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Creative Genius—TODAY?

It’s not often that an article about genius starts with a reference to William Shatner’s iconic Star Trek sci-fi character, James T. Kirk. In the 1968 TV show, Kirk is discussing one of the greatest minds of his century when he says, “A genius doesn’t work on an assembly line basis. Did Einstein…produce new and revolutionary theories on a regular schedule? You can’t simply say, ‘Today I will be brilliant.’ ” I would contend that ...

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5 Leadership Keys to Inspire Top Performance

In a post at his website, leadership guru Brian Tracy shares a few quick tips for the leadership traits that earn the best results. Here is how they work out: Accept complete responsibility for your staff—your circus, your monkeys. Grant employees the same patience and understanding that you would the young people in your own family. Practice time, care, and respect with your employees. Practice servant leadership, catering to employee needs as they cater to ...

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5 Different Types of Leadership Styles

Have you heard about enough leadership styles by now? No, you need to hear five more. In an article for Chron, Rose Johnson discusses these styles that might reflect in you how operate. In brief: Laissez-faire leaders go with the flow, not offering feedback or guidance on a regular basis, and thus may not be especially effective either. Autocratic leaders reserve total power and make decisions without input from others, which is not going to ...

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Four American Leadership Styles

Pragmatist, idealist, steward, or diplomat—these are the options. In an article for Forbes, Mark Murphy discusses these leadership styles and the strengths of each. To begin, the pragmatists are fixated with hitting goals and set high standards for themselves and others. Under pragmatists, employees might experience terrific personal growth—or total burnout. Murphy finds pragmatists account for only 8-12 percent of American leaders. Idealists are charismatic optimists who believe in their employees’ individual creativity. As a ...

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Which of These Six Leadership Styles Defines You?

Different groups classify leadership styles in different ways, and the Hay Group advocates six types. In an article for Entrepreneur, Tor Constantino describes these six different leadership types. You might find that you are primarily one type but also express shades of a couple others. This is how they break down: Directive: Issues unilateral orders as a means to run the business (typically only viewed as useful in emergency situations these days) Visionary: Shares a ...

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5 Leadership Traits to Avoid

If you have ever watched a movie that has an evil boss in it and thought to yourself, “Wow, that person is just like me!” then there is a problem. In an article for the Muse, Abby Wolfe addresses five leadership qualities not to develop. First among them—do not be a know-it-all. Even if you do know it all, there is no need to convey that condescendingly. Use your knowledge to make others better, not ...

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Can You Switch between These Two Styles?

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jon Maner identifies two generally opposed leadership styles that make for a robust management capability. He refers to them as “dominance” and “prestige” styles, and there is a time and place for both. Here is what you need to know. The Dual Leader Dominance relates to being assertive and invoking your formal authority. Dominant leaders incentivize and punish in order to bring about the results they want, and ...

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Why Scaling Leadership Development Is So Important

Very often, it is the quality of the leadership that decides if an initiative succeeds or fails. That makes it kind of crazy that so many organizations are not more interested in developing their managers at all levels. In an article for, Thuy Sindell shares data on how important it is to scale leadership development opportunities. Growth at Scale A study of 655 global organizations found that half of managers admit to “talent hoarding,” ...

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What Science Tells Us about Leadership Potential

If you scrape together highlights from all of the available data on leadership, what picture emerges? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic attempts to answer that question. He has collected information on several of the most pressing leadership questions to expand our perspective on what constitutes leadership potential and why. The Portrait of Authority Get ready for a lot of numbers. For instance, research suggests between 30 and 60 percent of managers ...

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Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change with Them

Depending on whom you ask, enterprise transformation efforts fail between 60 and more than 70 percent of the time. With numbers like those, why even try? But in an article for Harvard Business Review, Ron Carucci actually points the blame for failure at the people leading the changes. Look in the Mirror Very often, leaders are just too optimistic about the ease of transformation and the benefits that will immediately appear with it. And worse, ...

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