Weekend Leadership Reading: 5/25/18

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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 what having power does to us, David Petraeus thoughts on leadership, journaling, emotional intelligence, and decision biases that lead us astray.

From the London School of Economics: What power does to you – the psychological consequences of power

“We often blame the behaviours of those who have power and abuse it on the individual and his or her personality. That is, we make what psychologists call a dispositional attribution. But there is more to individual and personality differences when it comes to understanding the behaviour of those in power. In fact, what is often occulted are the very consequences that power has on self-perception and various aspects of our psychological functioning.”

Book Suggestion: Leaders, Fools and Impostors: Essays on the Psychology of Leadership by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

From Bill Snyder: Gen. David Petraeus: Four Tasks of a Strategic Leader

“The American general discusses leadership, recognizing opportunity, and owning mistakes.”

Book Suggestion: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal and Tantum Collins

From Eric McNulty: Journaling Can Boost Your Leadership Skills

“Our lives are awash in digital. Each electronic pulse pushes us to respond instantly. Reply. Like. Share. There is seemingly no beginning and no end to the onslaught. But the beauty of the human brain isn’t its ability to render snap judgment and instantly weigh in on a topic electronically. Quite the opposite. Its greatest capacity is a higher level of thought: to process disparate bits of information, find patterns, and create meaningful dialog and action over time. All of this serves to boost our leadership skills.”

From Brandon Lewis: Become a Better Leader With Emotional Intelligence

“The good news is you can develop emotional intelligence by adopting certain habits and behaviors into your daily life. Here are three personal growth tips you can do over the course of a weekend to become a better leader by Monday:”

Book Suggestion: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

From Sean Silverthorne: You Probably Have a Bias for Making Bad Decisions. Here’s Why

“Cognitive biases cloud our decision making like a San Francisco fog in the brain. Here is recent research on psychological factors that fool us into hiring bad employees, favor one gender or race over another, or give more weight to the last information we’ve received.”

Book Suggestion: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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