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Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. were great leaders because they transformed their worlds. They took initiative, inspired, and stimulated ideas within their culture. They moved beyond self-interests and promoted the well being of others. Lincoln and MLK were great leaders because they implemented virtuous ideas and became trusted leaders that influenced a troubled culture.
The 4R Model of Transformational Leadership is a simple and eminent framework for integrating virtue into a global business and leadership perspective. The model works as a “conceptual home” for the critical variables in the transformational leadership process: Relationships, Roles, Responsibilities, and Results. With the help of the 4R model, leaders are able to become transformational leaders who are able to effectively motivate and inspire the organization.
The 4R model pictures the leader engaged in a network of collaborative relationships and places emphasis on a configuration of critical personal characteristics that are vital to developing these relationships. Within the relationship category, we understand that leadership is an essential relational and social endeavor—getting relationships right is a pre-requisite to everything else a leader does.
The relationships component of the 4R Model addresses the question: “What characteristics must all organizational leaders possess in order to provide effective, transformational leadership over time in a variety of situations?”
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Accountability is a hot topic in leadership and business development training today. It’s also a somewhat poorly misunderstood concept. People sometimes confuse “accountability” with “responsibility,” or associate accountability with shouldering the blame when something goes wrong. It’s actually much broader than these simple explanations. What really rings true to me about the ancient Roman tradition is that accountability is not just limited to personal liability—it’s so much bigger than that. Being accountable means standing behind—or under!–our products, our teams, and our commitment to overall excellence.
Accountability at work means taking initiative for projects, recognizing signals indicating something’s going wrong, and not only owning up to but also taking action when failure occurs. Check our previous blog post for more on our thoughts about the role of accountability in teamwork.
One of my favorite metaphors for defining accountability is described by former AT&T Chairman C. Michael Armstrong: “The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for his work in the most profound way possible: he stood under the arch.”
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LinkedIn has become a Wall Street darling and a crucial player in many recruiting and job hunt efforts. If you are a job seeker, career ladder climber, or career coach, you should know about the following four LinkedIn optimization tricks.
1) Make it easy to connect: If you haven’t yet, you should create a direct link to your “Invitation to Connect” page. By doing so, you make it simple for your contacts to connect with you on LinkedIn, expanding your network with just one click. To create a direct link, find your id= number by looking at your profile:
Then create a bit.ly link to include in your email signature, InMails, other profiles, blog comments, etc. It will end up looking like the link below and is great to place in your email signature: Connect with me on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/LIinvitesjk
2) Stay current on trends: Download an app called Swarm, which allows you to see companies, titles or othersearches are trending on LinkedIn..
3) Make yourself Google-friendly: When you Google yourself, what results are returned? If your LinkedIn profile isn’t among the top results, it could be that your last name isn’t visible, or perhaps your profile isn’t available to the public.
Give your profile a Google makeover:
Choose “Make my public profile visible to everyone” in your public profile settings.
Invite and connect with at least 1 connection.
Supplement your profile with additional sections (like “Skills”) and other optional information.
Update your profile regularly to keep it current.
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