5 Things Successful Leaders Know That Make Us Want To Follow Them

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The amazing Dr. Maya Angelou understood the profound difference between management (what is done) and leadership (how things are done). She expressed it with her unique heart-full clarity when she said: “People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Kindness: The Surprising X Factor For Successful Leaders

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“My Religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”    The Dalai Lama

Kindness is a leadership characteristic that will deliver financial and humanitarian returns beyond imagination. It helps us create work environments that are based on trust and that allow people to express and experience meaning and purpose at work.
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5 Ways Super Successful Leaders Operate

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“I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details.” Albert Einstein

Einstein believed that God’s thoughts were accessible and that he could hear them if he got himself into a certain state of mind, the mind of imagination. When he said that imagination is more important than knowledge, my guess is that he came to that insight after he experienced what many of us have experienced: Knowledge can only take us so far.
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20 Habits That Can Prevent You From Being An Extraordinary Leader

Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting
Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting

I was asked recently to repost this blog from 2011, so, here you go.  Enjoy.

Wisdom from Marshall Goldsmith & Peter Drucker

One of my favorite leadership books is Marshall Goldsmith’s, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”. I particularly like the chapter on the 20 habits that can keep leaders, and subsequently their organizations, from being extraordinary and reaching their full potential.

Goldsmith shares a great quote from Peter Drucker:

“We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop. Half the leaders I have met don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.”
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Mastery: 5 Unexpected Characteristics You Need

Einsteinguitarplaying“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Einstein

When someone demonstrates mastery, they have most certainly achieved extraordinary levels of expertise. But consider Einstein’s wisdom on thinking of mastery as a way of being more than a final destination. Think of it as fluid, not stagnant. 
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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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20 Habits That Can STOP You From Being An Extraordinary Leader

Sheila Madden, CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting

Wisdom from Marshall Goldsmith & Peter Drucker

One of my favorite leadership books is Marshall Goldsmith’s, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”.  I particularly like the chapter on the 20 habits that can keep leaders, and subsequently their organizations, from being extraordinary and reaching their full potential.

Goldsmith shares a great quote from Peter Drucker:

“We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop. Half the leaders I have met don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.”

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