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The Leadership Lesson from Nick Foles’s Post-Game Interview

Nobody except die-hard, quasi-delusional fans actually expected the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, but they did. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is credited with a substantial part of the victory, in spite of being a backup quarterback who replaced starting quarterback Carson Wentz …

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6 Principles of Servant Leadership

Research supports the idea that servant leadership fosters more productive employees. And it makes sense, if you think about it. Imagine a guy who waters six seeds until each becomes a tomato plant; it is just a bit of effort and support for a big payoff. Servant leadership works the …

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Leadership: It’s Not about You

Jerks think they deserve everything that is coming to them, and the people who have to deal with those jerks really hope they get everything that is coming to them. In either case, these are not the sorts of attitudes you want to foster in business. Great (and non-jerk) leadership …

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How to Be an Inspiring Leader

We often talk about engagement and motivation at work, but we do not as often use the more powerful word, inspiration. That is because, statistically, not enough leaders are in any way inspiring to their employees. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Bain & Company’s Eric Garton describes the …

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Can You Be a Great Leader without Technical Expertise?

Millions of words have been written on the subject of what qualities great leaders possess: effective communication skills, intelligent ability to delegate, deep problem-solving ability, and high charisma, among other factors. And if you look at examples of the best leaders, they do indeed embody these qualities. But if you …

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3 Keys to Great Servant Leadership

The thinking on leadership has flipped. It used to be that the person at the top of the pyramid held complete power and dictated unquestioned edicts to those underneath. Now, it is understood that the person at the top of the pyramid is responsible for serving the needs of everyone …

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5 Ways to Be a Leader When Managing Isn’t Enough

I think it is fair to say people have gone overboard in distinguishing the differences between leaders and managers; it is ultimately just a squabble over semantics. But it is still important to know when to use one set of skills over another. In cases where the skills traditionally associated …

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3 Steps to Change Employee Behavior

People can change dramatically over the course of a lifetime. But realistically, people’s personalities do not change very often, and you as their boss almost certainly will not be the person who changes their outlook on life. But as authors Doug and Polly White say, it is still possible to …

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