In this piece for Entreprenuer, Tom Popomaronis, vice president of innovation at Massive Alliance, explains the line between “social influencers” and “thought leaders” — and how executives are learning to combine the two concepts. Read more.
Adding Purpose = Adding Dollars
A November 2019 Korn Ferry survey found that 96% of 391 executives polled see value in making purpose-driven leadership a priority. Why? It’s a matter of dollars and cents. Read more.
Empathy and the Art of Leadership
Everyone will tell you that empathy is a key component to good leadership. But it’s also important that good leaders are considered an authority figure. Marianne Harrison, the first female CEO of John Hancock, describes the delicate balance leaders must find in this interview with FoxBusiness. Read more.
Breaking Down the Ego Barrier
There’s a lot of talk about mindfulness and meditation these days, and with good reason. Matthias Birk writes in this article for Harvard Business Review that meditation can help leaders push past their own ego, allowing them to become more objective and form deeper relationships with their peers and employees. Read more.
Taking on the Tough Conversations
No one likes having the “tough conversation.” But as leaders, these conversations will inevitably come up, and knowing how to best navigate them is what separates a good leader from a great leader. Lead Change’s John Eades offers some tips to hone your skills in this piece for SmartBrief. Read more.
Follow First, Lead Second
Bernhard Schroeder, a Forbes contributor, posits that in order to be a great leader, one must first be a good follower — or a “leader-in-training,” as he calls it. He lays out four rules for those looking to be the best follower of the bunch. Read more.
Marching to the Beat of the Same Drum
Author Scott Mautz was inspired by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, who said, “Every leader has to create a drumbeat for their company.” In this Inc. article, Mautz provides the five rhythms to which leaders should set their tempo. Read more.
The 70/20/10 Split
Bryan Collins, a Forbes contributor, discusses Mark Brown’s book, Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, To Strive, and Not To Yield, in which Brown lays out the 70/20/10 model of leadership: 70% real-world experience, 20% mentoring and 10% formal training. The book leans heavily on the experiences offered by Outward Bound, for which Brown is a guide. Read more.
There’s No ‘I’ in Lead
In this FoxBusiness opinion piece, Dr. Kent Ingle, president of Southeastern University, notes that one of the best — and toughest — lessons that leaders ever learn is that leadership isn’t about them. He lays out five ways leaders can use to serve others and therefore, lead effectively. Read more.
Motivate Them and They Will Follow
Shawn Doyle, president of New Light Learning and Development Inc., shares nine simple techniques leaders can use to show their employees that they are valued. Doyle, a guest writer for Entrepreneur, quotes Margaret Cousins in noting that “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.” Read more.
Leading in the Social Sector
Abhijit Banerjee, a 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize winner in economic sciences, found time in his busy schedule to sit down with Kim Starkey Jonker, a Forbes contributor, to discuss leadership in the social sector. Read more.
Learning from the Past
What really makes a leader “great”? In this Time article, Andrew Roberts looks back through history to determine 10 traits shared by the world’s best leaders. Read more.