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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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For a high achiever, the thought of doing a poor or even so-so job is abhorrent. That’s why so many leaders find their upward trajectory fizzle to a plateau. Rather than trying something new and risking poor performance, they lock into routine. How to get past self-imposed obstacles:

Predicted to earn more than $100 million in 2011, Lady Gaga is the latest darling of the leadership industry. Why? Because she has built a powerful brand and legions of followers by exuding charisma. A case study points out that Lady Gaga projects leadership by telling “three universal stories.”

Plan a reverse elevator pitch: Every­body knows about the 30-­second “elevator speech” aspiring employees should have on hand when riding the elevator with head honchos. But do you have a snippet ready for times you’re confined in a small space with a subordinate or a visitor?
You’re not above any work you have the skills to perform. Acting like you are will earn you nothing but disdain. So get down in the mud and turn the wrench.

Most Americans know about “saving face,” the Asian concept of preserving reputation, dignity and prestige. Less known is having a “thick face,” or being tough and adaptable while still saving face. There’s more to having a thick face, as defined by a Western businessman who worked for many years in China:

When we think about communicating information correctly, we think that more information is better. But it’s not, says author and behavioral economist Dan Ariely. He offers an example.
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: