Leadership Reading Favs

Our research and reading tastes were all over the map this past week:  from learning to emotions to dreams and on to possibility…enjoy!

Are You a Bully? Are You Sure You Aren’t?(Colin Gautrey, Colin Gautrey on Influence)

Feeling introspective? Colin offers up a thought-provoking list of 31 bullying behaviors along with a five-step process to assess whether or not some adverse behaviors have crept into your leadership style.

Carol Dweck’s Attitude: It’s not about how smart you are (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Interested in learning about “the follies associated with thinking and talking about intelligence as a fixed trait” rather than as something fluid over which we have a measure of control, and how that impacts how we deal with failure? If so, check out this article.

Squeezed in the Middle? (Center for Creative Leadership)

Are you in the Oreo cookie middle layer of management, feeling stuck between the pooh-bahs and the up-and-comers? If so, you’re not alone. Read about several research studies, and “ask yourself, what would be different if I could bring more agility, flexibility, strength and focus to my life?”

Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream (Whitney Johnson, HBR Blog Network)

The team at BIG isn’t big on new year’s resolutions and love the alternative Whitney serves up: dreaming. “While resolutions are about ‘shoulds,’ dreaming is about hope — and who we may become. Dreaming is at the heart of disruption…”

When Emotion Becomes Leadership’s Biggest Enemy (Chris Young, The Rainmaker)

Chris’s willingness to be vulnerable and disclose information about how he learned, the hard way of course, to temper his emotion is moving and informative. “Do not be mislead. Emotions in leadership are not ineffective or harmful all together. They become destructive when you do not control those emotions.”

On growing your comfort zone and being a perpetual learner. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. ~C. S. Lewis

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