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1. 8 reasons why exercise is essential

SmartBrief on Leadership | May 29, 2015

Exercise and a healthy lifestyle can have several direct, positive effects on your ability to lead, writes Todd Garretson. Your time on the treadmill translates directly into increased focus, more creative thinking, and less stress. "As leaders, unmanaged stress can have adverse affect on our relational skills with people, detracting from our influence," he writes. CircleMakers blog (05/26)

2. Stories will always beat PowerPoint

SmartBrief on Leadership | May 26, 2015

PowerPoint presentations are easy to put together, but nobody enjoys reading them and they're forgotten almost instantly, Nicholas Bate argues. "Stories are harder to assemble and rehearse, for sure. But they are grasped and remembered, often for ever," he writes. Nicholas Bate blog (05/22)

3. 5 requirements for inspiring others

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jun 01, 2015

Inspiration matters whether you're fighting fires or running a business, writes former Los Angeles Fire Department battalion chief Tom Pandola. To inspire others requires clear goals, open channels of communication and accountability for your actions, Pandola asserts. "Remember that command is vision, and visionary leaders are inspirational leaders," he writes. The CEO Refresher (05/28)

4. Good leadership is about managing emotions

SmartBrief on Leadership | May 27, 2015

Stressful workplaces can only be sufficiently addressed by leaders with emotional intelligence and an ability to inspire and engage employees, writes Tanveer Naseer. This starts with how leaders interact with others each day, he argues: "[D]o we have a genuine interest to listen, learn and understand?" (05/26)

5. How to bring clarity to the office

SmartBrief on Leadership | May 28, 2015

Decisions are hard to come by when no one is sure of expectations or there is a lack of trust, writes S. Chris Edmonds. Start by getting everyone on the same page, then demonstrate and help others live up to those principles each day, he advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (05/26)

6. Can you spot the "Human Chameleon"?

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jun 01, 2015

Chinese artist Liu Bolin uses intricate body paint to disguise himself within complex, patterned backgrounds. This gallery highlights some of Bolin's most impressive disappearing acts. Business Insider (05/29)

7. Boomer bosses need a new management style, says OMB chief

SmartBrief on Leadership | May 29, 2015

Bosses who started working in the 1970s must learn to adjust to the changing nature of the modern workforce, says David Mader, the former Booz Allen Hamilton executive who leads the Office of Management and Budget. The post-war workforce was packed with veterans who appreciated a command-and-control leadership style, but today's workers need a softer hand. "The biggest lesson I learned was about the need to change to a leadership style that is more about collaboration, inspiration, motivation and working in teams to achieve the mission," Mader says. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/27)

8. How to help people break free from decision paralysis

SmartBrief on Leadership | May 26, 2015

When faced with an indecisive decision-maker, it helps to ask questions to identify sticking points as well as to plan for what's next and how to test the idea, writes Karin Hurt. "One of the biggest reasons for decision paralysis is that it feels so permanent. Find a way to let them taste the impact of the decision in a way that can be easily reversed," Hurt suggests. Let's Grow Leaders (05/22)

9. Assertive leaders don't say these things

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jun 01, 2015

The words you use are a reflection of your degree of confidence and optimism, writes Jeff Boss. To project self-assuredness, eliminate vague terms such as "I guess," "I think" and "but," Boss advises. Entrepreneur online (05/29)

10. Get people to answer your requests by using a sticky note

SmartBrief on Leadership | May 27, 2015

To persuade someone to follow through on a task, try attaching a sticky note with a personal message to your request, Kevin Hogan writes. Researchers found that even a blank sticky note attached to a survey increased response rates, while a sticky note with a handwritten message more than doubled response rates. "The real magic, it seems, is not the sticky note itself, but the sense of connection, meaning, and identity that the sticky note represents," Hogan writes. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (05/26)

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