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6 tips for developing your leadership skills

by Gwen Moran, Fast Company, September 9, 2016

With the right approach, you can develop your own leadership skills, writes Gwen Moran. It's important to get feedback on your current performance, take online classes for guidance and develop your presence as a leader.

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Closing the gender gap in leadership

by Lauren Silverman, KERA News, August 17, 2016

Women hold a relatively low percentage of CEO posts at top companies, despite studies showing the clear business benefits of diversity, said Elissa Sangster, executive director of the Forté Foundation. Companies that want to help more women get top jobs need to reach out to female employees who are just starting their careers and outline a path to leadership, Sangster writes.

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Leaders are responsible for culture

by Chris Edmonds, HR People & Strategy, September 14, 2016

Company culture is one of the most important business topics of 2016, according to research from Deloitte. "Creating a purposeful, positive, productive culture must be a strategic imperative for your organization -- driven by senior leaders, supported by HR," Chris Edmonds writes.

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Why is humility the foundational virtue?

by Rob Jenkins, 9 Virtues Blog, October 12, 2016

Humility is a “foundational virtue,” the one virtue from which all the others arise and the one that makes all of them possible. "If you want to be a better leaders, you must start by becoming a better person," Rob Jenkins writes.

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Great leaders share credit with others

by Marlene Chism, SmartBrief, October 3, 2016

The best leaders are those who are curious without being superior and who look to share the credit, writes Marlene Chism. Such leaders also don't try to "fix" people, she argues, but they do confront poor performance and help employees find their own answers.

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Women execs set the tone for work-life balance

by Lucinda Shen, Fortune, September 20, 2016

Leaders have the power to change business culture and show employees that it's all right to strive for work-life balance, said Tracey Massey, president of Mars Chocolate in North America. "There's absolutely no reason why you can't have a career and a great family," said Massey, who sets an example by leaving the office at 3 p.m. to attend her daughter's soccer games.

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Honest leadership creates happy employees

by Kim Peters & Ann Nadeau, Fortune, October 12, 2016

Trustworthy leadership does more to keep employees satisfied than pay and perks do, research from consulting firm Great Place to Work indicates. The research shows that employees "are 10 times more likely to call their workplace great when they say their leaders are honest and ethical," write Kim Peters and Ann Nadeau of Great Place to Work.

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