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The Courage to Lead: Make It Count

Tue, 2017-05-09 16:44 -- tomjonez

 

Continuing the discussion of Courage as it relates to leadership, we cannot ignore the reality that not all experiences in leadership are smooth – or even positive. Obstacles arise, choices are made, and not every decision works out well.

As it turns out, such are the circumstances that mark the difference between average and extraordinary leadership. A classic article from Harvard Business Review entitled, “Crucibles of Leadership,” puts it this way:

Courage in Leadership Affirmed by Research

Mon, 2017-05-01 10:01 -- tomjonez

 

In an article entitled, “Courage: The Defining Characteristic of Great Leaders,” Harvard senior Fellow Bill George affirms the need for Courage in Leadership.

Quoting in part, he writes:

“…There are literally thousands of competent managers who can run organizations efficiently using pre-determined operating plans, but few with the courage to transform entire enterprises…”

Compassion and Leadership – Part 3

Sat, 2017-04-01 10:23 -- tomjonez

 

In past weeks, I have discussed that I the value of compassion as a hallmark of those who lead.

Initially I began by defining compassion and then, next, explored the virtue of compassion-centered management as a primary stimulus in leadership decision-making (click blue words to read).

This week, I part three, we look at the danger of compassion in leadership.

Compassion and Leadership - Part 2

Tue, 2017-03-21 18:26 -- tomjonez

 

Last week I discussed that I have observed the value – and the danger – of compassion as a hallmark of those who lead. I began by defining compassion and indicated we would explore the virtues and the risks of compassion-centered management as a primary stimulus in leadership decision-making (click to read).

This week, I part two, we look at the value of compassion in leadership.

Compassion and Leadership - Part 1

Tue, 2017-03-14 21:35 -- tomjonez

 

One of the things I have observed is the value – and the danger – of compassion as a hallmark of those who lead. 

This week I introduce the topic by defining compassion.  Over the next couple of weeks I will look at the virtues and the risks of compassion-centered management as a primary stimulus in leadership decision-making.

So…what is compassion?  A definition from a web-based dictionary states the following:

Compassion: [kuh m-pash-uh n] : noun

Courage in Leadership - to Feel Better...or, to Get Better?

Wed, 2017-03-01 11:47 -- tomjonez

 

In the ongoing discussion of decision-making in leadership, last week I discussed how we simply must make the best decision we can - based on the situation and the facts available to us - and then go forward to the next decision point we will face (click here to read). In two words, sometimes we must, “Just Decide.”

Just Decide...

Wed, 2017-02-22 11:19 -- tomjonez

 

This morning I met with three people who each provide leadership in a very high-risk profession.  Their decisions are often simply routine; at other more critical junctures their decisions can be life or death and require almost instantaneous judgment calls. We’re talking high-stress.  Really high.

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