Weekend Leadership Reading 10/27/17

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about the impact of aggressive bosses, why dominating leaders kill teams, gender diversity, and changing fundamental behaviors.

From Manfred Kets de Vries: The Bad Influence of Aggressive Bosses

“Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. It’s time to call it out in the workplace.”

Book Suggestion: The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt by Bob Sutton

From Michael Blanding: Pulpit Bullies: Why Dominating Leaders Kill Teams

“Power interrupts, and absolute power interrupts absolutely. Francesca Gino and colleagues discover that a high-powered boss can lead a team into poor performance.”

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

“What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs?”

From Georges Desvaux, Sandrine Devillard, Alix de Zelicourt, Cecile Kossoff, Eric Labaye, and Sandra Sancier-Sultan: Women Matter: Ten years of insights on gender diversity

“A decade into our research, we highlight key findings—and invite 16 global leaders to look at how to increase gender diversity in corporations and imagine the inclusive company of the future.”

From Greg Satell: You Can’t Change Fundamental Behaviors Without Changing Fundamental Beliefs

“Traditionally, we have looked at strategy solely as a set of plans designed to achieve specific goals. However, as we increasingly operate in a world of networks rather than hierarchies, leaders need to learn the lessons of social movements and focus on shared values. As the story of Blockbuster shows, you can’t change behaviors without first changing core beliefs.”

Book Suggestion: Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell

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