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” By Naphtali Hoff, of SmartBrief”
eadership is the ability to not only understand and utilize your innate talents, but to also effectively leverage the natural strengths of your team to accomplish the mission. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, answer key or formula to leadership. Leadership should be the humble, authentic expression of your unique personality in pursuit of bettering whatever environment you are in. – Katie Christy, founder, Activate Your Talent
A parable is told about a pencil-maker who was preparing to put an important pencil in a box. Before doing so, though, he took the pencil aside. “There are five things you need to know,” he said. “If you can remember these five things, you will become the best pencil you can be.”
” By Skip Prichard, of Leadership Insights”
Over ten years ago, I found myself in a class for leaders and managers. After building rapport and working to create a safe environment of trust, the class facilitator decided to have us go around the room and share our insecurities and fears. The coach was specifically homing in on our weaknesses and asking for us to be transparent with others in the room.
“By Mary Jo Asmus, of Aspire”
Very few leaders will claim that they are fearful of anything. Other words might be used because the word fear in itself is frightful. They might say that they “avoid” something, “mistrust” someone, or have “anxiety” – perhaps more acceptable terms to use.
” By Greg Wartes, of Managed Services”
My firm performs a lot of services really well, and we know where our strengths are – simple right? Not reality though. Because I am in sales, I meet people for a living – prospects, networking, saying hello to people in line at the grocery store, business owners and the folks in “the channel.” The thing that always amazes me is that when I meet a business owner that tells me they are good at A through Z, not skipping anything in between; really? You excel at everything?
“By Mark Nation, of SmartBrief”
I recently had a conversation with the leader of a nonprofit about how we so easily become mechanical in our work, especially when we are in positions of leadership. The man I was talking with made a quick, off-the-cuff reference to the story of the Tin Man, and then moved on, but the metaphor really stuck with me.