Leadership

Leaders & Self-Reflection

A key trait shared by successful leaders is the ability to engage in self-reflection. In fact, a 2010 study from Green Peak Partners and Cornell University found that “a high self-awareness score was the strongest predictor of overall success” in leadership. Experiences lead to increased wisdom when they are reflected upon and assigned meaning, according …

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Motivating Employees

The Society for Human Resource Management’s 2016 Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey found that on a scale of one (least engaged) to five (most engaged), the average employee was sitting at a 3.8.  Another survey, published by Dale Carnegie Training in 2013, found that, on average, less than one-third of employees were engaged. With …

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CEO Responsibilities

Many times, a company’s employees do not have a clear idea of what their chief executive officer is responsible for, perhaps viewing the role as a figurehead that simply “puts out fires,” stepping in as needed.  In truth, however, CEOs have duties of their own that they are uniquely qualified to perform, and expectations that …

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Leaders as Coaches

One definition Merriam-Webster provides for a leader is:  “a person who has commanding authority or influence”; by contrast, a coach is defined as “a person who teaches and trains.”  These two definitions obviously indicate different focuses – commanding vs. teaching.  However, as companies recognize the value of coaching, and that the overall success of a …

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Employee Volunteer Programs

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  A number of employers are now combining “getting” and “giving” by offering employee volunteer programs (EVPs); in fact, in March of 2016, more than half of the companies on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to …

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