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What is Downward Communication? Problems? How to use?

After 15 years as a leader, CEO, and communicator I find myself more and more fascinated by communication. This article describes the concept of downward communication as well as some of my experiences from it in the business world. What is downward communication?Downward communication is sending information downwards in a hierarchy from the top down. …

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Servant Leadership Explained by a CEO: Pros/Cons, Examples.

Servant leadership has been a rare sight during my career as a CEO in the world of business. I am confident that Servant Leadership can be useful in business, especially in our modern times when corporate responsibility is becoming ever more important and many employees seek a cause they can support to serve the greater …

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Is empathy important in leadership? – CEO Reflections #7

Empathy is important in leadership since leaders really need to understand what their followers need and want. The better a leader knows his or her followers, the easier it will be to inspire, motivate, coach, and guide them. The empathy skills of a leader positively correlate with his or her performance. It is possible to …

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Visionary Leadership Explained by a CEO: Pros/Cons, Examples.

Visionary leadership has had a prominent place in my career as a leader and CEO in business. I have seen some good and some horrible examples of the visionary leadership style in action. I have met some fascinating visionary leaders and have been part of creating several long-term visions. It is incredible how the visionary …

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How do you spend your time as a leader? – CEO Reflections #6

For the sake of productivity, I regularly monitor how I spend my time as outlined in the book “The Effective Executive”. The method described by Peter Drucker in his book The Effective Executive essentially means you keep a time study of and for yourself. If applicable, you could have someone else with insight into your …

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Autocratic Leadership Explained by a CEO, Pros/Cons, Examples

Sadly, I have met quite a number of autocratic leaders during my fifteen years as a leader in the private industry. The style has a very bad reputation I would say, and you should avoid using it. If you are using autocratic leadership, chances are you are unaware of it. What is Autocratic Leadership?Autocratic leadership …

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Bureaucratic Leadership Explained by a CEO!

As a CEO, I have encountered many leadership styles during my leadership career. The Bureaucratic leadership style has both pros and cons and is worth understanding a bit better. Bureaucratic Leadership sounds both outdated and boring, but it can be put to good use as I will explain in this article. What is Bureaucratic Leadership? …

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When the best specialist is made manager purely on that merit – CEO Reflections #5

I have several times encountered managers that got their title for being the best expert within their specialty. Being the best engineer, the best salesperson, or the best cook does not automatically mean you are fit to lead your previous peers. In fact, it can be counterproductive and devastating for the productivity of an entire …

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Leadership posture: lead with your body! – CEO Reflections #4

Posture for leaders It is a well-known fact that body language stands for a very high portion of our message when we communicate. I will explain how posture affects you in a leadership position as well as provide some do’s and don’ts in the area of posture. Keep in mind that a leader’s posture and …

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6 NPD tips for leaders – CEO Reflections #3

New product development projects, often referred to as NPD projects, often miss out on these six important corner stones for securing great end results. The results are all too often a disappointment. Use these six leadership tips to reduce the risks in your new development project! I have participated in many projects developing new products, …

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