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Leading Questions about Leadership. What is leadership? Though questions like these are asked over and over again, many of us remain confused about leadership’s nature and our own potential for leadership. For example, where do you stand when it comes to answering this question: Can we all exercise leadership, or is it reserved only for those “special” persons at an organization’s top?

Servant leadership in a restaurant

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

An example of servant leadership happened in a restaurant last night. Leadership & Management leadershipMy wife and I were enjoying a meal in a local restaurant. We were not enjoying our drinks, because even though we had repeatedly asked for them, the drinks failed to arrive. A waitress, Jade, who was working another table saw that we were having a problem. When we told her she went off to the bar, spoke to the barman and came back immediately with our drinks.

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Leadership Styles: What Type of Style Should You Adopt?


On the other hand, without a solid leadership methodology, all your efforts may result in minimal impact. So let’s take a closer look at the different types of leadership styles, formalized by social scientists, along with explanations on when each of them works best at the workplace.

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6 Steps to Enhance Your Leadership Presence through Embodying Gravitas

Speaking Freely

Training in acting can enhance your leadership presence through learning to embody gravitas! The post 6 Steps to Enhance Your Leadership Presence through Embodying Gravitas appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills. acting executive presence Gravitas Leadership Presence Uncategorized gravitas Leadership presenceActing teaches you how to become something new. To “become” means to be comfortable with new qualities, behaviors and skills.

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Pivotal Public Speaking

quotations leadershipIf your actions inspire other to learn more, dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – Quincy Adams.

6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership Messages and Meetings

Speaking Freely

Story Telling is a powerful way to open up presentations, leadership messages and meetings of all kinds. The post 6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership Messages and Meetings appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills. Telling the right story produces astonishing results for you as a speaker and leader. If you’re not sure what a story is, it’s just what happened.

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Leadership Communication Lessons… from a Teenager

Matt Eventoff

Jonathan McCoy has great leadership communication intangibles and the lessons we can learn from his presentation are as valid as ever: Jonathan McCoy is eleven years old. It has been well over a year since this was first published, and there have been numerous requests to re-post it.

Cultivate Gravitas for Leadership Presence Course

Speaking Freely

Introducing a Cultivate Gravitas for Leadership Presence Course who want to learn to exude more gravitas in […]. The post Cultivate Gravitas for Leadership Presence Course appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

Some Business and Leadership Lessons from Downton Abbey

The Presenter's Blog

Following on from our recent Downton Abbey article , here is a guest-post from Broc Edwards over at the Fool With A Plan leadership blog. Tips From The Top Broc Edwards business change Downton Abbey fool with a plan FutureNow leadership

10 Change Leadership & Communication Books to Read in 2020

Duarte Blog

If there’s one lesson the past year of change leadership consulting has shouted at me, it’s that we all need to ask more, better questions. The post 10 Change Leadership & Communication Books to Read in 2020 appeared first on Duarte. Business Strategy books change communication data datastory leadership Nancy Duarte

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Robert Iger's 10 Principles of True Leadership (and the most important one for coronavirus-times)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In his best-seller  "The Ride of a Lifetime," he hammers his 10 principles of true leadership.   But where "The Ride of a Lifetime" is sticky is on the subject of leadership, with a bit of management philosophy thrown in.

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Conversational Leadership: A Baker's Dozen

The Communication Blog

Throughout the communication literature there is much research, theory, and discussion on small group leadership. There are even textbooks in group and team leadership. But, there’s little on conversational leadership. What does a conversational member do that results in attaining leadership? The conversational leader maintains leadership by ignoring turn-requesting cues. This helps maintain one’s leadership position.

Persuasive Presenting: 3 Strategies for More Effective Leadership

Presentation Guru

We can concentrate so much on how we present our business to the outside world, but a key part of leadership is how we mobilise our teams (often multidisciplinary) to act towards a common goal.

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Public speaking, persuasion, leadership

The Communication Blog

October 2013) has a wealth of information on public speaking, persuasion, and leadership that I think students will relate to easily. leadership Public Speaking The current issue of Inc.

Building Leadership Presence and Power through Embodying Gravitas

Speaking Freely

Learning to embody the physical, vocal, psychological and spiritual qualities of gravitas can help you build leadership presence and power. I coach leaders to build leadership presence and power through developing the characteristics of gravitas. The post Building Leadership Presence and Power through Embodying Gravitas appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills

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Goodbye, Leadership Communications Roundtable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I am withdrawing from membership from the LinkedIn Leadership Communications Roundtabl e.    Yes, I have grown from the digital conversations with fellow members. And I will regret losing access to that interaction. There is so much speechwriting talent in the community.

Leadership Styles

The Communication Blog

11.08.2009 Leadership Styles Here is an interesting discussion of leadership--perhaps a view that business students in communication courses will relate to more than the traditional systems we use in small group courses. Categories: leadership , styles of leadership 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Loading.

Obstacles to Exuding Gravitas & Leadership Presence

Speaking Freely

Briefly, I’ll mention what leadership presence or gravitas means. The post Obstacles to Exuding Gravitas & Leadership Presence appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills Obstacles to exuding the quality of gravitas are some of the greatest psychological barriers that leaders and emerging leaders must conquer. It is giving weight or importance to anything you say or do. Gravitas is the highest octave of self-confidence.

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Thought Leadership: Welch Watch

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are myriad ways of assessing thought leadership. Jack Welch is the former head of GE. In April 2015, he published "The Real Life M.B.A." " On Amazon.com , it is ranked 3,190. 52 customers have contributed reviews. Peter Thiel is a venture capitalist.

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The Language of Leadership - Queen Elizabeth Fails to Engage

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  However, it was today that Queen Elizabeth's leadership actually was put in play. Yes, in the language of leadership, the train has left the station in the need to engage.

