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The Courage to Lead: Leading Millennials – Part 2

Thu, 2017-05-18 17:21 -- tomjonez


Last week I began a short series discussing some of the distinctives that may be helpful in establishing a leadership setting to which the emerging millennial generation will respond.  As I said then, I am neither a sociologist nor a psychologist – and certainly not an expert.  My perception is simply that of a practitioner - and it is in such a context that I am proposing some thoughts for consideration. And on that note, we continue…

The Courage to Lead: Make It Count

Tue, 2017-05-09 16:44 -- tomjonez


Continuing the discussion of Courage as it relates to leadership, we cannot ignore the reality that not all experiences in leadership are smooth – or even positive. Obstacles arise, choices are made, and not every decision works out well.

As it turns out, such are the circumstances that mark the difference between average and extraordinary leadership. A classic article from Harvard Business Review entitled, “Crucibles of Leadership,” puts it this way:

Courage in Leadership Affirmed by Research

Mon, 2017-05-01 10:01 -- tomjonez


In an article entitled, “Courage: The Defining Characteristic of Great Leaders,” Harvard senior Fellow Bill George affirms the need for Courage in Leadership.

Quoting in part, he writes:

“…There are literally thousands of competent managers who can run organizations efficiently using pre-determined operating plans, but few with the courage to transform entire enterprises…”

A Timely Reminder

Tue, 2017-04-18 10:44 -- tomjonez


Several weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of confronting issues as they arise (click here to review). The importance of this leadership principle was reinforced yesterday during a conversation with a friend when he described a situation where a leader failed to confront (“to face”) an issue in a timely manner.

Compassion and Leadership - Part 2

Tue, 2017-03-21 18:26 -- tomjonez


Last week I discussed that I have observed the value – and the danger – of compassion as a hallmark of those who lead. I began by defining compassion and indicated we would explore the virtues and the risks of compassion-centered management as a primary stimulus in leadership decision-making (click to read).

This week, I part two, we look at the value of compassion in leadership.


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