the ceo magazine, decision making,
Karyn Schoenbart, CEO, The NPD Group

As a leader, it’s critical to make important decisions in a timely manner. You will never have all the data, complete consensus, or a crystal ball. You just need to make the best decision you can with the information you have at the time. However, having a process for making complex decisions can help.

As most parents have learned, late-night conversation around the campfire can open communication lines. Consider those romantic strolls with your first love when you shared your deepest secrets and highest hopes for the future? Or how about those laps around the gym or through the hallways at school with your best friend, sharing what happened on the weekend?

Likewise, leaders have learned that walking loosens the tongue of their team members. Walking and talking go together like leadership and strategy.  How so?

the ceo magazine, leadership qualities.
Kimberly Davis, Author, Brave Leadership:  Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need

“I’ve been there for almost 17 years,” she whispered, glancing around the room, “I don’t want to leave, but I think I have to.” The Senior Director of Finance looked at me sadly, with the weary awareness of someone who has fought the good fight for far longer that she anticipated. “The backstabbing. The hurtful comments. The threats. It’s such a toxic environment. They have to realize we’re all working harder than we’ve ever worked and doing our very best. My boss can yell at me all he wants, but I’m not going to drive my team into the ground. It doesn’t help anyone to be treated that way. It’s so demeaning. I love my work, but I just can’t do this anymore.”

the ceo magazine, values,
Cindy Wahler

Our values form the basis of our personality. These values permeate our personal and professional lives. It is believed that during what is considered our formative years, approximately the period between ages 0-7 our basic personality is formed. (http://changingminds.org/explanations/values/values_development.htm )

Of course ensuing life experiences also shape who we become.

Our values determine how we treat others. Respect, kindness, honesty, integrity, fairness and equality are fundamental attributes. These attributes define how we interact with others relative to collaboration, partnering and supporting the advancement of others. It is the essence of who we are and how we interface with the world.

the ceo magazine, leadership,
Mostafa Sayyadi, Author, Transformational Leadership: How To Prosper as a Leader In Today's Hypercompetitive Environment
How Organizational Factors Can Facilitate or Can Inhibit Leadership Effectiveness

The term transformational leadership has described an inspirational role that managers can apply to enhance the organization’s intellectual capital and ultimate performance. The question arises whether organizational factors themselves can be a source of effectiveness for transformational leaders.

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