A Leader’s Greatest Things by John Maxwell Company

1. The Leader’s Greatest Victory — Victory over Self. We commonly think of a leader’s greatest victory as being over others, as defeating an opposing team or a rival business. However, as Plato wrote, “the first and best victory is to conquer self.” Every leader faces a struggle against self-interestedness. Yet whereas followers tend to…

Is Everyone a Leader? | Tim Elmore

People struggle with this question and some even outrightly reject the possibility that everyone can be a leader. Tim Elmore answered this well in this blog. I have included some excerpts but i encourage you to read the full article. The answer of course is yes and no. (How’s that for a politically correct answer?)…

L.E.A.D. – The Recipe of Successful Leadership

  “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”  —Jack Welch   One of the most important truths that many new leaders fail to understand is that now their success depends on the success of their followers. One may be a…

Leadership and Punctuality: Must Leaders Always Be Late?

I can’t remember the last CEO, Managing Director or General Manager i met that was actually punctual to our meeting. Senior managers are sometimes on time, but usually only when their boss is attending the meeting. Must leaders always be late? Their lateness stretch from 15 minutes to sometimes an hour. I’m intrigue by many…

Leadership Parable: Benny – The Man on the Bus

This is one of my favorite parables in Leadership. If leadership is influence, then surely we can all be leaders in different aspects. Enjoy. Benny: The Man on the Bus A teacher assigned her 12th-graders to pick a leader and write an essay. Most kids wrote about famous people, but a student named Julius titled…

Leaders Beware: Flattery May Cost You Your Job!

Leaders Beware. Surround yourself with people who makes you feel good through flattery may ultimately cost you your job! A 1-standard-deviation increase in the amount of flattery and ingratiating agreement that CEOs receive raises their likelihood of being fired by 64%, say Sun Hyun Park and James D. Westphal of the University of Michigan and…

What Are Your Tea Ladies Saying About Your Leaders?

“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” – Thomas Carlyle In a book written by James E. Amos, who was the valet for US President Theodore Roosevelt, it revealed how the President treated his servants. In the book, Amos wrote: My wife one time asked the President about a…

How SMEs Retain Leaders

In my earlier research for Singapore SMEs, 16.7% of the companies reported no retention strategies for leaders in place. The other companies practice the following strategies: Training and Development – The provision of personal and leadership development courses or programs. These may be done internally or through an external service provider. Career and Job Development…

Social-media skills every leader needs – McKinsey Quarterly

Once again GE points the way to how leaders are learning, embracing and using social media in organizational effectiveness. I like the concept of “reverse mentoring”, partnering senior GE leaders with media-savvy millenials. Read the following except taken from McKinsey Quarterly to know more. The leader as analyst: Staying ahead of the curve As companies…

Then What?

This is one of my favorite stories. Apparently there are slightly different variations out there, and i chose to use this from Courtney Carver. An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin…