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Scientific Management – Taylorism

As a CEO interested in leadership, I had to dig deeper into Scientific Management, or Taylorism. Scientific Management has significantly impacted management research and has profoundly influenced many other frameworks. This article explains the background, characteristics, and a few examples of Scientific Management. Let us start with a few overall answers to provide a setting …

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12 Common Leadership Styles and How to Find Your Own

There are many leadership styles to choose from, and we will take you through twelve of the most common leadership styles and help you find which leadership styles to use and which leadership styles you should absolutely avoid. I have used all my experience as a CEO and a wealth of theoretical knowledge to select …

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Behavioral Leadership Theory, explained by a CEO

Behavioral leadership theory focuses on the effects and effectiveness of different leadership behaviors. As a CEO, I constantly study the leadership behaviors of others to assess performance, leadership capabilities, etc. The behavioral theory of leadership is essential to this day, and lots of the previous research on behavioral leadership formed the foundation of the situational …

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Contingency Theory of Leadership explained by a CEO

In my leadership role as a CEO, I must use a contingency theory of leadership due to the fast-changing, complex environment of today. Contingency leadership theories allow for different leadership tools for various contingencies or situations, ranging from working with a new inexperienced team, handling change, coaching when appropriate, and being more commanding when required. …

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Management By Walking Around Explained By a CEO

Management by Walking Around is a very beneficial concept for leaders. I have used it to great effect during my CEO career, where it has contributed to driving employee engagement extraordinarily fast, as I will share with you in this article. What is Management By Walking Around? Management By Walking Around (MBWA) is a strategy …

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Blake and Mouton’s Managerial Grid Explained by a CEO, examples, pros/cons

As a CEO fascinated by leadership theories, I have been curious about the Blake and Mouton Managerial grid for a long time. Even if the Grid theory is getting old, it is incredibly straightforward in showing how leadership styles depend on the leader’s behaviors. Look yourself in the mirror and assess yourself using Blake and …

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The Situational Leadership Model Explained by a CEO

During my career as a CEO, I have encountered and used plenty of leadership styles. Most modern leadership theories build on a contingency approach, i.e., switching between leadership styles depending on the situation. The Situational Leadership Model makes switching between leadership styles clearer than any other model, considering team maturity, motivation, time, and leadership behaviors. …

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Adaptive Leadership – Explained by a CEO

I have seen some clever adaptive leadership during my leadership career. Sadly, and perhaps more frequently, I have seen poor adaptive leadership as well. In the fast-changing world we act in as business leaders, adaptive leadership is getting more important. Being able to adapt to changing circumstances is important for any leader, and knowing about …

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