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5 Tips for Leading a High-Impact Team

by Leigh Thompson, Kellogg Insight, July 1, 2016

Nobody sets out to lead an ineffective team. In fact, leaders agonize over fostering teams that work well together and deliver smart solutions time and time again. Leigh Thompson, a professor of management and organizations at Kellogg and an expert on teamwork, clears up five popular misconceptions.
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Be Open to Criticism to Get the Most From a Mentor

by Dr. Jon Warner, Ready to Manage, July 15, 2016

Mentors are giving you their time and expertise, so be prepared for your meetings and okay with constructive criticism, writes executive coach Jon Warner. Follow up, both with questions about that feedback and with corrective actions after your meetings.
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A Skeptic's Observations on Leadership

by Dr. N. Karl Haden, 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders Blog, June 11, 2016

Do you find the litany of modern books on the subject of leadership to be a repackaging of similar concepts and lacking originality? As noted by Dr. N Karl Haden, some of the most enlightened thinking on leadership was first penned 2,000 years ago. Dr. Haden taps into this ancient wisdom and examines how these original thoughts can help us become better modern-day leaders. 
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Why the Best Leaders Check their Egos at the Door

by Steve Tobak, Fortune, July 15, 2016

People can ruin their careers by having too much ego and too little humility, notes management consultant Steve Tobak. Overestimating the ease of success and underestimating the likelihood of failure is frequently seen in individuals and in the strategies they espouse, Tobak writes.
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Is Higher Education on the Verge of a Leadership Crisis?

by Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 9, 2016

Higher education could be on the verge of a leadership crisis as many new deans and university presidents are not properly prepared for top jobs, writes Arizona State University professor Jeffrey Selingo. "There is relatively little mentoring, coaching, or overt succession planning that would allow for the cultivation of the next generation of leaders," he notes in this commentary.
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What Key Skills are Leaders Missing?

by Jean Brittain Leslie, Training Magazine, July 21, 2016

Critical leadership skills in short supply include strategic planning and the ability to inspire commitment and self-awareness, writes Jean Brittain Leslie, a researcher at the Center for Creative Leadership. Leslie recommends that organizations conduct a gap analysis and develop training programs and other efforts to address these issues.
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Answer these 5 Questions to Sharpen your Goals

by Douglas R. Conant, Leadership Freak, July 27, 2016

"Are we dispelling ambiguity?" and "Are we rallying resources?" are two questions that can help leaders to refine and define their goals and meet them. "When you understand the 'why,' you'll connect more deeply with the 'what' that your goals require," writes Douglas Conant.
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