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New Year. New Leader.

by  David Burkus  |  Leadership Development
New Year. New Leader.

What do leaders need to know right now?

It’s really a simple question. Or is it? I suppose it depends on whom you ask. Some will say service. How do I lead my employees and serve them at the same time? Others may say that a leader’s focus needs to be on how to motivate productivity. How can we help the company reach the bottom line? And still others may say a leader must know how to inspire their employees. What can I do to make my employees feel valued and desire to do their job well?

Perhaps the best answer to that question is not just one thing. Perhaps it is some combination of them, some attainable format for effective leadership that requires work, certainly, but that also works.

To help us piece this together, I’ve invited fifteen different thought leaders, authors, editors, and CEOs to collaborate with me to parse this question and share their opinions. Their answers will come in the form of emails delivered directly to anyone who registers to receive them, and through these emails I hope to give you the opportunity to start your new year on your way to becoming a new leader.

Would you like to meet my team? Here they are:

Daniel Pink – In 2015, London-based Thinkers 50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world

Amy Cuddy – She is known around the world for her 2012 TED Talk, which is the second-most-viewed talk in TED’s history. She is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School who studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments influence people.

Tom Rath – Tom is an author and researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health, and well-being. He has been described by business leaders and the media as one of the greatest thinkers and nonfiction writers of his generation.

Adam Grant – He is Wharton’s top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, HR’s most influential international thinkers, the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers.

Bill George – He has taught leadership since 2004 and is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where. He has been named one of “Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years” by PBS, among other awards.

Marshall Goldsmith – Dr. Goldsmith was recognized as the#1 Leadership Thinker in the World and the top 5 Management Thinker in 2015, as well as one of the top ten Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World.

Dorie Clark – Dorie is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog.

Emma Seppälä – Her areas of research include positive organizational psychology, health psychology, cultural psychology, well-being, and resilience. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a news site dedicated to the science of happiness.

Jim Kouzes – Jim is a bestselling author, an award-winning speaker and, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States.

Shawn Murphy – He is a writer and Co-founder/CEO of Switch and Shift. He is a promoter of workplace optimism and believes work can be a source of joy. He is the top ranked leadership blogger by Huffington Post.

Todd Henry – Todd teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

Ron Friedman, Ph.D. – Dr. Friedman is an award-winning social psychologist who specializes in human motivation and has consulted for some of the world’s most successful organizations.

James DaSilva – James is a senior editor at SmartBrief and manages SmartBlog on Leadership. He edits SmartBrief’s newsletters on leadership and entrepreneurship, among others.

Scott Oldford – He is the founder of Limitless Business Group, a recipient of the 2013 American Express Innovator Award, and is widely respected for his leadership and business innovation acumen.

Ted Coiné – Ted is one of the most influential business experts on the Web, top-ranked by Forbes, Inc., SAP Business Innovation, and Huffington Post for his leadership, customer experience, and social media influence.

Whether you’ve been in a leadership role for several years, you’re a brand new leader, or you’re just an aspiring leader looking to grow your skills and influence, the start of a new year is a great time to focus on personal and leadership development. I’m excited to hear what this tremendous team has to share with us about leadership.

Learn more or register by clicking here.

What are YOU going to do differently in 2016 that is new to your leadership journey?
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About The Author

Articles By david-burkus
David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. His latest book, Under New Management His latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work — and reveals what does. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders  »  View Profile

What People Are Saying

Nirzie Aime  |  29 Dec 2015  |  Reply

Register me! I can’t wait to read.

Cindy  |  29 Dec 2015  |  Reply

Tried to register by clicking on the link and it indicates that the “page is not found.”

Paula Kiger (Admin)  |  29 Dec 2015  |  Reply

Hi Cindy, this is Paula – I work with Lead Change. There was a problem with the site earlier but it has been restored to functionality! If you still have problems registering please let me know. paula (at) weavinginfluence (dot) com.

Jane  |  29 Dec 2015  |  Reply

Thank you for this, David. I already follow some of these leaders and highly respect their values and character.

John Smith  |  30 Dec 2015  |  Reply

Hi, David – thanks for your leadership in collecting this awesome group of individuals:)

This is quite a gift to the leadership development community and I am looking forward to the learning that it will surely stimulate.

John

muralimohanrao  |  30 Dec 2015  |  Reply

A Leader first should be selfless

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