Monthly Archives: January 2017

Lack of Self Confidence: What’s Stopping You?

No one—not even the most outwardly self-assured leader—is immune from periods of self-doubt and lack of self confidence. In fact, sometimes doubt can be healthy when it acts as an internal check. People with healthy self confidence are more adept at managing their inner experiences and better at learning from mistakes and failures. Their self […]
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Why Leaders Need to Improve
(Authentic) Self Confidence

No one gives you self confidence; it is something each of us has to develop on our own. Now, you may have been fortunate to have had great parents and siblings and supportive teachers who intuitively built your self-esteem. Okay, lucky you. I don’t deny that happens and that some people seem to have been […]
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Narcissistic Leadership or Visionary?

There’s a case to be made for narcissistic CEOs who can lead companies to greatness, inspire followers and achieve game-changing solutions in our rapidly changing world. “It is narcissistic leaders who take us to places we’ve never been before, who innovate, who build empires out of nothing.” ~ Michael Maccoby, Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and […]
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Leadership Personalities: The Dark Sides

From what I see in the organizations where I consult, there’s an urgent need to understand leadership personalites. All personality types have positive and negative potentials that can be described in terms of two hierarchies: productiveness and moral reasoning. Freud pioneered our understanding of human nature with his classification of three personality types: erotic, obsessive […]
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Leadership Personalities: Narcissistic Types

Everyone I talk with is familiar with the narcissistic type leader, but not many people understand precisely how the term can apply in both a positive and a negative sense. Mostly the term is bandied about to describe all sorts of negative and destructive behaviors. I think we need to explore how productive narcissistic personalities […]
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Leadership Personalities:
Obsessives and Marketing Types

I’ve been discussing leadership personalities and the importance of evaluating leadership potential using personality types. I believe that past performance isn’t sufficient for finding and selecting tomorrow’s leaders. There are too many complex global challenges that future leaders will face. An excellent book, Michael Maccoby in Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails (Crown Business, […]
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Four Leadership Personality
Types That Matter

From what I see in the organizations where I consult, there’s an urgent need to understand leadership personality. Today―and especially for the future―we need leaders who can engage the workforce, manage people, and inspire collaboration and innovation. Evaluation of leadership personality types is an essential part of the selection process for CEOs and top executives, […]
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Finding Leaders for the Future:
Leadership Personality Matters

Think about it. We are in the midst of great social, economic, scientific and political change. Intelligent approaches count more than ever if we’re to build sustainable results in rapidly changing, complex markets. The way leaders decide strategic plans is influenced by leaders’ personalities, priorities and worldview. Given the financial and societal impact of global […]
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Getting Goldilock Leadership “Just Right”

In my discussion of leadership strengths, I emphasize that too much dependence on a strength can backfire. Too much strategic thinking leads to not enough attention to operational details. Too much dominance and hard-driving encouragement leads to not enough listening and empathy to individuals. How can leaders manage people by using their strengths “just right” […]
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