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February 10, 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Volunteer to Develop Leadership Skills, Trust Truths, Signs of a Disconnected Organization, Drive Change with Storytelling, & a Tip to Gain Trust

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 ways to develop leadership skills while volunteering, some truths about trust, signs of a disconnected organization, storytelling elements that successfully drive change, and how leaders can gain trust with two magic words.

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.

  • 7 Ways to Develop Leadership Skills While Volunteering
    By Jessica Freeman (@ThinDifference), Thin Difference

    “You sign up for a volunteering program, willing to learn as much as possible. However, the disappointment occurs shortly after: you realize that the people in the organization are giving you silly tasks and you don’t even get in touch with the leaders. How are you supposed to obtain leadership skills in such a surrounding?…”
  • 3 Truths About Trust
    By Randy Conley (@RandyConley) Leading with Trust

    “Virtually everyone agrees that trust is a vital ingredient for healthy and successful relationships. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about trust until it’s been broken. That’s the worse time to realize its importance because by then it may be too late to fix the damage that’s been done…”
  • Four Telltale Signs of a Disconnected Organization
    By William Powell (@_WilliamPowell in @switchandshift), Switch and Shift

    “Most leaders appreciate the importance of leadership, culture, and engagement within their organizations. While they may not consciously think about the impact on individuals from a human perspective, managers sense these concepts are critical to healthy organizational performance…”
  • How Leaders Can Gain Trust When They Say Sorry
    By Marius van Dijke (@Forbes), Forbes

    “There was a time when being the boss meant never having to say sorry. If you’d bawled someone out for the wrong reason or taken an employee’s work for granted, for example, well that was just too bad for them. After all life was tough and no-one really expected the workplace to be fair and just…”

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

—David Grossman 

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