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“I Don’t Want to Do as I’m Told So I Do Nothing” — When Dissonant Leadership Falls Short

by Margaret Bell | November 26, 2018

One thing that unites us is receiving a ‘telling off’. Every one of us — from the straight A students to the young rebels — has been on the receiving end of a stern ticking off at some time or another in our childhood, perhaps from a teacher, a parent, or another member of our community. So today we explore what happens when we don't do as we're told (and so we do nothing) and how does this dissonant leadership style affects our next generation of leaders.

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Effective Leadership: Focusing on Compassion over Compliance

by Margaret Bell | November 19, 2018

Leadership is - and has always been - about finding the balance between continuity and change. As leaders, across all spheres, it is valuable to recognise what is working, and what needs to be altered to achieve the right outcomes for all.

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7 Traits Needed for Compassionate Leadership - How do you score?

by Margaret Bell | November 13, 2018

Compassion - and a sense of empathy and responsibility are the ingredients for a functioning society. This is true for all members of our human community, on a macro global level as well as a micro level within our own social groups and family units.

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Sustainable Change - The Journey from Dissonance to Resonance in Leadership

by Margaret Bell | November 6, 2018

There are three key attributes that can help leaders take steps towards resonance, helping them to avoid the pitfalls of 'sacrifice syndrome'. 

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Unengaged Leaders - The Effects of Chronic Stress

by Margaret Bell | September 24, 2018

We can observe that dissonant leadership styles contribute to stress and anxiety within the groups they are supposed to serve. Structures of authority are reinforced, and a climate of fear ensures that ‘things get done’. There is no warmth or togetherness. There is only the threat of

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Social Intelligence in Males and Females: Do Different Genders Develop SI Differently?

by Margaret Bell | September 18, 2018

Social and emotional intelligence are not only valuable attributes in a leader; they are critical elements of a thriving community or society. Without an element of emotional investment in the situations of others, without a degree of empathy and altruism applied to our daily lives, society as a whole would begin to disintegrate. 

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At the Cutting Edge of Social Intelligence – Positive Leadership, with Positive Results for All

by Margaret Bell | September 10, 2018

Many of us will never experience the weight of responsibility which comes with leading an organisation like the Red Cross. However, most of us will find ourselves in a position in which strong leadership is necessary, whether this is in the workplace, in public office, or within our own homes or social groups.

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Benefiting from Social Intelligence: A Vital Leadership Quality

by Margaret Bell | September 4, 2018

There are different definitions of social intelligence, and various theories surrounding its usage. One of the most pervading theories, however, has been put forward by Dr. Karl Albrecht, a management consultant and founder of the Karl Albrecht International Academy. He describes the social intelligence of people as existing somewhere between nurturing and toxic.

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Emotional Intelligence in Leadership – Managing Emotions in the Right Way

by Margaret Bell | August 27, 2018

When we consider what it means to be a successful leader in business, traits such as 'drive', 'determination', and a 'will to succeed' crop up again and again. However, these positive attributes cannot exist in isolation.

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