5 Reason Introverts are the Best Leaders

5 Reason Introverts are the Best Leaders It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that introverts – those people who live inside their own heads and aren’t their happiest around large crowds – could make effective leaders. But a look at some famous introverted leaders like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln quickly dispels the myth that one cannot be both introverted and a great leader. In fact the truly great leaders that are also introverts will use those tendencies to push themselves ahead of the pack. Here we look at five of the reasons that allow introverts to excel as leaders. Solitude Leads to Deeper Understanding Extroverts draw energy and meaning from b


WHY LISTENING MIGHT BE THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL TO HIRE FOR YOU CAN TEACH HARD SKILLS, BUT EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND ACTIVE LISTENING? THESE ARE THE SKILLS THAT REALLY MATTER WHEN LOOKING FOR A JOB. BY AVINOAM NOWOGRODSKI Interviewing is full of uncertainty. What set of skills are really the most important? What does it take to rise above the rest? The answer: "Soft skills." Soft skills are what enables someone to get along with other people. From technology companies to law firms, every organization recognizes people who are functional experts. However, soft skills that complement these hard skills are what make a job candidate or employee a prize. A 2014 CareerBuilder survey indicates tha

Six Habits Of Confident People

http://www.fastcompany.com/3042665/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/six-habits-of-confident-people SIX HABITS OF CONFIDENT PEOPLE FEARLESS CHILDREN OFTEN TURN INTO INSECURE ADULTS. HOW DO PEOPLE MANAGE TO STAY CONFIDENT IN THE FACE OF FAILURE? BY STEPHANIE VOZZA When my son was 4, he wore a superhero cape. All of the time. I vividly remember a trip to Home Depot when he had dressed himself in shorts and a shirt, cowboy boots, swim goggles, gardening gloves, and the cape. Even though he attracted plenty of stares, he walked through the store very sure of himself and his wardrobe choice. Many of us outgrow our childhood ideals, but why is it we also often leave behind the sense of confidence

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

The 10 Commandments of Leadership: Becoming a great leader comes down to remembering and following these 10 simple rules. A group of archeologists digging through ancient corporate archives recently uncovered two mysterious tablets (aka "wall plaques") engraved with the following laws: I. Thou shalt remain optimistic. Since thy employees look to thee for leadership, thou must not let thy worries and concerns cast a black cloud over everyone else, for that way lies certain failure. II. Thou shalt set a clear direction. If thou wouldst be a leader, thou must create a vision in the minds of your followers whence and whither thou art leading them. Fail at this, and thy organization will wander i


WHAT THE HOTTEST WORD OF THE YEAR MEANS FOR YOUR BUSINESS IS IT JUST A BUZZWORD, OR IS WORKPLACE CULTURE AWARENESS A PHENOMENON DESERVING OF OUR CONSIDERATION? BY MICHAEL LEE STALLARD Last month Merriam-Webster announced that "culture" is the 2014 word of the year based on increased year-over-year look-up activity on its website, which averages around 100 million page views each month. Why are so many people searching the definition of the word "culture?" Don’t we know what the word means already? Not really. Culture is something that is very real, yet intangible. We struggle to define and understand it. In fact, culture has many shades of meaning. The sociological definition of culture, whi

Are you an effective communicator?

A leader who hasn’t grasped the basics of effective communication is like a pilot who hasn’t quite grasped the basics of takeoff and landing. Being able to communicate effectively with those you intend to lead, as well as with your fellow leaders is paramount to your success. But makes for effective communication? Is it something you’re born with, or is it a learned skill? I’m here to tell you that you can learn how to become a more effective communicator. Here are five skills that you can master, starting today, that will make you a better and more effective communicator. Make the Complex Simple Most topics tend to be somewhat complex for people who may not have attained the same level of e


HOW ONE SIMPLE CHANGE CAN MAKE YOU A BETTER LISTENER IT SOUNDS EASY, BUT IT'S SURPRISINGLY HARD FOR MOST OF US: TO BECOME A BETTER LISTENER, STOP FOCUSING ON WHAT YOU’LL SAY NEXT. BY ART MARKMAN Next time you’re at a meeting when you are not a central participant, take a couple of minutes and watch some of the other people at the table. Most of them won’t even look like they are listening carefully. Some are fidgeting in their seats. Some are checking their email under the table. Few of them are really listening to what is going on around them. Listening is a skill that can make you a better colleague and a more effective leader. When people feel as though they have been heard, they trust yo

How important is company culture and why

Your company culture is unique to your business and it’s, in fact, what defines it most adequately. Your products and services might be duplicated, your techniques might be borrowed but what remains a distinctive feature of your company throughout the years is its personality – its “culture”. In short, your company culture defines how your organization will interact with each other, and how your teams will communicate with the outside world. This also includes your partners, business relations, and suppliers. Company culture includes but it’s not limited to management techniques, work ethic, shared values and common goals, daily work practices and language. Company culture motivates people,

Emotional intelligence and leadership

Emotional intelligence and leadership What makes one a successful leader? Is it their sense of control over the situation and their own moods? Is it the respect that their team has or perhaps their communication skills? Is it the ability to make careful decisions and find the best solution to every problem? The answer is all of them, as these qualities are part of a broader trait, known as emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is namely the ability to understand and control your own emotions and those of the people around you. It involves a high degree of self-awareness, self-management and social awareness, also known as empathy. The people with high emotional intelligence know how

Delegation and Teamwork: Keys to Organizational Health

Insight: The way to maximize personal and organizational health is through delegation and teamwork, not by trying to do everything yourself. Is the old saying, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” really true? Not if you aspire to a healthy, prosperous organization. The fact is that you simply can’t maximize effectiveness by trying to do everything yourself. To the contrary: that tactic will leave you feeling stressed and burned out. Prosperous leaders realize that their success is related directly to that of their employees. As a result, they empower their workers by creating a culture of collaboration and cooperation. They know that such environments enable the de

Mission: A Healthy Organization Knows Where it’s Going

Mission: A Healthy Organization Knows Where it’s Going Insight: Clearly stated personal and business mission statements are key indicators of a healthy organization. A healthy organization is one that has a high likelihood of success because it is able to maximize its effectiveness. One way it does this is by establishing a clear mission that enables everyone to see where it’s going. Yet I’ve seen far too many entrepreneurs who don’t have a mission statement – for themselves or for their businesses. Because they don’t know what success looks like, they can’t tell what they must do to get there. As a result, they spend a lot of time needlessly spinning their wheels. In contrast, prosperous le

Balance: The Foundation of a Healthy Organization

Balance: The Foundation of a Healthy Organization Insight: Organizational health begins with personal and organizational balance. A healthy organization is one that has a high likelihood of success. When all areas of the business are aligned and in balance, there are few obstacles to peak performance. So what does organizational health mean, and how can your company achieve it? A healthy business is one that maximizes its effectiveness. It is characterized by a clear mission or purpose, a high level of trust between management and employees, a collaborative and cooperative culture, engaged workers, delighted customers, and financial strength. Prosperous leaders know that their success depend

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