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The Dunning-Kruger Effect Helps Explain Why People Resist Hearing Constructive Criticism

Dan is a senior financial analyst and, in his mind, he’s the best one on the team. But according to his boss, while it’s true that Dan’s financial skills are very good, his emotional intelligence is virtually nonexistent. And Dan’s coworkers would describe him as smart but also narcissistic, abrasive and tone-deaf.
Dan could really benefit from constructive feedback to get his people skills closer to the level of his financial skills. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 29 March, 2017 Forbes, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Video: Manager For A Day

Manager for a DayManager For A Day Program Teaches Leadership Skills Succession planning is kind of a weird topic for a lot of leaders. Succession planning, theoretically, is super easy to do. Okay, we just have to find the next group of leaders who are going to replace the current group of leaders as they succeed and get them the right leadership skills, et cetera, et cetera.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 27 March, 2017 Leadership Skills, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

4 Signs That You're Too Power Hungry

Power HungryMost executives I study are driven by power or achievement (or some combination of the two). Power-driven people want to be in charge and they want authority to make decisions that will impact others. By contrast, achievement-driven people are more thrilled by accomplishing difficult tasks, even if no one else notices.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 16 March, 2017 Forbes, Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles | 0 comments | Read more →

You Actually Can Teach Employees How To Have A Great Attitude

Teaching attitude is something that a lot of leaders give up on before they even try. They say “Pat just is the way he is. He’s a little cranky, and he’s a little sarcastic, but I can’t do much about that.” But when you look at great leaders, they do teach attitude, and so can you.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 13 March, 2017 Forbes, Hiring for Attitude, Leadership Skills | 1 comment | Read more →

Here's Why Employees Probably Don't Understand Your Vision

When I go into organizations and I ask the employees “tell me why your team exists?” the most frequent response I hear is “I don’t really know.” This certainly isn’t great news, but it does help clarify one of my recent research findings that only 23% of employees say their leader always communicates their vision clearly. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 07 March, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

One Simple Tool For Controlling Loudmouths In Your Team Meetings

Have you ever been in one of those team meetings, virtual or face-to-face, where a few big personalities just dominate the space? They usually talk louder than everyone else, and if the boss or team leader isn’t speaking, all you hear are their thoughts, their ideas, their yeas and their nays. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 February, 2017 Forbes, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Quiz: What's Your Style of Change Management?

Posted by Mark Murphy on 02 February, 2017 Change Management, Leadership Skills, Quizzes | 1 comment | Read more →

Try Coaching Instead Of Managing When Employees Bring You Problems

We’ve all had the situation when an employee walks into our office with a problem they want us to solve (or dozens of problems they want solved). Maybe they walk into our office and say, “I need your help boss, that other division won’t respond to my emails about giving me the data I need to finish my report.” And then they stand there waiting for us to solve that problem.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 01 February, 2017 Forbes, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

The Player-Coach Philosophy That Has Nasdaq's Leaders Invested

I regularly see leaders struggling to balance ‘leading’ and ‘doing.’ How much should leaders engage with employees and inspire them to produce great stuff? And how much should leaders roll up their sleeves and produce great stuff themselves? It’s the $64,000 question...
Posted by Mark Murphy on 26 January, 2017 Forbes, Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles | 0 comments | Read more →

Quiz: What's Your Leadership Style?


What's your leadership style? Are you like a tech CEO or a world leader? More like Steve Jobs or Gandhi? Is your leadership style creative or rigid? People first or goals first? Take this Leadership Styles Assessment and see what kind of leadership style you have!
Posted by Mark Murphy on 11 January, 2017 Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles, Quizzes | 52 comments | Read more →
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  • The Dunning-Kruger Effect Helps Explain Why People Resist Hearing Constructive Criticism

    The Dunning-Kruger Effect Helps Explain Why People Resist Hearing Constructive Criticism This article originally appeared on Forbes by Mark Murphy, Founder of Leadership IQ Dan is a senior financial analyst and, in his mind, he’s the best one on the team.... Read more →

  • Don't Say 'Great Job' To Your High Performers

    This article originally appeared on Forbes by Mark Murphy, Founder of Leadership IQ High performers need positive feedback; they do a great job and they should have that acknowledged. However, phrases like “great job” or “nice work” are so vague as... Read more →

  • Video: Manager For A Day

        Manager For A Day Program Teaches Leadership Skills Succession planning is kind of a weird topic for a lot of leaders. Succession planning, theoretically, is super easy to do. Okay, we just have to find the next group... Read more →