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Leadership Skills

The Flipside of Leadership: Followership

Dianna Booher | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business
Dianna Booher

For more than a decade now, the call from the workplace, government, and social settings has been for leaders to step forward. All hands on deck. Engage the rest of the troops to accomplish the mission. Either develop or demonstrate the expertise that leads to success. All well and good.

Team Morale: How Leaders Zap It!

Dianna Booher | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business
Dianna Booher

Disrespect cuts to the core because it's a direct blow to a person's self-esteem or to the value of the team as a whole. How does that disrespect display itself? Several ways.

12 Time Management Tips That Successful People Live By

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business

This story is part of our monthlong “Work Well” initiative, which focuses on thriving in the workplace. You can find more stories from thi...

9 Ways Wise Leaders Differ From Smart Managers

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Like artists, wise leaders focus, analyze, and study a subject. Then they decide and act. And even then, as Oswald Chambers put it: "It's never wise to be cocksure." Consider the following nine differences between smart managers and wise leaders

Conversation Killers and How to Avoid Them

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Your relationships are formed through conversations stacked end to end. So it pays to get rid of the mechanical things that cripple them.

It Takes Courage To Use Emotional Intelligence

Anne Loehr | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

At a very basic level, EQ is about self-awareness (what am I feeling now?) and social awareness (how will my emotions impact the people in the room)?

10 Things That Reveal How Leaders Think

Dianna Booher | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

The current buzz word "thought leader" captures clout for those who stand out in the industry. But for years in other organizations or communities, we've used other clichés to identify those who think well: "He's fast on his feet" or "She has a clear head on her shoulders."

3 Things Leadership Is NOT

Dianna Booher | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

pundits, to convention keynoters, to sports team coaches, everybody claims to want a cadre of leaders to carry out their mission.

Self-Validation. The Unexpected Quality All Effective Leaders Share

Rosalie Puiman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Rosalie Puiman

Ask people what they feel is the most important leadership quality and you'll get as many answers as you've asked people. There's so many relevant traits to leadership that it's near impossible to list them.

Four Ways to Amp Up Your Emotional Intelligence Today

Anne Loehr | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

You can improve your EQ by practicing active listening, empathy, responding rather than reacting and listening to your body. But it's important to remember that developing Emotional Intelligence is a lifelong practice, and there is always room for improvement.

The ONE Question Managers Must Answer Correctly

Dianna Booher | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

The one question that you have to answer correctly every time is this: "What are you working on?" And it's particularly critical that you get the answer right when responding to your boss. Your reputation can also suffer when you blow that question with peers.

Weathering Calm and Stormy Seas: Leadership Tips From Captain Phillips

Mia Toschi | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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.