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July 13, 2018

Weekly Round-Up: Unlikely Leadership Tactic, Communicate With Persuasion, How Introverted Leaders Communicate With Impact, When You Don’t Know, & An Essential to Great Leadership


Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts. 

  • The Unlikely Leadership Tactic of Being the Stupidest Person in the Room
    By Gail Golden (@goldencoach), Gail Golden Consulting

    “We’ve all met business leaders who always want to be seen as “the smartest person in the room.” Sometimes they really are highly intelligent. Other times they are empty suits. But it’s always wildly irritating to watch them swagger about. They are terrible listeners, they don’t contribute well to team goals, and often their communication is dripping with condescension...” Read more >>
  • Is Anybody Listening?
    By Jesse Scinto (@jessescinto via @SSIReview), Stanford Social Innovation Review

    “For nearly a century, social scientists have attempted to unlock the secrets of persuasion. They’ve produced dozens of captivating theories—from classical conditioning to cognitive dissonance…” Read more >>
  • Six Ways Introverted Leaders Communicate With Impact
    By Jennifer B. Kahnwelier, Ph.D. (@JennKahnweiler)

    “I often ask participants in my workshops and speeches to think about their favorite manager. When describing this person, the characteristics reflect introvert strengths. As an author studying introversion, this is no surprise to me. The most effective leaders are not prone to project their ideas onto the team but listen first to what ideas emerge…” Read more >>
  • Leaders: It’s OK to Not Know Everything
    By Johnanne Lavoie and Jens Riese (@McKinsey), McKinsey&Company

    “Recently, a CEO confided that the accelerated disruptions occurring in her industry, with the advent of new technologies, new entrants and new business models, were shaking her usual confidence. While an expert in her field, she was doubting her adaptability to the increasingly complex nature of the challenges leaders face today, from work to home life...” Read more >>

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

—David Grossman

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