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Why introverts make great leaders

Many are recognizing the power of quiet leadership. Introverts, known for their contemplation and comfort with solitude, are among some of the world’s most dynamic leaders. Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg are often named as examples of introverts who are highly successful and admired for their work. On platforms […]

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What’s the connection between good leadership & communication? Everything!

It doesn’t matter what career path you follow after you graduate with your MOL degree, one thing is certain; you must be able to express yourself clearly. Forbes’ website has a blog titled, Why Communication Is Today’s Most Important Skill which uses examples across all industries. The blog’s author includes this quote from Walter Isaacson, […]

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Advice for leadership students from author Simon Sinek: Great leaders start with ‘why’

Students studying for a Masters in Organizational Leadership (MOL) degree can find a wealth of insights from TED talks. Here’s a synopsis of one of the most popular TED talks of all time. Why do we follow the leaders we do? Do we do it for them, or for ourselves? According to author and motivational […]

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Traits of successful relationships between leaders and followers

Within organizations, the relationship between leaders and followers is absolutely vital. When the dynamic between the follower and the leaders is one of support and mutual benefit, much will be achieved. They both need each other and need to work together to accomplish the tasks and goals of the organization. It’s often said that to […]

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Organizations are becoming more complex. How will they be led?

Businesses and organizations have become more complex because of globalization, technology and the need for speed. To keep up, organizational leaders must expect and embrace change. One driver of organizational complexity is the interdependence within organizations today. Human and technological resources are linked in these organizations to improve efficiency and accountability. Changes that once may […]

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The connection between strong leadership and emotional intelligence

Strength in communication and social skills, self-awareness and empathy are major elements that define emotional intelligence. People with emotional intelligence are the standout leaders, employees and team players who typically form successful and valuable relationships. Psychologist Daniel Goleman brought the term “emotional intelligence” to a wider audience with his bestselling 1995 book of that name. […]

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Goal-setting for grad school and career

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”  This quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry rings true whether you are setting goals in the workplace or in your personal life. Having a clear target for where you want to go and what it takes to get there are the initial steps in goal setting. Your […]

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Negative employees are bad for business. Here’s how a leader can fight negativity.

Nothing kills a great idea, drains a person’s energy or puts a damper on a meeting like a negative team member. A person’s bad attitude can lower a team’s morale and affect performance. In the worst cases, a negative employee can be destructive – impacting day-to-day operations and long-term goals of a group. It can […]

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Leaders achieve positive results with strong negotiation skills

Leaders know that to get the best out of employees, business partners and vendors, strong negotiation skills are necessary. Negotiation is not simply about winning an argument; rather it’s about bringing people together and reaching a decision that’s best for everyone. Sure, many people associate the phrase ‘hard ball’ with the word ‘negotiate’ but this […]

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Implications of organizational culture

Great leaders keep organizational culture alive. One person cannot create culture alone, but leaders are asked to exemplify the important aspects of their organizations’ cultures. To understand what organizational culture can do for a company, look at the most successful new business corporation of the twenty-first century: Google. An article in last month’s New Yorker […]

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