Lead Ahead: Week of December 2, 2013

As Thanksgiving is now in the rear view mirror, keep gratitude in the forefront of your leadership ways. Gratitude is more than an event; it is a leadership mindset.

If there is a theme to the past week of leadership writings, then it may be “revolution!” Our leadership can become complacent and stale. Through several posts, we see how we need to embrace our own personal revolution in order to have an organizational revolution. With this light, we see a comparison of leaders, the importance of communication and brand equity, and voices from past generations to guide us forward. This is leadership unveiled in a principled, refreshed way. Embrace it!

On Leadership Revolutions by Mike Henry. Key quote: “I’d like the Lead Change Group to be a place where people can challenge and be challenged in their leadership thought. That challenge will contribute to the personal revolutions and the organizational revolutions we desire to see.”

The Secret to Building Brand Equity: Democratize Your Brand by Krista Kotrla. Key quote: “Write your brand philosophy. Share it with employees. All of them. Share it publicly. Post it on your website. Make decisions based on it. Hire based on it. Onboard and train with it. Ask others to teach it. Fire based on it. Promote people, ideas and initiatives based on it. Be a servant leader. Grow more leaders. Empower others to run with it. Make it easy to participate. Make it easy to promote. Keep it simple. Celebrate sharing. Keep growing. Make a difference.”

How Pope Francis Schooled Ron Johnson by Barbara Milhizer. Key quote: “Ok, they’ve probably never met, but it strikes me as interesting how two ‘turnaround’ leaders of embroiled organizations, took wildly different approaches, yielding very different results.”

The Power of a Great Communicator by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Great communicators know that people won’t listening unless they connect intellectually and emotionally. It’s all about the quality of the relationships the leader has with the people they communicate with. Know your audience and start by conveying an emotional stories that connect to their heart.”

A Letter for Future Generations by Danny Rubin for Thin Difference. Key quote: “Look, I know life is confusing in your 20s. Sometimes, it’s easier to focus the camera inward than stare blankly into the vast unknown. ‘At age 25, I probably placed a little too much stress on perception as a measure of success. I’ve learned it’s not what others think, but what you think.'”

 Lead well in the week ahead!

Reading Behind to Lead Ahead: Week of September 16, 2013

Highlighted below are several posts from Dallas area leaders, members of the Authentic Leadership Dallas, and the Lead Change community. Enjoy!

How Transformational Leaders Create a Captivating Vision by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Transforming leaders are sincere, personable and caring. These leaders demonstrate empathy to the needs and interests of others. They enable, empower and challenge followers.”

Leadership by Engagement by Tal Shnall on Lead Change. Key quote: ” The engaged leader is willing and able to develop more leaders to create a sense of a shared platform. Everyone can contribute. Everyone can make a difference.”

Thinking About Creating a Change Leadership Department? by Betsy Winkler. Key quote: “You cannot neglect to practice sound change leadership principles yourself. Never forget this is, in and of itself, a change project too! A sponsor with significant business credibility in the organization is essential to success.”

You Can’t Save a Dying Flower by Watering its Petals by Kristy Smith on Lead Change. Key quote: “That phrase has been housed in my journal for a few months now; powerful to me each time I run across it. Determined to bring it to life, it reminds me that the sooner I quit watering the petals and start watering the roots, the closer I become to seeing results. And something about seeing results, always pushes me to keep-on tending.”

Lead well in the week ahead!

Reading Behind to Lead Ahead: Week of August 19, 2013

Highlighted below are some recent blog posts from Authentic Leadership Dallas members. Each Monday, we will take a look back and post leadership insights to help lead ahead.

If you are a member of Authentic Leadership Dallas and have a blog, please use the contact form to let us know. Thanks, and enjoy!

How Leaders Can Cultivate Understanding and Trust by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “When people see their leader make mistakes and willing to admit them, they begin to notice a trustworthy leader that places the interest of the team above his own his or her personal interests.”

Inbound Marketing Culture and Brand Leadership: Let’s Make It Happen by Krista Kotrla. Key quote: “Organizations that embrace a culture of empowering individuals and challenging everyone to be better leaders will not only grow their brands, they will lead entire industries.”

Brainpower. Choose to Use It for Good. by Erin Schreyer. Key quote: “You choose where your brain will go. It does only what you’ll allow it to do. Then, it can either take you for the ride of your life or drag you through the depths of sorrow and defeat.”

Are Connections Overshadowing Collaboration? by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “An added ingredient is clarity – purpose, mission, and responsibilities. Clarity is a must in collaborative working relationships, just as trust is.”

Lead well in the week ahead!