Leadership

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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

How to Help Your Team Find Their Higher Purpose

When Gerry Anderson first became the president of DTE Energy, he did not believe in the power of higher organizational purpose.<p>We’re not talking about having a clear mission that focuses largely on how a business will generate economic value. DTE had one that set out the goal of creating long-term …

Steve Jobs Said Goodbye to Micromanagement. Now His Company Could Be Worth a Trillion

Apple is closing in on being the first company ever to be worth a trillion dollars. Why? Because it's always been treated like a startup.<p>Apple is the most valuable company on the planet. With a market capitalization of more than $950 billion, it could be the first company to reach a trillion market …

Tim Cook

Picture a Leader. Is She a Woman?

This series of images emerged from a simple prompt: “Draw an effective leader.”<p>Tina Kiefer, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, fell upon the exercise accidentally, while leading a workshop full of executives who did not speak much English. …

10 Traits of a Great Manager, According to Google's Internal Research

20 years ago, you probably would’ve laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What’s a …

Klassische Führung verliert den Anschluss

Der Ruf nach neuen Kompetenzen im Management ist medial kaum noch zu überlesen – direkt wie auch indirekt. Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender der …

What Kind of Leader Do You Need to Be to Create Change and Shape the Future?

Theory U offers a framework for leading from the future as it emerges (Part 1)<p>Have you ever wondered why we are stuck in so many quagmires as we attempt to make major change in business, organizations and even society itself? We might find an explanation from Einstein through his well-known …

Leadership

You Don’t Just Need One Leadership Voice — You Need Many

We often equate developing a leadership voice with finding ways to appear more confident. We assume that our success depends upon mimicking someone else, increasing our self-promotion, or saying things louder than others. But rather than living with imposter’s syndrome, or feeling exhausted by …

How Do You Know Someone Has the Leadership Skills of the Future? Look for These 5 Signs

At the end of the year, success comes down to what you've done for your team members.<p>As you think ahead to improving your leadership skills in 2018 and beyond, the best traits I have found which will profoundly impact individuals and teams may not be futuristic at all. But -- and you can take this …

Leadership

Ways to Grow Your Team’s Curiosity

“Holding a curious mindset is a great starting point when you're leading your team or organization. If you're in a truly new space, you won't always …

Creativity

The 4 Kinds of Leaders Who Create the Future

Alan Kay, the educator and computer designer, famously declared, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” But what does it take to invent the future in such a turbulent and uncertain world? How do successful organizations build on their history, even as they craft a new point of view …

Innovation

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Change Management

Publication Date: <b>November 01, 2017</b><p>Corporate transformations still have a miserable success rate: About three-quarters of change efforts either fail to deliver the anticipated benefits or are abandoned entirely. And because flawed implementation is most often blamed for such failures, organizations …

Management

5 Ways to Make a Social Impact in Your Business

The many paths to making a positive social imprint.<p>Most business owners hope to make a positive difference in the world. To varying degrees, many of them do. However, the drive to build a company that has a direct social impact has led to it becoming a loaded term where not all social enterprises …

Innovation

Google Just Revealed Its 5 HR Secrets for Identifying and Developing Great Managers

For starters, it's a mistake to think that a high-performing employee should be promoted to management.<p>In a recent podcast at Google's Re:work, Sarah Calderon, a manager at Google who oversees Google's Manager Development curriculum, revealed some nifty secrets about how they train and develop …

Employee Engagement

Ikea, Lego, and Volvo Just Identified 4 Radical Ways to Hack Management

There's a lot to learn from watching innovation outside of Silicon Valley.<p>We've heard a lot about the business practices of the tried and true American innovators like Apple, Google, and Facebook. But there's also a lot of innovation happening outside of Silicon Valley, let alone the U.S. And we …

World Happiness Report

The Problem with Saying “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions”

It’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it reduces whining, increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges.<p>Not every problem has an easy solution. Tackling the …

Leadership

How To Fix The Nonprofit World’s “Innovation-Aspiration” Problem

Nonprofits know they need to change–but they’re pretty sure they don’t know how.<p>Nonprofits are suffering from what’s been dubbed an “innovation-aspiration” problem: While 80% of the top 145 nonprofit leaders say the sector needs to change practices in order to make greater societal gains, only 40% …

Innovation

To Lead Across Cultures, Focus on Hierarchy and Decision Making

Cultural differences in leadership styles often create unexpected misunderstandings. Americans, for example, are used to thinking of the Japanese as hierarchical while considering themselves egalitarian. Yet the Japanese find Americans confusing to deal with. Although American bosses are outwardly …

Management

Six Crucial Behaviors Of Collaborative Leaders

Most executives agree that collaboration is more important than ever in today’s turbulent business environment. In fact, a company’s very survival may depend on how well it can combine the potential of its people and the quality of the information they possess with their ability — and willingness — …

Leadership

The 4 Types of Organizational Politics

The first 100 days are usually the honeymoon period for any new CEO to make their mark and get others on board. However, for Airbus CEO Christian Streiff, it was just a brief window before his abrupt departure from the European aircraft company that’s part of the EADS consortium, along with …

Management

This is why the boss will crush all your good ideas

Change is hard. Getting a great plan past the boss’s desk is even harder.<p>Surely you’ve heard the plea from on high at your company: we want more innovation, from everyone at every level. Your boss might even agree with the sentiment — because, of course, who doesn’t like innovation? It’s good for …

Innovation

Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software

Las Vegas, Nevada<p>“We want to believe that we are thinking, rational people and on occasion tangle with emotion, flick it out of the way, and go back to thinking,” renowned vulnerability expert Brene Brown told a packed house at the Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas just before Labor Day Weekend. …

Team Building

Can Big Organizations Be Agile?

Can big firms be entrepreneurial? Some speakers at last week’s Drucker Forum in Vienna Austria spent time talking about what firms <i>could be doing</i>, or <i>should be doing</i> to operate entrepreneurially. The panel in our session at the Forum spent most of our time discussing what some big firms are <i>already</i> …

Project Management

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …

Leadership

4 Traits Of The Best Leaders

If you just delegate and dictate, your leadership style is out of date. These are the leadership skills of the future.<p>Workplace culture is constantly evolving to meet the needs of new generations of workers as well as new economic demands. In today’s fast-paced, competitive, and mobile world, …

Leadership

9 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

Truly great leaders are hard to come by, but it seems everyone thinks they’re one. A true leader, however, is easy to spot. On that same note, it’s …

What Every Boss Can Do To Inspire Innovation

<i>Dov Seidman is the chief executive of LRN, a company that helps corporations develop values-based cultures and leadership, and strengthen their</i> …

5 Hidden Signs That You’re Cut Out For Leadership

Common misconceptions about leadership keep talented would-be leaders on the sidelines.<p>There’s no clear-cut path to leadership, and plenty of entrepreneurs go through life plagued by doubts that they really aren’t cut out for leadership. By the same token, plenty of people with few managerial …

Leadership