The following is a guest piece by Chi-Dooh Li.
In the early 1980s, I was gripped by the idea that land ownership was the key to breaking the cycle of rural poverty in Central America, where I had lived for three years as a young boy. Today, this idea has flourished into a wonderful organization named Agros International which is helping landless communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico achieve land ownership.
The organization has established 42 villages in those countries and has touched thousands of lives.
I have spent the last 30 years working with the poor and would love to share three of the biggest leadership principles that I have learned from the experience with you.
1. Open yourself to unconventional thinking
If you expect to be a leader you have to break out of the tendency to follow the crowd, which is very strong in our culture. If you think like everyone else, there is will be no one left to lead. If you want to be a leader you have to embrace unconventional thinking.
Conventional thinking would not have permitted me to begin Agros. It would have told me that land reform is done by governments, not through private initiative. It would have said that you can’t change things that Click here to continue reading »”3 Leadership Attributes Revealed Through Serving Others”
Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 28th Annual Material Handling and Logistics Conference (MHLC) alongside thought leaders Patrick Lencioni and Guy Kawasaki, as well as The Container Store’s VP of Logistics and Distribution, Amy Carovillano (not to mention live performances by Jay Leno and REO Speedwagon).
Although each of these speakers addressed a different aspect of leadership and organizational growth in their talks, it was interesting to note the commonalities in the experiences they shared and some of the points I discussed in my presentation on what organizations require from today’s leadership to help them navigate the current global business environment.
To help give you an idea of some of the insights shared at this conference, here are three of my favourite quotes from these thought leaders, and how they reflected some of the actionable steps I discussed in my talk on what leaders need to implement in order to ensure their organization can succeed and thrive in today’s increasingly competitive global market.
1. “Make a culture that makes you smarter about the decisions you make.” – Patrick Lencioni
One of the speakers I was looking forward to hearing from at this conference was Patrick Lencioni, given how I used a quote from him to reinforce one of the concepts I discussed in my talk.
In describing the ideas and insights he writes about in his latest book “The Advantage” (which Patrick generously gave me a copy of and signed for me after I asked him a question about his talk), Patrick pointed out how fostering trust and respect in our organization’s culture allows us to better manage conflict, as our focus shifts away from Click here to continue reading »”What Leaders Need To Do To Create A Thriving Organization”
The following is guest piece by Dan Schawbel.
When I used to work in a Fortune 200 company, I always wondered what it took to get ahead at work. No one ever spelled it out and there were no set expectations for becoming a manager at the company. You had to figure it out on your own.
The basis for my new book, “Promote Yourself”, is that I wanted to reveal the criteria that managers were using to evaluate employees for management roles. If you know what managers are looking for, and what they don’t care as much about, then you can spend your time wisely and increase your probability of success.
One of my predictions was that the higher up you go in an organization, the more important soft skills are to your success. The reason is because you have to start managing people, leading a team, delegate tasks and communicate constantly. This was confirmed in the research I did with American Express for the book. We found that managers are looking for soft skills over hard ones when promoting.
Then we decided to break the soft skills down to find out which ones are the most important. The top three most important skills Click here to continue reading »”What Managers Are Looking For In Tomorrow’s Leaders”
What does storytelling reveal to us as being the key attributes leaders everywhere need to exhibit to encourage employees to follow them both in good times and in bad? That’s the basis of my conversation with Forbes columnist and leadership writer/consultant, Erika Andersen.
Erika is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching, consulting and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. Erika also serves as a consultant and advisor to CEOs and top executives from several organizations including GE, Gannett Corporation, Time Warner Cable, Rockwell Automation, Turner Broadcasting, and Madison Square Garden.
In addition to her popular business blog on Forbes, Erika is the author of three books, including her latest one, “Leading So People Will Follow”, which examines the “hero story” motif and what it reveals as the six core attributes successful leaders use to inspire others to follow their leadership.
Over the course of our conversation, Erika shares a number of stories and examples to illustrate these key leadership attributes including:
- How leaders can overcome the current short-term focus in order to motivate and empower their employees to commit to their long-term vision for their organization.
- Why leaders must be both passionate and dispassionate in order to gain awareness of the concerns and needs of those under their care.
- The underlying behaviour that helps leaders to understand what’s behind the actions and words of those you lead.
- How leaders can be generous with their limited time and resources in order to ensure the collective success of their employees.
- What leaders really need to do to exemplify trustworthiness in their leadership. Click here to continue reading »”Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #12 – Erika Andersen On Leading So People Will Follow”