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A Yin and Yang Look at the Eight Types of Leaders

By Andy Johnson 

In an interesting 2010 study, a team of researchers led by Adam Grant of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania set out to understand a nagging question in the leadership world. Who makes the best leaders?

Adam Grant and I both identify as social introvert. A social introvert is someone who is slower-paced, inward-oriented, and stimulation-averse, who loves people in usually smaller...

One of my favorite interview questions to ask candidates is “what’s your ideal environment?” If the environment is not right, skills, values and other intangibles may not matter. Different individuals thrive in different environments. The key to craft an ideal environment is to understand a person’s drivers and primary behavioral style. 

In "What's the Color of your Parachute," author Richard Nelson Bolles explains there are several variables leading whether a person will be happy with his or her job.

To...

In this short video, Founder and President of Bluewater Advisory, Mark Debinski discusses the four different realms of self-management and why this skill is so important for a leader to master.

In this short video, The Complete Leader faculty and executive advisor, Dr. Lisa Aldisert discusses some of the characteristics that a leader should possess in order to persuade effectively.

By Whit Mitchell

Why do people lose their jobs? Managers hire for skill, but they rarely fire for incompetence. Instead they fire because of bad behavior. 

“Bad” behavior comes in many forms. It can be behavior that the manager doesn’t understand, or a reaction to a recent responsibility change or a promotion. What if you had a tool to understand employee behavior? What if that tool could even help you anticipate where an employee might succeed, where an employee might struggle, or where conflict...

In this short video, Dale Dixon talks about the importance of leaders having strong presenting skills and being your authentic self.

By Dave Clark

Like the elusive fountain of youth, people are constantly looking for the magic recipe or the secret sauce to become successful. While there are far more successful people in the world than I am, I would like to share some things that have worked for me over the years. 

I am proud to say that I’ve been able to reinvent myself several times over the years, making “hard shifts” between unrelated industries, successfully landing on my feet - and thriving - each time....

By Ron Price 

To some, emotional intelligence (or EQ) can sound like the modern version of standing in a circle holding hands and singing kumbaya.

Many people undervalue the significance of developing emotional intelligence as part of professional development. However, there is an abundance of research that indicates this type of thinking isn’t very intelligent.

It turns out that the single most important element in a group’s intelligence is not the average IQ, but instead the...

Leaders with an aptitude for written communication have the ability to articulate a written message in a clear and compelling manner. Watch this short video as faculty member Shawn Kent Hayashi talks about the value of developing this important skill.

By Todd Fox

An important life theme I’ve always tried to live by is to never to judge a book by its cover. Talking recently with a coworker who had an unfortunate incident at a local car dealership got me to thinking about that.

In today’s fast-paced world, we tend to make quick decisions about everything, including how we judge people. In our quest for speed, we can often and easily make judgments based on superficial evidence we see on the surface. The problem with rushing to judgment on...

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