will show you how.<p>Of all the advice I've ever given to aspiring entrepreneurs, my favorite is this one quote about owning a business: <i>Entrepreneurship is 10% about business, 100% about people and 1,000% about yourself.</i><p>No, I wasn't a math …

Leadership

1 Sign to Immediately Know Someone Has the Gift of Leadership

This is what will promote a work culture void of backstabbing, gossip, and throwing people under the bus<p>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 …

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This 17-Year-Old Sums Up in 1 Paragraph What Great Leadership Looks Like

Take a lesson from this high-school standout athlete: Leadership is not about you.<p>If you follow my column, by now you're familiar with the ethos of servant leadership, which I often write about and firmly believe to be the best leadership philosophy on the planet.<p>But don't just take my word for it. …

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I Took an Emotional Intelligence Test and Found Out I'm Kind of a Jerk

Granted, that's hardly a news flash. But still.<p>Emotional intelligence matters.<p>As my <i>Inc.</i> colleague Justin Bariso has shown in a series of excellent articles, higher emotional intelligence (also referred to as EI or EQ) can lead to better performance, better pay, and greater overall success, can …

Emotional Intelligence

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

Books

7 Ways to Leverage Your Strengths as an Introverted Leader

You don't need to leave your comfort zone to succeed as an introvert in the business world.<p>While extroverts may get more than their fair share of the conversation at that business meeting or networking event, the introverts among them can still make a strong impression. Being quiet doesn't …

Introverts

How to Get People to Take You Seriously

Depending on the industry you’re in, being a woman at work can be tough. (Remember that whole Uber thing? Ugh.) While some women are lucky to work at companies that value all employees equally, this is sadly not the case everywhere. Not only do females have to deal with the wage gap and sub-par …

Brit + Co

How to Make Everyone On Your Team Feel Like They Belong

Realizing the results of having a diverse team means being willing to get your hands a little dirty along the way.<p>As much as we would all like to think assembling a diverse team will magically bring exponential results, it often doesn't work that way.<p>Having a team with differing backgrounds, …

Leadership

8 mistakes I made as a manager and how you can avoid them

Winning business is so distractingly sexy that we keep making the same mistake over and over: we prioritize business development over fostering good …

Leadership

What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team

The toughest test of a manager is not how they deal with poor performance — it’s how they address mediocrity.<p>I’ve been struck over the years watching executives opine in public about the need for “accountability” and “high performance,” then complain helplessly in private about one or two middling …

How Managers Can Avoid Playing Favorites

It’s human nature to like some colleagues more than others. But when you’re the boss, treating direct reports differently — and especially playing favorites — is unwise and unfair. What steps can you take to make sure you don’t show anyone special treatment?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>“When it comes to …

The 1 Thing All Great Bosses Think About During Job Interviews

Employee turnover is costly. Hiring based on shared values and cultural beliefs leads to winning results.<p>I'd argue that culture fit is the most important aspect of retaining great employees above anything else. But employee retention starts with first being able to clearly articulate what the …

Leadership

6 Signs You're Doing a Great Job (Even Though Your Boss Doesn't Say It)

If your boss doesn't tell you how it's going, how can you know for sure?<p>Ever wonder how you're really doing at work when you rarely, if ever, receive positive comments on your performance? While there's a good chance that you're doing just fine, if your boss doesn't tell you how it's going, how can …

Leadership

5 Attributes of the Super Successful

Everyone can develop the skills of the very successful.<p>During my 25-plus years as a journalist, corporate communications executive and entrepreneur I've had the opportunity to directly work and interact with some of the most successful people in the world.<p>Whether it was a billionaire business …

Leadership

The 1 Mistake That Causes Most Innovators to Fail, According to a Brilliant Harvard Professor

When things are going great, it may be time to shake everything up.<p>You've created an innovative product. Customers love it and pay you quite well for it. You plow your profits back into R&D, making your product ever better, more powerful, and more useful to your customers. This may sound like a …

Innovation

7 Simple Phrases That Make People Really Trust You

When it comes to business and life, trust is everything. Here's how to get more of it.<p>No matter how honest we may be in our interactions with others, there's always the possibility that people may misconstrue our words to mean otherwise. Certain key phrases that we say, sometimes even without us …

Leadership

Millennials aren’t coddled—they just reject abuse as a management tactic

Younger employees keep getting stereotyped as insecure and needy. Perhaps the rest of us need to reconsider why we find it normal for bosses to be …

What the Best Mentors Do

Mentorship comes in many flavors. It doesn’t always work unless leaders bear in mind a few common principles.<p>Over the past three years, as part of my forthcoming book, I’ve been researching how leaders can better judge and develop their talent in light of a changing, more purpose-driven, more …

7 Steps to Better Employee Self-Care in the Workplace

Balancing work, family, and personal life has always been challenging for employees. It is even more challenging today. Our technological …

How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times

Uncertainty is uncomfortable for everyone. Whether it’s political turmoil or a reorganization at your company, employees who are concerned about their future are likely to be distracted and unproductive. What should a manager do? How can you keep people focused while also helping them cope with the …

Motivating People Starts with Having the Right Attitude

Most leaders know what strong motivation looks like. When I ask leadership development clients to describe the type of motivation they’d like to see in their teams, they mention qualities such as persistence, being a self-starter, having a sense of accountability for and commitment to achieving …

Leadership

10 Mistakes the Worst Leaders Always Make

Here's one: Get rid of your inability to actively listen.<p>The horrible leadership behaviors I'm about to expound on are not mere platitudes or hackneyed clichés.<p>They remain, unfortunately, characteristics of well-meaning people on high perches who have blind spots that keep them from growing into …

Leadership

If You Can’t Empathize with Your Employees, You’d Better Learn To

Empathy—the ability to read and understand other’s emotions, needs, and thoughts—is one of the core competencies of emotional intelligence and a critical leadership skill. It is what allows us to influence, inspire, and help people achieve their dreams and goals. Empathy enables us to connect with …

3 Ways to Better Understand Your Emotions

Dealing effectively with emotions is a key leadership skill. And naming our emotions — what psychologists call <i>labeling</i> — is an important first step in dealing with them effectively. But it’s harder than it sounds; many of us struggle to identify what exactly we are feeling, and often times the most …

How to Respond When You’re Left Out of Important Meetings

We’ve all been left off the invite list before. You find out about an important meeting — one whose outcome affects you and your team — <i>after</i> it happens. When you’re overlooked for a meeting it feels bad personally and professionally. Being left out can conjure up grade school emotions of being …

Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

The biggest contributor to happiness might surprise you--and here's how to foster it.<p>According to a report by <i>The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</i>, the No. 1 contributor to happiness in life is not money, popularity, good looks, or even a good sex life (too many...jokes...can't …

Management

Get What You Want by Ignoring This Piece of Common Advice

Conventional wisdom says in order to get what you want, you must assert yourself. Sometimes this can backfire, especially for women.<p>When I was in my 20s and a few years out of college, I listened to a very prominent woman executive give a speech about leadership. In her presentation, she had a list …

Leadership