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“Hubris is an acquired trait, not a deeply rooted personality disorder. It comes on gradually, growing as a leader’s power grows — and it can be managed and even nipped in the bud.” Jonathan Mackey and Sharon Toye share practical steps for short-circuiting executive hubris.

“Leaders do not have to be perfect in order to be successful,” says Augusto Giacomo in Strategy+Business. “Quite the opposite. Admitting mistakes, being open and honest, and accepting foibles and flaws yields far more effective results than projecting an untouchable facade. Tough leaders may inspire through fear or intimidation. Vulnerable leaders inspire with authenticity and humanity. And it’s the latter that is more likely to yield better results.”

“There is a broad assumption in society and in education that the skills you need to be a leader are more or less transferable,” says Art Markman in Harvard Business Review. “But recent research is rightly challenging this notion. Studies suggest that the best leaders know a lot about the domain in which they are leading, and part of what makes them successful in a management role is technical competence.”

“When it comes to making tough decisions, coming up with creative solutions to problems, and being an inspiring leader, outer work plays a small role…in a knowledge economy, what we’re really getting paid to do each and every day is fueled by critical inner work,” says Alexi Robichaux in Fast Comapny. “And there’s a profitable side effect of doing it, which is exponentially elevating the value of our decision-making and productivity.”

In challenge-driven cultures, people “don’t want to delegate their most creative, in-depth, specialized work, so they take on the burden of generalist leadership reluctantly, and cede it readily. Leadership becomes an intermittent activity, in which people with enthusiasm and expertise step up as needed, and readily step out when, considering the needs of the project, another team member’s strengths become more central.” Strategy+Business offers strategies for cultivating challenge-driven leadership in your organization.

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