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Many people think that great leaders simply have a natural talent for running things, or they think that people land in leadership positions due to a combination of intelligence, luck, background, and charm.
How many times do we attend a leadership development course and become aware of new information, new tools, or learn new ways of addressing an issue and then return to our work place to only fall back into the old same habits?
How does one go about leading change when serious budgetary constraints and departmental politics stand in the way? Successful change will not undertake itself. If, as the saying goes, change is the only constant, someone must take charge of leading change in order for it to be successfully implemented.
Everyone dislikes labels. They become the single most important defining characteristic of a person, and they connote certain things. Thus, when someone is labeled a “nerd,” we think of an incredibly smart person who is socially inept. Labeling someone a “boss” or a “leader” also has connotations.
Back in my corporate-grind days before going into consulting, I got to witness firsthand the leadership styles of my executive peers at a previous company. One of them suffered from a bad case of bravado and swagger that didn’t sustain its influence with his followers. Another led without seeking attention through dominance, power or prestige. […]