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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 Business.com, 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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To Succeed as a First-Time Leader, Relax

Being handed the opportunity to step up to the plate and be the leader on a project for the first time can be an exciting and scary opportunity. What do I do? How do I do it? What’s the best course of action? Etc. etc. David Brendel writes for Harvard Business Review about the process he uses in his executive coaching practice as a guide for first-time leaders to succeed. Finding a Calm Pulse You …

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The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline

Having a strong financial pipeline is what every company wants to attain, correct? Well, to do so you must have a strong leadership pipeline. They are directly correlated, according to John Bersin in an article for Harvard Business Review. He addresses five elements of tackling this successfully from a study he conducted involving over 2,000 companies. Enabling Leadership Reliably The first element is culture. Every member of the team must feel the freedom to lead …

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Connect Agile Teams to Organizational Hierarchy: A Sociocratic Solution

This article was co-authored by Pieter van der Meché and Jutta Eckstein. Many agile teams suffer from the mismatch of agile and organizational leadership with the latter being reflected by the organizational hierarchy. Based on self-organization and iterative processes, the teams run into trouble with the top-down steering of their environment. Consequently, very often agile proponents believe that a supportive agile organization should be structured without hierarchies. This is the reason why several companies in …

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How to Minimize Bureaucracy as Your Business Grows

Slowly but surely, you can dismantle the bureaucracy in your business one tactic at a time. In an article for Intuit, John Boitnott discusses the tactics at your disposal. The first of them is to avoid segmentation of the workforce; get people involved in various aspects of the business so that they are not utterly dependent on other people for certain work to proceed. Always be looking to reduce how many levels of approval must …

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Men in Groups Make Extreme Decisions

A typical comedy movie premise is that a group of guys make increasingly extreme decisions together, resulting in a mess as seen in The Hangover. According to Harvard Business Review, the scientific reality may not be too far off from that. Hristina Nikolova and Cait Lamberton share research demonstrating that men and women make different decisions in groups. The Testosterone Tornado As a rule, individual people of either gender are prone to the “compromise effect.” …

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Accountability Can Have Positive Results

“Accountability” has some oppressive overtones to it, which is too bad considering it should just be a natural part of business. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management offers some pointers for how accountability is a good thing. For instance, when everyone embraces accountability, it inspires more employee participation. It generates higher employee morale that they are taking real ownership of their work. The trick with accountability is to broach the subject of it with these …

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