How To Lead With Valor In Turbulent Times

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Moral outrage and vehement, yet peaceful,  disagreement are necessary and legitimate responses to anyone or anything that goes against the morals and values of a civilized world. What we must be mindful of is not allowing our fight against injustice to mirror the energy and behavior of that with which we disagree. If we do, we inadvertently give what we don’t want MORE momentum.
The most effective and memorable leaders have risen powerfully against what is unjust while personally demonstrating  civility and respect for humanity. This is what shifts the momentum to what is good and just.
The characteristics of such leaders include being:
·        Principled vs self-righteous
·        Definitive vs equivocal
·        Passionate vs violent
The minute we fall into the same patterns of incivility in our protests  against the lack of civility, we have lost our power to influence change and we have inadvertently fueled the momentum of the very thing we despise.
“Hatred and fear blind us. We no longer see each other. We only see the faces of monsters, and that gives us the courage to destroy each other. Thich Nhat Hanh
Perhaps the greatest challenge of leadership is in managing our own emotional reactions to violations of human values. But when we can do so, we are able to  seize the opportunity and  respond intentionally with our thoughts, words and actions.  Leading by example for what we stand for and what we are unwilling to compromise on, even when provoked, has great power. It teaches and empowers others to do the same, and most important, it disempowers opposing forces.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller
Let us take inspiration from and stand with the great leaders, famous and not famous,  who have come before us and to those we see modeling leadership character today. The best way to show our gratitude for their brave actions that have made our world better is to do our part every day. It is not necessary to play on a huge stage. It is only necessary that we use our every word and action to demonstrate our  uncompromising devotion to a world where love prevails and where the universal operating system upon which we exist is based on the dignity of all humanity.
Copyright 2017, Sheila Madden. All Rights Reserved.

Top 5 Elements of Authentic Leadership

Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting

“Being an authentic leader means being true to who you are and what you believe in. You understand the purpose of your leadership, and you practice your values consistently. .. It’s about leading with your heart, not just your head — so you’re leading as a whole person. And when I talk about matters of the heart, I’m referring to qualities like empathy, compassion, passion, and courage.”       Bill George, Author of  “True North”
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10 Ways To Succeed As A Leader: Coach Madden’s Top 10 for 2012

Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting

Do you ever notice that genuine leaders never stop saying “yes” to life? When good things are happening they celebrate but continue moving forward and no matter what adversity faces them, they find a way to transform it and create something good.

Fundamentally, that is what leadership is. It has nothing to do with titles, paychecks, spans of control or expectations.  It has everything to do with who someone is on the inside. It has to do with the character, creativity and promise with which they approach every single person, situation and day.
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How Extraordinary Leaders Communicate: 7 Principles of Fierce Conversations

Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting

As I watch the staggering inability of the world’s leaders to communicate with integrity and to engage people in solving the problems we face, I am reminded of one of the best leadership books I have ever read: Fierce Conversations, by Susan Scott. 

Does the word “Fierce” scare you? It shouldn’t. The lack of it is what should scare the living daylights out of you.  As defined on the book’s cover “fierce” means “robust, intense, strong, powerful, passionate, eager and unbridled.”
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How Executive Coaching Accelerates Leadership Success

Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting

My clients count on me to accelerate their success by being:  

1. A trusted, strategic business thinker with a passion for partnering with them to consistently achieve extraordinary results

2. Someone who has an unending ability to see their full potential and the ability to coach that potential into reality
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Conscious Capitalism

 
 
 

Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting

Can Businesses Do Well By Doing Good? You Bet They Can!

Business has been, and should always be, a powerful force for good in the world generating not just financial wealth but social, emotional, intellectual and cultural wealth as well.  This is the message of Dr. Rajendra Sisodia, Professor of Marketing at Bentley College, John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of WholeFoods and other global thought leaders involved in the Conscious Capitalism Institute.  http://www.consciouscapitalism.org/whatis-conscious-capitalism.html
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IQ Isn’t Enough To Be A Great Leader. What Is Your EQ?

 

Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting

What is EQ you ask? 

It is Emotional Intelligence. Simply stated: Being intelligent about emotions, yours and others. 80-90% of leadership effectiveness is based on EQ not IQ. There are 4 components:

  • Self Awareness
  • Social Awarenes
  • Self Management
  • Relationship Management.

It all starts with Self Awareness, without that, you can’t develop fully in the other areas.
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