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The 8 Dimensions of Leadership: DiSC Strategies for Becoming a Better Leader, Authors: Jeffrey Sugerman, Mark Scullard, and Emma Wilhelm
“Readers will be able to identify their own approach to leadership, explore the strengths and challenges that leaders with each of the approaches faces, and discover strategies for more effective leadership based on their personal approach.”


cover for The Work of LeadersThe Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead distills leadership best practices into a simple, compelling process that helps leaders at all levels get immediate results. Authors: Julie Straw, Barry Davis, Mark Scullard, Susie Kukkonen



Favorite multimedia resources for leadership and team development, Talent Gear, October 2014
A selection of video, audio, and slide presentation consultants sometimes add to their leadership trainings.

9 Things Great Leaders Say Every Day, Inc. February 2014
“Your words are among your greatest tools. They’re a window into your vision, your values and your abilities.”

The “Instant Referendum” That’s Undermining Your Leadership, HRB, September 2013
“The water cooler hasn’t vanished; it’s simply become virtual, transported into the cloud. What’s fundamentally different, of course, is the new speed and scalability of sentiment.”

How to Be a Better Leader Online, Inc. August 2013
“Want to influence more people and build your reputation online? Here are five ways to do it.”

What Inspiring Leaders Do, HBR blog, June 2013
“Some of what they did was specific and tangible. For example, they set stretch goals with their team. They spent time developing their subordinates. They engaged in highly collaborative behavior. They encouraged those about them to be more innovative.”

Bad Leaders Can Change Their Spots, Harvard Business Review, January 2013
“Those who believe that leopards, particularly senior management leopards, can’t change their spots may be surprised to find that 71 of those 96 leaders were able to improve those flaws enough show a statistically significant improvement in their overall leadership effectiveness on their subsequent 360 evaluations.”

Lead With Your Heart, Not Just Your Head, Harvard Business Review, November 2012
“As a manager, you may not be working on a fishing boat or in armed combat. But you need to motivate your people to get things done. Do you have that kind of bond? Or have you been taught to manage by objectives and metrics to monitor performance, and that bonding with your team members will be seen as a distraction at best or weakness at worst?”

Leadership and White Space, N2Growth, November 8, 2012
“Busy leaders are a dime a dozen, but highly productive leaders are not so common. One of the easiest things for leaders to do is to bite off more than they can chew.”

Learn to be Charismatic, Harvard Business Review, November 2012
“The advice, “Go be charismatic” is about as useful as “Go be inspiring.” So what does it actually mean to be charismatic as a leader?”

Creative Leadership: Humility and Being Wrong, Forbes, June 2012
“In an era where out-size, narcissistic business leaders are treated like rock stars, with the requisite cult followings, of course, elevating humility as an essential trait for creative leaders may seem quaint, even a bit anachronistic. Yet, humility and the ability to admit error may be two of the most important qualities a truly creative leader must have.”

Are Women Better Leaders than Men? Harvard Business Review, March 2012
“Our latest survey of 7,280 leaders, which our organization evaluated in 2011, confirms some seemingly eternal truths about men and women leaders in the workplace but also holds some surprises.”

Why Great Leaders Are in Short Supply, Harvard Business Review, March 2012
“Leadership has never been easy. But I suspect it was simpler in an era when leaders could count on superior information access, reverence for their institutions, and strong moral bearings to assemble greater followership.”

6 Reasons Employees Must Speak Up to Thrive at Work, Forbes, March 2012
“How you express your opinions at work (or not) is a direct reflection upon how people experience who you are and what you represent as a team member, department leader and as an individual.”

4 Traits of Great Leaders, Inc., January 2012
“To achieve your greatness, you must aspire, plan, inspire, and execute.”

The Leadership Resolutions That Work Best, Harvard Business Review, January 2012
” We choose more than one way to reach our goals because we intuitively understand that the interaction between different approaches will give us a greater chance of success. The same is true with leadership resolutions.”

6 Things Best-In-Class Companies Do To Grow Leaders, Forbes, December 2011
“Here are some quick tips on what the best companies do to ensure an adequate supply of leaders for years to come: 1. Leadership Development happens at multiple levels within the Organization – Not just below the C-Level. ”

“I’m a leader, not a manager!” Harvard Business Review, December 2011
“Management vs. leadership — it’s a distinction we all hear over and over these days. It says management focuses on getting work done on time, on budget, and on target — in other words, steady execution and control — while leadership focuses on change and innovation.”

Why Leaders Don’t Listen, Human Resource Executive, November 2011
“A recent study, ‘The Detrimental Effects of Power on Confidence, Advice Taking, and Accuracy,’ reveals that people in power are less likely to heed the advice of others.The researchers say this tendency frequently leads to poor decision-making.”

Reverse Mentoring Cracks Workplace, Wall Street Journal, November 2011
“In an effort to school senior executives in technology, social media and the latest workplace trends, many businesses are pairing upper management with younger employees in a practice known as reverse mentoring.”

Is lack of trust in leadership causing people to jump ship? HR Morning, October 2011
“New research indicates less than half of the workforce — 48% — say they trust the people at the top of their organizations.”

What Leaders can Learn from COW NAMES, Strategic Leadership Institute, March 2011
“While the results of the survey only pointed to a positive relation between relational leadership and organizational trust, previously published research has firmly established the positive correlation between trust and performance.”

Five Signs You’re a Bad Boss, Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2011
“Experts say many bosses are similarly clueless about their appearance to employees. Here are five signals you may be one of them.”

10 Ways Leaders Can Protect Their Reputations in 2011, TLNT, January 2011
“…culled from 25 years working in the field of reputation and crisis management at the highest levels, and seeing almost every gaffe imaginable, here are my Top 10 ways for leaders to protect their reputations – and their legacies – in 2011.”

Why Leaders Should Try to Be Overwhelmed, Harvard Business Review, November 2010
“Leaders like to be in control. I know that’s true for me. I want things to turn out right and I feel — often mistakenly — that if I have control over them, they will.”

Women Lead the Way, Training Magazine, July 2010
“Is it time for your company to think of launching a development program focused on boosting leadership opportunities for women?”



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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are, TED video
” Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.


Disruptive Leadership
In this hour, TED speakers talk about what it takes to become a leader and shake up the status quo.


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