Do Happy People Make Better Leaders?

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The key link between happiness and leadership effectiveness, the researchers say, seems to be that happy people typically demonstrate a certain management style called transformational leadership. Transformational leaders are skilled at things like inspiring and motivating their team, stimulating their team intellectually, and mentoring their subordinates. Studies have found there’s a strong correlation between transformational leadership and leadership effectiveness.

Read the WEF article here.

10 Signs You Are a Leader and Don’t Even Know It!

19H (1)Found it awesome, from Lifehack.com. Do you know people who have these qualities?

  1. You are approachable.

  2. You maintain a smile, even when it is difficult.

  3. You have a open mind.

  4. You are straight forward.

  5. You are responsible, even though you don’t want to be.

  6. You treat everyone equally despite how you feel.

  7. You are confident but are never afraid to ask for help or support.

  8. You find the silver lining, even in the worst situations.

  9. You help others without expecting anything in return.

  10. You genuinely care about how others are feeling.

Why Your Best Ideas Don’t Fly

“You have great ideas. Every leader and manager does. But the idea is not enough”. This LinkedIn post by James G. Bohn outlines five actions that are critical if you want your idea to become reality. Confirmming the why, who, how, what of the process of change!

  • Managerial Accountability – Why we have to do this?
  • Organizational Context – What’s the impact?
  • Measurement – How do we measure success/learnings?
  • Training – Who needs to learn about this?
  • Support – How to help process?

“Pushing an idea through an organisation is much harder than having the idea in the first place.” Unknown

Why Innovation Fails – a LinkedIn Group Survey

Although the study is limited (survey results represent particular points of view from members who belong to the following LinkedIn user groups: Strategy Management Forum, Strategy Consulting Network, and Front End of Innovation) I found the findings mighty interesting. Here’s the concluding reasons (summarizing the 50 reasons cited as to why innovation fails):

CULTURE: Resistance toward Change

FRAMEWORK: Ineffective or Absent Framework to Innovate

CUSTOMER: Bad Ideas / Customer Disconnect

LEADERSHIP: Absent / Ineffective / Unaligned

BUSINESS CASE: Faulty Assumptions

FEAR: Risk Adversity / Reluctance

VISION: Fixation on Short Term

RESOURCES: Inadequate

How Important is Emotional Intelligence (EI) for Success?

Ignore it and you’ll be at risk, says Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, in this Harvard Business Review article“I can’t emphasize enough the crucial importance of EI-based competencies for success in leadership roles”. In order to adapt to the constantly changing environment of today, leaders will require more than intellect (traditional IQ). Competencies like motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement and determenination are heavily based on EI.