Issue 2: what is leadership?
To be completely honest I’m not entirely sure. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I know it’s important. I know it’s something we need and should aspire to do well. I know we can’t find enough of it. I know you need to be and do it if you want to be successful in the future of work. I also had someone remark to me recently that it’s “fucking hard”. I agree.
In my latest post I deconstruct leadership in an attempt to make its definition clearer. The article is laced with my own values as a leader, so I really hope you find it valuable. I don’t believe for a second however that my way is the only way.
Do you have any ideas about what leadership is? I’d love to hear them! Share your thoughts in the comments section below the article or hit me back with an email and let me know your thoughts and experiences (click here: firstname.lastname@example.org to email me directly). I read and respond to every email.
As usual, I hope this month’s selection of articles, stories and resources helps you navigate your career or grow your business. Scroll down to find the latest from my blog and the best from around the web, along with my latest book recommendation.
From the blog
“Leadership is hard to pin down. Leadership means something different to everyone. Leadership is fluid. Leadership is a social construct. Leadership is what it needs to be at the time. Leadership is the execution of a set of values. Leadership has lots of different moving parts. Leadership is hard to define, but it’s not impossible to describe what it looks like.” – ryanjrwiggins.com
From the magazine
“We all want to be efficient at what we are doing, but sooner or later our productivity reaches its plateau. When this happens, we use all sorts of techniques to remain focused and keep track of our responsibilities. Luckily there are various apps that can help us manage our tasks, and keep our productivity from dropping.” – medium.com
“What makes a great leader? These TED Talks offer surprising, nuanced approaches on how to inspire and empower others to do their very best.” – TED.com
“From formal courses to online communities, tech giants are realizing that their employees want new tools to solve age-old problems.” – fastcompany.com
“Ever find that it’s noon and you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.” – fastcompany.com
“Most productivity habits develop out of necessity, without specific intention. This can leave achievement to chance, which is why there is so much interest in productivity improvement. But changing systems is what’s really tricky.” – HBR.org
“I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the weekends. I enjoy my job and look forward to going to work on Monday, but weekends are a just such a magical time aren’t they? From the moment you “clock off” on Friday afternoon to Sunday night, the weekend is a time for relaxation, socialising and of course, for us productivity nuts, a time to get a few extra tasks crossed off.” – paulminors.com
“Taking an information sabbatical is like giving yourself the gift of ignorance-as-bliss. What you don’t know that you don’t know can’t hurt you. You can adopt the principle of intentional ignorance even when you’re not in need of hyperfocus on a certain project.” – 99U.com
“A six-year-old who throws a tantrum and refuses to go to school is escalating into the urgent. Going to school every day is important. Mollifying an angry customer is urgent, building systems and promises that keep customers from getting angry is important. Killing the bugs in the kitchen is urgent, putting in weatherstripping to keep them out for the long haul is important (as is avoiding carcinogens).” – sethgodin.typepad.com
“Unfortunately, the cover letter used to be the perfect place to personalize your pitch and highlight information that doesn’t shine on a bulleted job history. To stand out now, applicants need to get creative and change the traditional resume format to serve their needs.” – fastcompany.com
By focusing your energy on one thing at a time you can live a more rewarding life, build your career, strengthen your finances, lose weight and get into shape, deepen your faith, and nurture stronger marriages and personal relationships.
This book is a must read for anyone who feels overwhelmed, under pressure or like there’s simply too much on your plate.
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