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Leading Edge Journal

Join the Micro-Resistance Against Microaggressions

Posted by Christine Borrelli Smith on Jan 22, 2019 9:59:06 AM

Consider this scenario: You enjoy working for your current organization and developed close friendships with several coworkers in your department with whom you collaborate and socialize daily. A new employee is joining your team today. You are excited to meet this individual, and your first impressions of her are pleasant.

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Topics: leadership, ethical leadership, microaggressions, ethics

Secrets to a Leader’s Revitalization

Posted by Brenna McAvinney Bonis on Sep 17, 2018 10:34:34 AM

“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.” –Deborah Day

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Topics: Lesson in Leadership, leadership, pursuing wholeness, workforce reneweal, effective leadership, servant leadership

Five Proven Characteristics of Effective Leadership

Posted by MaryKay Di Cecca on Oct 24, 2016 9:23:05 AM

As you may know, leadership is simply the ability to attain followers. Leaders throughout history commonly possess certain traits and characteristics in order to create an environment where followers buy into the practices and ideas of their leadership. The uniqueness of the leader’s attributes causes them to emerge into this role. But what are these specific attributes and how can emerging leaders develop their skills?

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, leadership, effective leadership

Prepare for Success: Critical Skill Sets of Today's Executives

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Feb 3, 2015 9:45:00 AM

Most of us began our careers either making widgets of some kind or selling widgets or delivering the services needed to make widgets work.  If our work with widgets was good enough, many of us got promoted into positions of management.   This created all kinds of issues in even the best organizations because widget making, widget selling and widget service delivery requires an entirely different skill set than management.

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Topics: Lesson in Leadership, leadership, management

Creating a Cross-Functional Team: Taking Meaningful Use Beyond Organizational Silos

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Sep 24, 2014 2:49:33 PM

Originally published in Journal of Healthcare Information Management, Fall 2012, Volume 26, Number 4

The healthcare landscape changes quickly and successful organizations must adapt quickly if they hope to be competitive and profitable. Unfortunately, larger, more complex organizations seem to have a hard time implementing change.

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Lesson in Leadership, leadership, goals, cross-functional team, health IT, cooperation, transformation, collaboration, Meaningful Use

The Generous Servant Leader by David Fagan

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Aug 11, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Originally published April 2011.

Are You a Generous Servant Leader?

How often do you, as a leader, practice generosity? Do you use generosity as a tool with which to influence the actions of those whom you lead?  Do you perceive generosity as a means to improve your image among your constituents? Do you give in order to receive?

The concept of generosity in leadership is frequently the most difficult challenge for an aspiring servant leader to overcome. Becoming a giver instead of a taker, and becoming generous in leadership rather than self-serving requires discipline, practice, and perseverance. Many leaders either are consciously a selfish leader, or try to get by without putting forth the effort necessary to truly become a generous leader, so the notion of generosity in the heart of leaders is often left unaddressed.

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, leadership, Servant Leader

Competent Leadership: A Spiritual Perspective by Dr. Laura Falco

Posted by Dr. Laura Falco on Aug 4, 2014 12:51:00 PM

Originally published March 2010

Introduction

Can strong leaders be trained and developed over time or must a person be born with inherent leadership traits in order to truly be a “successful” or “effective” leader?  Most leaders could probably make a case for both sides of this age old debate, but the purpose of this article is to focus in on the trainable aspects of leadership; competencies that can be improved over time.  It is generally accepted that all human beings consist of several different elements including our physical body (measured by behavior), our mind (measured by intelligent thoughts or beliefs), and our soul (measured by emotions, will, and desires).  As seen in the following literature review, each of these components has been positively linked to leadership outcomes.  A more controversial component, however, and one that is just now coming to the surface in leadership research, is that of the human spirit.  Are all humans spiritual beings?  Should spirituality play a role in the workplace?  Is spiritual competency more important than other human abilities as they relate to leadership effectiveness?  Can higher levels of spiritual competency be developed through training and application?  These are a few of the questions explored in this article.

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Strategic Leadership, business, Graduate Business, leadership, Spiritual Perspective

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