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1. 4 ways to tell if you're a real leader

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 21, 2015

There's a fine line between leadership and management, writes Stacey Alcorn. Real leaders are willing to learn and confident enough to let others be part of decision-making. "I learned this the hard way. I used to control and manage everything in my business from the planning of events to the training and marketing," she writes. Entrepreneur online (01/20)

2. How to persuade people to embrace change

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 21, 2015

Most people don't want to change and don't have to, writes Tara Seager. Thus, change initiatives need to focus on winning hearts and minds, overcoming fear and resistance, and modeling and reinforcing desired behaviors. "Leaders must influence people to join them on their journey," Seager writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (01/20)

3. How Churchill grew into his leadership role

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 26, 2015

Winston Churchill made many mistakes of action and judgment, including his embrace of the gold standard and views on Mohandas Gandhi, but he ultimately demonstrated the leadership his country needed during World War II, John Simpson writes. "It's an illusion to think he was just a rhetorician, a guy who skated over the issues. He was deeply immersed in all the detail, and all the technicalities. And that helped him to get the right answer," says Boris Johnson, mayor of London and author of a book on Churchill. Independent (London) (tiered subscription model), The (01/25) BBC (01/22)

4. Death of Tootsie Roll patriarch could mean new direction

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 22, 2015

Tootsie Roll Industries CEO Melvin Gordon has died at 95, after half a century in charge of the publicly traded maker of Tootsie Rolls, Junior Mints and other candies. The Gordon family holds a controlling stake in the company and has long been quiet on its workings. With Gordon's wife, Ellen, taking over as CEO, investors speculated Wednesday that a sale is more likely. Slate (01/21) Bloomberg (01/21) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/21)

5. Believe in your people, and you'll get results

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 20, 2015

The Pygmalion effect says that teachers who believe in their students act in ways that help those children achieve better results -- and a similar effect can be found in the corporate world, writes Kevin Eikenberry. By viewing everyone as a potential star and encouraging that belief, he argues, leaders can help anyone recognize and fulfill their potential. (01/19)

6. Lessons from a standout public speaker

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 22, 2015

Former presidential adviser Susan Crawford has mastered the art of delivering substantive speeches that also show her personality and her passion, writes Mike Brown. Crawford's success comes from using humor, body language and personal stories to display authentic emotion without going overboard, Brown explains. (01/20)

7. 12 ways to make your offsite meetings more bearable

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 23, 2015

Offsite meetings don't have to be a form of purgatory, writes Dan McCarthy. Smart bosses set clear goals and themes for their offsite meetings and make sure they don't let the events run too long. "One day is ideal, two is OK, and anything more than two can turn into a death march," McCarthy writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (01/22)

8. How to lead when you don't have all the answers

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 23, 2015

Leading a team through uncertain times can be testing for all concerned, writes Karin Hurt. The key is to be honest about what you do and don't know, and to project confidence even if you can't immediately offer a plan of action. "If you must freak out, do it in private," Hurt advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (01/22)

9. Servant leaders spur employees to keep improving

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 21, 2015

Servant leadership is vital if companies are to persuade employees to embrace continuous improvement, writes Eric Bigelow. Continuous improvement is a philosophy that is about more than saving money, he argues. "Make no mistake. There is an absolute need for individuals to be a part of something big, to become intertwined in the day-to-day tasks as well as take part in daily improvements," he writes. IndustryWeek (01/20)

10. Do your performance metrics measure up?

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jan 20, 2015

Measuring performance can be an effective way to help employees to improve, but only if such strategies are blended with an understanding of how behaviors are formed, changed and sustained, writes Aubrey Daniels. "Measurement changes nothing unless it is associated with meaningful consequences to those being measured," Daniels argues. Aubrey Daniels' Blog (01/13)

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