Five Francis-Catalyzed Leadership Reflections

Visiting a dear friend in Omaha recently, she shared something one of her Catholic priests mentioned to her, "He said that he was walking out of a restaurant one night, wearing his collar, and an apparently homeless woman stopped him and said, hey, I like your Pope." Once I got past the sense that this might have the makings of a great joke, and consternated about whether the priest had done something immediately to assist the woman (he didn't, at least according to the second-hand story), I realized that I was in radical agreement with the homeless woman:  I like Pope Francis' leadership thus far too. I'm not Catholic but I do recognize that popes are incredibly important global CEOs. Because how they lead matters to so many, it also matters to me. According to the Vatican, there are 1.2 Billion Catholics in the world today. In the U.S., 72.8 people self-identify as Catholics. His Holiness Pope Francis consistently speaks and acts as a leader. He’s called on Catholics (and us all) to battle the “globalization of indifference” and to be more compassionate, to champion the poor, and work to achieve social justice. Five Francis-Catalyzed Leadership Reflections 1. As CEOs, … [Read more...]

Lead With Kindness: You’ll Get Better Results

What happens when we put kindness at the center of our leadership? There's plenty of hard evidence that kind leaders get better results. Emma Seppala, Ph.D, a Research Scientist at Stanford University and the Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, details several studies in Being a Kind Boss Pays Off: A kind leader may actually be good for "followers" hearts. In fact, a study out of the Karolinska Institute conducted on over 3,000 employees found that a leader’s qualities were associated with incidence of heart disease in their employees. Employees feel greater trust with someone who is kind. Harvard Business School’s Amy Cuddy and her research partners have also shown that leaders who project warmth—even before establishing their competence—are more effective than those who lead with their toughness and skill. Why? One reason is trust. Employees are inspired by kindness. Jonathan Haidt at New York University Stern School of Business shows in his research that when leaders are self-sacrificing, their employees experience being moved and inspired. As a consequence, the employees feel more loyal and … [Read more...]

Creativity Takes Courage

We tend to be happy to leave creativity to the artists, musicians and entertainers of the world but in fact it is vital for each of us. Creativity has been clearly linked to one’s health and happiness but did you also know it has been identified as a key component to leadership success in business? Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression—it is also essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligence. Creative people are more flexible and better problem solvers, which makes one more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change—as well as see there multiple solutions to every problem. It is a key to success in nearly everything we do. But creativity is a core skill that some of us non-artist types (like me) need to practice. Here are three things that help me to keep the creative juices flowing. 1. Clear your head Don't think so much. Take a couple minutes each morning to grab some paper and just write-anything- just freehand write, uninhibited, without thinking about it or stopping for five minutes. Then tear it up and throw it away. After a little while I was amazed how much this cleared my mind and ideas just … [Read more...]

Conquer the Fear of Fear: Anne Perschel

Today’s Fearless Female Forum spotlight shines on Dr. Anne Perschel, president and founder of Germane Consulting. Anne is an organizational psychologist and leadership coach with a sub-specialty in women's leadership. Executives who lead company-wide diversity initiatives work with Anne to address cultural issues and unconscious gender bias. She also coaches women (and men) to realize, and enjoy, their greatest potential. Beyond Anne’s educational credentials and the amazing business results she gets with high tech and other corporate clients, she's mastered what being a "Fearless Female" is really about:  conquering the fear of fear. Fearless Females Forum: 5Cs with Dr. Anne Perschel “Fear is your friend, but she cannot lead the way. Get in front." 1. What’s the most courageous decision you've made? Exiting the field of education and entering high tech  Getting married Having a child/becoming a parent Going to graduate school when our son was 2 None of these decisions seemed courageous at the time. Had I really thought them through carefully, weighed the pros and cons, I may not have leaped. Passion for what’s on the other side instigates the leap. … [Read more...]

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