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Why Public Speaking is Important for Leadership


When we think about leadership, we usually picture political leaders who stand at podiums rallying crowds to support their causes; or athletes who spur their team to push their limits and try harder; or executives who develop strategies to help their colleagues edge out the competition.

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Corporate Earnings Calls - Beware When Leadership Uses Euphemisms/Cliches

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What such reviews found, reports FN , is a significant link between corporate leadership's use of euphemisms and cliches on earning calls and the underperformance of the stock in the short term.

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Celebrating Voices of Leadership with The Bright Side of Life

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Back on June 27 I spent a delightful and instructive day helping judge emerging speakers at Sahar Kordahi’s Bright Side of Life Voices of Leadership day. Interview I caught up with Sahar & Pam after the event and asked them to share the background to the Voices of Leadership.

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Thought Leadership - Culture Issues Dominate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise, more clients for ghostwriting services are requesting thought leadership content about corporate culture. The lawsuit is: Irving Fireman's Relief & Retirement Fund v. Uber Technologies Inc.

Thought Leadership - So 20th Century

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thought leadership seems so last century. Not thought leadership. His game is not about thought leadership. Often, there will be a slot on their websites marked "thought leadership."

Leadership Communications - The Look

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And, Steve Jobs made the black turtleneck his leadership uniform.   That look of leadership, for both males and females, is a critical part of the continuum of leadership communications.

Leadership Communications - The Pause

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the streaming of the Tech Crunch Disrupt conference the new leadership in the U.S. In the usual 18-minute TED Talk there is plenty of thought-leadership material. But Has The Pause, introduced in public speaking by television anchor Walter Cronkite , gone out of style?

Leadership, Employees, Disruption - Broken Trust

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The media are quoting AOL leadership, such as head Tim Armstrong. The message is that content houses such as Huffington Post are safe. Here are typical quotes in The Wall Street Journal.

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Leadership Communications - Say Goodbye

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When the leadership departs, there's an announcement. We human beings are hardwired to get attached. So, when our leaders leave, for whatever reason, we tend to experience a hole in our professional lives and even in our everyday mundane affairs. Large organizations know that.

Leadership Communications - Cut Complexity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The superheroes in current leadership communications are those who invest the mental energy into simplifying. Everyone knows. What they know is that complexity is a con. The goal of that scam is to convince others that they should buy your points of view, products or services.

Leadership and Effective Communications

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Vince Molinaro is rocking the leadership world with some very provocative ideas about how leadership involves both a community and a contract and how leaders need to join up and sign up before they are ready to lead.    Here's the link to the blog about my 4 steps to effective leadership communications, but don't stop there:  [link]. There's a new blogger on the scene, and he was kind enough to blog about my book Trust Me. 

Facebook - No Longer Symbol of Cool Leadership

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On CNBC , Matt Rosoff presents exactly that scenario for the one-time model of cool leadership. And, given the rush of Facebook executives, including the number-one Mark Zuckerberg, to sell their stock, leadership seems very aware that the end could be near.

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Leadership Communications - Lessons From Mariam al-Mansouri

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When al-Mansouri talks about her leadership of a fighter squadron, she frames that totally in terms of service. Her looks are striking. But leaders already know they will go further and have more influence if they are attractive.

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Trust in U.S. Gov Kaput - Leadership Takes Action, Dow Plunges 2,000+

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Edelman Trust Barometer 2020 called it: Folks don't trust gov. Those they do trust are their employers. That has been played out this morning. Over the weekend both the White House and the Federal Reserve took action to respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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Law Firm Leadership Confidence Drops in Optimism about Legal Sector, U.S. Economy, Global Economy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  But that bright stop isn't distracting law firm leadership from macroeconomic dynamics. The stock market may be strutting its stuff. 

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Thought Leadership - Developing Niche Expertise

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The ambitious look at those thought leaders delivering TED Talks, attending the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, being paid six figures for keynote addresses at trade associations, and charging three figures for consulting fees.

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Thought Leadership - Jack Welch v. Peter Thiel

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thought leadership is a competitive enterprise. Welch does not seem to have the same elite status in thought leadership as does Thiel. Former head of GE, Jack Welch, published a new book in April 2015. It's "The Real Life M.B.A."

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White Papers & Thought Leadership - 6 Must-Dos

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thought leadership has returned. More and more brandname businesses and consultants are positioning and packaging themselves as thought leaders. A growing platform for how they are doing that is through the  white paper. 

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Heroic Leadership - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Prediction: There will be case studies on Turner's kind of leadership. On Friday, Texas Law SB4 is scheduled to go into effect. Essentially it's all about  Show Me Your Papers.    Of course, the undocumented in the Houston Metro area are frightened.

Nancy Pelosi - Leadership in House in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

House minority leadership. The Drudge Report is making hay of the confusion and fear after the Republican win in the special election in Georgia. This evening's Drudge headline is that the knives are out for U.S. House Minority leader progressive Nancy Pelosi.

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Women in Leadership & Business Conference 2012

Executive Speech Coach

How to Deliver Superior Presentations: Attend the Women in Leadership & Business Conference to hear George Torok speak - Monday April 16. superior presentations leadership speech business presentations

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Drudge Report - America Wants Strong Leadership, Exit Polls Show

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is a neutral photo of Hillary and a headline that Americans want strong leadership. However, what leadership is has always been ambiguous. It's actually election day. And the Drudge Report isn't skipping a beat.

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Leadership Communications - It's the Angle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

An example of leadership communications at its most effective is the recent commentary by Henry Kissinger. Leaders who resonate on podiums, in opinion-editorials in The New York Times, books, and in motivating employees develop angles.

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