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You can't be a great leader if you're not a good coach
Harvard Business Review
If you have room in your head for only one nugget of leadership wisdom, make it this one: the most powerfully motivating condition people experience at work is making progress at something that is personally meaningful. If your job involves leading others, the implications are clear: the most important thing you can do each day is to help your team members experience progress at meaningful work.
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6 steps to being a collaborative fire chief
Fire Chief
We live in an age where information is fast. If a child goes missing in a small town, that information is instantaneously spread around the world in a matter of seconds. But what does this information speed mean from a leadership perspective? One consequence of information technology is the loss of person-to-person communication. The art of people-to-people relationships can take a back seat to electronic communication.
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Humility above arrogance
Talent Management
From Silicon Valley's tech titans to Wall Street's wolves and Hollywood's studio honchos, arrogance in successful leaders is often tolerated and, in some instances, celebrated. The late Steve Jobs was notoriously described as an arrogant leader, as are many decisive, hardened and cutthroat personas from Wall Street to e-commerce to the sidelines of sports. More often than not, having an overinflated opinion of oneself is not good for business, according to psychologists and leadership experts.
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Is diversity a science or an art?
Talent Management
There is no "right" way to successfully recruit a diverse workforce. Whether a firm approaches diversity as an art (on a more personal level) or a science (measuring and analyzing every detail), there are a few guidelines it should keep in mind when developing a recruitment strategy. Katherine Giscombe, vice president and women of color practitioner of global member services at Catalyst, emphasizes the importance of creating company-wide engagement in the diversity strategy. If the company leaders are the only ones engaged, the strategy will fall apart at the middle level.
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Making hard decisions: When leaders should say yes and no
By Scott Steinberg
Self-help gurus and motivational speakers worldwide will tell you that "yes" is an empowering word, and indeed it is. "Yes" opens doors and breaks down barriers. "Yes" gets people to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things that help open their minds to new philosophies and perspectives. But "no" is also a powerful word and one that we all need to employ more in both our personal and professional lives. Here are a few reasons you should get to know it better.
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Don't leave out the most important part of leadership
Business 2 Community
You don't have to be a psychologist to detect when someone is being disingenuous with you. We all have a built in fake-o-meter, but may fail to realize when others perceive us as fake. Leaders can often be the worst offenders. They can get so caught up in hitting the numbers and driving productivity that they lose sight of the real human relationships at work and how they themselves are perceived.
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Should you use social media to screen job candidates?
Human Resource Executive Online
Legal experts have one main thing to say to employers considering using social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as an initial job candidate screening tool: Don't do it. According to a recent survey from Careerbuilder, more employers are turning to social networking sites to find information on potential candidates. And, CareerBuilder reports, 51 percent of employers who research job candidates on social media say they've found content that led them to not hire the candidate, up from 43 percent last year and 34 percent in 2012.
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5 questions to help you define your leadership brand
Forbes
If you ask someone to describe a person with a compelling leadership brand, they will often struggle initially to explain exactly why that person is so effective. Maybe this is because everything that we do, say and embody at work creates the brand for which we become known. For some, this is just too heady a realization to bear. People in this camp may feel powerless about their reputation, thinking, "Others are going to make their minds up about me. I can't control their views."
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7 things great communicators never do
Inc.
As a leader, your voice is one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal. But with great impact comes great danger. Anything that can radically improve your fortunes if employed well can also profoundly undermine your effectiveness when used poorly. So what are the ways we most often go astray when communicating? That's the topic of a quick but enlightening TED talk by author and The Sound Agency founder Julian Treasure. In it, he outlines the ways poor communicators end up alienating their listeners and eroding the power of their voices.
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How to become a better public speaker
Forbes
What are the key essentials of crafting a talk that makes a lasting impact and real difference to the audience? One common problem is trying to cram too much content into a short program. Why? Because speakers may feel issues they're covering are so complex and important that they don't want to leave anything out for their listeners. Sadly, that's a huge presentation blunder and one seen frequently among new (and experienced) speakers.
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4 ways leaders can create a candid culture
Harvard Business Review
When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues.
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