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12 Ideas for Developing Talent

"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself.
It's what you do for others." - Danny Thomas

As a current leader in a company today, you know how hard it is to find talent who can grow into bigger roles, or take on more responsibility. You may have talent who needs to step up and help lead a new change in direction. It sounds simple, ask the talent you have to find a way to do more or to stretch and grow. Yet, the single biggest problem we get asked to help solve today? Help organizations develop leaders who believe in developing others. 

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Leadership Poll Results: Greatest Impact on Career Success

Last month we invited colleagues and clients to complete a survey identifying what had the greatest impact on their career success. With over 100+ leaders weighing in, the winner with one-third of the votes was "I had a supportive boss."

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Extraordinary Leadership: 15 Great Leadership Quotes

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These quotes from inspiring business leaders have become our favorite ones to share as part of our extraordinary leadership workshops and when we work with senior team leaders to build high performing teams. What we know about inspiration is that it comes in many forms: quotes, pictures, acts of kindness, overcoming adversity, experience, etc. We hope these quotes inspire you to improved leadership performance as you continue your extraordinary leadership journey!
  • "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."—John C. Maxwell 

  • "Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position." —Brian Tracy

  • "Leadership is influence." —John C. Maxwell

  • "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." —Kenneth Blanchard

  • "The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly."—Jim Rohn

  • "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." —Bill Gates

  • "The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership". —Harvey Firestone

  • "The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision". —Kenneth Blanchard

  • "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."–Oprah Winfrey

  • "Believe that there are no limitations, no barriers to your success – you will be empowered and you will achieve."Ursula Burns

  • "It's not the strongest or the most intelligent who survive, but those most adaptive to change. Over the past 10 years, the need for, and focus on, adaptability has accelerated."–Ken Chenault

  • "Lead by listening – to be a good leader you have to be a great listener." Richard Branson 

  • "Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders."–Tom Peters

  • "Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room." Jeff Bezos

  • "Diversity: the art of thinking independently together." –Malcolm Forbes
We would love to hear from you. What are your favorite quotes about leadership?
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Six Keys to Executive Presence and Leadership Development

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” — Jim Rohn

If you desire to move to the top ranks of leadership in the workplace, it takes a lot to build your credibility and a track record of success. Indeed, in today’s flatter organizations, leaders need to stand out. Research from the Center for Talent Innovation, October 2012, states that executive presence accounted for 26% of what it takes to get promoted according to senior executives. While companies have started noticing their talent needs to have executive presence to get ahead, that doesn’t mean the leaders have it or even know what to do about it. One organization we worked with recently came to this conclusion as they implemented their succession planning initiative. They discovered more than 40% of their identified candidates (both men and women) were missing one key element: executive presence.

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Leadership Development: For the Moment vs. Momentous Impact

Definitions:

1. moment (noun) = a very brief period of time

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