For senior executives, it's inspiration, not perspiration, that matters. More precisely, the ability to motivate and lead others is the most important skill that boards are looking for when they make senior appointments, far more so than their ability to be a "top performer".
I recently stumbled across a piece I wrote on leadership a decade ago. It reminded me that while the fundamentals of leadership have changed little, keeping to our leadership ideals can still pose some real challenges.
Vision, confidence and pride in one's own accomplishments are all desirable leadership traits. But they're also signs of a narcissist. Which is why a new study has tried to come up with a definitive answer to the question: do narcissists make good leaders?
The link between security and performance is too often forgotten by those at the helm of organizations. No-one can function effectively in their role if they don't feel secure. And that's as true for leader-types as it is for everyone else.
A key component of leadership is the ability to make sure that other people understand what you want from them. The best way to go about that is to use "the best words in the best order" - which happens to be Samuel Taylor Coleridge's description of poetry.
Traditional management practices evolved during the industrial age. But while the world has moved on, management has been left behind. The 21st century demands a leadership model that isn't ego-led but based on 'Primus Inter Pares' - first among equals.
Nelson Mandela's qualities and impact as a leader are indisputable. He was courageous and resolute. He was a pattern-breaker. His character and vision were profound. Yet, his most enduring legacy won't be what he did as much as what he didn't do.
Creating, sustaining and leading growth takes a lot more than big goals and hard work. If you want to lead sustained growth, train yourself and your team to think and act more like endurance athletes.
Does your boss ever apologise if he or she has made a mistake? According to a new survey, half of employees feel that their boss never or rarely does, something that is affecting levels of trust in leaders and undermining employee engagement.
The first impressions of our personal brands stick like glue. But the truth of who we are is a lot more complicated and perceived reality depends on who is watching and when. For leaders, that volatility is particularly important.
Leading an organization through a period of rapid growth is hard work. But when that growth is taking place outside a company's home culture or market, growth leaders face even tougher challenges.
Getting a remote team to innovate and generate ideas exercises a very particular set of leadership muscles. To be effective, you need to cultivate your situational awareness.
Hierarchy-agnostic, fast, autonomous and risk-taking, Facebook is also the first Millennial-run company in the Fortune 500. So how it approaches leadership development today is how others will approach it tomorrow.
Far from pushing their organizations to greater levels of achievement, strong leaders who equate leadership with power actively undermine performance, new research has found.
When we think about it, management really isn't that complicated. But over recent years, our obsession with 'leadership' has undermined the importance of hands-on management – often to the great detriment of organizations.
Ego – either much or too little – is a prime leadership derailer, which is why assessing it needs to be a key component of the talent planning process.
The World isn't flat. So leadership can't be just about the values and style of the leader. To lead successfully across cultures and break the ties of ethnocentricity requires a real understanding of the values and preferences of followers.
Why do so many leader-types refuse to take proper holidays? Fresh back from a well-earned break, Duane Dike wonders what message that sends and explores the roadblocks – perceived or actual – that stop us leaving the office behind.
Leadership is impossible without self-knowledge and self-development. But if you're really set on failing as a leader, here are some key behaviors that will go a long way towards creating a toxic, disengaged, distrustful and low-performing organization. Do any of them describe you?
You don't always have to meet face-to-face. But equally, you can't expect to be an effective leader or manager if you rely entirely on videoconferencing. In the real world, it isn't a simple choice of one or the other, but more 'how' and 'when'.
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