Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 23, 2009
Have you had a chance to read The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner? It's a bit dry, but provides great stories about leadership and, more importantly, a simple and understandable leadership model. It's a great resource to have around the office.
The first of five Practices of Leadership they talk about in the book is "Model the Way." Here's a short excerpt:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 8, 2009
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 22, 2009
This is the fourth of four posts about the sometimes opposing characteristics that are required of leaders. In Part 1, I talked about the need to balance courage with humility, in Part 2 the need to balance strength with vulnerability, and in Part 3 the need to balance being demanding with empathy.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 12, 2009
In my two previous posts, I mentioned that leadership often requires the ability to balance sometimes opposing characteristics. In Part 1, I touched on the balance of Courage with Humility. In Part 2, I talked about the balance of Strength and Vulnerability.
The third set of characteristics that I believe is required of a successful leader is the balance of being Demanding with being Empathetic.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 5, 2009
In my recent blog post, Courage and Humility: A Balancing Act of Leadership Characteristics, I mentioned that leadership often requires a unique balance of sometimes opposing characteristics. In Part 1, I spoke wrote about Courage and Humility.
The second set of characteristics that I believe is required of a successful leader is the balance of strength with vulnerability.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on April 29, 2009
Climbing at 19,000' in Ecuador
Just because you have the title of "leader" doesn't make you are a leader. And just because you don't have the title of leader doesn't mean you aren't a leader.
People are called upon to do many things - both inside and outside of the workplace. Those who have the courage to do the right things, especially when the right things are difficult to do, deserve the title of leader.
Consider the following:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on April 28, 2009
Leaders are called upon to do many things, and those things often conflict with each other. They require a unique balance of sometimes opposing characteristics.
The first set of characteristics that I believe is required to be a successful leader is the balance of courage and humility.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on April 23, 2009
We all perceive the world according to our own reality. The experiences we have had in the past and the experiences we have today all create the perceptions that we hold about other people. Those perceptions influence our biases (and we all have biases), which in turn influence our behaviors.
Sometimes our biases are so ingrained that we don't even know they exist.
To be successful leaders and successful team members we have to become aware of our biases and how they influence our interactions with others in the workplace.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 27, 2009
As I look at the business landscape today, I believe two types of companies are emerging – (1) those that choose to cut costs at all cost, and (2) those that recognize that people got us to where we are today and people will get us out of where we are today.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 18, 2009
One of the most important characteristics of a People-First™ Leader is that they are self-aware.
Here’s what I mean. (1) They understand why they respond to others the way they do, and (2) they understand why others respond to them the way they do.
Why is this important?