Is Authentic Leadership Selfish? Maybe. Are You Selfish?

A recent article posited that authentic leadership was selfishness. That people use the ideals that underpin being an authentic leader to just do whatever they want and not account for others. More specifically, this article contended that with all of the evidence for empathetic leadership, authentic leadership runs counter to this. And, in some ways this article is right. But, …

In Praise of the Incomplete Leader: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #10

Leaders are incomplete. It is as simple as that. In fact, Ancona, Malone, Orlikowski, and Senge posit that it is the flailing attempts by leaders to be and appear perfect that lead to the failings of most leaders. The authors go to discuss the burdensome dichotomy of perfection that leaders often face when trying to meet the expectations of the …

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #9

Authentic leadership is, just as it sounds, a model of leadership that is authentically based on your life experiences and story. Authors, George, Sims, McLean, and Mayer negate the traditional approach to leadership models which often purports a one-size-fits-all approach. “No one can be authentic by trying to imitate someone else.” The authentic leadership model allows leaders to emerge through …

Seven Transformations of Leadership: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #8

  Rooke and Torbert, in their article “Seven Transformations of Leadership” lay out a 7-tiered model of leadership development.  These go from “Opportunist” as the first and lowest-level performer to “Alchemist” as the top-level a leader can hope to achieve.  Further, through their assessment, the Leadership Development Profile, they can determine which of these seven types a given leader is, …

Level 5 Leadership: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #7

Jim Collins in his classic work “Good to Great”, and again in this HBR article focuses on the critical element of having a Level 5 leader at the helm of each of the top performing organizations. A Level 5 leader is someone who “builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical combination of personal humility and professional will.” There is a distinct …

The Crucibles of Leadership: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #6

The very earliest discussions about leadership dealt with the inherent question of whether leadership was learned or inherent, nature versus nurture. While this debate continues, the general consensus is that it is both, that there is an intersectionality between our biological make-up and what we learn through our life experiences that inform our leadership decisions. It is not either/or, it …

Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #5

Well they shouldn’t unless you authentically inspire them to. That is what Goffee and Jones propose in the their delineation of the four characteristics of leaders who inspire titled Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? Although the authors start out talking about the fear that corporate leaders carry as they wrestle with their own duality of having a position …

The Work Of Leadership: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #4

Being adaptive is what it is all about in leadership, in life and in business. Ronald A. Heifetz and Donald L. Laurie start “The Work of Leadership” with the perfect analogy of how doctors and patients must adapt in the face of critical health challenges as a proxy for how companies must navigate critical decisions. They go on to delineate …

Innovation. What IS it?

What IS innovation? No, really. What does it mean? We use it all the time – in fact, we use it so much in our daily business language it has quickly come to mean almost nothing. Like “strategic” and “synergy” before it, “innovation” is rapidly approaching the tipping point of turning into a useless anachronism. But, before it does, let’s …

What Leaders Really Do: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #3

Are leadership and management two different things? According to John P. Kotter’s What Leaders Really Do, “leadership and management are two distinctive and complementary systems of action.” Leadership and management are not really to be compared against one another, but used together as complimentary components. Kotter makes a great point, that while most corporation’s apprenticeship model for developing what he …

Becoming an Effective Executive: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #2

In leadership by title models, becoming an effective leader is to become an effective executive. In the second article in HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Leadership, world-renowned leadership thinker Peter F. Drucker focuses on the practices of an effective executive. Essentially, he claims that leadership is not innate. Leverage specific practices and you too can be a leader. In particular …

A Strengths-Based Case for Grumpiness at Work

In our work at TandemSpring, we spend a lot of time talking about strengths.  However, there seems to be a common misconception about strengths that it is kumbaya-type work – that everything is seen through rose-tinted lenses and that we each are special little snowflakes.  And, to be fair, a lot of strengths-based practitioners do present strengths in that way. …

Unlocking Emotional Intelligence: HBR Must Reads on Leadership Review #1

Emotional Intelligence is a common corporate product, so it comes as no surprise that the very first article in HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Leadership is Daniel Goleman’s “What Makes a Leader?” which delves into the merits of developing Emotional Intelligence as a leader. Often touted as the single overriding factor or “sine qua non” of good leadership, Emotional Intelligence …

Unpacking the Corporate Mindset by Exploring Harvard Business Review’s “Top 10 Must Reads”

At TandemSpring we believe that all people are designed to be leaders, and that the greatest barrier to realizing that full potential is the Corporate Mindset – the survival-of-the-fittest leadership-by-title thinking that drives the modern corporatocracy. Characteristics of the Corporate Mindset: Leadership hierarchy Leadership-by-title mentality The linear illusion of success Lack of strengths-based perspectives Lack of leadership models that promote …

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The Need for Entrepreneurial Coaching

We  know that everyone, and by that, we mean E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E, can benefit from a great coach.  But, so often, entrepreneurs choose to go it alone, despite the fact that they are often some of the people who could benefit the most from it.  So, when our friends at the Polsky Center at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business …

Upcoming TandemSpring Workshop

Join us for this rare opportunity to attend a TandemSpring workshop that is open to the public. Building on Team Strengths for Organizational Success Click here to register online Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9 a.m. – Noon North Park University – Axelson Center Half-Day Workshop: $90 About this Session: The Illinois budget crisis and staffing shortages in the face of …

Leading Through Strengths In The Face of Post-Election Conflict

It is a different world indeed. Unfortunately though, it is not a new one. The fear mentality that led to the Trump victory has been brewing deep in the belly of America since its founding. The ugly head has reared itself and now we see it for what it is. If we sit in the deficit model, the wall of emotions …

On The Brighter Side of Leadership

On the brighter side of leadership, leaders maximize their authentic presence to individually and collectively achieve amazing outcomes; we all lead well.  At a recent presentation, Billy Jean King emphasized that top athletes have to bring their whole selves to the game if they want to win. She went on to describe the whole self as a complete synergy between one’s …