In Ancient oriental Philosophy, wood, fire, earth, metal, water are five basic substances in nature movements, all five elements of nature could be integrated into the contemporary leadership and management essential.
Five Elements of Nature to Define the Authentic Leadership
Wood – Means doing good things with elegance and personality. By nature, wood need grow and sprout in the Spring, Same as “Wood style” of leadership, blossom with innovation, inspiration and influence, to lead via nature, not via brute force.
In this article I will examine the subtle changes in what is good leadership that have occurred over the past few decades, and how the modern perception of good business management and leadership skills has warped over time.
The first change that I can discern is the principle of accountability and transparency. In the 1960s, people never knew how much their leader earned as a salary or in bonuses. All payroll information was top-secret, and salaries of the board members were sometimes not even known by other board members. Continue reading
As Peter Drucker once said, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
But what does it mean to do the right things?
By definition the term leadership means the position or function of aleader, a person who guides or directs a group. Traditionally leadership has been defined by having a specific role such as a c-level executive, a Prime Minister or President, and so on.
However, according to Ronald Riggio, a professor of leadership and organization psychology at the Kravis Leadership Institute, the definition of leadership is changing and the lines of responsibility are becoming blurred.
Riggio discusses how overuse of the word leadership has rendered it nearly meaningless in an Inc. article titled, “Not Enough Indians – How do you lead when everyone gets to be a ‘leader?‘” Continue reading
I’ll never forget one particular manager I worked for early on in my career who surrounded himself with “Yes” men and women.
He lacked the self-confidence to lead and and it showed in his decisions and in his circle of advisors. He failed to earn the respect of his staff, which resulted in little innovation or inspiration. Turnover was high, and morale was low. (The opposite of what it takes to be a Level 5 leader.)
Self-confidence in leadership is important for many reasons.
Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book, a non-profit organization providing books for children, exemplifies a self-confident leader. Continue reading
Leadership has a formal aspect (as in most political or business leadership) or an informal one (as in most friendships). Speaking of “leadership” (the abstract term) rather than of “leading” (the action) usually it implies that the entities doing the leading have some “leadership skills” or competencies.
Types of leadership styles
The bureaucratic leader (Weber, 1905) is very structured and follows the procedures as they have been established. This type of leadership has no space to explore new ways to solve problems and is usually slow paced to ensure adherence to the ladders stated by the company. Leaders ensure that all the steps have been followed prior to sending it to the next level of authority. Universities, hospitals, banks and government usually require this type of leader in their organizations to ensure quality, increase security and decrease corruption. Leaders that try to speed up the process will experience frustration and anxiety. Continue reading
It’s frustrating when your co-workers, audience members, teenager or even your dog (!) won’t listen. While you can’t control how they receive what you say, you can control how you send it. Here are a few tips on why people don’t listen and what you can do to change it.
1. Short Attention Spans
When asked to guess the average adult attention span, most people say around thirty minutes. According to statistics, however, the average adult attention span is actually only seven seconds. That’s right! Every seven seconds you go away somewhere. You think about something else. In fact, you could actually be taking a mental break right now! It is a normal part of how the brain integrates external stimuli like when your computer starts defragging for a moment while you type. Continue reading
Ponder what it takes to be a true leader with these practical quotes that will lead you to a more precise understanding of the secrets to successful leadership…
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
“No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him.”
–W. H. Auden
“Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.”
–Warren Bennis Continue reading
Have you ever heard someone say, “Actually, I have to admit that I think I am really bad at managing other people. My staff all hate me and I’m incapable of doing my job”.
The answer is no, of course. No one says this either because they don’t believe it, or because they don’t want to appear incompetent. Unfortunately research tells us that from the employees’ perspective, there aren’t that many terrific managers out there.
What should we take out of this dichotomy? Perhaps at the least, we could all admit to ourselves that there is room for some improvement in the way we lead others. After all, it’s not the sort of skill that is easy to get 100% right all of the time. It might just be that we don’t specifically know what improvements to make, so here’s 10 ways to start: Continue reading
I am fascinated by problems. I like to think of myself as a solution oriented individual. However when problems creep into my life as they always do I know that I am in for a major learning experience.
I just finished reading a book this week that belongs on the bookshelf of every entrepreneur. It is called “Juice, The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors by Evan I. Schwartz.” This book allows you to take a peek inside the labs of the brightest minds and better understand how they relentlessly question and discover the infinite number of ways that we can imagine and create solutions. The book is an awesome expose on how world class inventors on the planet search for problems, seek to understand them and develop solutions that can only come about by perceiving the problem in a different manner. Every entrepreneur should read this book! It is chock full of wisdom that we can apply to our business lives.
Albert Einstein once commented that the most fundamental question we can ever ask ourselves is whether or not the universe we live in is friendly or hostile. He hypothesized that your answer to that question would determine your destiny. Continue reading
While reading my latest book on politics and economics, I came across a reference to a bible story called “Parable of the Talents’. In this story three servants are each give ‘talents’ (a monetary denomination used by the Greeks). To the first, the master gave 5 talents, to the second he gave 2 and to the third he gave 1 talent. The master gave each a different amount of money (talents), according to their ability.
Two of the servants doubled their money and the master was pleased with their results. The third servant, fearful of losing it, buried his money where no one benefited from it, including himself.
When the master summoned the third servant to get an accounting of what he had done with his talent, he was angry and displeased to find out the servant had simply buried it and where the money had no opportunity to earn interest. Continue reading