Leadership Style Assessment

Identify your leadership style with a leadership style assessment, and learn how to use your personality to your advantage. With increased awareness of personal leadership style, you will learn how to adjust your approach to become even more effective leaders.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages. The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. Recently, social scientist Ron Storm hosted a Tedx talk. His topic was, “Do I Have to be a Jerk, Read More

We’ve all, at one point or another, thrived under good leaders and suffered under bad leaders.  Those great leaders demurely hold a mirror before us and allow us to see the absolute best we are able to produce and envision. Those inferior leaders simply nonchalantly- or maliciously- stick a foot out and let us trip and fall while they check their watches and wonder who might have been looking. The good leaders will bring a sense of purpose, vision, and competency to the table as they deftly bring out the best in their team members and get everyone to work, Read More

The last thing leadership relationships should do is stand in the way of productivity. At HRDQ, we often make the assertion that leadership is pretty straightforward – it’s a specific set of skills that can be learned by anyone. (And we’re right.)  But that doesn’t mean that every leader behaves the same way, or is regarded in the same way. And when differing behaviors are perceived by others, they may come across as “incorrect” or non-beneficial.  They may be dismissed altogether.  Often, these differing behaviors are displayed by leaders of different generations – forming a rift in leadership teams. With, Read More

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” This past Monday, we celebrated one of our country’s greatest leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As one of many enduring gifts, Dr. King showed us the necessity for and effectiveness of direct recognition and action when faced with social conflict.  This type of conflict can shed light on overarching structural issues, and incite positive change.  Decisions may be coming from a perspective that seeks to retain power and control, regardless of the detriment that may be to an entire system (in the case of civil, Read More

You can be a leader.  It doesn’t matter what your job is, what your title is, how old or young you are, or what your field and specialties are. But you may not feel that way.  You may feel that your rank or place within a hierarchy prevents you from stepping into a leadership role. You’re wrong.  No one needs to tell you to be a leader.  Leadership is a set of skills, not an inherent state.  When you develop leadership skills and display leadership behaviors, you are a leader.  No question. The Leadership Practices Inventory is a 360-degree assessment, Read More

Change is not an easy thing for most organizations to deal with – especially when paired with conflict.  Maintaining high performance in a changing environment is a challenge, but it’s one that can be overcome by starting with the individual. Resilience in individuals extends to teams’ ability to handle conflict.  When an individual sees the value in issues or problems identified, conflict and change can be seen as opportunities, not obstacles.  But, not everyone is naturally disposed in this way.  Some need leadership to guide them through times of fluctuation. A good leader provides transparency throughout processes – he encourages, Read More

The actual scope of a job is more than the tasks we perform every day.  Especially for those of us whose positions center on interpersonal relationships, there are added responsibilities that are less tangible.  Sometimes, these responsibilities can be more important than our daily tasks – and they require soft skills. In a recent study of nurse managers, 80 percent reported that they seek new hires with informatics, communication, and leadership skills.  In the same study, 98 percent of practicing nurses reported a desire for more education and training in these areas.  Of this new data, Sheryl Sommer, director of, Read More

“Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes — it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.” ~Peter Drucker How does your company, department, or team handle change? Are employees and leaders agile and open to making changes as they pop up, or is everyone reeling – unable to get their footing in a leaner, often unpredictable climate? Sometimes change is inevitable. The, Read More

Does your organization develop its star players, or simply make the most informed hires it can and hope for the best? Even though it’s common business knowledge that developing the workforce in general is the key to remaining competitive, it remains difficult to make the same claim for individuals – star players that are already pulling their own weight on the team. What do they need? If they’re doing well and are even out-performing most of their peers, why do you need to spend resources developing them? Because they will burn out if you don’t. The path of least resistance, Read More

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 43% of hiring managers are concerned that top workers will leave their organizations this year. But managers themselves may hold the key to preventing this loss. While managerial positions involve a great deal of necessary administrative work, managers also need to lead.  This leadership has the potential not only to increase retention rates of high performers, but to improve employee performance across the board – minimizing the impact of the loss of top workers on the overall strength of the team. So what do managers need? Engaged, focused employees that happily support their team, Read More

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