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Are women better leaders?

Leadership is all about relationships. As a leader, you don’t need to ask if you have relationships with employees, the question is what the quality of the relationships are. And, also generally speaking, women are better in managing the relationships than men. Men are better in the content of the subject. Off course also very important, but in leadership less nowadays. And, also, research shows this.

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Leaders vs Dictators

How do we recognize the dictatorial leadership style? Actually, this is quite simple to determine. A dictator doesn't ask questions. Because a dictator isn't interested in other people's opinions. The dictator expects that the people in his or her team are following without questions and without questioning his or her authority. The dictator doesn't allow mistakes. They expect a high performance with the highest quality all the time.
​This article was published in Cariere Magazine on the 25th April 2017.

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Assertiveness vs Agressiveness at work

In successful companies, assertive employees and leaders go hand in hand. Shanon Anthony Bower describes the difference between assertive and aggressive people as follows: “The basic difference between assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well-being of others”. You can read more on this subject in the article published in BIZ Magazine on 7th April, 2017.

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Dear Women, embrace your weaknesses!!

When I was asked to write an article special for the 8th of March, I had some options. I could write about a trending topic in business: Gender diversity. But I would like that firms are busier with the Diversity of the Mind.

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The leader and his ‘Yes-man’

When I see that in a management team there is a discussion about a decision I suggest almost every time to look for a third possibility, that is not a merge of the other 2 possibilities. Background: if people are not agreeing on the decisions there is a realistic chance that both are not the best. Go to look for the alternative third.

​More about this in the published article on 28 February, 2017, in BIZ Magazine.

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Donald Trump against the yardstick of leadership

The whole world is, more than other times, interested in the presidency of Donald Trump. It is clear that Donald Trump’s campaign was unconventional and the hardest and roughest since decades. Despite the scandals, rumors and opportunistic actions he won the elections, against all predictions. But especially his behavior adds question marks to the way he will lead the United States in the coming four years.
​This article also appeared in Forbes Romania magazine on 16 December 2016 (in Romanian language) 

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Leadership: the courage to be different!!

Conforming and copying of the behavior of others leads often to strange and irrational behavior. And we see that often in the world of business. Copying or automatically doing what the competitor also is doing. Every existing player in the business is afraid to take a risk and take a deep dive. Most businesses have examples of this type of management but nobody remembers why they are doing it that way. But hardly anybody dares to challenge it. And that is where the business opportunity lies. If you’re the first to do it differently, it might just bring you a lot of money.

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Women as leaders: Equivalent and different

For a long time, the board-room was reserved for men. The 3 women allowed to come in the board-room was the secretary of the big boss, the lady who was serving the coffee and the cleaning lady. Maybe I am exaggerating a bit, but I think you can imagine many of these situations. And when women stepped up the ladder and got a higher position, they said often that they “had to perform twice as well to be half as good’. For sure not an enviable position.

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How do we recognize good leaders in our company?

65% of the people are dissatisfied with their work and only 13% is engaged. This often due to the fact that we don't have good leaders on their positions. But how can we recognize good leaders ? This article is published on 22-09-2016 in Biz magazine

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Control

It is amazing how managers can demotivate employees

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Why does leadership training fail?

Just a leadership training doesn't make a leader

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Five Leadership lessons from the Jedi

What leadership lessons we can extract from a movie like the Star Wars movies. Maybe there is more in it then at a first glance.

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A coach cannot replace a master

Do you want a coach or a master to learn??

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