What Is Leadership?
Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right. – Professor Warren G. Bennis
The word “leadership” can bring to mind a variety of images. For example: A political leader, pursuing a passionate, personal cause. An explorer, cutting a path through the jungle for the rest of his group to follow. An executive, developing her company’s strategy to beat the competition. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination, in a smooth and efficient way.
How to Be a Great Leader: The 3 Keys to Managing Yourself
When we talk about leadership development, we often focus on the skills and qualities that have to do with leading others. But this ignores a major aspect of being a great leader: Being able to lead yourself. In fact, out of the 28 leadership competencies that are essential to leadership success, seven are related to being a self-leader. Most leaders, however, ignore these skills, making them less balanced and effective.
10 Amazing Facts About Animal Sentience
Evidence of animal sentience is everywhere. Did you know that turkeys like to sing along to their favorite tunes? Or that hens talk to their babies before they are even born? Or that fish feel pain akin to that of mammals? These top ten amazing facts about animal sentience are sure to make you love and respect animals for how incredible they truly are — even more than you already do!
A New Recipe for Hunting Alien Life
Imagine stepping into a time machine, one that could traverse not only billions of years but also countless light years of space, all in search of life in the universe. Where would you find most of it, and what would it look like? The answer—or at least scientists’ best guess—might surprise you
Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders
Those with an IQ above 120 are perceived as less effective, regardless of actual performance.
Intelligence makes for better leaders—from undergraduates to executives to presidents—according to multiple studies. It certainly makes sense that handling a market shift or legislative logjam requires cognitive oomph. But new research on leadership suggests that, at a certain point, having a higher IQ stops helping and starts hurting.
Dogs Violently Thrown Into Street Deserve Justice
Target: Hillar C. Moore III, District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Goal: Demand that the man who violently threw two dogs into the street be charged with animal cruelty and receive the maximum penalty by law.
Two dogs were violently thrown into the street in a shocking case of animal cruelty. A video posted online showed a man swinging the dogs around with their leashes before throwing them toward the street. Demand justice for these poor dogs.
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4 Companies That Use Humor in Marketing (And How You Can Too)
Why is humor so effective when it comes to marketing? People always say laughter is the best medicine, and this platitude is starting to impact the marketing strategy of several big brands. Let’s take a look at some examples of companies that successfully added humor to their marketing strategies and how you can do the same.
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Praise U.K. for Massive Reforestation Project
Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the U.K.
Goal: Applaud ambitious plan to plant 50 million trees in the next 25 years.
The U.K. is one of the least forested countries in all of Europe; U.K. tree cover is only about 13 percent compared to a European Union average of 38 percent. But a new government initiative aims to change the U.K.’s dismal forest cover percentage. Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a plan to create over 62 thousand acres of woodland, connecting five smaller forests in northern England. This forest will greatly expand wildlife habitat and help combat climate change: it is estimated that it will be able to sequester over seven million tons of carbon. As the Prime Minister has stated, “It is vital that we leave our planet in a better state than we found it, with cleaner air, stronger protections for animal welfare and greener spaces for everyone to enjoy.”
Save Fish and Reptiles From Unrestrained Cruelty and Abuse
Target: Congressman Michael Conaway, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture
Goal: Don’t allow cold-blooded animals to be abused and exploited for private gain.
The Animal Welfare Act of 1966 remains the only piece of major federal U.S. legislation that affords protections to animals. While the law ensures that animals dealers, researchers, and exhibitors be licensed and meet certain standards for animal housing and care, the Animal Welfare Act currently only covers warm-blooded mammals. Despite numerous revisions to the law since its enactment, cold-blooded animals remain excluded. These animals deserve respect and protection as well.