In my new book, Discover Your True North, I profile Mulally and his leadership at Ford. During his seven years there, he transformed Ford from the brink of bankruptcy to an $8 billion profit. Mulally's low-key, "aw shucks" demeanor helped him connect with employees.
There was a time when leaders thought their role was to exert power over others. No longer. Today's best leaders recognize their leadership is most effective when they empower others to step up and lead.
It's the very thing that you have dreamed of and planned for, for as long as you can remember. You finally got the invite to attend the big meeting, you got the call for the job offer regarding your ideal role, or you finally got the call with the opportunity of a lifetime.
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When you decide to excel, you naturally become the leader of your own life. But first, you must get clear on the mindsets that are holding you back. Then you develop strategies and skills to help you trust your inner guide.
I have recently gone to a networking event at the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in London. As a Communication Consultant who helps non-native English speakers communicate more confidently in international business, I thought I had to walk the talk and speak Portuguese.
I will use interchangeable pronouns in my description, since gender has no bearing on my view of what constitutes an ideal leader. I will list out below the key building blocks of that leader.
When done properly, mentoring is an effective leadership development tool that can increase employee retention and engagement. The mark of a true leader is measured by his or her ability to create more leaders. If you invest in your employees, they will invest in your company.
I recently attended my 30th high school reunion. It seems like just yesterday Wham!, Madonna and Chaka Khan were topping the music charts, typing class was required, and Ronald Reagan was president.
The answer to Part Two is much tougher. It's the hard wiring of the company; its programs, processes and the culture of the company. It involves Leadership Growth.
The pressures today have never been greater on chief executives and boards to produce short-term results and maximize shareholder value. The paradox of these pressures is that they may actually destroy long-term shareholder value if they force executives to cut R&D, capital spending, new ventures and expansion in emerging markets, thus constraining future growth potential.
As you make this transformation, you are growing into a "leader of leaders" who has unlimited potential to lead others to achieve great things. In so doing, you become a servant-leader. Isn't this what leadership is all about?
The fields of psychology, performance optimization, team building and leadership development are replete with female professionals. The old school mentality the NFL seeks to amend, and that Coach Carroll seeks to challenge could be altered even further by giving female advisors more earnest consideration.
We are surrounded by the expectations of society, our community, family and friends. Even when you believe you are making your own decisions, subconsciously you try to meet someone else's expectations, too.
If you are a smart, powerful woman leader who is taking on more strategic responsibility or rising to a new level in your organization, you may experience backlash tied to the very attributes that helped you get where you are, and in fact, ones you've been encouraged to hone.
After in-depth interviews with 170 world leaders and classroom discussions with 6,000 executives and MBAs in Authentic Leadership Development (ALD) at Harvard Business School, we've learned three essential steps to building your self-awareness.