Blinded By Belief (Article)

INSEAD Knowledge is the expert opinion on and management insights portal of INSEAD Business School. Writer of this article, Manfred Kets, works with business executives and has written and spoken a lot about leadership and working in teams. In this specific article he addresses signs of people suffering from”denialism”; refusal to admit the truth of a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence. Manfred explains that denialism comes from a defensive mechanism built in stress where people have learned to say or do whatever is needed to disarm the opponents logic. We all have met someone like this (or maybe you are one of them?!), but how do you work with them? Manfred explains that you need to first acknowledge when the defense mechanism flares up. Once realized try to ask open ended question to explore what they are running from and to arrive at self-understanding instead of having it imposed on them. Make sure you’re clear in saying that no one has the answers and try to go from there. More information and detail in the article!

Leadership with a Smile Managing Our Emotions as a Tool of Enacting Leadership (Article)

TThe European Business Review is the leading business intelligence magazine provides readers with indispensable insight, current best practices and breakthrough ideas. The writer, Dr. Marian Izatt-White, focuses her research around successful leadership on a day-to-day basis. In this article she writes about the balance of being authentic, while managing your emotions for effective leadership. The article provides real-world examples of instances where managers needed to control their emotions (such as in redundancies and disciplinary conversations) and when they effectively allowed for authentic emotions to surface. Preparation, having an outlet, and exercise are among the advises to control your emotional outlet in a professional setting.

Sheryl Sandberg; Lead, Lead Again (Podcast)

Masters of Scale is a podcast in which LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman sets out to describe and prove theories that explain how great entrepreneurs take their companies from zero to a gazillion in ingenious fashion. This episode is with COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg. During their conversation they talk about Sheryl’s background and how she eventually got to Facebook after working at Google and the US Treasury Department. They discuss the environment of working in a fast-paced environment, what qualities as a leader are important during in such a phase, what you should look for when hiring, being an effective leader with making or braking a plan, importance of repeating the values and mission, and more.

The Hedgehog Effect; Building High Performance Teams (Article)

The European Business Review is the leading business intelligence magazine provides readers with indispensable insight, current best practices and breakthrough ideas. Author M. Kets de Vries writes about building high-performance teams and how to go further than building structures and processes that facilitate team-work but to understand the intrinsic human motivation (both the rationale and irrational motivation) to allow for an efficient and effective team-first atmosphere. He writes in detail how that type of culture allows for teams to operate with trust, commitment, enthusiasm and enjoyment.

How To Coach, According to 5 Great Coaches (Article)

Harvard Business Review Press publishes the best thinking in the areas of business strategy, general management, technology, leadership, human resources and innovation. In this specific piece you will find advice from 5 legendary coaches all from different sports on how to lead and manage your team. The article discusses the importance of preparation, need for adjustments in coaching style, and the significance of choosing encouragement over critic

3 Altitudes of Leadership (Article)

INSEAD Knowledge is the expert opinion on and management insights portal of INSEAD Business School. This article talks about the 3 altitudes of leadership: big picture/vision, short term goals (requires planning, implementation, and executing), self-awareness. The article continues how effective leaders fly through all three altitudes without getting stuck in one.