Thursday, May 31, 2012

Leading Corporate Culture

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I was listening to a book on cd in my car and the author was speaking about a study showing that children were influenced to a greater degree by their environment than their home.  In simple terms this study proposed that the greater amount of influence was due to the amount of time spent at school and in their cultural environment versus the amount of time spent in their home environment.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

How necessary is industry or job specific experience for leaders?

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I had an interesting conversation yesterday and thought of my Leader readers.  I’m curious to know what you think about the importance of fully understanding what your subordinates do.  Some folks are of the opinion that to lead well you need to have been in the trenches and really understand the environment your subordinates work in.  They believe that without this real life experience a leader cannot effectively lead because they don’t have a full understanding of the demands and expectations that their team experiences.  Others feel that leadership in and of itself is universal and most of what leaders do translates from industry to industry leaving what your subordinates “do” as minor details.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lessons Learned from Motherhood

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In honor of Mother’s Day I was reflecting on the leadership lessons I learned by being a mom.  Of all the jobs I have held motherhood has been the most humbling and the most rewarding.  My children have taught me some very valuable lessons and have acted as an excellent training ground for leadership in the workplace.  The following are some of the most important lessons I have learned from them.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Leadership 101 - Trait Approach: Just How Well Do Women Leaders Stack Up?

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After a century of research scholars have come to varying conclusions on what the most desirable leadership traits one must possess.  The general consensus is that the top five traits are:
·         Intelligence
·         Determination
·         Self-Confidence
·         Integrity
·         Sociability