Self-determination theory describes four types of motivation, moving on a spectrum from other-directed to self-directed. External motivation is at the other-directed end of the spectrum. Motivation is based on what others can give you (e.g. money, promotions, stock options and even praise) or what others can take away (e.g. demotion, termination). Introjected motivation is more […]
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The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) conducted research on the role of the word bossy in the workplace. Their results show a consistent trend that being bossy in the workplace has negative consequences, and those consequences are particularly harsh for women. Bossy coworkers are described as unpopular and unlikely to be successful in the future. […]
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A Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) survey of first-time managers attending its Maximizing Your Leadership Potential (MLP) program offers some insight into the challenges first-time managers face. The 12 top leadership challenges, according to survey respondents, ranged from doing more with less (mentioned by just 5.4% of respondents), working with a range of employees (14.2%), […]
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Integrity — defined as the ability to act with honesty and strong moral principles — is often considered a crucial character strength for top executives. But what about middle-level executives? These managers are in line for top-level leadership positions in future, and play a vital role in any organization, from leading many different people and […]
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Latin America has been enjoying stable growth in recent years. In January 2013, the BBC reported that the region’s economic growth had outstripped that of Europe for the past eight years. Now, it is time for Latin American organizations to take an international approach to developing leadership capacity, say faculty from the Center for Creative […]
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Is organizational politics good or bad, or does it even exist? This seems to be a debated topic, with many executives (especially women) finding office politics difficult to embrace. Female executives seem to be particularly uncomfortable with incorporating political skills/behaviours into their repertoire. But it’s not just females that view politics negatively; in general, political […]
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It is useful for us to analyse levels of employee engagement in organizations both during and in post-recession environments. Here we can define ‘engagement’ as satisfaction with job and commitment to the organization. It would seem likely that a workforce would be less engaged in their work – as well as less happy overall – […]
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We know that companies need to start moving away from traditional strategies for management development, and consider the skills required to improve chances of success. Leading executive education specialists have suggested that the most important of these skills is empathy. Most leadership theories suggest the ability to have and display empathy is an important part […]
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