Character-Driven Leadership

While most of us whole-heartedly endorse character as critical to leadership, and most of us require it in the leaders we work for and seek out, few of us consciously seek to develop our own character. Despite this, I cannot recall a single leader asking, “Kevin, I have been struggling with my character. I think I need to do some work here.” We tend to complain about our eyesight and memory more than we criticize our own ethics and character…

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Paul Laudicina’s Article – Go Tell It On The Mountain

In this article by Paul Laudicina, chairman emeritus of A.T. Kearney and chairman of its Global Business Policy Council, Laudicina provokes us to consider the challenge of leadership if “the ‘End of Power’ as we’ve known it has happened.”  As Laudicina says, in order for leaders to convert ideas to action, they will need to be anchored in humility, openness, and authenticity, and they will need to integrate 3 forms of power—personal, contribution and relational.

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On Becoming a Warren Bennis Leader

In our work with leaders, no one has had a more profound influence than Warren Bennis. The breadth and depth of his legacy are too vast to represent here, but his core teachings are clear and foundational.

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How Your “Always Busy” Pace Is Ruining Your Decision-Making

Think about it. When do you get your best ideas? To be truly productive, to optimize our capacities for creative solutions, innovations and transformative leadership capabilities, we need to pause to connect to values and purpose, then lead forward more powerfully.

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Five Enduring Leadership Lessons

With the recent death of Warren Bennis, “the father of leadership,” we have been reflecting on the significance of his passing and what he has “passed along” to all of us. In our work with leaders, if there is an influence that has touched us most profoundly, it is the work and presence of Warren Bennis. The five enduring lessons identified here can’t possibly capture the breadth and depth of his legacy, but they attempt to represent his foundational principles.

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NPR Morning Edition: People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

This new research study connects having a purpose in life to greater wellbeing and a longer lifespan.

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Pause to Lead Forward: The Paradoxical Leadership Breakthrough — a manifesto written for ChangeThis.com

“The demanding pace for global leaders has never been more challenging. Digitally connected every moment, we are increasingly tied to a 24-hour global clock. This is the ‘new normal.’

We are expected to perform continually in the face of global crises and multifaceted pressures, including downsizing, mergers and the accompanying stresses and expectations. The list of demands, personal and professional, never ends. Could it be that going faster and driving harder are not the answers? Could there be another way to sustain high performance? Could it be that the source of our real value as leaders might come from different thinking and different choices rather than from perpetuation of the incessant pace we strain to maintain?”

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Forbes.com: Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership Development

The phrase nosce teipsum, know thyself, has been a classic theme throughout history.  We discover it in the writings of great thinkers, such as Socrates, Ovid, Cicero, in the sayings of the Seven Sages of Greece, on the entrance to the Temple of Apollo, in early Christian writings, in Vedic literature, and in Taoist texts…

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Forbes.com article for December 10, 2013

The 5 Principles of No-Regrets Leading and Living

This article outlines the ways leaders can live their lives without regret.

 

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevincashman/2013/12/10/the-5-principles-of-no-regrets-leading-and-living/

Forbes.com article for August 21, 2013

7 Ways Leaders Can Foster Innovation

 In this article outlines the ways corporate leaders can lead their companies to greatness.

 

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevincashman/2013/08/21/7-ways-leaders-can-foster-innovation/