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Goldilocks Leadership: Using Strengths “Just Right”

In my discussion of leadership strengths, I emphasize that too much dependence on a strength can backfire. As examples: Too much strategic thinking leads to not enough attention to operational details. Too much dominance and hard-driving encouragement leads to not...

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Leadership Strengths Come in Pairs

I’ve been discussing the fact that the emphasis on using  leadership strengths is so popular that we fail to recognize when strengths are overused. We forget that that strength in one area often means a deficit in its opposing competency. Most leaders are familiar...

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Lopsided Leadership Strengths

Many leaders fear they’ll lose their edge if they stop leading with their leadership strengths. They must instead learn to use a strength more selectively. This may be the hardest developmental work one can begin. Behavioral changes are a demanding goal, and it’s even...

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When Leadership Strengths Become Lopsided

When specific leadership strengths are emphasized, they’re often overused. This is the downside of strengths-based leadership development. It doesn’t take into account how the very strengths that leaders depend on can be detrimental to organizations and to the people...

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Leadership and Employee Engagement

Every year organizations get dismal results from employee engagement surveys. Since the Gallup Organization began surveying workers, the percentage of "engaged  people" has been about 33%. This year is no different. You hear the alarms sounded by management...

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Achieving: The 5th Competency of Optimal Leadership

According to research and results of surveys and profiles of over a half a million executives, those leaders who excel in business performance also have high levels of Achieving. In The Leadership Circle Profile (LCP), the Achieving summary dimension measures the...

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Achieving: The 5th Competency of Optimal Leadership

According to research and results of surveys and profiles of over a half a million executives, those leaders who excel in business performance also have high levels of Achieving. In The Leadership Circle Profile (LCP), the Achieving summary dimension measures the...

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Why Leaders Must Leverage Systems Awareness

Systems in organizations become so entrenched in company culture that it seems only an act of supernatural power can effect change. This is why so many change efforts and mergers fail. Like human biology, organizational systems have a powerful immune system operating...

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