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What is Affective Leadership?

As I watch leaders and question why others follow them, I am increasingly convinced that leadership is much more than what a leader says or does; it is who he is. What makes one group of soldiers follow a commanding officer into battle and probable death, while another group under a different leader chooses to mutiny? I...

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Leadership is Also About Lightness

Leadership is serious business. Leaders take care of weighty issues and solve important problems. They want people to recognize the significance of their causes. Their missions and strategic objectives are posted on their walls and seared into their brains.  I am not in the least minimizing the need for mission statements and worthy goals. In...

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Is a Good Mood Always a Good Idea?

Leaders who instinctively lean toward Affective Leadershipsm practices recognize that their emotions and attitudes affect people around them. They sense that positive interaction brings positive results. They know their enthusiasm or lack of it can make or break a new initiative. And, quite a bit of research supports those notions. However, it is also important...

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