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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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When quarterbacks do their post-game interviews, they don’t apologize for winning a game by less than the point spread. Why? Because they’re trained to care about the real game, the one on the field.
“It takes more courage to stop than to start. Anyone can start something new. It takes real leaders to stop something old,” writes Dan Rockwell.

Fred Keller, founder and CEO of Cascade Engineering, built a $250 million company by constantly asking what good it could do, what need could it fill. His compass: a wallet card bearing the words of theologian John Wesley.

If your company’s measurement system is a mess, consider the seven deadly sins formulated by Pope Gregory the Great: gluttony, greed, wrath, lust, sloth, envy and pride. Now compare those to the seven sins of corporate measurement:

Think about how you want your organization described, in clear, jargon-free words that anyone would understand. Then describe it the way your best customer would ... If you travel a lot, but aren’t willing to shell out for business class, consider Priority Pass.

In 1997 Daimler Benz AG executives were toasting the successful introduction of a new class of car geared toward younger drivers, especially women and young families. Then they received an urgent phone call. The car had failed the “Moose Test.” Mercedes’ mistake?

Leaders may believe they’re “plugged in,” but their words and actions may create a disconnect. A recent poll by Maritz Research shows that a mere 11% of employees strongly agree that their managers show a consistency between their words and actions. How plugged in are you?

Does it ever seem like your newly promoted manager is blindly muddling through the job? Well, she probably is. A recent poll revealed that only one in 10 recently promoted individuals received any leadership training or coaching. If you find yourself promoted—without feeling prepared—here’s a crash course in managing others:

Executive Leadership is pleased to present this time-machine interview with Thomas Alva Edison, who perfected the art of invention in 19th century America and touched off a technological revolution in the 20th century.
CEO Peter Bregman was visiting friends, when his friends’ daughter, Dana, returned from a swim meet, close to tears. “I was disqualified,” she said. Her grandmother reached out and gave her empathy. “I wanted every leader ... to see that because the empathetic response to failure is not only the most compassionate, it’s also the most productive,” says Bregman.
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