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Remember why you fell in love with leadership

by Scott Mabry, Soul To Work, Oct. 11, 2016

When you're feeling frustrated or worn down, tap into your memories of early days in leadership for inspiration, writes Scott Mabry. "Recovering your leadership joy gives you renewed energy to serve, create and inspire," he writes.

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The right way to develop leaders

by Deborah Rowland, Harvard Business Review, Oct.14, 2016

A gap exists between the skills that leaders need and the instruction they receive from development programs, writes Deborah Rowland. The best development programs help leaders learn from experience and teach them to manage their mental and emotional states.

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3 things to focus on if you want to be a leader

by Jacob Morgan, Inc.com, Sept. 28, 2016

If you want to be a leader, it's important to begin acting like one before taking on more important roles, says Herminia Ibarra, a professor of leadership at the INSEAD School of Business. Three things to focus on include being innovative in a current position, broadening a network of industry connections and trying new things.

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How leaders can become better critical thinkers

by Rob Jenkins, 9 Virtues Blog, Nov. 5, 2016

To be effective over the long haul, leaders must constantly expand both their knowledge base and their intellectual capacity, writes Rob Jenkins. Four critical thinking activities are recommended to further develop the skills of a leader, thus making them more effective in their roles.

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Winning over middle managers is key to strategic agility

by Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland, SmartBrief, Oct.31, 2016

Organizations can improve their agility by doing a better job of communicating with and offering incentives to front-line employees and middle management, writes Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland, a research program manager at APQC. Conversely, organizations generally do a good job communicating strategic change and roles to senior-level employees, Lyke-Ho-Gland writes.

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Ideas on improving leadership transitions

by Clara Lovett, The Chronicle of Higher Ed., Nov. 6, 2016

To improve a presidential search and transition, college and university trustees must have pertinent data about the institution and a commitment to work closely with whoever is hired, writes Clara Lovett, president emerita of Northern Arizona University. In this commentary, Lovett cites the recent presidential transition at the University of Dayton as a good model to follow.

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The leadership qualities that inspire loyalty

by Dan Rockwell, leadershipfreak.com, Oct. 30, 2016

People are more likely to follow leaders who are competent, humble and possess strong character, Dan Rockwell writes. Leaders who exude negativity or who shirk responsibility are less likely to gain followers.

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