by Nell Gluckman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2017
In the first year on the job, a college president may feel pressure to put out a glossy five-year plan or begin an ambitious capital campaign. But a new report by the Aspen Institute’s Task Force on the Future of the College Presidency presents a model of how a productive first year looks — and it doesn't mention either of those big-ticket items.
by Jesse Lyn Stoner, Seapoint Center Blog, June 13, 2017
Leadership qualities go beyond simply having followers or giving orders, with influence being a key marker of a leader, Jesse Lyn Stoner writes. "If you are leader of a ten-person team and only two of them follow you, you are not leading," she notes.
Employees are better off when leaders don't spend all of their time trying to motivate them or give feedback -- at least when an environment exists that encourages their proactive action, Susan Fowler writes. One example of such encouragement is enabling reports to seek their own feedback and one-on-ones.
Leadership is never more important than in times of crisis, whether minor or not-so-minor, Rob Jenkins explains. “You have to remain calm. If you panic, everyone will panic, and the situation will disintegrate even further,” he says. A leader must have a plan to address the crisis, even if it is simply getting everyone together to devise a plan.
by Interview with Tasha Eurich, Knowledge @ Wharton, June 14, 2017
Many people struggle with self-awareness, whether in an introspective sense or knowing how others see them, Tasha Eurich says. "The research shows that the more powerful you are, the more senior you are, and even the older you are as a manager, the less self-aware you're likely to be," she says.
by Tanveer Naseer, Tanveernaseer.com Blog, June 20, 2017
Leaders can improve their effectiveness and make employees feel part of a team by becoming better listeners, Jackie Edwards writes. She describes five ways to become a better listener, including paying attention to nonverbal cues, putting down your phone and being supportive of people's concerns and viewpoints.