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When I speak to various professionals and executive leaders, a key theme that comes up repeatedly is advice on key career management tips. Having just thought about it deeply during a long flight, a distillation of my career-long learning is as follows:

1. Back yourself.

Self-confidence cannot be outsourced! When you encounter tough people or new situations, the only person who has full knowledge of your past success is you. Get inspired by Edmund Hillary's words to Mount Everest: “I'll come back to you. You cannot grow taller but I can.”

I joined J.P. Morgan directly out of Columbia Business School into a leadership program designed to train the future leaders and functional heads within the firm’s finance, strategy, and planning function. The rotational component of the program offered its members a unique opportunity to obtain both a 35,000-foot and ground-level perspective into how complex investment banking, asset management, and internal treasury businesses are run, planned for, and organized for long-term success. After graduating from the program and accepting a full-time role, the last of which was to serve as the Global Financial Controller of the J.P.

Are you ready to become a CEO? What do executive recruiters look for in CEO candidate searches?
 

Has anyone ever told you that you are a natural-born leader? Don’t worry if no one has—most people have to learn the skills needed to be an effective leader. As you know, learning leadership skills can propel you farther in your career, whether it is through internal promotions, increased salary or more opportunities for higher level positions when conducting a new executive job search.
 
Some say you have to start with a generous dose of self-confidence and charisma to be a leader. Whether you agree with that or not, one thing is true; leadership is a skill and can be developed if you don’t already possess those innate qualities.
 

How do you engage and assign tasks to your team? How do you maintain flow in the workplace?
 
Striking the right balance when getting things done is crucial to achieve successful results and to also foster long-term growth. Many leaders may have that "go-to" person on staff they can always count on to get the job done, but going to the same person again and again is usually not the answer.

While senior managers certainly want to utilize the talents of their most accomplished employees to their full potential, "tapping out" the energy of the same employees while not fully engaging the abilities of others is not the right solution for leaders who not only want to get the job done, but who also want to foster growth for the future.

Anne Morriss identifies 5 ways that potential leaders, many of them highly talented individuals, create their own obstacles to achieving their potential:

1) Over-emphasizing personal goals

Leadership is not about you, it is about making other people better as a result of your presence. If you can make sure certain systems and cultures are in place, you can also ensure that people succeed even when you are not there. Those who succeed as leaders are those who have managed to shift the analytic focus from themselves to other people.

2) Distracted by personal image

Many executives find themselves taking an introspective look, asking “What can I do to bring my company to the cutting edge?” Sarah Green of HBR, sits down with Jeff Dyer, co-author of the book The Innovator’s DNA, and discusses approaches one could take to become a disruptive innovator. The five skills he sets forth are questioning, observing, networking, experimenting, and associative thinking:
 
Questioning – Developing a question about a problem, company, or industry, and then working off that question to come up with new ways of solving it.

The AESC recently caught up with No Fear of Failure author, Gary Burnison, CEO of executive search firm Korn/Ferry, to learn about his inspiration for the book and to delve further into the key qualities needed for successful leadership. No Fear of Failure: Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change profiles twelve distinctive leaders who, in one-on-one interviews, revealed their thoughts on leadership.

What was it, in your experience of dealing with senior management, that prompted you to write this book?

We all know the importance of teamwork. Effective teams can produce exceptional results but they can also produce not so exceptional results. As Richard Hackman discusses when it comes to teamwork managers and organizations don’t always make the right choices, mostly based on some of these common misconceptions.
 

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