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Proven Ways to Earn Employee Trust

Trust is a response to action. If you want to build trust with employees, then you have to give them great reasons to feel that way. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Carolyn O’Hara provides six tips to build and keep trust: The more distant (physically or figuratively) you seem from the people below you, the less reason or opportunity people will have to trust you. Reach out to individual employees and make connections …

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10 Leadership Behaviors to Inspire Trust

You can inspire your team to believe in you and your leadership, or you can be that awkward person who takes half-hearted action and leaves everyone feeling lousy about their position. Would you prefer to be the former? In an article for Forbes, Ekaterina Walter shares some fast tips to earn trust: Lead by example. Show that you were granted your current position for a reason. Over-communicate. The more information you leave unspoken, the more …

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The 4 Deadliest Traps of Scaling a Tech Startup

There can be no debate about which is the most precarious period in the life of a tech startup—it is the early days. Trying to merely survive until the next round of funding can be an ulcer-inducing experience, and most tech startup founders cannot wait for this period to end. Unfortunately, many of them are so happy when they get out of the woods that they mess up the next step—scaling up their startup into …

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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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