Leadership Intimacy

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

In the following posts of the Align4Profit leadership development blog, you’ll find fascinating news, helpful advice, and easy-to-implement leader-as-coach techniques and tips for leaders in all kinds of organizations.

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June 8, 2015

How to Lead Like an Octopus

The octopus could teach some leaders a thing or two about leadership. Specifically it can help leaders who micromanage, those who worry over the smallest details of the direction they give their employees. Living for eons in an environment of ever-present danger, the octopus has learned to decentralize leadership and not try to manage the small stuff. Think of an octopus as the leader of an eight-person team. The head provides vision and relies on what it has learned in […]
June 1, 2015

Six Ways to Gain Discretionary Effort

The difference between the effort an employee can invest in their work and the minimum effort they have to invest in order to keep their job is called Discretionary Effort. It’s like the bonus your employees give you. Time and effort above and beyond. The extra mile. If we measure discretionary effort in terms of time on the job, at the workplace or away, we can then graph it as I’ve done at right. The more engaged an employee, the […]
May 25, 2015

Construal Leadership: How employees construe your direction

In psychology a concept called “construals” looks at how individuals interpret the world around them, and especially the way they expect others to behave with regard to themselves. You’re right if you expect construals to have quite an impact on the way leaders should behave, if they want to be effective. Construal theory was developed as a way to understand motivation by examining how social distance affects the way people respond to feedback. In Nir Halevy on Motivating Your Workforce, […]
May 18, 2015

Coffee, Tea, and Leadership Intimacy

It’s practically impossible to watch a British movie or TV show without someone inviting someone else to sit down and, “Have a nice cup of tea.” All around the world, people make warm drinks like coffee and tea the essential component of their assemblies—from kaffeeklatsches to tea parties. Often tea or coffee is offered as a health remedy and more often to calm nerves, reduce stress, or simply make someone feel better. And more often than not, hot drinks do […]
May 4, 2015

Nine Nasty No-nos for Smart Global Leaders

As the world shrinks, leaders are expected to lead teams consisting of professional people living and working in cultures spread around the globe. As a result, inevitably and innocently, cultural differences cause misunderstanding. I can illustrate how easily this can happen with just a few examples. Below are nine gestures, expression, and behaviors that can get a leader into hot water. There are many, many more. But let’s start somewhere. Never give gifts in groups of four in China. Doing […]
July 8, 2013

Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword

Your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. This should not strike you as earth-shaking news. It’s the stuff of great stories and legends as well as real history. Many of our greatest leaders in literature and real life rise by merit of an outstanding quality only to fall because of the same trait. That’s why, as you grow into great leadership, I would like you to consider the flip side of your personal qualities and behavior. Your assets, […]
May 13, 2013

You Are Because We Are

In the South African language Nguni, Ubuntu means “humanness.” Similar concepts appear in Botswana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. In Western culture, a version appears as early as 1770 from the French Enlightenment. The philosopher Baron d’Holbach wrote in his System of Nature that “it is other people who are most necessary to the welfare of man…” More recently US president Theodore Roosevelt addressed the idea of Ubuntu in a 1903 message. The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon […]
April 29, 2013

Are You Just the Boss Or an Empowering Leader?

Who do you follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter? It’s easy. People who have something you want. People you think have something to say that you can use. Someone going where you want to go. In short, someone you respect. People will enthusiastically follow and work more energetically with (not under) leaders they respect. Leaders earn respect by demonstrating a clear sense of direction based on a strong, ethical, and inspiring vision for the future. A leader rather than a boss. […]
April 22, 2013

4-Way Leadership Coaching: Inside, Down, Sideways, Up

When most people think about coaching, it’s no surprise that they immediately go to the great sports coaches. As someone interested in Leadership Coaching, you know that coaching also applies to business teams and the leaders who lead them. And if you’re familiar with CoachQuest Leadership Coaching, you look beyond coaching down—to the team that reports to you. You are familiar with all 4 dimensions of Leadership Coaching—inside, up, sideways, and down. You can go deeper and in greater detail […]