Lead Ahead: Week of January 27, 2014

Leadership embraces many elements. Leading well may start with having a solid philosophy and move to an engaging presence, gaining influence, and achieving results in respect-filled ways. The recent posts from the Authentic Leadership Dallas and Lead Change communities highlight each of these. Embrace these ideas and thoughts as you continue to hone your leadership craft.

Why Do You Need a Leadership Philosophy? by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “To align your words and works, a leadership philosophy is that defining moment to embrace… always and consistently.”

How Leaders Win with People by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Leadership in the 21st century is about winning the people equation. Throw your title out the door. People want leaders who are interested in building positive relationships. They want people who care for them and that they can trust them.”

Who Are the Real Leaders? by Mike Henry, Lead Change. Key quote: “Would you agree with me that leadership on most sports teams doesn’t rest with the coach and it may not rest with the best players or athletes either? Leadership, or more accurately, influence is granted from peers to peers; teammates to teammates, based on ability and character.”

Which Is a Better Leader? A Conversation on Results and Respect. by Jon Mertz, Lead Change. Key quote: “Respect is more than a leadership characteristic; it is a human one. However, in many organizations, there is a push to gain results quickly and often and some may take shortcuts to achieve the desired results.”

Do You Have Leadership Presence? by Tal Shnall, Lead Change. Key quote: “Leadership presence allows the leader and the led to connect with something bigger than themselves. Cultivating a positive leadership presence allows leaders to better relate to their teams. When you lead with warmth and infectious positive attitude, you gain trust and guide with subtle, but effective influence.”

Lead well in the week ahead!

Reading Behind to Lead Ahead: Week of October 14, 2013

An interesting leadership mix this past week. The posts offer a challenge. How do we lead anew? How do we lead when we don’t have the title of leader? How can we learn from tough situations? How can we always lead with respect? Some solid questions to answer as we continue to develop as leaders.

Enjoy this leadership blend!

Leading a Significant Life by Tal Shnall for Lead Change. Key quote: “Each one of us, is longing for a better future. We want to make a difference. We want to leave the world a better place. We can start the journey by asking ourselves – Do we live a life of significance by adding value to others so that we leave a memorable legacy?”

Four Ways to Lead from the Middle by Krista Kotrla and Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Lead with questions, so that you can gain a deeper understanding and begin articulating with clarity for others. Why? Because leading from the middle is all about your ability to have a positive influence on the people around you.”

Three Ways You Know You Are in a Critical Experience by by Betsy Winkler. Key quote: “Once you have completed a particularly difficult assignment, you can look back on it and recognize with much greater clarity all the things you have learned from it. While you are in the middle of it, you often do not realize the myriad benefits taking place in the moment.”

A New Level of Leadership Thinking by Mike Henry with Lead Change. Key quote: “I wonder how much of our current leadership model needs a mental overhaul. Do we have leaders who seem committed to ‘if you win, I must lose’ thinking?”

The Role of Self-Esteem in Respect and Leadership by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “Respect is core to relationships. It should drive esteem in ourselves and in others. Respect translates to trust… With solid respect and engaging trust, leaders lead with greater meaning and results.”

Lead well in the week ahead!