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Legitimate Leadership Authenticity is Discerningly Adaptable

Adaptability requires confidence and, ironically, consistent character. Being adaptable doesn’t mean being fickle, constantly changing course or bending under pressure. It calls for sticking to principles and plans with consideration, reasonable flexibility and understanding. Legitimate leadership authenticity is discerningly adaptable. Being consistent in how you display these traits allows your people to count on you. […]
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Personal Connections: How Leaders Sustain a Culture of “We”

We are in the midst of great social, economic, scientific and political change. Intelligent approaches count more than ever if we’re to build sustainable results in rapidly changing, complex markets. Successful leaders must utilize strong people skills to foster teamwork and unity. Leaders who are passionate about their people can sustain a culture of “we”. […]
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Unified Teamwork: How Leaders Go From “Me” to “We”

Have you noticed how teams composed of individuals who vary in their strengths, skills and personalities feed synergy and motivation? When paired with other skill-sets, people inspire one another and learn from each other. The sense of unity reduces barriers and creates a collective drive to solve problems with creative solutions. In a culture of […]
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The Real Power of Purpose and Value

By definition, every business is values-driven, but an uplifting sense of purpose is more motivating than profits and promotions. “A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverance.” ~ Gary Hamel, What Matters Now? Yet many leaders I have met use financial incentives (i.e. bonuses, pay and promotion) to stimulate people to good work. They are reluctant […]
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Strengthening Leadership Grit

As a consultant and coach, I can attest that leadership personality and style are the most crucial factors in organizational strength. Today―and especially for the future―we need leaders who can engage the workforce, manage people, and inspire collaboration and innovation. Leadership personality is critical. The spectrum of human personality is extremely complex, with experts debating […]
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Tempering Leadership Dominance

Most of us intuitively recognize different personality types. We routinely notice personality quirks in coworkers that baffle us, challenging our responses and relationships. Of the four key personality dimensions, dominance has the greatest potential to impede organizational effectiveness. Have you experienced this? Self-centered by nature, dominant leaders need to control everyone and everything around them. While […]
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Recognizing Leadership Deference

Evaluation of leadership personality types is an essential part of the selection process for CEOs and top executives, but perhaps we do not fully comprehend how important understanding the nuances of personality types are for influencing leadership effectiveness. For example, deferring to the needs of others can be an admirable trait: offering a seat to someone standing, […]
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Measuring Leadership Social Intelligence

Leadership selection can no longer be based solely on one’s prior experience or successes. Yesterday’s challenges (productivity, profit, efficiency) remain critical, but today’s leaders must also grapple with new technologies, global diversity, and political and environmental instability. Leadership personality is critical; measuring social intelligence is key. In my last post, I wrote about the four […]
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Personality: The Making of GREAT Leaders

Researchers have exposed a profound truth: while stock prices, market share and material assets are important, softer factors determine true organizational success. Employee engagement, job satisfaction and creativity play greater roles in performance, effectiveness and profitability. At the helm are great leaders. Unfortunately, traditional approaches in leadership development will not serve us well in coming […]
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Excellence Vs. Perfection

As a leader, how do you pursue excellence? How do you differentiate between excellence and perfection? Does it matter? Perfectionistic leaders develop the skills to blend reason, logic, emotion and insight. They rely on these tools to affirm their sense of purpose—a strategy that helps them solve and avoid problems, while providing motivation and comfort. […]
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