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October 7, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: Successful Networking, The Leader’s Imprint, Learnings From a 5th Grader,  Bankrupting Your Leadership & 5 Real Elements of Developing a Strong Leadership

Welcome to my weekly round-up of 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.


This week you’ll read articles on successful networking, the imprint a leader leaves, how the mindfulness of elementary students can teach adult leaders, 3 ways to bankrupt your leadership, and 5 real elements needed for great leadership development.  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.

  • 3 types of networking all successful people must master
    By Gail Golden (@goldencoach), Gail Golden Consulting

    “Networking — you either love it or hate it. I’m in the former camp. I figure the worst that can happen in a networking meeting is I meet an interesting new person. And the best is that I get a great new client. But for many people, networking is a wearisome and often intimidating grind …”
  • The Leader’s Imprint
    By Scott Mabry (@soul2work), Soul To Work

    “Every interaction with a leader leaves an imprint. Think about how we respond to a leader who is calm and confident in the midst of a crisis. Even when the situation calls for panic or fills us with uncertainty, a calm, confident and caring presence can bring the situation back into focus …”
  • How Elementary Mindfulness Teaches Adult Leaders
    By Jon Mertz (@ThinDifference), Thin Difference

    ““Sometimes when I get mad I just breathe deep… I just, like I picture me being in a certain place I like… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do…”
    All clutter is removed. Mindfulness clears a path. Together, mindfulness and minimalism are collaborative partners. Did an experienced leader express the words above? No. A wise 5th grader did. Mindfulness in the classroom is producing positive results …”
  • 3 Surefire Ways To Bankrupt Your Leadership
    By CheeTung Leong (@Forbes), Forbes

    “Leaders, face it. We’ve all been there.
    “You’re not a perfect fit, but we need warm bodies in this role urgently…”
    “I won’t fire you since you’ve been with us for 25 years…”
    “I’ll close an eye to massive attrition in your team, since you’re bringing in the numbers…”
  • The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline
    By Josh Bersin (@HarvardBiz), Harvard Business Review

    “Investments in traditional leadership development are often misguided and a waste of money. It’s not that development itself isn’t important. In a Deloitte study of 7,000 organizations this year, 89% of executives rated “strengthening the leadership pipeline” an urgent issue. That’s up from 86% last year, and the trend makes sense …”

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

—David Grossman 


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