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The Gift of Leadership

The Gift of Leadership

At this time of year, as we carefully select holiday gifts for family, friends and colleagues, our generosity is usually at an all-time high. Many of us also donate our time or funds to support charitable organizations as well. For these reasons, the final months of year, usually late November through December, are often referred to as the season of giving.

And while it is heartwarming to see so many people engaged in giving, my thoughts turned to the most important gift association executives can give their organizations year round, generosity of spirit in leadership. In fact, to be truly effective, leadership and generosity go hand in hand.

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A Time for Thanks

A Time for Thanks

As our thoughts turn to being thankful and celebrating with family and friends, we might also take a moment to thank our staff members. Some managers might think, “They know how much I appreciate them.” Others might take this view, “Why am I thanking them for doing their jobs?”

Saying thanks is not only a good way to treat employees, study after study suggests that appreciation for a job well done translates into increased productivity and overall job satisfaction. When Monster surveyed workers in the UK, 63 percent said they’d take a verbal thank-you in place of a bonus when they’d “gone the extra mile” on the job. According to an online survey conducted by the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, when asked what gives them a high sense of satisfaction at work, 55 percent of employees said receiving a "thank you" from their direct manager.

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Thanks, Team!

Thanks, Team!

“Showing appreciation is not a matter of time and intention; rather, it's a matter of priority and action.”

Lee Colan, founder of the L Group and author of Leadership Matters, made this important observation in an article he wrote for Inc.com about simple ways you can thank your team. It seems obvious that you would thank your team for a job well done. However, most employees indicate that they rarely receive recognition for their work.

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The Leadership Link: 3 Qualities You Need to Be Effective

The Leadership Link: 3 Qualities You Need to Be Effective

Leadership, specifically how effective it is within organizations, is a perennial topic of discussion for associations. Because effective leadership is so essential to their success, organizations expend significant resources identifying and developing leaders. That’s also why I’ve devoted quite a few posts to the topic. I think it’s helpful to continue sharing ideas about different perspectives on leadership.

Recently LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner shared his thoughts on leadership when he spoke at a conference in San Francisco. For him leadership means embodying three key qualities:

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