Weekend Leadership Reading: 7/31/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. 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 Stephen Jones: What are the benefits of servant leadership?

“When Robert Greenleaf first suggested in 1970 a different model – that the leader could exist to serve the ‘enhancement’ of their employees, a style he termed servant leadership – it was met with scepticism. Focusing time, attention and resources on the betterment of staff, while a nice thing to do, would inevitably be to the detriment of the bottom line. New research suggests this assumption is misguided, and that in fact adopting a servant style of leadership can actually help grow profits.”

From McKinsey & Company: From a room called fear to a room called hope: A leadership agenda for troubled times

“Leadership matters most—and is hardest to do well—when people face objective threats, when old ways of working are no longer possible, and when confusion and anxiety abound. These are brutal and relentless facts of organizational life for tens of thousands of leaders who feel heightened responsibility for billions of people as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.”

From the London School of Economics: Managing virtual teams requires devolving leadership

“Businesses need to supplement traditional leadership styles with flexible, contemporary skills, writes Francis Norman”

From Nathan McMurtrey: Why CEOs Should Resist The Pull Toward “Urgency Addiction”

“In a crisis, we tend to focus on winning the day or the week, rather than the year and those to come. But that myopic focus can make us blind to the critical data we need to survive.”

From Ella Miron-Spektor: Embracing the Paradoxes of Leadership

“Why we need to move from an ‘either/or’ to a ‘both/and’ view of priorities.”

From Katia Savchuk: How to Be a Good Boss in Trying Times

“Good leadership can be challenge in the best of times. But amid an unprecedented pandemic and economic crisis, even the best bosses are struggling with how to navigate turbulent waters.”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen.

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