Leaders aim to make their mark on business operations, imprint their philosophies on their staff, leave their legacy on the organization.  They hope the team will remember their leadership as unique, profitable, and pleasant.  Understandable goals.

But all too often, new leaders start out with similar clichés and concepts—lines that set their staff members up for disappointment, if not downright disengagement, rather than the intended productivity boost.

Do these new-leader clichés sound familiar?

the ceo magazine, data security,
David Zimmerman, CEO, LC Technology International

A recent headline about the exposure of voter records by a contractor working with the Republican National Committee (RNC) turned heads due to the size of the breach (nearly 200 million potential voters) and how such information was stored in an unsecured cloud account. The records could be browsed without any login at all, exposing them for all kinds of illegal activities. The exposure underscored the need for multiple layers of security needed to manage private data, and the brand damage that comes with failing to protect that information.

the ceo magazine, conflict management,
Chris Schafer & Brent Carter, Authors, Intrepid Professionals: How Principles from the Military Mindset Build Extraordinary Leaders, Teams, and Businesses

In a world where adaptation to chaos is a consistent requirement, leaders need an intrepid mindset - a mode of seeing, thinking, and acting that is hyper-vigilant. There are few challenging areas that need intrepid mindsets more than conflict management.  The greatest business leaders we have observed leverage three principles that drive success in conflict management: intention, intelligence gathering, and creating a space for collaboration. This doesn’t necessarily mean jumping into an argument and throat punching a bully—okay, sometimes that is required, but not always. Instead, it means to engage in the reality of the conflict, to examine why the conflict exists, and to search out any overlooked context that could help resolve the conflict.

the ceo magazine, leadership qualities,
Hector Castillo, Founder & CEO, Noysi

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy, but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” - Plato.

Music permeates my earliest memories and has always been the unique lense through which I view the world. From the age of four I began my academic music study, and at 20 I travelled to Austria to embark on my professional musical career. I dedicated years of study to the double bass, violone, and Orchestral Direction, played and collaborated with renowned European orchestras, and composed De Otros Paisajes Sonoros, which premiered at the Plaza Mayor de Madrid.

emotional intelligence leadership

Research at the Harvard Business School has shown that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – the ability to manage our own emotions and connect to the emotions of others – counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined in determining who will be successful in their career and in life.  This is true if you are a CEO, the VP of Sales or Finance, or an individual contributor. 

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