Successful Managers Don’t Do What Effective Managers Do?

According to the study conducted by F. Luthans, R.M. Hodgetts and S. A. Rosenkrantz (1988), successful managers and effective managers seem to be spending their time on quite different activities. Their investigation on 450 managers revealed that successful managers spent 48% of their time Networking (socialising, politicking and interacting with outsiders), 28% on Communication (exchanging…

Managing Paradoxes in Leadership with Competing Values Framework

Many have debated on the differences between a leader and a manager (Yukl 2010). . Some suggest that one can’t be both at the same time, whereas others simply view them as different roles that may be executed by the same person. I’m inclined toward the latter, because that’s what my clients seem to be telling…

Is it “Leader” Development or “Leadership” Development?

There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the difference between “leader” and “leadership” development. The former focuses on the individual leader and has been criticised by Gemmill and Oakley (1992) as an “alienating social myth” that creates a learned “helplessness” in those known as “followers”.  The latter therefore takes into consideration the entire…

I’m the Boss! Why Should I Care If You Like Me? – Bloomberg

Many people assume that it’s possible for a person to be an effective leader without being likable. That is technically true, but you may not like the odds. In a study of 51,836 leaders, we found just 27 who were rated at the bottom quartile in terms of likability but in the top quartile in…

7 Tips on Leading Your Former Peers

It has been said that up to 90% of mid-level executives have been promoted in the past to lead their peers. Many new leaders struggle with getting comfortable in the new role which requires them to lead their former peers. Here are some lessons i’ve learnt from my own journey in leading my former peers….

10 Powerful Coaching Questions

I’ve found that the right questions asked at the right time brings about breakthrough that no answers could bring. Questions introduce new perspectives, shifts paradigms, explores the unknown and somehow empowers the individual. Here are some of my favorite ones: 1. What is the reality here? 2. What is the one regret you do not…

Determining Competitive Advantage With Sun Tzu’s Seven Considerations

Sun Tzu emphasized the importance of calculations (算) for winning wars. To him, success is straightforward. The more one calculates, the better chance one will win. The calculations are based on seven areas: (1) Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law? (2) Which of the two generals has most ability? (3)…

The Organization Resilience Survey Based On Adversity Quotient

In an earlier post on Organizational Resilience and Adversity Quotient, i mentioned the Organizational Resilience Survey which i had developed. It contains twelve statements according to the C.O.R.E. model. There are three statements that measure each of the Control, Ownership, Reach and Endurance dimensions. The statements and the respective dimensions are listed below: Control 1. …

The Test of Sun Tzu’s Art of War On Concubines

The following is a short biography of Sun Tzu written by Sima Qian, one of the famous historians of China. While it’s authenticity has been debated, it serves as a great story on leadership. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Sun Tzu Wu was a native of the Ch`i State. His ART OF WAR brought him to the notice of He Lu,…

Sun Tzu’s Five Characteristics of Leaders

Many have written about Sun Tzu’s Art of War for business strategies and some even go beyond to apply these strategies to parenting, education and others. The Art of War was originally written more than two thousand five hundred years ago for the purpose of winning wars. While i am not sure if the concepts…

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…