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The well-read Microsoft CEO recommends books that have informed his own thinking and that of his team at Microsoft in formulating the company’s turnaround. They include The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, about the University of Washington crew team, the 1936 Olympics, and teamwork; and Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg which Nadella encouraged Microsoft’s executives to read soon after he became CEO in 2014.
One indication of maturity can be seen in increasing the gap between impulse and action. In the emotional intelligence world, we call this “emotional self-control,” one of the dozen competencies that Korn Ferry Hay Group research finds distinguish outstanding leaders from average ones. With this competency, a leader can keep disruptive emotions and impulses in check and maintain effectiveness even under the most stressful conditions. And with such calm comes clarity.
Making the transition from IT management to the C-suite takes more than technical knowledge. You need just the right mix of soft skills, business acumen and leadership skills. Eight tips from IT leaders on how to land an executive IT position and thrive in the C-suite.
What does it take for a woman to ascend to the top of the corporate ladder? A forthcoming study by the recruiting firm Korn Ferry, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, identifies several key factors.
The legacy of Steve Jobs is not the biopics. It’s Apple. Once you make the shift of mind required to understand this, the discipline of leadership development becomes a more valuable undertaking, and also far less ego-driven. Because leadership is conceived as involving the repayment of a debt to an organization, a debt to others, a debt to the future, the people who are even interested in pursuing it will shift.
Taken apart, bickering can actually be broken into what famed computer scientist Paul Graham likes to call the “hierarchy of disagreement.” That’s where the lowest rung starts out with a personal attack, and the highest level focuses purely on content. There are seven stages in all, including name-calling and contradicting, and it’s worth comparing them to your own disagreements with the boss.
Some of us were part of the “in” crowd. Some of us were not. Is today’s work environment really that much different from what we experienced back in our school days? This is a concept that many of us grasp from our childhood days. In leadership-speak, this is known as “Leader-Member Exchange” or “LMX Theory.” Introduced more than 30 years ago, and further developed through follow-up work over the past several decades, LMX tells us that leaders form “dyadic” or unique one-on-one relationships with subordinates.
The only instrument of leadership is one’s self. It follows, then, that learning how to manage, motivate, and lead ourselves is critical for the successful leadership of others. This makes sense. It even sounds easy. It isn’t.
Change management is the discipline of leading individuals, teams and entire organizations through organizational change via a combination of behavioral and social sciences, information technology and business solutions.
According to Wrike's Work Management Report, 46 percent of employees rarely or never leave a meeting knowing what they are supposed to do next. What this means for companies across the globe is that the workplace has been, and still is, in a state of communication crisis. With the rise of social media, technology and the millennial mindset in the work environment, people are having a hard time working their way around how to effectively communicate and engage with their workforce.