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The Role of Fear in Leadership: Is it Better to be Feared or Loved as a Leader?

Is it better to be feared or loved as a leader?
It’s an age-old question that seems to keep cropping up.  Authoratative writers talk about how leaders need to be open, transparent, empathetic, and willing to listen.  Yet like the Humble Leader Paradox, if that’s the way you act, great, but what’s to keep people from just doing whatever they want?  What is the role of fear in leadership?  Do we have to choose between fear and love?

Whether you seek to be loved or feared, each approach has limitations that can inhibit your effectiveness.  But I think there is something more worthy to shoot for that blends the best of both worlds.

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Sharpen Your Thinking: 25 Ways to Hone Your Thinking Skills

Leaders should be independant thinkers.
Whether you are trying to develop a vision statement, solve a problem at work, or influence the team, leaders have to think about where they are going and how they are going to get there.

The good news is that thinking is a skill, and it’s one that we can all get better at.  The better we get at thinking, the better our chances to succeed as leaders.

Today we’ll look at 25 techniques to sharpen your thinking that will help you level-up as a leader.

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Book Notes – Originals by Adam Grant

What does it take to question the status quo and produce something original?
That’s the question that author Adam Grant poses in his 2016 book Originals:  How Non-Conformists Move the World.  The answer he reaches might surprise you.

Grant takes us on a journey through recent history, into the psychology lab, and behind the doors of inventors and investors to get at the core of how originality happens.  Along the way, he dispells several myths that even he once held true.

Some key points from the book I think you might appreciate include how original work happens in the first place, and how as leaders we can establish an environment that encourages originality from all of us.

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By |December 14th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Book Notes – Originals by Adam Grant

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How to Stay Optimistic: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Give Up

How can you stay optimistic in the face of failure?
Failure is a natural part of doing business, of being human, and of attempting to do things you haven’t done before.  And when we fail, there’s a natural tendency to want to give up.  It’s hard to stay optimistic.

But before you pull the plug and succumb to a gloomy “it’ll never work” outlook, there are three questions you should ask yourself.  They could make the difference between giving up and achieving what you set out to accomplish.

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By |December 5th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on How to Stay Optimistic: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Give Up

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Answering the Call of Leadership

When the call of leadership comes, what will you do?
Often what makes leaders stand out are not the great deeds but the small acts.  Many of these actions may even go unnoticed by most.  But cumulatively they demonstrate where the leader’s heart lies, and they build the kind of loyalty that makes teams strong and successful.

This is a story of one such simple act over 50 years ago that left a life-long impression.  The call of leadership came, and the way this leader handled it serves as a great model for us all.

Here’s what happened.

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By |November 29th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Answering the Call of Leadership

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Leading Volunteers: How to Keep Them Coming Back

How do you lead people who aren’t on your payroll?
Since moving to Minnesota, I’ve wanted to get engaged locally as a volunteer.  Last month I signed up to help at a local agency, and it was a great experience.

The way they worked with the volunteers made it fun, productive and has had me coming back weekly ever since.  Today I’ll share the many things that went right, so that if you find yourself in the business of leading volunteers you’ll have them coming back for more, too.

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By |November 22nd, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Leading Volunteers: How to Keep Them Coming Back

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Everyday Winners – How to Build Mental Toughness One Day at a Time

How do you win the daily struggle to get out the door?
Temperatures have been dropping lately.  Now it takes more effort to get out the door for my morning run.

Yesterday I  had to analyze the weather.  Contend with warm clothing decisions.  Wrestle them all on.  Shiver through the first mile until the blood started to flow.

Part of me did not want to fight with the layers of clothing, stumble through the darkness, or brace against the chill.  Wouldn’t it be nicer to stay inside where it’s warm?

We all face struggles like this if we are in the business of trying to accomplish something.  It can be tough to get yourself out the door.

How do you build mental toughness?  How do you get past the struggle?

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By |November 9th, 2017|Learn Concepts, Motivation, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Everyday Winners – How to Build Mental Toughness One Day at a Time

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Building Influence – 6 Ways to Earn Respect

What’s the secret to building influence?
Becoming more influential is actually a pretty simple matter.  But simple doesn’t mean easy.  One evening not too long ago, someone gave me a brief demonstration of how to go about building influence, and showed that any of us can do it, if we are willing to make the effort.

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By |November 7th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Building Influence – 6 Ways to Earn Respect

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Visionary Leadership: When Social Proof Fails

What is visionary leadership?
In 1921, an explorer and naturalist named William Beebe was trekking through the jungle in Guyana.  He came across a large colony of ants marching along a path that they had made.

Curious, he followed the little ant highway to see where they were going.

After a quarter mile of climbing over logs, skirting around trees and breaking through the underbush, he found that he was right back where he started.

The ants were marching in an enormous circle, each ant following the ants up ahead.  It was social proof.  After all, why would all those ants follow a trail if it wasn’t going somewhere?

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By |November 2nd, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Visionary Leadership: When Social Proof Fails

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6 Powerful Ways Leaders Reflect, and how Reflection Makes Your Team Great

What is reflection for leaders?
Reflection sounds like a passive exercise you do by yourself.  It seems to involve sitting in a chair in a darkened room and journaling about the meaning of things.  Maybe that’s part of it, but I think for leaders there is much more to it than that.

Leaders reflect actively, selectively, constantly, and in public.  And through their active reflection, they build skillful, capable teams that continuously become better versions of themselves.  Here’s how they do it.

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By |October 24th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on 6 Powerful Ways Leaders Reflect, and how Reflection Makes Your Team Great

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