The Legacy of Female Leaders
Last Wednesday a great figure in American literary and social history passed at the age of 86, Maya Angelou. Apart from the beautiful poetry she leaves as a legacy, Angelou was also decorated and recognized for her contributions to civil rights. Through her written and spoken word she leaves us with important leadership lessons that we can directly apply to our daily lives and professional development.
A highlight from some of the memorable words on leadesrhip she shared during her life:
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
We thank you Angelou for having the courage to always stand up for your beliefs and the dignity of all.
Yet Maya Angelou is not the only influential woman who is shaping the future of our society. From Michele Obama to Melinda Gates to Indra Nooyi, women in positions of power are showing that female leadership is a diverse topic. What do their leadership styles show us about the changing landscape of leadership, and how can we apply them to our own leadership development?
Being a Leader AND Being a Team-Player
Being a leader doesn’t necessarily have to do with your job title or how many people you have responsibility over at work. So regardless of whether you’re managing a team or department, or just heading up a project or even just a initiative you care about, knowing how to manage up as well as lead other is one of the most important skills you’ll need to progress in your career.
And if managing your team and your boss isn’t enough, University of California at San Diego behavioral scientist Ayelet Gneezy and University of Chicago business professor Nicholas Epley published an article in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science based on several studies they’ve done into people’s satisfaction when a promise is fulfilled or even surpassed.
“Businesses may work hard to exceed their promises to customers or employees, but our research suggests that this hard work may not produce the desired consequences beyond those obtained by simply keeping promises,” they wrote.
Turns out that going the extra mile, and exceeding your bosses or client’s expectations does not bring you any additional benefits. Now that doesn’t mean that you should slack off, but the research shows that it might actually be better to leave things open ended instead of committing to a firm deadline.
We’re Expecting Big Things: WWDC 2014
And talking about expectations… if you use an iPhone, iPad or Mac then today is a day that will affect you. Apple will be unveiling iOs 8 and OS X 10.10 as well as other developments at WWDC 2014. Lots of stuff to look forward to, but let’s see if they deliver as expected on wearable technology, health tracking and home integration technology – or surpass in ways we weren’t expecting.