September’s Best Leadership Links


Today we dispatched the September edition of our Leadership That Works Newslettera curated digest of the best leadership links from around the web, sent at the end of each month. As alwayswe’ve also compiled the articles from our newsletter here in case you’re not subscribed to our mailing list but still want to explore captivating leadership insights. In this month’s links: how to say no, why discomfort is good, tips for being heard — and much more. (If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive our newsletter here).

Be Heard Better.

Sometimes it can take courage to speak up about what matters to you and your leadership — so it helps to have tools to ensure you are heard when you do. In this post, Susan Mazza offers 3 tips for making sure you get your message across.

How to Make Your Team a Dramatic Success. 

In this Three Star Leadership post, Wally Bock shares the leadership practices that helped famed NFL coach, Vince Lombardi, lead the Green Bay Packers to repeated victory.

Your Brainstorming Sessions Are Too Short. 

It’s just when you think you’ve exhausted all your brain power that you are actually poised to come up with the best ideas, according to this Fast Company post, that provides actionable tips for brainstorming better.

Just Say No (and Here’s How). 

Leaders may find themselves in situations that test their integrity and commitment to their values. In these situations, it’s important to be able to set boundaries and say “no”, but it can be challenging. In this post, author Elizabeth Doty talks to 3 experts to glean real-world strategies for saying “no” when it counts.

Uncomfortable? Good.  

“You may think that comfort leads to happiness. It doesn’t.” writes author Michael Hyatt in this post that argues discomfort is good because it means we are learning and growing, which leads to more fulfillment and satisfaction overall.

How to Not Be a Jerk. 

Studies show that power can corrupt even well-meaning leaders — but you can avoid succumbing to negative behaviors as you ascend the corporate ladder by practicing the three virtues outlined in this Harvard Business Review article and assessment. First, take their quiz to see if you’re already being corrupted, then read the tips.

You Don’t Have to Be Good at Everything. 

Don’t buy into the myth that you should excel in every imaginable area, says Skip Prichard in this smart post. Instead, you should focus on developing and leveraging your unique strengths to improve your leadership and build better teams.

What Leaders Can Learn from Innovators. 

In this post, Chief Executive talks to people driving breakthrough innovation in the consumer packaged goods sector and draws 5 practical leadership lessons that can help leaders in any industry achieve breakthrough. 

Build a Best-In-Class Board. 

Building a highly-effective board of directors gets more challenging with each passing year. “Directors are now required to engage more deeply on strategy, digital, M&A, risk, talent, IT, and even marketing” writes McKinsey in this comprehensive guide to corporate governance for CEOs, synthesized from multiple expert sources.

Relish Opportunities to Rise to the Occasion. 

Sometimes the hardest battles are the ones fought with ourselves. But each challenge is an opportunity to show what you’re made of, says the Navy SEAL author of this Forbes article, in which he shares a colorful story to bring the lesson to life.

Recent Resources from ConantLeadership:

How to Be a Leadership Hero.

Don’t Break Your Promise to Yourself. 

How to Build Your Leadership Entourage. 

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