The trait that makes women great leaders

Here’s a thought-provoking article from today’s Fortune Magazine.

I love the idea of scrapping the “hard” and “soft” leadership skills, (often implying that “soft” is less substantial or less powerful), and replacing this with “hot” and “cool” leadership styles.

What do you think?

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The trait that makes women great leaders – Fortune.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

j0439382Boy, do I agree with this!

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from one of my coaching clients, “I keep wanting to talk with her/him (their boss) about this, but she/he keeps canceling our meetings. I haven’t had a one-on-one with her/him in months!” This is an engagement killer.

Direct reports with important concerns, great ideas, and positive news are unable to communicate them in a timely manner, and generally feel put-off and devalued.

Not only does this practice destroy your best people’s engagement, it trains them that they must “catch you on the fly” if they are to get your attention… As the article states, this is a “recipe” for increased interruptions and “putting out fires” on your part.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity – HBR.

What Executives Value in Their CEOs

Back View of Man Running on Stairs
This thought provoking article just came up on the Harvard Business Review blog. I find it to be consistent with my recent observations?

What Executives Value in Their CEOs – HBR.

What do you think?

If you are a CEO, or, an aspiring CEO, how would you measure up?

Why Leaders Don’t Brag About Successfully Managing Stress – James R. Bailey – Harvard Business Review

This is a provocative article. (It starts out saying, “Imagine you are Mary Barra.”)

Only 20% of senior leaders let those who work for them know about their efforts to manage stress. Why don’t more leaders share their stress management strategies?

Read on and let me know what you think.

Why Leaders Don’t Brag About Successfully Managing Stress – James R. Bailey – Harvard Business Review.

6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics – TalentCulture

The numbers are rolling in, and it’s more an more clear that the positive effects of employee engagement are enormous, yet only 25% of CEOs report having an employee engagement plan in place.

What is your organization doing to capture the ROI of high employee engagement? I’d love to hear what’s working best for you.clapping

6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics – TalentCulture.

Big Idea 2013: Flexibility Without Shame | LinkedIn

What Do YOU Think of this “Big Idea”?
It’s been my experience that Generation X and Y individuals, both men and women, are just not interested in working for companies that are not working on this.

Front view portrait of four business executives smiling

Big Idea 2013: Flexibility Without Shame | LinkedIn.

Ordinary People Inspired to Become Extraordinary Leaders:The Kite Network

Sometimes we are awed by the power of ordinary people who have experienced something so powerful, so profound, that we think that they might never recover, to step up and use that personal experience to bring light and love into the world.  Such is the story of Doug and Julie Stotlar and Jeff and Lisa Pitts, ordinary people who each experienced perhaps the most tragic loss anyone can imagine-that of a young child,  and who went on use what they had learned to help others.

Together, they founded The Kite Network, a peer support network providing free services to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Not a  counseling or therapy center, the Kite Network simply provides caring, support and a listening ear from  peer counselors who understand at a very deep level because they too have  had a similar grief journey.

Join me tonight as I  interview two of the co-founders, Julie Stotlar and Lisa Pitts, about. their individual journey’s. Listen in as they share how they each took a tragic loss, which could easily have crushed the spirit of many, and turned it into their inspiration to step up and become extraordinary leaders, and  to provide support  and comfort to others through this unique organization.

Do you know someone who has turned tragedy into triumph? Has take something difficult as an inspiration to be more? Is that someone you?

Share your thoughts and experiences with us today.  We value your ideas!