NMA Leader Briefs – January 21, 2015 2016-11-15T12:53:00+00:00
NMA Leader Briefs
Jan. 21, 2015

Leadership courage: Creating a culture where people feel safe to take risks
The human ingenuity within any organization is its greatest competitive advantage. Yet the fear, complacency and outright disengagement that can exist within its walls are the biggest barriers to leveraging it. The number one responsibility of any leader is to create an environment that not only engages their workforce, but draws out the best of what they have to offer. More

Leadership lessons to learn from the new Republican Congress
If you’re looking for partisan bashing (or support) of the Republican congressional members, you’ll be disappointed as this is a nonpolitical piece. The newly elected Republican Congress has a challenge that many business leaders face: figuring out how to work together with others in order to achieve desired goals.More

4 leadership lessons for entry-level employees
The Business Journals
If you’re an entry-level employee in the first few years of your career, chances are you’re focused on the day-to-day tasks of your job: schedule this meeting, reply to the necessary emails, file those documents. You may not be thinking about what it means to be a leader or how to proactively grow your leadership skills. More

The roots of becoming a more effective leader
If the author had his way, any face-to-face leadership development program on the planet would first start with the facilitator showing a picture of General Sherman. No, not General William Tecumseh Sherman — military strategist and General of the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War in 1861 through 1865 — rather the giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. More

Exercises to pump up your leadership skills
The Huffington Post
You take yourself to the gym … so why not strengthen your leadership “muscles” too? Coaching executives and aspiring leaders across many roles, industries and geographies over many years, the author has prepped a quick-hit list of 15 exercises to help build your leadership muscles in this article.More

China’s secret weapon for smarter leadership
“Made in China” doesn’t mean what it used to. Manual labor from the country’s 1.3 billion citizens was long considered its sole competitive advantage in the global economy. While American business has turned a blind eye, the country’s burgeoning skilled work force now stands as its biggest competitive threat. How did this happen?More

12 new faces of black leadership
It would go against the code of all 20-somethings if a 25-year-old Daily Show correspondent, Wired magazine cover star and all-around hard core funny person were to say she considers herself a leader. So when TIME asked Jessica Williams that question, she of course declined the honor. More

Tips for influential leadership
By Betty Boyd
How influential are the leaders in your organization? Do they truly work together with the workforce for the success of the organization? Influential leaders help people to grow, have inner character and work together with others for a better running organization. As leadership expert John Maxwell states, “The true measure of leadership is influence — nothing more, nothing less.” More

Women hold only 19 percent of US board seats — what could change that?
The Washington Post
That few women sit on powerful corporate boards is hardly news. Norway has made the most strides toward gender equity, but women still make up just 35 percent of boards there, according to a global census released recently. In Sweden, another bellwether of gender equality, women make up less than 29 percent. And then there’s Japan, where some wives are expected to call their husbands “master” and where it should come as little surprise that women make up roughly 3 percent of board seats. More

Great-souled leadership
Of all the challenges business leaders face as corporate organizations grow in size and diversity, one stands out above others: the proper alignment of subordinates’ behaviors, goals, interests and attitudes with those of the organization at large. Without such alignment, leaders lead in name only.More

Sustainable leadership: The 3 types of resilience you need
The Guardian
Resilience is the capacity for adapting to — and surviving — radically changing circumstances. This includes anything from climate change and economic collapse to the threat of international terrorism and pandemic disease. To meet these challenges sustainably, leaders must cultivate three types of resilience.More

Leadership lessons from the SEC Coach of the Year
The Huffington Post
Some told him it was a sleeping giant. But others told him to run as far away as possible. The season, 2001. The school, the University of Missouri. The coach, Gary Pinkel. Throughout the 17 seasons prior to 2001, Mizzou football had winning seasons in only two of them. The only bowl appearances were those same two winning seasons.More

Women and leadership
Pew Research Center
According to the majority of Americans, women are every bit as capable of being good political leaders as men. The same can be said of their ability to dominate the corporate boardroom. And according to a new Pew Research Center survey on women and leadership, most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, with many saying they’re stronger than men in terms of being compassionate and organized leaders. More

5 simple steps to better leadership in the New Year
By Betty Boyd
We all make New Year resolutions in our personal life, but what about our professional life? Do leaders need to make resolutions? Being a leader should not necessarily entail resolutions, but rather establishing goals. Goal setting is providing a vision for an organization to follow. It is decisiveness — take action, and it will go a long way. So how does a leader come up with these goals? More