5 for Leadership (8/31/13)

images-2Here is a fresh set of 5 leadership posts from the blogosphere this past week. There are thoughts on our 2nd U.S. president, the seduction of charisma, leadership selflessness, thinking tools for team leadership, and authentic leadership. Take a few minutes and find something that is perfect for you.

4 Design Thinking Tools For Engaging Your Team  “Applying the tools of design thinking to help your team conquer its goals doesn’t mean hunkering down on your own with an org chart in a dimly lit office to devise the perfect execution strategy. Design thinking is about engaging with your team at its most fundamental levels.” This post by Andrew King provides us with four proven ways to harness some great creativity with your team.

Leadership As Selflessness  This post was found on the Great Leadership blog and is a guest post by Al Gini and Ronald Green. “(Nelson) Mandela is clearly one of the great leaders of our time. His example convinces us that ethical leaders display deep selflessness and an absence of the two deadliest of Pope Gregory the Great’s “seven deadly sins” – pride and envy.” Gini and Green help us better consider these leadership obstacles.

Overcoming The Seduction of Charisma  This post comes from the Leadership Freak. “Charismatic leaders are bigger than life. You aren’t one of them. Very few leaders move people through charisma, personality, and up front skills. It’s not likely you have enough charisma to lead through charisma.” Dan Rockwell goes on to affirm that great leaders create new leaders and gives us some solid questions and tips to get there.

12 Leadership Qualities Of An Often Overlooked President  Mike Myatt does a wonderful job of listing 12 aspects of John Adams’ presidency that provide us with a leadership to emulate. Myatt provides us with some of his thoughts on the importance of Adams, “John Adams was a leader from whom we all have much to learn. Adams was an amazing man who maximized his time on this earth.”

7 Ways To Remain An Authentic Leader  This final post come by way of Ron Edmondson. “It has been well documented that today’s culture craves authenticity in leadership. One of the fastest way for a leader to lose loyal followers is to fall short in the area of authenticity.” Check out what Ron has to say about establishing and maintaining a base of authenticity.

There are the 5 for this final week of August. I hope all of my U.S. readers enjoy this Labor Day weekend!

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