In Leaders We (Don’t) Trust

By Briana Goldman on March 19, 2018

We have four major institutions around the world—NGOs, business, media, and government—and we don’t trust any of them. It’s our responsibility, as leaders, to step up and commit to creating trust. Here are four ways to start addressing this daunting topic with your team—to help you create a healthier environment.

Listen, learn and lead

By Matt Norquist on March 8, 2018

When we make a conscious effort to lead inclusively, we incorporate diverse experiences, opinions and perspectives into our decision making. This is the starting point to achieving gender parity in leadership. Today, as we recognize International Women’s Day, I’m reminded of all of the remarkable women leaders in my life and the profound impact that they’ve had on me personally and professionally. I’m also reminded that we have a long way to go to reach gender equality.

How will things be different with your leadership?

By Mark Hannum on March 5, 2018

Vision is key to leadership, and vision starts by understanding context, your organization, and yourself. It’s important to understand who you are. Why do you want a leadership role? What about you is going to create that cascade of people doing the right things to achieve something bigger than themselves?

Tripping over our own bias [And why it doesn’t serve us]

By Susan MacKenty Brady on February 27, 2018

We all have biases–conscious and unconscious. Both ways impact behavior. We automatically assume things about people born and raised in certain cities, countries, regions, etc. We judge people by how they look or present themselves to the world. We don’t do it on purpose, but we are all guilty of some sort of bias and judgment. Imagine if you unknowingly carry these thoughts into the workplace.

Leaders, enlarge your podium!

By Mark Hannum on February 14, 2018

The essence of purposeful leadership is finding the “why” within yourself, and then enlarging your podium to include other leaders who have similar “whys”—or who are inspired enough to adapt your same “why.” The purposeful leader uses this collective energy to organize and energize efforts to achieve the “why.”

Are you becoming a wise leader?

By Richard Leider on February 12, 2018

So, how does one go from being a smart leader to becoming a wise leader? Start by seeing the world differently—from the inside out. A wise leader is constantly becoming more self‐aware. Without self‐awareness, it’s very hard to move out of smartness.

What’s “purpose” actually about?

By Matt Norquist on February 8, 2018

Searches for the terms “purpose” and “purposeful” have been on the rise. It seems like media, investors, businesspeople and society at large have been enamored with doing good—and with the term “purpose”—lately. The reality is that purpose can mean very different things depending on who you are talking to.

Women leaders, it’s time to glide (not jump) over the hurdles in front of us

By Susan MacKenty Brady on February 5, 2018

The reality is that bias—and the other hurdles in the workforce may be impacting us. The good news is that we can control these and they can actually help us advance. The behavior change starts with us.

Drum roll, please: Top 5 posts from 2017

By Sarah Breigle on January 29, 2018

The end of the year is a time for reflection—and for our editorial staff to take a look back to see what resonated with our readers in 2017. As it turns out, topics like purpose, coaching, and resilience were top-of-mind for you—so, without further ado, here are the top five stories of 2017!

Get Purposeful in 2018: 20 Books That Inspired Us

By Sarah Breigle on January 12, 2018

As we enter 2018, we wanted to share some of the books that we read last year that have impacted us in meaningful ways and challenged us to think about the world of leadership differently. This year’s book list covers a variety of topics—from managing change and driving results to self-awareness, belonging, and emotional well-being, to name a few.

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