Tag "leadership"

Overcome old mindsets, learn new skills

Research suggests that the average life span of Fortune 500 companies is around twenty years, which means that unless today’s Fortune 500 know how to innovate at an accelerated pace. There are chances that we will end up seeing a completely new list by 2040. Innovation is the common strand of DNA running among all these old veterans and also new startups. And the talent that organizations have is the most important factor in this game. Here are two leadership trends.

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The other side of the desk

As per an ADP Research Institute® (ADP RI) report, poor relationship with the direct manager is one of the most common reasons for an employee to quit his job.* This scenario can change if the manager puts himself in the employee’s shoes and leads with empathy.

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Decode it right

‘Leadership’ is a much-misunderstood construct. Dismiss long-held beliefs and approach it differently, opines Chris Lewis, co-author, with Pippa Malmgrem, of The Leadership Lab: Understanding leadership in the 21st century, and founder of LEWIS.

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Building compassion

In their book, Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations, Monica C Worline and Jane E Dutton say that “compassion at work is neither a luxury nor an ideal. Organizations cannot afford the hidden costs to human capability that come from perpetuating suffering. In desperate need of new sources of adaptability, collaboration, innovation, quality, and engagement, workplaces must turn toward making compassion at work a reality.”* However, it should be kept in mind that there is no shortcut to building a compassionate culture and that the onus is on the leadership.

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The best course

In a 2014 article in The Smart Manager, Professor John A Davis, Harvard Business School, observed: family businesses are long term-oriented organizations that promise better stability in terms of ownership and leadership. There is a lot of passion to excel and also persistence, which invariably lead to better performance.1
True, family businesses serve as a repository of management lessons even while fighting vulnerabilities such as family feuds, generational divide, and diverse business goals.

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Be a change leader

In an interview with The Smart Manager, John Knights, author of Leading Beyond The Ego said that adopting a style beyond the traditional is more suitable in a world of continuous transformation.* The hierarchical, managerial, male-dominated, and authoritarian leadership style of the 20th century has to undergo a drastic change as organizations are becoming more democratic, inclusive, employee-centric, and open to feedback from all ‘rungs of the ladder’.

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Leading beyond assumptions

David Mattson, author of The Road to Excellence, unveils the ‘blind spots’ leaders should always avoid.

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Not much apart?

Management literature is replete with definitions of and distinctions between ‘leaders’ and ‘managers’—Warren Bennis’ ‘managers do things right; leaders do the right thing’ is perhaps the most-quoted line. Leadership and management undoubtedly entail different tasks, but there are pronounced areas of overlap too; and ‘we sometimes lead and we sometimes manage’. Binney, Glanfield, and Wilke, co-authors of Breaking Free of Bonkers, explain why it is prudent to bind managing and leading in a robust relationship.

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Change your language

Leaders often adopt a flawed approach to ‘time’. It is considered an elusive commodity in their packed schedules, and having control over it is seen as a difficult proposition. Time is undoubtedly limited; so, where should the focus lie for unleashing one’s true potential? How can one get beyond citing time crunch as an excuse for faux pas?

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When ego takes a back seat

“Top leaders have been better at getting to the top than actually leading successfully when they get there. We need to move beyond the hero and celebrity leader phenomenon and identify and develop leaders that are going to be excellent when they get to the top.” In an interview with The Smart Manager, John Knights talks about the core idea of his book Leading Beyond The Ego, and explains why adopting a style beyond the traditional is more suitable in a world of continuous transformation.

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