Not every leader acknowledges the big difference between managing and leading. And for small business owners looking to grow their business, making the transition from running it to leading it, can be all the difference. The first step is knowing what exactly leadership requires – now and in the future.
The only way to run a no-manager company is very publicly.
Ryan Carson broke the big news when he was presenting Treehouse’s latest numbers to investors. In the middle of the presentation, one investor stopped and asked, “Wait, who reports to who?” “My co-founder [Alan Johnson] and I just kind of looked at each other and laughed,” says Carson. Then they fessed up. “We said ‘No one reports to anyone.’”
“People skills come down to how people interact with each other.”
While being qualified for a certain job, having the ability to lead a team, or having extensive and highly developed technical skills are crucial to your professional success, it is also imperative that you have great soft skills – more commonly known as “people skills.”
The organization of your dreams.
What if you wanted to design the best company on earth to work for? What would it be like? Harvard Business Review asked hundreds of executives in surveys and in seminars all over the world to describe their ideal organization. This mission arose from their research into the relationship between authenticity and effective leadership. Simply put, people will not follow a leader they feel is inauthentic. But the executives they questioned made it clear that to be authentic, they needed to work for an authentic organization.
Some 20 years of research by hundreds of experts have found that successful global leaders have great soft skills.
There’s a difference between leading a global company and being a global leader. America has a lot of people who can lead a global company, but not so many who can be global leader.
The 2012 presidential election is the most critical in the modern history of America, according to GOP candidate Newt Gingrich. And when Mitt Romney says America must change its direction, he is absolutely right. The information that follows will explain why.
Rethinking our current systems and how to make them functional once again
Thomas Frey: The panic that we hear coming from Wall Street and the halls of Washington, DC is not the typical panic associated with a recession. Instead, it is the seldom heard sounds of national systems imploding, collapsing around us.
A government in chaos
David Brooks: In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt inherited an economic crisis. He understood that his first job was to restore confidence, to give people a sense that somebody was in charge, that something was going to be done.