8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership



If you ever wonder why we’re in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership. While there are clearly many aspects of leadership that must work together in harmony in order for leaders to be effective, everything breaks down when leaders don’t understand how to engage effectively.

Leadership is not a monologue, a speech, a lecture or a filibuster.
Leadership is not talking at or over people.
Leadership is not about the leader.

The best leaders are not interested in who is right, but what is right. They not only embrace dissenting opinions, but they seek them out at every opportunity. Real leaders are just as at ease when unlearning as they are when learning. And perhaps most importantly, they never pass up an opportunity discuss, converse, dialog, or debate. They know that their leadership is only as good as their ability to engage, listen, discern, and to act.

Following are eight ways to spot real leadership:

1-Not about the platform
2-The art of and not or
4-Not tone Deaf
5-Willing to take the hit
6-Understand Compromise
7-No paralysis

Read More: Mike Myatt on Forbes


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Five Reasons Why The Fear Of Public Speaking Is Great For You



The fear of public speaking is the most common fear and prevents many people from achieving their potential.

Imagine if you were comfortable speaking in public and took every opportunity presented, how would your life improve?

So why is the fear of public speaking great for you?
Five Reasons Why The Fear Of Public Speaking Is Great For You!

1. Be viewed as the leader
2. Increase Exposure
3. Gain Trust
4. Reduce Your Competition
5. Accomplish Something Great

Read more: Forbes

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How To Create A Mood In Public Speaking


How to create a mood with words. It’s not just about meaning. Or even body language.

A team of psychologists and phoneticists based in Germany has tested the effects that vowel sounds have on our moods. And it turns out that “I” sounds (“hi”) generate positive moods and “O” sounds (“oh-no”) generate negative ones. The implication is that you can create a positive mood by using a lot of the former sounds and a negative mood with a lot of the latter.

But the researchers kept going, and the further results are a bit more complicated. It turns out that the way we screw up our faces when we make “I” sounds or “O” sounds also creates the same positive and negative moods.

So whether or not you’re making any sound, your facial expressions help determine your moods, and your reaction to things. Of course, we think it’s the other way around, because we don’t like to imagine that our bodies are in charge of our thoughts, but that’s what the neuroscience shows.
The point is that you need to be sensitive to the sounds you’re making when you’re telling a story or relating some key points in your speech. Use I sounds if you want audiences to react positively, and O sounds if you want the reverse.

Read more: Forbes

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All roads lead to resilience in the US



According to psychologists, the so-called resilience is our ability to bounce back when faced with a variety of challenges. It is a very complex process and none of us is perfect—we all have moments when we do not appear to be very well adapted to the conditions we are facing. By the way, research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. People commonly demonstrate resilience.

One example is the response of many Americans to 9/11 and individuals’ efforts to rebuild their lives. In order to develop this much more crucial soft skill in the American contemporary society, the Road2Resilience website has been launched a couple of years ago.

It represents the digital manifestation of a very big idea in order to advance the cause of national resilience by highlighting innovative ideas in emergency management, homeland security and crisis planning.

The hard road to resilience involves behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed at every level of the American society to respond quickly and wisely to future crises.


Image source: CNN

Author: Teodora Danisi

7 Ways You Can Easily Increase Your Willpower


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Eric Barker from Time Online Magazine and from the blog Barking Up The Wrong Tree suggests 7 ways to increase your willpower and live a better life:

  1. “Keystone Habits” Are A Magic Bullet
  2. Do Important Things Early
  3. Improve Willpower By Not Using Willpower
  4. Use Willpower To Build Willpower
  5. Fundamentals: Eat And Sleep
  6. Procrastinating Can Improve Willpower
  7. You’re Going To Screw Up… and That’s Okay!

Read more on: 7 Ways You Can Easily Increase Your Willpower


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Cybersecurity: Flash Memory


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The Diplocalendar 2014 realised by S. Baldi and E. Gelbstein is dedicated to “Cybersecurity: Guidelines for diplomats” and is based on the assumption that “Cyberspace is inherently insecure“.

For the month of August the attention is drawn on “Flash Memory

Diplocalendar2014_Page_18Image: Diplofoundation

The set of images used in the Diplocalendar 2014 can also be consulted on Slideshare

Why diplomats “lie”


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During a training seminar, Ruben Brunsveld of the Stockholm Institute for Public Speaking (StIPS) asked the question: “Which words do you associate with diplomacy and diplomatic language?”

He found out that the words commonly associated with diplomacy are intrasparent, unclear, vague and even lying.

Actually, diplomatic language can be extremely confusing if you are not used to the codes. It is essential to know the context of the communication and the relationships among the people involved to understand the meaning of a “diplomatic” conversation. So why don’t they just say what they think?

In the international arena, actors coming from different backgrounds meet each other, bearing different communication styles and value systems. Diplomatic language is used to avoid mistakes and to establish “the rules of the game”.

In a field where interpersonal interaction is crucial, those rules are needed to communicate without running the risk of offending your counterpart. For sure, you have to know and practice them, taking into account that diplomats do not lie. They just “soften”.

Read the full article at http://stips.se/why-diplomats-lie/

What they say

What they mean

We believe the Dutch proposal is very interesting What a strange Dutch proposal, we will not accept it!
We understand the general idea behind your proposal We have a serious problem with how you want to implement this
We believe this proposal deserves further examination We cannot accept it in this form
We have complete understanding for the French concerns, however we feel that we should …. We disagree with the French
I hope we can be pragmatic and work towards a constructive solution Please stop whining about technicalities
I am not quite convinced the German proposal reflects the best way out for all of us. We will not accept the German proposal.
By inserting this you make it hard for me to convince my colleagues. Stop making my position difficult.
I ask your understanding for the fact that this is very important for Sweden. It is important but I cannot tell you why. Ask me at the coffee machine.
I have been instructed by my government to propose the following solution. I know this is not acceptable for you. Do not shoot the messenger.
The internal coordination process is still ongoing We did not have time to look over the document.

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