5 for Leadership (4/2/12)

For the first week of April, here is a fresh 5!

Leaders in Beta: Testing What Works  I found this on A Slice of Leadership blog.  It is written by Hans Balmaekers who is Dutch and is the founder of the Young Leaders Academy.  This is an insightful post about Millennial leaders and their desire for regular feedback-for seeing themselves in “Beta.”  It is also a push to let Millennials lead.  Hans offers some helpful tips in leading Millennials as well.

Does Your Passion Match Your Aspiration  This post is in the Harvard Business Review blog and is by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.  I have not highlighted Rosabeth before, but she is a well known thought leader and I often gain real insight from her.  She notes that leaders who create real possibilities are both passionate and tenacious in their pursuits.  This is not new information.  But Rosabeth offers up 12 questions as a passion test to see if you have what it takes to make a difference.  She is quick to say that this does not guarantee success-but you can’t get far without this kind of passion.  Take the test-see where your passion quotient lies.

Why Great Leaders Are In Short Supply  This also comes from the Harvard Business Review blog roll and is written by James Rosebush.  Rosebush argues that it is not so much that leaders themselves are in short supply as that the context for leadership has changed dramatically over the last few decades.  This is an argument for a new kind of leader in a very new reality.  He lifts up integrity as the greatest qualifier.  See what you think.

Only Secure Leaders Give Power Away  I came across this post on Twitter.  Peter Borner is new to me.  This blog post is actually a summation of one of John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, which you may have read.  But Peter does a good job of succinctly placing Maxwell’s principle in the context of why many leaders do not empower others.  Look at some of Peter’s other posts as well.

The History of April Fools Day  Did you get pranked yesterday?  Would you admit it?  I am ending with a little fun information.  This is a link to a short video on what we know about the history of April Fools Day-enjoy!

There are the five for this week.  Be looking for some original posts later this week-I am excited about hearing your feedback.

2 replies
  1. Shawn Murphy (@shawmu)
    Shawn Murphy (@shawmu) says:

    HI Gary, just want to thank you for sharing Angela Maiers’s message. She’s a phenomenal human being. I’ll let her know you found the post inspiring enough to alert your readers to her message. Be well, brother.
    Shawn

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