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Compassion: The Key to Emotional Intelligence and Successful Leadership

Leadership is not management. Compassion is not weakness. Too often we use negatives to frame positives, as a way to eliminate non-examples. The effect may increase our clarity, but it often puts a heavy penalty on the very thing we want to amplify. Machines, time, and animals can be managed, but people must be led. Similarly, leadership can express itself in the person of a benign dictator, a malevolent overlord, or an emotionally connected guide.

3 Benefits of Emotional Intelligence Skill-Building for Leaders

Among C-suites, return on investment (ROI) drives a majority of decisions. So the thoughtful leader may be challenged to defend investment in emotional intelligence to the CFO or others. What will you have to show for building skills in emotional intelligence among key employees, or for yourself?

Which Leadership Competencies are Vital for Growing a Business?

The universe operates at two scales: microscopic and macroscopic. If you are presented two pictures without context, you could be challenged to distinguish between something infinitesimally small or monumentally large. Try this for yourself. This is not a question of vision—you can see the field clearly—or even perspective (you are towering over the field, an omniscient presence), but of context.

Transform Your Leadership Style With Emotional Intelligence

When considering the traits of a great manager, many think of determination, positivity, confidence and decisiveness. Emotional intelligence might top your list, and there are many reasons why it should.

Overcoming Challenges Entrepreneurs Face

As a group, entrepreneurs face common challenges. Fortunately, they also share personal traits that can help them overcome these challenges with skill and confidence.

This is the consensus of Professor Ed Hess, who studied 54 entrepreneurial companies in 23 states across the country to write, Growing an Entrepreneurial Business: Concepts & Cases.

5 Steps To Better Relationships With Your Subordinates

How can you make your business team more productive? Today's employees aren't drones stuck in cubicles like a Dilbert cartoon. Your subordinates live in a social media world and expect personal engagement.  Here are 5 ways to better relationships with your subordinates:

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Effecting Change in Your Organization: Developing a Plan for Change Leadership

Organizational changes tend to occur in reaction to specific circumstances or unforeseen events. Is it even possible, then, to develop a plan for change? The answer is yes, and here’s why. In order to transform themselves efficiently and quickly, organizations need to plan in advance for the methods they’ll use to develop the mind-set and skills necessary to lead change.

3 Signs Your Organization is Ready for Change Leadership

As an organization navigates the waters of growth, it will hit periods where a transformational change is needed. These are beyond the range of your usual, everyday goal adjustments, and could reflect a complete makeover for your business. These are the moments of challenge and opportunity that can be high-stakes for your company.

What Makes a Great Modern Business Leader?

What Makes a Great Business Leader

For some, the image of William Wallace giving an inspirational speech to his fellow countrymen before they go to battle in the movie Bravehart comes to mind.  Others may think of Tom Hanks’ character Capt.

Leadership From The Inside Out

Leadership Inside and Out

The skills and approaches that will guide leaders through a journey of expanded influence are known and learnable. These aspects can be found in the research on high-performing organizations and the research on neuroscience. This research is now becoming clear with regard to how a leader’s engagement style can be quantified through performance measures. While there are many correlations to success in emotional intelligence for leaders, we start with two fundamental differences in approach.

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