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The 8 Common Traits of Great Leaders

The 8 Common Traits of Great Leaders

“Leaders aren’t born, they’re made.” Leaders are those who have the ability to command attention. They have the ability to make people feel confident in themselves and work towards a common goal. Not every leader is the same, that’s for sure, but every successful organization has strong leadership. Likewise, there are a few common traits shared among great leaders, and they are: Effort “There is no substitute for hard work” – Thomas Edison. That quote rang true when Mr. Edison

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Read a Free Chapter of Accelerate from HBR

Read a Free Chapter of Accelerate from HBR

Dr.Kotter’s new book, Accelerate (XLR8) is available for order now, or read a free chapter (link below). The Accelerating Wave of Change: How to Keep Your Head Above Water My colleague at Kotter International, Ken Perlman, paints a clear and disturbing picture of the dynamic and disruptive environment created by increased change. Big change is upon us and there is no sign of it letting up. Ken makes his point clear by naming just a few of the astounding events that have transpired in the past 25 years. We’ve

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Thinking Big

Thinking Big

The concept behind the power of a dream (or big opportunity) is creating a compelling picture of the future and the belief system that supports it – both individually and collectively. We don’t live in a society of rich vs. poor as much as we live in a society of dreamers vs. non-dreamers. Organizations are made up of people who long to be part of something bigger than themselves, who want to know their work is for a greater cause.

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Goal Setting: A very misunderstood tool

Goal Setting: A very misunderstood tool

Goal-setting is a very misunderstood and poorly used tool in business. The net result is a workforce trapped in a state of false urgency because the effort is derived from misleading notions in their mind creating misguided effort toward what we think will be effective and measurable strides toward our desired outcome. What usually comes from this is false urgency (explained in the book, Leading Change by Dr. John Kotter). False urgency is the frantic, ramped up behavior that leaves

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What Motivates You?

What Motivates You?

Ask yourself these questions: What motivates me? What’s my purpose? How do I focus energy or how do I get people to focus their energy? What’s my picture of my future? What is it that I really do? The power of a dream – chasing a compelling picture of your future – answers those questions.  It creates the belief that great opportunities are ahead.  It brings alive what is possible and why.  It engages the heads and hearts of followers.  It

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