5 for Leadership-May 23rd

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Here is a new 5 for Leadership for your Memorial Day Weekend. There are posts on leading teams, the practices of great leaders, the value of leadership fear, and how a leader truly earns the respect of his or her followers. There is something here for you!

12 Often Overlooked Practices Great Leaders Develop That Poor Leaders Don’t  “Ever wonder what separates great leaders from poor leaders? Ever wonder whether you’re developing the practices and qualities of great leadership?” This is a great post from Carey Nieuwhof and practical for any role of influence you may have.

How To Get Your New Team Off To A Strong Start  “If you’re a leader in your organization, there will be multiple times in your career when you have to get a new team off to a strong start. One of the critical steps in that process is when you bring the team members together for the first time. That’s a rare opportunity to define the purpose, build trust, establish the ground rules and set the priorities. Like they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression.” This comes from Scott Eblin and highlights four one-word questions that will help make you successful.

Measure Your Team’s Intellectual Diversity  “Inventive thinking in a team setting is fueled by a blend of talents, skills, and traits that rarely all exist in a single person—such as an ability to see problems through fresh eyes, a knack for understanding a frustrated customer’s complaints, or a flair for turning a creative idea into a profitable innova­tion. This kind of intellectual diversity is more likely to be present when individuals on the team come from different disciplines, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.” This is a very thoughtful piece our of the HBR.

On Leadership, Fear, and Weakness  “. . . show me a leader that has no fear and I will argue that this is a leader who is either not pushing him or herself or the organization forward, or is a leader that is failing to properly identify the inherent risks of their actions.” This is a thought provoking post by Elliot Begoun on the Linked2Leadership blog.

How To Earn Respect As A Leader  “Ask yourself if you command respect because people have to respect you or, rather, because you’ve truly earned respect. Many people aspire to titles because that forces others to respect them. But, to me, this is the lowest form of respect, especially if the person you’re receiving respect from is more junior than you or works at a lower rung in the bureaucracy. Respect has to be earned. It’s not about a title.” This post comes from Jim Whitehurst on the HBR web site. There are some great take aways here.

There are the 5 for this week. Take some time this Memorial Day weekend to remember those who served our county well in defense of our freedom.

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