Leadership: How do you explain good or bad events?

Leadership: How do you explain good or bad events?

When optimists experience negative events, they tend to think "this is temporary, for this particular event only, and I'm not the cause of this event." When optimists experience positive events, they tend to think "This is permanent, this is true for all life events, and I'm the cause." 

An optimist explains the cause of good life events as being permanent, global, and internal: “I succeeded because I'm good.” An optimist explains the cause of bad life events as being temporary, specific, and external:“I failed because that assessment was only examining one part of my ability and it was too difficult.”

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Leadership, positive emotions, and making a difference

Leadership, positive emotions, and making a difference

How often are you or someone around you negative about society, other people, or the world in general?  If only you had the power to change things.  If only you had money like Bill Gates, you could make a difference in life.  Well, the truth is that you can make a difference in this world…and it doesn’t have to cost a thing.

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Positive Emotions, Leadership, and the Bottom Line

Positive Emotions, Leadership, and the Bottom Line

According to well-documented research from both the Gallup Organization and the Hay Group, roughly 50 to 70 percent of how employees perceive their organization’s climate can be traced to the actions of one person—the leader. More than anyone else, the person in charge creates the conditions and reinforces the tone-from-the-top that directly affect people’s moods at work and ultimately their ability to perform for themselves, their teams, and the organization.

A positive climate protects the bottom line by protecting the organization's reputation; reducing employee turnover; preventing incidents of workplace violence and harassment and complaints involving Human Rights and Ministry of Labour; protecting the business owners and leaders from personal liability. Hence, an authentic positive climate requires a conscious daily moment-by-moment commitment beyond town-hall meetings, team-building events, and rah-rah meetings.

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Leadership and Inspiring Positive Emotions

Leadership and Inspiring Positive Emotions

The ability to inspire positive feelings in others is a key leadership quality. The ability to cultivate our own positive feelings is equally important for our own health and well-being. When we feel good, we perform better, are more creative and more productive. Good feelings are like lubrication to the brain—mental efficiency goes up, memory is sharpened, we can understand directions and make better decisions.

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5 Levels of Leadership

5 Levels of Leadership

Different theories of leadership development are based on the fact that leaders, like all adults, progress through stages as they grow and mature. The different descriptive words used by development stage theorists for these stages can be confusing. All have characteristics in common, however.

Using a broad brush, this post summarizes the various stages of leadership development including percentages of leaders in each stage.

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Agility and Resilience: The Urgent Need to Grow Better Leaders

Agility and Resilience: The Urgent Need to Grow Better Leaders

Currently, few leadership-development initiatives are addressing the inner game: how leaders perceive, find meaning, make decisions, and handle complexities. However, accredited executive coaches have been preparing for this shift over the evolution of executive and leadership coaching. The shift is from transactional and situational coaching toward coaching the essence of leaders and appreciating developmental-stages theory.

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Help! I lost my MOJO.

Help!  I lost my MOJO.

I often hear clients and colleagues talk about their waning interest in their careers or their businesses. In fact, 75 percent of them struggle with mid-career issues or return-to-work challenges. I often hear, "I can't seem to find my passion."  I have also heard "I feel like I have lost my mojo" or "I don't feel a fit anymore."

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