Tough macho leadership is over. Here’s what’s taking its place

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Two professors contend that in politics and business, leadership role models showcase some of the critical, more humane, more feminine features of great leadership, even when practiced by men. By any possible measure, 2020 has been a difficult year. Approaching its end, the prospect of prolonging the pain, uncertainty, and instability of this pandemic is both real and dreadful. But there is arguably a silver lining. Read Full Story

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Leaders matter. So do followers

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If the leadership industry is to realize its promise and potential, it will have to evolve. It will have to become, like the rest of America, more inclusive. We both spend our lives researching, teaching, and writing about leadership and agree with the conventional wisdom that leaders are important. Good leaders and bad leaders and the overwhelming importance of each have become a fixation, an obsession even. There are numberless leadership centers, institutes, and programs; courses, seminars, and workshops, experts, coaches, and gurus—all narrowly focused on leaders at the expense of everyone else, including their followers—confirming that point. Read Full Story

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If you want a truly equitable workplace, you must get over fear of conflict

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Conflict avoidance is stymying your diversity efforts, write Code2040 leaders Mimi Fox Melton and Karla Monterroso. Many employers made dramatic commitments after the murder of George Floyd last year about making their workplaces (and leadership teams) more equitable. Despite this, most of the tech industry, which built its reputation on speed, scale, and innovation, is falling short —and it’s because of fear. Read Full Story

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Mozilla and Tor join calls to oust Richard Stallman from Free Software Foundation

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More than 1,500 people have signed a petition calling for Richard Stallman to be removed from positions of leadership in free software. More than 1,500 people, along with prominent software projects including Mozilla and the Tor Project, have signed a petition calling for the board of the Free Software Foundation to resign and Richard Stallman to be “removed from all leadership positions.” The group recently reappointed the controversial developer and activist to its board; he had previously departed in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations and comments he made about the Jeffrey Epstein case that many found repellent. Read Full Story

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Marketers Cite Video As Their Top Thought Leadership Content Format

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Thought leadership plays a positive role in reaching and educating target audiences as well as fostering trust and loyalty. With this in mind, half of the more than 250 marketing professionals surveyed for a report [download page] by Ascend2 say they have a strategy to produce thought leadership content. Not only that, but another one-quarter… Read More » The post Marketers Cite Video As Their Top Thought Leadership Content Format appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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Content moderators alone can’t clean up our toxic internet

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Tech platforms must invest in more automated solutions that can analyze the full context of online conversations—not just detect keywords. In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests spreading across the nation, Facebook content moderators are revolting over the way the company and its leadership are handling political speech that incites violence, specifically posts from U.S. President Donald Trump. Yet this struggle represents only the latest episode in the long-running saga moderators have faced as they have tried to combat the storm of online toxicity that has plagued the internet. Read Full Story

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