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The 5 Qualities of a Responsible Leader

In a business, the CEO or figurehead of authority represents and is responsible for the entire company: its financial performance, the quality of the resources, products and services, the partnerships, employee health and security and the social and ethical responsibilities …


Shared Leadership: Utopia or a Real Possibility?

The concept of shared leadership is far from being a utopian ideal. There are many successful organizations that have implemented this form of leadership in their management style. There is the case of the Danone Group who has introduced a …


The Four Masks of Influence: How to Mobilize in Other Ways than with Authority, Charm, Manipulation or Intimidation?

Could there be skeletons or ghosts of another era hiding behind and influencing our idea of leadership?

 

There are four traditional masks used by leaders to influence others, these are: authority, charisma, manipulation of the truth and intimidation. Instead …


Why Everybody Can and Should Develop their Communication Skills

Seth Godin’s short article “Open conversations (or close them)” illustrates two important aspects of communication that should be developed for those wishing to improve their leadership potential. These are:


    1. That communication skills need to be developed both inside and

The Benefits of Collective Confidence in a Group

The differences between one team or organization and another are always surprising to notice.

 

Some teams are pro-active, energetic and determined while others are apathetic and seem overwhelmed by their day-to-day tasks. They give the impression that their situation …


Let us Observe the Shared Leadership Amongst Flocks of Migrating Snow Geese!

The autumn skies are filled with magnificent flocks of Snow Geese flying above the cities and the countryside. Travelling in groups, these birds brush their wings against the streams to form breaking waves that resemble a high and then low …


The Case of the Tourterelle School: Shared Leadership for the Achievement of Education Objectives

I recently collaborated with the Professor Huguette Drouin, Ph.D. on an article that was published in the magazine “Le Point en Administration de l’Éducation”.

It is about the positive effects and the benefits of shared leadership through its implementation …


Voicing Your Opinion and Influencing in Group Discussions: Two Essential Leadership Qualities

I’ve recently heard CEOs and industry leaders complain about the lack of initiative from employees who should show signs of leadership. Workers’ silence during meetings and group discussions was taken to be a lack of initiative, of interest, of ability …


Finding Inspiration in Jack Layton’s Leadership Style: Taking Risks and Succeeding as a Team

The many expressions of sympathy in the newspapers and on television following Jack Layton’s death demonstrate that he was a man who knew how to inspire and mobilize citizens in his electoral campaigns. The Canadian community was mobilized and moved …


Shared Leadership: An Adaptation to the Evolution of Management Styles

A CEO or team leader is constantly looking to improve their workers’ performance and increase their propensity to take initiatives. At the same time, these figureheads want to ensure a collaborative work environment, where every worker is comfortable to voice …