What is Servant Leadership? Servant leadership is defined as a leadership style (many would call it a leadership philosophy) that emphasizes the leader’s responsibility to the success of the organization as well as his or her moral responsibility to subordinates, customers, and other stakeholders. Although it may seem like a new leadership style is being introduced [...]
The purpose of this article is to make clear the sometimes vague concept of employee development. In it, I will describe why leaders should invest in the development of their employees, what specific actions they should take, and how they can best support their employees throughout the developmental process.
In the previous blog, we reviewed consequences of on-the-job (OTJ) stress and defined the various categories of stress management interventions (SMIs) aimed at dealing with stress. In this blog, we will review research findings on the effectiveness of specific SMIs and describe best practices.
Leadership effectiveness has been integral to the field of applied organizational research for over half of a century. Over the years, we have seen charismatic leadership, Rushmorean leadership, servant leadership, transformational leadership, etc… The wealth of different categories and definitions of leadership can become overwhelming at times, which is why it is nice to look at actual concrete behaviors.
The practice of executive coaching is growing fast as more and more executive coaches are showing up on the marketplace and organizations are directing resources towards external coaching. Recently, coaching has become a mainstream tool to develop executives and improve organizations. Along with growth, the primary goal of executive coaching has also evolved. Whereas executive [...]
One of the most common barriers that managers face as they advance within their organizations is the constantly changing mix of skills and competencies needed to be successful at different levels of management. For example, the set of skills that a supervisor relies on day-to-day are very different from the set of skills that he [...]
As organizations experience budget reductions, cutbacks, and workforce reduction, it is easy to understand that workplaces can be stressful. We all know that stress can lead to a myriad of problems with our health and well-being, but we also know that it is impossible to merely avoid all sources of stress. Certain types of stress [...]
“I don’t know how relevant this is, but I think it portrays an important point about job challenges and stretching people too far. A long time ago, I was a flight instructor for small, single-engine float planes. The lesson plan for teaching people how to fly is very sequential…”
Leadership guru, Bernard Bass, views transformational leaders as practicing four sets of behaviors: charisma, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration (defined below). Followers identify with the leaders’ aspirations and want to emulate the leaders. Charisma or idealized influence is envisioning, confident, and sets high standards for emulation. Inspirational motivation provides followers with challenges and meaning [...]
We recently did an employee survey survey for a client. This was the company’s first survey and the managers were nervous. “What if we raise expectations that we can’t meet?” Great question. For surveys to do more good than harm, managers have to do a lot of things right. Two of the most important are [...]