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Leadership Skills

Weathering Calm and Stormy Seas: Leadership Tips From Captain Phillips

Mia Toschi | Posted 02.27.2015 | Education
Mia Toschi

After serving 22 years as a Captain at sea and 35 years in the business, the now retired Phillips is now sailing into new waters: motivational speaker focused on leadership skills.

Does Your Writing Reveal Secrets About Your Leadership?

Dianna Booher | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Vision, attitudes, and personality generally come through loud and clear in your writing. Your challenge: Make the revelations intentional!

Is It a Story or Anecdote--and Why It Matters Which

Dianna Booher | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Steve Jobs told stories to launch his Apple products successfully. Warren Buffet tells stories about his investment strategies and philosophies. Presidents and world leaders tell stories about what they've achieved while in office and where they want to take the country in the future.

3 Common Sense Tips to Communicate Change That Aren't Common Practice

Dianna Booher | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Communicating change in and of itself is difficult. Persuading someone to change their mind or take action based on that change is harder still. The goal in explaining that change should be like building software -- so intuitive that users no longer need a Help menu.

Be Brief or Be Dismissed As a Leader: Six Best Practices

Dianna Booher | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Leaders think strategically, understand the critical link between focus and clarity, and appreciate the value of time. So fewer and fewer are inclined to let others waste their time. Brevity has become a basic communication skill for professionals. Here are six best practices as a leader:

Resolve For 2015: Strengthen Your Own BRAVE Leadership

George Bradt | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Webster defines "brave" as having or showing courage -- the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. BRAVE is also an acronym for Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment, which together form a framework for leadership.

Hard, Soft or In Between?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.04.2015 | Books
C. M. Rubin

Uplifting Leadership: How Organizations, Teams, and Communities Raise Performance - a book review by C. M. Rubin What happens when you create a p...

9 Powerful Steps To Manage Difficult Conversations Like a Pro

Rosalie Puiman | Posted 11.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Puiman

So instead of avoiding difficult conversations, it's time to start confronting people in a constructive way. In this article I'll show you exactly how to do that.

3 Things You Can Learn From Leaders Who Fail

Dianna Booher | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

As victims and volunteers in their experiments, you often have a front-row seat to observe their inappropriate actions and inactions. You learn not to repeat their leadership lapses.

Teach Your Child to Lead

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Here are five ways to help teach your children how to lead through your daily interactions with them.

Who Says Quiet Kids Can't be Leaders?

Marsha Pinto | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Marsha Pinto

Society is obsessed with leadership. Leadership skills are highly emphasized as a requirement on almost every posting -- be it for college admission or a job position. Students are taught about leaders, how to be a leader and what makes a good leader.

10 Ways to Winning in 2014: An Entrepreneurs' Guide to Startup Success

Melissa Thompson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Melissa Thompson

2014 will be a formative year for new business owners and early-stage entrepreneurs. For those would-be entrepreneurs debating the startup leap? There is no time like the present.

Emotional Intelligence: Your Competetive Advantage in Uncertain Times

Sara Canaday | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Sara Canaday

Companies might be chock-full of brilliant Harvard MBAs and seasoned executives who can produce impressive forecasts for market share and revenue. But the truth is, we never know in advance precisely what's going to happen.

Gratitude 365: Beyond Thanksgiving

Daniel Newman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Small Business
Daniel Newman

Gratitude, without a doubt, is one of the key characteristics of a leader. Since we all know that leading in a vacuum isn't really possible, it is only with the positive contributions of others that we as leaders are able to accomplish our goals.

Essential Elements of Effective Leadership

Eric Sheninger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Leadership is a combination of art, science and human nature. For some, it is an innate process; for others, it evolves and is refined over time. We all have the ability to lead, although many choose not to lead.

Are Your Employees (Or You) Playing Small? If So, Here's What To Do About It

Laurie Erdman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Laurie Erdman

The holy grail of business is figuring out how sustain the growth of your company. From business schools to journalists, we look at successful companies to discern the keys to success.

Why Going Private Won't Save Dell

George Bradt | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
George Bradt

The trouble with racing to the bottom is that there's nowhere to go once you get there. But such a quandary won't slow the fall for Dell, which just w...

Not Perfect Leaders, Humble Leaders

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Some have probably done hurtful things, especially as younger leaders in the difficult process of learning and developing. But there is a tangible sense of humility in light of all the imperfections of leading in the church.

The Power of Restraint: Always Leave Them Wanting More

Anthony Tjan | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business
Anthony Tjan

It is not that extroverted behavior is bad, but rather that when it's not leavened with restraint and listening, it can be limiting. Most extroverts would love exciting an audience -- and likely would have had trouble ending the meeting well, instead over-selling to the point of diminishing returns.

When Employee Engagement Becomes Counterproductive

George Bradt | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
George Bradt

Employee, member and even customer engagement, in theory, are wonderful for any business to focus on. But in reality, they're practically useless - un...

Leaders Can't Afford to Have an 'Off-Day'

Alex Malley | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business
Alex Malley

Should a leader falter -- drop their guard to reveal a candid glimpse of themselves which is contrary to their public persona -- there will be a keen observer, willing to share their observations with a ready audience.

Effective Time Management Without a Calendar

Laurie Erdman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Laurie Erdman

Whole books have been written making the case for having it all or not having it all. Many navigate the debate by saying you can have it all, but not at the same time. Honestly, that's a cop out. Change your relationship with time and you do get to have it all.

Take the Blame Yourself

Dr. Roger H. Hull | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Dr. Roger H. Hull

Taking the blame is a smart approach. So long as one doesn't have to accept blame too often, so long as not too many mistakes are made, accepting responsibility is evidence of real leadership.

3 Ways Listening Can Make You a Better Leader

Jose Costa | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Jose Costa

About 25 percent of corporate leaders aren't making the most of their listening abilities, and according to author and business advisor Ram Charan, this lack of listening could be crashing careers, ruining relationships and derailing companies.

Women Leaders Sizzle This Summer

Leslie Grossman | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Leslie Grossman

Courage, collaboration, innovation, direct communication, listening, confidence, trust, visionary, passion, tenaciousness -- all are words that describe our greatest leaders, be they in business, public affairs, government or social change