Understanding Great Leadership

Each Friday, RPS highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers.

Harvard Business Review
Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Looking ahead to 2014, one of the most urgent issues will be a new war for talent: not yesteryear’s broad-based need for all top talent but an increasing demand for the right kind of talent. For leaders, this means a new urgency in targeting, nurturing, and advancing top talent in their organization. Leaders have long recognized that an inherently diverse workforce – one that’s inclusive of women, people of color, and gay individuals – confers a competitive edge in selling products and services to diverse end users. But recent research from the Center for Talent Innovation (PDF) shows that an inherently diverse workforce can be a potent source of innovation, as diverse individuals are better attuned to the unmet needs of consumers or clients like themselves. How can leaders leverage and develop diverse talent in 2014? This article spotlights five ways.

Training Magazine
Four Types of Leaders by Paul B. Thornton
All leaders want to change the status quo, but they use different means. Which type of leader are you? In this article, Paul B. Thorton explores the characteristics of thought, courageous, inspirational and servant leaders.

How to Become a Great Manager in 2014 and Beyond by Roberta Matuson
Roberta Matuson has helped thousands of managers in her leadership development and coaching programs go from less than stellar bosses to magnetic managers. Those who were most successful in making this transition were people who were fully committed to being the best they can be. In this article, she explains what these great managers have in common.

Training Magazine
Coach ‘Em Up, or Coach ‘Em Out by Michael J. Burt and Colby B. Jubenville
Are you familiar with the Zebras & Cheetahs (Z&C) Model? A driving force behind it is the whole person theory. In essence, this states that a leader must cultivate the four parts of a person—the body, mind, heart, and spirit—in order to truly develop his or her latent potential. Here is a simple interpretation of this philosophy, which provides a perfect formula for coaching up your tribe members.

Harvard Business Review
Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People? by Matthew Lieberman
How important is it to be a socially skilled leader? Very, argues Matthew Lieberman in this article. After all, a leader with strong social skills can leverage the analytical abilities of team members far more efficiently. Having the social intelligence to predict how team members will work together will promote better pairings. Often what initially appear to be task-related difficulties turn out to be interpersonal problems in disguise.

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