by Paul J. Zak, The CEO Magazine Blog, Mar. 17, 2017
Cultivating an environment of trust means challenging employees to grow while coaching them along that journey with care and empathy, writes Paul Zak. And as he notes, the case for trust in the workplace isn't just about creating a nice environment for your employees; the effects of a trust-filled workplace have been backed up by research.
by Andrew Carton, Knowledge @ Wharton, Mar. 16, 2017
It is a well-subscribed view that one of the most inexpensive and effective ways for leaders to motivate employees is by articulating a compelling depiction of where the organization is ultimately trying to go, discusses Andrew Carton. Carton analyzed reams of NASA documents from the 1960s to understand how thousands of employees with vastly different roles were able to rally around the common goal of a lunar landing.
Improving communication skills requires a concerted and ongoing effort, writes Ken Cook. Among his suggestions are focusing on one or two communication ideas until you feel comfortable with them, and finding a partner to share the journey.
Why are there so many bad leaders? From education to insurance, retail to healthcare – bad leaders can be found in every field. The problem of bad leadership stems from four root obstacles that each leader can address, writes Rob Jenkins. Here, Jenkins discusses how personal development – and not just leadership development – can help individuals become better human beings first, and consequently, better leaders.
by Ilene Marcus, Great Leadership Blog, Mar. 2, 2017
Quiet, in-the-background leaders often can be the best allies when it comes to advancing your agenda, writes Ilene Marcus. "They may not be the most authoritative or the jump starter, but they will be the anchor," she writes.
Discovering how your employees communicate can be the key to making stronger connections with them, writes Michelle Smith. Some questions to ask yourself: Are they internally or externally motivated; risk-averse or bold; self-concerned or observant?