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  1. 1. How good is your boss?
  2. 2. Question # 1 How good is your boss at participating?
  3. 3. Research shows that leadership participation is crucial for collaboration. https://hbr.org/2015/04/why-no-one-uses-the-corporate-social-network
  4. 4. Top 6 excuses of managers for not participating on social media 1. I don’t have time. 2. It’s not about me. 3. It doesn’t replace face-to-face. 4. It’s marketing’s job. 5. Who cares about what I had for lunch. 6. I don’t want to get my company in trouble. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-do-when-execs-avoid-social-media-answer-top-6-excuses-li
  5. 5. On a scale from 1 to 10, how good is your boss at participating? 1 10
  6. 6. Question # 2 How good is your boss at asking people questions?
  7. 7. Question from school principal to cafeteria worker: “I've been thinking about how to improve the flow of kids as they enter the kitchen to get their food. What do you think?" http://www.edutopia.org/blog/questions-principals-should-be-asking-mitch-center
  8. 8. Leaders who ask their people, “What can our company do to help you grow and achieve your goals?” will find it comes back 10-fold. https://hbr.org/2010/07/when-your-employees-know-more
  9. 9. http://www.ideachampions.com/weblogs/archives/2008/03/_the_root_of_th.shtml You want to create an environment where new ideas are popping all the time. If you do, old problems and ineffective ways of doing things will begin dissolving.
  10. 10. https://twitter.com/Leadershipfreak/status/453403663885541376
  11. 11. The most effective leaders actively ask for feedback http://www.forbes.com/sites/joefolkman/2013/12/19/the-best-gift-leaders-can-give-honest-feedback/
  12. 12. On a scale from 1 to 10, How good is your boss at asking people questions? 1 10
  13. 13. Question # 3 How good is your boss at listening?
  14. 14. Of all the skills of leadership, listening is one of the most valuable. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/developing_leaders_in_a_business
  15. 15. Outstanding leaders are people who first listen. Daniel Goleman Sources http://freevideolectures.com/Course/2525/Leadership-by-Harvard-Business/5
  16. 16. They spend a significant amount of time talking with people to understand what motivates and how they can support and boost enthusiasm in others. http://www.theworkfoundation.com/assets/docs/publications/232_leadership_execsummFINAL.pdf
  17. 17. On a scale from 1 to 10, How good is your boss at listening? 1 10
  18. 18. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Listening-tips-1485898
  19. 19. Question # 4 How inspiring is your boss?
  20. 20. The boss's role is to enthuse, enable and encourage. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Staff-first-customers-second-for-HCL-boss/articleshow/6039039.cms#ixzz13Yu5pFxH Vineet Nayar
  21. 21. Inspiring leaders encourage people to be innovative. https://hbr.org/2013/06/what-inspiring-leaders-do
  22. 22. 4 people who are all leading 1. The first-shift line worker, who tells her boss she needs to watch the third shift to find out what they are doing differently, is leading. 2. Her boss who says, "Great, let me know what you find out," is leading. 3. The plant supervisor is leading when he celebrates the line worker's initiative and acts on the information she found. 4. And the COO is leading when she inspires others to action by telling the whole story throughout the company. http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/09/why_we_need_more_women_leaders.html
  23. 23. On a scale from 1 to 10, how good is your boss at inspiring people? 1 10
  24. 24. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-do-we-give-feedback-1761017
  25. 25. Question # 5 How good is your boss at involving external people?
  26. 26. The age of customer capitalism has come of age. http://www.customerthink.com/blog/what_leaders_of_21st_century_customer_centric_organisations_do
  27. 27. Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations. Jim Kouzes Barry Posner http://www.inc.com/brian-evje/quick-define-leadership.html
  28. 28. 1 10 On a scale from 1 to 10, how good is your boss at involving external people?
  29. 29. Question # 6 How good is your boss at making self management possible?
