The Three Levels of Leadership

I have been mentoring leaders for decades, from the very young high potentials to far more seasoned individuals. Regardless of age or experience, there are always certain questions that are top of mind in my approach, like whether they are trainable or have the courage to be a leader and not only a manager. Being a manager is relatively easy; being a leader is hard. It means that you cannot please everybody. It means you have to balance between different interests. It means you have to stand up against the forces that could make your organization mediocre.

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Join the next THNK Amsterdam Creative Leadership Program Class

“How can THNK help you change the world?” is the first question that every THNK Creative Leadership Program participant is asked before starting their lifelong journey. Since the first program in March 2012, THNK has built a community of over 300 social change agents, entrepreneurs, and innovation managers from around the world. 
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Leaders Must Do More Than Inspire—We Must Shape Networks

In a classic Harvard Business Review article, Abraham Zaleznick contrasted two very different styles of authority. Managers, he argued, take a rational approach and seek order and control. Leaders, on the other hand, are more emotionally driven and seek to drive change.

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How To Advance Your Own Movement

Great brands don’t follow – they lead. That’s why they tend to ignore existing trends and advance their own cultural movements instead.

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Who are the UK’s 2012 Customer Experience Leaders and What Can We Learn From Them?

Why have I been making such a big fuss of leadership, management and employee engagement?  Some of you – especially those of you that focus on strategy, process or technology – might have noticed that I have increasingly made a big thing of leadership, management, employee engagement and organisational effectiveness.  Why?

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Leadership Art

Ever since I read Max DePree’s Leadership Jazz(great book, btw), I’ve always considered leadership to be both an art and a science. But I find there‘s a lot more content about the science of leadership (organizational design, management principles, etc.) than there is about the art.

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Demand Generation Best Practices: Thought Leadership with The LeadSloth

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'Tribes' Seth Godin's New Book Is off

by: Scott Goodson

Something is happening out there that is making it easier for anyone to lead a popular movement that can influence millions and millions of people to follow you.

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How to Tell if Your CEO Is Clueless

by: Guy Kawasaki

Pontificating, theorizing, and terrorizing abounds these days in tech startups. Here is a simple test to help you figure out if the startup you work for is in trouble. All you have to do is listen to your CEO talk to people for a week and determine if she uses these lines.

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Corporate Change #2 - Why Are Companies So Inwardly Focused?

by: John Caddell

In part 1 of this series, we discussed one key reason companies fail to change even though it's vital: the inability to, using John Kotter's term, "bring the outside in." In other words, companies don't choose to look outside their walls to see what's happening around them, assess the implications, and absorb that into their strategies, products and operations.

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