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Leadership Skills

Don’t just be a boss — be a leader. Maximize your leadership skills in the five most crucial areas: decision making, executive coaching, leadership training, strategic management and understanding your leadership style.

Situational leadership changes depending on the type of leadership (direction and support) each of your employee’s needs. Emotional leadership is based more on the theory of emotional intelligences and relates to the situation at hand.
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The talent of Jeremy Lin may seem patently clear now. But when Lin was just out of college, no NBA general manager or coach saw his potential. Why didn’t anyone have an inkling of what Lin could do? Stereotypes.

Each year, new employment laws go on the books and courts write thousands upon thousands of decisions interpreting old laws. Yet, year after year, many HR professionals reach up onto a dusty shelf to hand new employees the same old employee handbook someone wrote years ago—too often without a second of consideration whether the contents still pass legal muster.

Luciano Anastasini, who comes from generations of circus performers, dreamed of a circus act of his own. Anastasini went looking for rescue dogs to train as his Pound Puppies. “There was a time when nearly all dogs had jobs,” he says. “Most were bred to herd, to hunt, to guard. When dogs misbehave, I think it’s just because they’re bored.”

Some rules of leadership are timeless, but some simply don’t cut it anymore. Here are the 7 Rules of Now:

The Holy Grail of problem solving is creating shared understanding, a precursor to shared commitment, says CogNexus Institute founder Jeff Conklin.
New research shows that bullies fail as leaders in the long run, says Fordham professor William Baker. Indeed, nice guys finish first ... Maggie Fox, founder and CEO of Social Media Group, jots down three goals—and only three—every morning ... Try this interview question.
Habits shape us all. In his first book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg shows how to establish good habits and discard bad ones.

A narcissistic personality has its merits. Steve Jobs’ narcissism, for example, helped instill cult-like loyalty from employees. Such a leader might take dizzying risks that others wouldn’t. But narcissism has a darker side, too.

You’ve got vision, while the rest of the world wears bifocals. If that bit of swagger sums up your leadership style, you’ve got something in common with Butch Cassidy. Here are some other techniques that could help you, just like Cassidy, keep the rest of the world one step behind.
Mabel Yu was a fairly low-level em­­ployee at Vanguard. But in 2009, Vanguard named Yu its analyst of the year. Here's why.
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