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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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Stanford business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer looked at the research on power. Then he zeroed in on elements the powerful possess.

There’s no guidebook for CEOs. Succeeding as the head honcho requires the ability to set clear priorities and take bold action. To evaluate chief executives, Andre­­es­­sen Horowitz—a venture capital firm in California’s Silicon Valley—asks three questions.

Seth Bannon is a connected kind of guy, and it shocked him that the technology used to organize people and raise money is so awful. So, following a now-familiar path, Bannon dropped out of Harvard to start Amicus, a company to overhaul tech tools for nonprofits.

According to a paper by researchers at the University of Georgia and Penn State, CEOs matter to their companies to a greater degree than ever before.
Even though Atul Gawande is at the top of his profession—he’s a leading surgeon, journalist and winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant—he knows he’s capable of improving his professional performance. That’s why he hired a coach.
Do more five-minute favors ... Learn three lessons from the CEO of Warby Parker ... Reverse the odds with a bold act.

The 20th century guru of self-help, Dale Carnegie, followed his own recipe for success, becoming a crisp speaker, confronting fear and learning what people want. Here’s how he put it:

No one thinks of Applebee’s, the restaurant chain, as a purveyor of fine dining. So Julia Stewart, CEO of parent company Dine Equity, sees Applebee’s for what it is.
Leaders cannot talk their way out of a deteriorating business. To reverse course, take bold steps. Bob Flexon became Dynegy’s CEO in July 2011; four months later, the energy company filed for bankruptcy. To boost morale, Flexon unveiled a series of dramatic changes.
Blogger Amy Morin has put together a wildly popular post covering 13 things about mentally strong people. Here’s a quick rundown.
A good rule of thumb is that you are least impressive when you are trying hardest to impress.
After a decade of research that involved more than 500,000 test subjects, the findings are clear: Most people lack an understanding of how their emotions affect their decisions and their ability to lead.
If you’re an introvert who must give a speech, seize the opportunity. Start by going online and viewing videos of speakers taken from their vantage point. This helps you visualize what it’s like to look out at a sea of people ...
Scott Carpenter, who uttered the famous line, “Godspeed, John Glenn,” when Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth, had a tough childhood, but he never let that stop him.
Unlike most books on leadership, Seth Godin’s Tribes is more about the inspiration to lead than the mechanics of being a great leader.

After college, Stephen McDonnell worked as a financial analyst at Ford, got a master’s in organizational behavior from Harvard and began to understand small businesses. He decided he wanted to change the way America eats meat ...

U.S. Navy lieutenant Robert Wray was assigned to an important mission on the USS Omaha submarine. At sea, the crew discovered a leak in a complex piece of equipment. After 30 hours of stressful work in cramped surroundings, Wray and his team found it leaked worse than ever ...
Walt Disney’s optimism inoculated him from much of the scheming and betrayal that he faced as a young entrepreneur. When others tried to muscle him out of business, he sought creative solutions.
Abraham Lincoln became one of America’s greatest presidents through mastery of language.
The next time you do not have an answer for something, say, “I don’t know,” and then smile pleasantly or sheepishly, and wait for a response.
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