December 2018

Great Leaders Communicate

Great Leaders Communicate The ability to communicate effectively is essential in successful leaders. These individuals keep their direct reports, as well as their fellow leaders, up-to-date on the important information in the organization. Information is often filtered down by leaders to the general employees, starting at the top of the organization with strategic planning. Therefore, the […]

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December 2018

Self-Esteem in Leaders

GREAT LEADERS HAVE SELF-ESTEEM You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise L. Hay In the course of being a leader, all individuals will experience negative feedback, make mistakes, or fail to achieve their goals. How people react to and deal with […]

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December 2018

Lead With Persuasion

Lead With Persuasion To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful. —  Edward R. Murrow In assessing your ability to persuade others, ask yourself the following questions: Do I have a positive relationship with employees where my opinions and directions are heard? Do I […]

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December 2018

Succession Planning: Where to Start

They say the only constant is change, and this is certainly true of business leadership. Any organization can count on changes in personnel in key roles at some point, whether due to retirement, natural career progression, or a variety of other reasons. A sudden vacancy in a critical operational role can not only leave an […]

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November 2018

The Rising Price of Bad Leadership

Bad Leadership Bad leadership is clearly expensive. Fraud resulting from mismanagement at Wells Fargo, for example, has already cost the bank about US$300 million in fines and pre-settlement investigative costs while wiping out something like US$6 billion in shareholder value. Ex-employees, meanwhile, are seeking at least US$2.6 billion in a class-action lawsuit related to the […]

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November 2018

Motivating Your Team

Motivating Your Team “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” ― Lou Holtz Are you doing all you can to motivate your team to meet or exceed organizational goals? Do you: Have positive interactions with employees? Know […]

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October 2018

Leadership Reading

Leadership Articles of the Week Why Does Hiring Take So Long This SHRM article cites CEB research that finds “that the average time-to-hire for white collar positions is now a whopping 68 business days – 26 days longer than it was in 2010”! Read the article to find out the reasons for the dramatic increase […]

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October 2018

Leader Reading List: Build Better Leaders

Top Leader Development Articles Being in the business of Leadership Development, I am always looking for great articles and resources to help our clients Build Better Leaders. In that process, I come across material that I think may be interesting to our readers. With that in mind, here is my leader reading list for the […]

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September 2018

Top Leadership Development Challenges

14 Challenges for Developing Leaders According to a 2014 Study by the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the top challenges to Leadership Development are: 14. Managing the needs of the multigenerational workforce 13. Lack of support from senior leadership 12. Not enough stretch work assignments to provide development opportunities 11. Identifying high-potentials 10. Attracting top Talent 9. […]

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September 2018

When to Use Leadership Assessments

Four Ways to Use Leadership Assessments to Build Better Leaders “You should measure things you care about. If you’re not measuring, you don’t care and you don’t know.” – Steve Howard We can all agree on the importance of leadership in an organization. We can also agree that important things should be measured.  As an […]

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July 2018

Leader Delegation

GREAT LEADERS DELEGATE If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make an impact, learn to delegate. – John C. Maxwell Leaders are often overwhelmed with many competing priorities and heavy workloads. Research suggests that not only do leaders experience greater levels […]

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July 2018

Psychological Contracts In Practice

Psychological contracts in practice. First, let’s establish what a psychological contract is. Psychological contracts are an individual’s belief in the reciprocal obligation between employees and the organization – essentially what the employee believes the organization owes them and what they owe the organization in return. These beliefs about mutual obligations help employees informally deal with […]

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