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Leadership
One can lead, follow or observe.

To lead, to observe or to follow?

During your lifetime of, on average, 80 years, you will have three choices concerning other persons. You can lead them, you can observe them, or you can follow them. Lead, observe or follow? Do you want to lead and leave traces in the hearts and minds of other ...

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, ...

The Humble Leader

Humility is one of those leadership traits you do not see as frequently as you should. Humility is often perceived as a weakness when, in fact, it can be a tremendous asset. The leader who is humble rarely allows the power of their position to cloud their judgement. The ...

Humble Leadership (The global-leadership industry needs re-engineering)

THE two most popular words in the business lexicon are probably “global” and “leadership”. Put them together and people in suits start to salivate. That is perhaps why more than 1,000 corporate bosses are flocking to Davos, a Swiss ski resort, this week. There, ...

Being proactive

1. We can decide within ourselves how all that happens to us is going to affect us. 2. Between stimulus and response is our freedom to choose our response. 3. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. 4. The ability to subordinate an ...

Managers that fall into the other quadrants, by contrast, are usually just spinning their wheels; some procrastinate, others feel no emotional connection to their work (disengaged), and still others are easily distracted from the task at hand. Although they look busy, they lack either the focus or the energy required for making any sort of meaningful change.

Beware the “Busy Manager”

[pullquote]Our findings on managerial behavior should frighten you: Fully 90% of managers squander their time in all sorts of ineffective activities. In other words, a mere 10% of managers spend their time in a committed, purposeful, and reflective ...