Tag Archive: leadership development

The Perils of Perfectionism

Article by , March 7, 2019

Employees generally agree that leaders with a passion for excellence, quality and accomplishment benefit their organizations. These qualities place leaders at the top of their fields. No one faults managers who give their all and make sacrifices, but too much of a good thing can also pose problems.

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Why Leaders Lose Their Mojo

Article by , February 24, 2019

Leaders who lose their mojo rarely have an accurate picture of what’s happening to (or inside) them, so the highest priority is a proper assessment by a trusted colleague, mentor or, optimally, a qualified leadership coach.

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Leadership Lack of Direction or Purposefulness

Article by , February 14, 2019

All leaders experience drift at some point in their careers. The greatest danger is failing to recognize it and taking steps to reverse it. Prolonging a short stretch of drift can render it irreversible, leading to career and team failures. Fortunately, leaders can take concrete steps to prevent irrevocable consequences.

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Leaders Who Thrive Avoid Leadership Drift

Article by , February 5, 2019

Business is an active, demanding endeavor. Only those who consistently apply themselves succeed. Organizations that flourish require leaders who actively dream, plan, engage, solve, pursue and network. It’s a lot of work, and there’s no finish line.

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Socially Intelligent Communication Skills for Leaders

Article by , January 26, 2019

Leaders develop and use communication—a soft skill—to work with others, recognizing that success relies on unity and collaboration. When combined with the traditional hard skills of quantitative analysis and decision-making, communication rounds out a leader’s ability to bring people together and achieve high performance.

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Communication Skills for Mindful Leaders

Article by , January 13, 2019

Leaders continue to assume greater responsibilities and pressures as markets and technologies call for increasingly faster commerce, responses and results. Information overload and business volatility have become the norm, requiring nimble management and staff interconnection. Leadership success depends on a most essential professional skill: strategic communication.

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Two Types of Leadership Thinking

Article by , January 7, 2019

Of all the skills leaders require today, perhaps none is as challenging as adequately processing information. The ability to spot holes in data, conceive solutions and analyze results calls for sharp thinking. Thinking can be broken down into two primary categories. We employ intuitive thinking during crises, when immediacy is required. By contrast, leaders sift through information, take time to gather data and draw conclusions when employing deliberative thinking.

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Lead Better by Seeing More

Article by , December 11, 2018

In this over-information age, an alarming number of business plans fail because leaders ignore the facts needed to make sound decisions. Misguided perspectives can be blamed on a lack of data, wrong data or the inability to understand relevance. Even in hindsight, some leaders fail to see what went wrong.

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