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February 3, 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Leadership Vitality: Agile vs. Erratic, Unengaged Employees, ‘Shoes Off’ Leadership, Seeing Weakness Is Not a Strength, & the Science Behind Performance

Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

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This week you’ll read articles on how successful leaders are agile not erratic, why employees are unengaged, an interview with CEO, Sheryl Palmer, on her leadership style, if your greatest strength is seeing weakness – you aren’t fit to lead, and the surprising science behind what really drives performance.

These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

  • Leadership Vitality: Be Agile Not Erratic
    By Kate Nasser (@KateNasser), Smart SenseAbilities Blog

    “To succeed, leaders and their teams must be agile. Agility is the ability to adapt quickly and still perform skillfully. Agility is action with a purpose. It isn’t random and unpredictable…”
  • Why Employees Are Unengaged
    By Skip Prichard (@SkipPrichard)

    “There’s one phrase that often goes unheard in the workplace, yet has a huge impact on a company’s success: employee engagement. Most business leaders have the mentality that they’re responsible for providing work; employees are responsible for getting it done. Under this logic, it’s up to the employees to motivate themselves day in and day out…”
  • Sheryl Palmer on Her ‘Shoes Off’ Leadership Style
    By Adam Bryant (@nytimes), The New York Times

    “This interview with Sheryl Palmer, C.E.O. of the home-building company Taylor Morrison, has been edited for space and clarity.
    Q. What were your early years like?
    A. I was born in L.A. but grew up moving a lot, and usually it was because of my mom. She was on the design side of the clothing industry, and my dad was on the retail side…”
  • You Aren’t Fit to Lead if Your Greatest Strength is Seeing Weakness
    By Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak), Leadership Freak


    “You aren’t fit to lead if your greatest strength is seeing weakness. Smart talented leaders find it easy to point out inadequacies, describe what’s wrong, and explain disagreements. There’s no creativity in pointing out weakness. There’s no imagination in disagreement. There’s no innovation in explaining what can’t be done. There’s no added value in tearing someone down..."
  • The Science Behind What Really Drives Performance (It's Going to Surprise You)
    By Marcel Schwantes (@MarcelSchwantes via @Inc), Inc

    “Imagine you could have a skill where--in any given conversation with colleagues, clients, or subordinates--you could be keenly aware of, and even experience, their feelings and thoughts. Sounds like some X-Men-like psychic superpower right? Well, what if I told you that anyone can have this uncanny ability and use its strength and charm to have successful conversations?…”

What were some of the top leadership articles you read this week?

—David Grossman 

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