  30. 30. When we choose for ourselves, we are far more committed to the outcome - by a factor of at least 5 to 1. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/increasing_the_meaning_quotient_of_work
  31. 31. Jonathan Becher removed himself from some of the approval chains. He delegated critical and visible decisions to his direct reports. http://www.managementexchange.com/story/culture-eats-strategy
  32. 32. Delegation benefits managers, direct reports, and organizations. http://blogs.hbr.org/hmu/2012/07/why-arent-you-delegating.html
  33. 33. Stepping back so others can step up is among the toughest challenges of leadership. http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/the-12-toughest-challenges-of-leadership/
  34. 34. The best executives understand which decisions they need to focus on and which ones they can delegate. http://hbr.org/2013/11/you-cant-be-a-wimp-make-the-tough-calls/ar/1
  35. 35. Adapted from Tannenbaum, Robert and Schmidt, Warren H.: How to choose a leadership pattern. Harvard Business Review, March – April 1958, Vol. 36, No. 2. Use of authority by the leader Freedom for people to lead themselves High power distance Low power distance
  36. 36. When people lose their sense of control, such as when tasks are dictated to them, the brain's emotional response centre can actually cause a decrease in cognitive functioning. https://hbr.org/2013/04/stop-telling-your-employees-wh
  37. 37. 4 reasons why managers don't delegate Reason # 1 Some are perfectionists who feel it's easier to do everything themselves, or that their work is better than others'. Reason # 2 Some believe that passing on work will detract from their own importance. Reason # 3 Some lack self-confidence and don't want to be upstaged by their subordinates. Reason # 4 Some fear delegation because they've been burned in the past. https://hbr.org/2012/07/why-arent-you-delegating.html
  38. 38. On a scale from 1 to 10, How good is your boss at delegating decision making? 1 10
  39. 39. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-can-we-make-better-decisions-2058027
  40. 40. Question # 7 How good is your boss at helping people find and use their strengths?
  41. 41. At Gore, leaders emerge, and once they’re in a leadership role, they understand their job is to bring out the strengths of their teams, to make their colleagues successful. http://blogs.wsj.com/management/2010/03/18/lessons-from-a-middle-aged-revolutionary-at-wl-gore/
  42. 42. What can you do to encourage people? http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/energy-for-a-new-year/
  43. 43. What can you do to help people be more effective? Sources http://blogs.hbr.org/hill-lineback/2011/04/the-most-important-question-a.html http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/apr2011/ca2011045_217749.htm
  44. 44. http://hbr.org/2014/05/blue-ocean-leadership/ar/1 When you think of your leadership as services you do for others, who would buy which services from you? Why?
  45. 45. On a scale from 1 to 10, how good is your boss at helping people find and use their strengths? 1 10
  46. 46. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-do-great-teachers-do-2178430
  47. 47. Question # 8 How good is your boss at thinking creatively?
  48. 48. Great leaders  see before others see,  understand before others understand, and  act before others act. https://hbr.org/2016/01/want-to-be-an-outstanding-leader-keep-a-journal
  49. 49. To thrive as a C-level executive, an individual needs to be a good communicator, a collaborator, and a strategic thinker. http://hbr.org/2011/03/the-new-path-to-the-c-suite/ar/6
  50. 50. The 3 most important leadership qualities Study based on one-on-one interviews with over 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries. http://www.fastcompany.com/1648943/creativity-the-most-important-leadership-quality-for-ceos-study
  51. 51. A creative person is someone who decides to produce ideas, to support ideas that go against the crowd. http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/22/robert-jeffrey-sternberg-leadership-managing-varghese.html
  52. 52. On a scale from 1 to 10, How good is your boss at thinking creatively? 1 10
  53. 53. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creativity-exercises-2378829
  54. 54. Question # 9 How good is your boss at thinking globally?
  55. 55. Leaders with a strong stock of global mindset know about cultures as well as political and economic systems in other countries, and understand how their global industry works. https://hbr.org/2010/05/bringing-the-global-mindset-to.html
  56. 56. http://kolindkuren.dk/2006/12/21/leder-21-taenker-globalt/ Any leader must think globally.
  57. 57. On a scale from 1 to 10, How good is your boss at thinking globally? 1 10
  58. 58. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Globalization-2173145
  59. 59. Question # 10 How good is your boss at seeking simplicity?
  60. 60. Guy Wollaert literally followed oranges from the groves to the consumer to understand every step of the juice-making process and to identify where there was opportunity for change. https://hbr.org/2016/04/when-was-the-last-time-you-asked-why-are-we-doing-it-this-way
  61. 61. A good leader cuts away at complexity until simplicity emerges. http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/ten-radical-shift-in-thinking-all-leaders-face/
  62. 62. On a scale from 1 to 10, how good is your boss at seeking simplicity? 1 10
  63. 63. Question # 11 How well does your boss know who she / he is?
  64. 64. http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/the-first-secret-of-developing-a-leader/
  65. 65. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Questions-to-discover-your-values-1329394

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