IAFC Bugle Brief
Oct. 8, 2014

The most important question a leader can ask
Michael Hyatt Intentional Leadership
As a leader, it's important to question your motives often, because the temptation to lead for selfish reasons is strong. If you're naturally gifted in leadership, that temptation is even greater. Why? Because naturally gifted leaders have capabilities that they can easily use for personal advantage. They see things before others do, and they often see more than others see. So the question is not, "Does the leader have an advantage over others?" The question is, "Will the leader use that advantage for personal gain or for the benefit of everyone on the team?"More

Why the best leaders view decisions from their employees' perspectives
Fast Company
We get it. A leader's day is jam-packed with meetings, calls and more meetings. Decisions have to be made, and fast. But before you make your next big decision, you might want to consider another perspective. Effective leadership is like driving a car, says Adam Galinsky.More

Avoid these 9 leadership behaviors
Many leaders lack executive presence and the basic fundamentals to effectively communicate with and manage people. Holding a fancy title doesn't give leaders permission to disrespect and antagonize their employees. Today's leader must be emotionally intelligent enough to know when he or she is crossing the line. Unfortunately, many people lack maturity as leaders and find themselves insulting their employees all too often.More

Why your team needs rookies
Harvard Business Review
Hiring managers often view newcomers to their organizations as not only long-term assets but also short-term burdens: people who need to be inducted, trained and given lighter loads as they get up to speed, inevitably slowing everyone else down. But that doesn't have to be the case. Often, rookies are surprisingly strong performers. Because they face significant knowledge or skill gaps, they are alert, move fast and work smart. More

5 ways to turn employee turnover into opportunity
There's nothing worse than hiring a stellar employee, taking the time to mentor them and foster their growth and then watching them leave after a short time. There's a word for this: churn. Churn is a measure of the number of individuals or items moving out of a collective group over a specific period of time. With a little tweaking, you can take employee turnover and use it for your organization's growth.More

4 steps to increasing your emotional agility (and why you should)
It may be cliché, but the saying that "attitude is contagious" is true. How you, your team or your leader shows up is everything — inspiring or depressing, happy or sad, tense or terse. Managing emotions and applying them to the right situation is critical to expression, communication and mission success. Navigating relationships is a necessity everywhere in life as divergent interests and scarce resources are always at play, and it requires strong situational awareness to know when to zig instead of zag, depending on the personalities you're dealing with.More

Transforming from a reluctant leader into a smart leader
By Betty Boyd
A leader is a role model to the workforce. Have you ever had a leader who could never make a decision no matter how much information was at his disposal? Did you ever know a leader who took too long in his decision-making process? There are always trade-offs when making a decision. If a leader decides too quickly or hastily, mistakes can be made. But being risk averse can often be a bigger issue for organizations. If a leader is too slow, he may miss an opportunity. When a leader becomes reluctant, the organization can become ineffective.More

The 7 deadly leadership sins
Terry St. Marie
Anyone who is chosen to be a leader has to take on one huge responsibility to do it successfully — to be the person who "shows the way." It's the very definition of the word "lead." In that position, all eyes are on you. Your actions, attitudes and demeanor will dictate how well your team will perform. It calls for a great sense of self-awareness and a keen sense of the trap doors that will inevitably lurk around every corner.More