Leadership

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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bare essence

The journey from middle manager to CEO is a more complex one than from trainee to middle management. There are greater conflicts and greater competition; as a result, the corporate pyramid tapers and a Darwinian process of selection and survival sets in. Here are nine signposts that one should follow to reach the top of the pyramid.

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thinking that matters

The Gartner Group identified thought leadership marketing as a major business trend that has rapidly become an established field in marketing and a basis of competitive differentiation when well-informed buyers see little perceived differences between solution providers.*
Today, individuals and businesses need to embrace thought leadership—which is about coming up with new ways of thinking and reinventing—as a strategy for growth.

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nurture your inherent strengths

Focusing on weaknesses may hinder productivity, according to Bill Munn, Why Make Eagles Swim?

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move into top gear

Make ‘moxie’ your leadership edge. John Baldoni, N2Growth, shows the path.

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a note of harmony

Innovators invariably listen ‘for’ what is missing and try to bridge the gap, says Sameer Dua, Institute for Generative Leadership, India.

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advancing women is not a women’s issue, it is a business issue

“Companies with gender-balanced teams have an advantage,” argue Howard J Morgan and Joelle K Jay, The New Advantage.

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