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The 4 stages of leadership development
Hartford Business Journal
The most challenging problems that organizations face such as competitive forces, globalization and lack of efficiency and effectiveness can only be solved by starting at the top of an organization. Leadership in the modern world is a complex matter and requires more than minimal basic management skills. Leaders need an ability to view the organization strategically, holistically and to develop long-term solutions that solve current challenges. To ensure their long-term survival, organizations must identify and move managers through the four stages of leadership development.
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Are you a leadership lightweight?
Management-Issues
A "lightweight," the Merriam-Webster Dictionary tells us, is "one of little consequence or ability." Thankfully, it's quite uncommon for a leader or manager to be a lightweight in every aspect of their job. But none of us is perfect: all of us have blinds spots and areas where we need to raise the bar (sometimes a long way) to improve the quality and effectiveness of our work. The first step in setting out to address these areas and becoming more relevant is to know what you don't know. So here are five common pitfalls that can keep you stuck in the lightweight division.
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How to become the most valuable player on your team
Michael Hyatt Intentional Leadership
All the major sports leagues celebrate their best players. But what if there were a Most Valuable Player award for your team? Would you take home the prize? Let's be clear about one thing up front: It's not about being a hotshot. We've all been around people with tons of talent who were a liability to the group. Talent, as John Maxwell says, is never enough. Here are seven tips for becoming the most valuable player on your team — even if you don't think you're the most talented member.
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How does a leader transform an organization?
By Betty Boyd
It's a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: How does a leader transform an organization? According to researcher Bernard M. Bass, transformational leaders "garner trust, respect and admiration from their followers." It starts with having a vision, which helps establish the direction the organization should strive to achieve. The next step is taking that vision and formulating a strategy, which is an organization's compass and helps to keep on course.
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11 powerful ways to fix bad body language
Inc.
What we say and how we say it is incredibly important for communicating with others. But while most of us think of the most obvious, verbal component of what we say when communicating with others, it's easy to forget the 60 to 90 percent of our communication that is nonverbal. This is a mistake. According to researchers, our faces can produce more than 250,000 distinct expressions, and our hands more than 5,000 gestures.
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  One Person Forcible Entry Solutions

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Ignoring technology will power down a fire chief's career
Fire Chief
The only constant situation or condition in our lives that can always be counted on is change. In most organizations, change is occurring at an amazing rate of speed. In other places, perhaps it is not so rapid, but change happen nonetheless. In some departments, the leadership team controls the direction and speed of change, while other departments are changed by outside influences and pressures. It's always easier for an organization to guide significant change rather than having it forced upon it.
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Teach your team to make fearless decisions
Entrepreneur
Allowing your employees the power to make decisions not only makes them feel empowered, but it also just makes sense. By delegating tasks to staff members — and not micromanaging — you can focus on the organization's long-term strategies, maintaining the vision and scaling the business.
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