Posts tagged with 'leadership'
Managers Gain More By Asking QuestionsRead the rest of this entry »
To be a better manager, ask don't tell. More specifically, ask questions of your team.
If that seems inconsistent with projecting strong, decisive leadership, it can be, if your questions suggest a lack of homework or are manipulative. But managers whose questions are honest attempts at understanding or express curiosity were considered more trustworthy and more credible as leaders.
Research soon to be published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision …
More Vulnerable, Women CEOs Negotiate More SeveranceRead the rest of this entry »
When it comes to severance agreements for CEOs, the gender gap works against men. Women who lead publicly held companies negotiate severance packages more than half as rich as their male counterparts.
Good news? Not really, say researchers, who not only studied the size of these agreements, but also the reasons for the disparity.
“Pre-employment severance agreements reflect the heightened concern of prospective female CEOs that they are more vulnerable …
Tech Team Leadership Takes More Than CodingRead the rest of this entry »
You've just been tapped to lead a development team on a new project. It's a sign of the company's confidence in you and the opportunity you've been wanting for a while.
Now that you're back at a workstation, reality is setting in. What do you need to get your team on board and rowing together?
In a word, it's leadership. And that has far less to do with your coding …
Humanities Majors Make the Best ManagersRead the rest of this entry »
Who make the best managers? Not MBAs or STEM professionals, says DDI's Frontline Leader Project. The best leaders are humanities majors.
"Leaders with humanities backgrounds showed the strongest performance in leaderships skills focused on people and interactions," according to the latest study from the global leadership consulting firm. Leaders with degrees in business or STEM were stronger, the research found, "in common business-related skills like judgment, problem analysis, and …
Here's What It Takes to Be a Good ManagerRead the rest of this entry »
Are you a good manager? How do you know?
Who taught you how to be a manager?
Sadly, for a quarter of all managers, the answer to that last question is "no one." But even when managers are trained, often it's limited to the nuts and bolts of company policies, compliance practices and the basics of supervision. And it's a one and done program.
The good news is that of …
Leadership Isn't About Being the SmartestRead the rest of this entry »
Great leaders are not the smartest person in the room. They couldn't be. No one is an expert on everything.
The greatest leaders are the wisest in the room.
These leaders, writes author and leadership guru Gifford Thomas, "Llisten to their teams, ask the right questions, and give everyone the chance to contribute.
"They admit when they're wrong and genuinely want to learn from others."
In his short, yet powerful …
Human Resources Should Have the Seat at the Head of the TableRead the rest of this entry »
A new book is helping to make the case that the path to CEO should pass through HR.
In Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First, the authors make a powerful case for CHROs to lead the management of an organization's human capital. An article on the website of the Society for Human Resource Management quotes this passage from the book:
"Leaders at talent-driven companies are as …
4 Ways Good Leaders Use to Get Honest FeedbackRead the rest of this entry »
If you really want feedback, ask for it writes Ron Carucci on the Harvard Business Review blog. "If you’re not soliciting dissent, it’s unlikely you’re hearing the truth about what it’s like to work for you," says the bestselling author and consultant.
"Whether in group meetings, or one on one, people need to feel comfortable pushing back and if you don’t have people routinely offering dissenting ideas, or raising …
Top CEOs Are Not the People You Think They AreWhat's your idea of a top performing CEO? Very likely it's someone who is highly self-confident, outgoing, charismatic graduate of the best schools who adroitly climbed the corporate ladder.Read the rest of this entry »
New research says that's mostly wrong. The 10 year study of thousands of top executives found, if not the exact opposite, close to it in many cases. The CEO Genome Project, as the study was called, found only 7% of the …
How to Recognize Emotional IntelligenceEmployees with strong emotional intelligence tend to be more successful and make better leaders, which is why smart companies make an effort to seek them out when hiring.Read the rest of this entry »
Since the term was first coined in 1964, emotional intelligence -- or EQ, as it is often shorthanded -- has become the subject of numerous papers and books, especially the 1995 bestselling Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. …