Weekend Leadership Reading: 11/23/18

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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 leadership.

From Joseph Pistrui and Dimo Dimov: The Role of a Manager Has to Change in 5 Key Ways

“Today, we believe that the problem in most organizations isn’t simply that management is inefficient, it’s that the role and purpose of a ‘manager’ haven’t kept pace with what’s needed.”

From Dan Cable and Freek Vermeulen: Making work meaningful: A leader’s guide

“People who find meaning at work are happier, more productive, and more engaged. Four practical interventions can help make the search more likely to succeed.”

Thanks to Art Petty for pointing me to this post.

From Jesse Sostrin: Good Leaders Don’t Disappear

“Simply said, you can’t follow someone you can’t see. That is why visibility and transparency mean so much in the realm of leadership. They are not just buzzwords; they produce the visceral experiences and tangible markers both potential and current followers evaluate as they mediate their level of trust and commitment to a leader. Unfortunately, leaders often adopt counterproductive behaviors that make them disappear in the eyes of their colleagues.”

From Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman: The Five Key Capabilities of Effective Leadership

“Don’t try to find them all in one single hero.”

From Ron Ashkenas and Brook Manville: The Fundamentals of Leadership Still Haven’t Changed

“Recently the Chief HR Officer for a healthcare firm asked us to identify the best new framework for leadership that she could use to train and develop a cadre of high potentials. The challenge, she said, was that these managers were highly proficient in their own disciplines such as finance, marketing, research, clinical care, and insurance reimbursement — and had demonstrated that they could manage people in these areas — but she needed them to be ‘bigger’ leaders. What, she asked us, did the newest thinking about leadership development say they needed to learn to lead multiple functions, or influence whole segments of the organization, particularly in the rapidly changing world of healthcare?”

Book Suggestions

The Harvard Business Review Leader’s Handbook by Ron Ashkenas and Brook Manville

Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do by Daniel M. Cable

Breaking Bad Habits: Defy Industry Norms and Reinvigorate Your Business by Freek Vermeulen

X-teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate and Succeed/em> by Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman

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