leaders

The Unsung Art of Followership

“When I grow up, I want to be a follower,” said no one.  No kid aspires to follow others.  No employee says his best quality is being a follower.  No MBA student signs up for followership classes (and not just because business schools don’t offer them.)  Being a leader is what counts these days.  Leadership is rewarded.  Leaders are glorified.  A leadership role is the ultimate goal.  A Google search for leadership produces 353,000,000 results.   Followership?  9,100,000 — less than 3%.  And yet, a leader needs followers; a good leader needs lots of good followers.  So what makes a good fo

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Purposeful Leadership

In today’s cluttered, uber-competitive, over-retailed, choice-overload world, your brand must have an clear, meaningful reason for being.  You need to play an invaluable, irreplaceable role in people’s lives.  Hope you enjoy is a collection of my resources on brand purpose and purposeful leadership.

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The Three Levels of Leadership

I have been mentoring leaders for decades, from the very young high potentials to far more seasoned individuals. Regardless of age or experience, there are always certain questions that are top of mind in my approach, like whether they are trainable or have the courage to be a leader and not only a manager. Being a manager is relatively easy; being a leader is hard. It means that you cannot please everybody. It means you have to balance between different interests. It means you have to stand up against the forces that could make your organization mediocre.

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Join the next THNK Amsterdam Creative Leadership Program Class

 
“How can THNK help you change the world?” is the first question that every THNK Creative Leadership Program participant is asked before starting their lifelong journey. Since the first program in March 2012, THNK has built a community of over 300 social change agents, entrepreneurs, and innovation managers from around the world. 
 
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Leaders Must Do More Than Inspire—We Must Shape Networks

In a classic Harvard Business Review article, Abraham Zaleznick contrasted two very different styles of authority. Managers, he argued, take a rational approach and seek order and control. Leaders, on the other hand, are more emotionally driven and seek to drive change.

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How To Advance Your Own Movement

Great brands don’t follow – they lead. That’s why they tend to ignore existing trends and advance their own cultural movements instead.

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Who are the UK’s 2012 Customer Experience Leaders and What Can We Learn From Them?

Why have I been making such a big fuss of leadership, management and employee engagement?  Some of you – especially those of you that focus on strategy, process or technology – might have noticed that I have increasingly made a big thing of leadership, management, employee engagement and organisational effectiveness.  Why?

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Leadership Art

Ever since I read Max DePree’s Leadership Jazz(great book, btw), I’ve always considered leadership to be both an art and a science. But I find there‘s a lot more content about the science of leadership (organizational design, management principles, etc.) than there is about the art.

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Demand Generation Best Practices: Thought Leadership with The LeadSloth

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'Tribes' Seth Godin's New Book Is off

by: Scott Goodson

Something is happening out there that is making it easier for anyone to lead a popular movement that can influence millions and millions of people to follow you.

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