Some of the most inspiring leaders that I’ve met are soft-spoken. You don’t have to act like Brave Heart or Donald Trump to be a leader. The question at hand; How can an introvert become a more effective and confident leader? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Her is the answer by Steve Farber, Founder and CEO, The Extreme Leadership Institute. There’s a common misconception that in order to be an inspiring leader you need to be able to stand up on your soapbox and, with great bombast and enthusiasm, rally the troops to your cause through the sheer power of your personality.
Terina Allen is writing here as a contributor to Forbes. She covers careers, professional advancement and leadership development, and is the CEO for ARVis Institute, a strategy, change, performance and human capital consulting firm. In this article Terina takes a look at what leaders say. Out of our mouths come things that expose our hearts, biases and often our weaknesses. Here’s to exposing weak leaders, and hopefully helping them be better.
To be an effective leader, you also have to be an effective delegator—but that can be easier said than done.
Stephanie Vozza writing here for FastCompany.com deals with an issue we all face as leaders, as she explores Dana Brownlee’s approach to delegation. We all know that we should delegate, but something in us always finds to hard to let go. Here’s a why to ensure it’s done well and we can delegate with more confidence.
John Eades is an author, podcaster, and the CEO of LearnLoft. In this article written for Inc.com he tackles the inevitability of failure in leadership, and how we can learn form our mistakes. It’s authentic approach to the real world of leadership and failure ticked a lot of boxes for us, here at Thought Patrol. For business leaders, failure is going to happen. As nice as it would be to have a smooth, easy path to success as a business leader, failure is an inevitable part of the process. Walt Disney’s first animation studio ended in bankruptcy. Sara Blakely couldn’t get a manufacturer to take her Spanx clothing line seriously for years.
Practicing these five tenets of leadership will help you seem like a natural born leader according to an article in Inc.com by Keynote speaker and author of ‘Find the Fire’ and ‘Make It Matter’; Scott Mautz. The study by Gallup holds an interest for us at Thought Patrol as we regularly use Gallups’ Clifton Strength Finder so we were intrigued by the findings. You may or may not already code yourself as a natural born leader. It’s one of the highest compliments you can pay a manager, for a reason. Gallup says only one out of every ten leaders can be considered a natural born leader.
Peter Gasca is an entrepreneur, consultant, and author, writing here for Inc. When he first started contributing to Inc.com, one of his first and favourite posts — and most popular — was when he reflected on the great mentors and leaders with whom he had had the privilege to work over the years to identify the six things exceptional leaders do better than all others. Here is his sequel!
Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart. This column originally appeared at LinkedIn. Here at Thought Patrol we always listen to what Travis has to say, and hold in great regard his insights. Here he has assembled some wisdom for us to apply in those areas we often don’t want to address. There are disciplines that bear fruit that are uncomfortable at the time.
All teams go through four predictable and evolving formation periods. They’re inevitable and universal. You simply can’t increase your performance without evolving through them. You can however ensure people realise what is happening and coach them through the transitions, according to Debbie Madden, CEO of Stride Consulting, writing here for Inc.com
Groundbreaking new books on leadership, recommended by Wharton’s Adam Grant. An inspirational collection of the latest business thinking, thoughtfully complied by Jessica Stillman a Contributor for Inc.com A fresh year demands fresh ideas, and a new crop of books to be released in the coming months promises to deliver them. Which should you add to your to-read queue? Few are better positioned to offer recommendations than star Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant.
Liz Kislik helps organizations from the Fortune 500 to national nonprofits and family-run businesses solve their thorniest problems. Here she tackles a common problem; dealing with a boss who has unrealistic expectations. It is a practical, real world approach that can keep expectations in realistic parameters.