leadership skills

Effective Ways to Develop Your Staff From Within

Today’s workforce has more specialized skills and interests than ever before. However, executive leaders and CEOs are often losing out on the opportunity to connect, nurture, and develop the innate talent within their organizations. As employees seek rewarding career options that go beyond just the annual pay, investing in workplace relationships and providing professional development plans can be key to both attracting and retaining top talent. Reaching out to employees, especially in a rapidly-growing or large corporation can be challenging, however, according to lead CEO professional development consultants, here are the …

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The 5 Silent Growth Killers of Mid-Size Organizations

  When it comes to growing your small- or mid-sized business, there are often lots of moving parts to take into consideration. As the CEO and Executive Leader of your organization, the burden of knowing which growth strategy to use and when to deploy it ultimately falls back on your shoulders. That’s why recent research out of the Harvard Business Review is shedding light on what leaders can do to overcome the five silent growth killers that (if left unaddressed) could sabotage their organization’s future trajectory.

  1. Not valuing time. Read more

The Importance of Leisure Activities to Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

After the tumultuous year we’ve all had both in business and in the world, understanding the external factors that can impact your leadership skills (both positively and negatively) is key. With so many companies being forced to adopt a work-from-home model, the old adage “Work hard, play harder,” has become part of our everyday mentality. And, in business, recent research may suggest that making time to enjoy leisure activities is the key to becoming a better leader. In fact, according to the Harvard Business Review, CEOs that were amateur pilots …

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Top 3 Ways to Keep The Morale High in 2021

This past year has been one riddled with uncertainty and anxiety, especially for executive leaders. However, how you set the tone going into 2021 will be important in shaping the motivation level of your teams and ultimately what they can accomplish. It can be challenging, as the leader of your organization, how to bring certainty in the midst of so much changing across all business industries. The leading CEO Mastermind coaches and CEO development groups point to these 3 strategies as being the most important to keep your teams engaged, focused …

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Top 3 Reasons Why Every CEO Needs a Hobby

I’m sure you have heard of the adage, “Work hard, play harder.” And, in business, recent research may suggest that this is the key to becoming a better leader. In fact, according to the Harvard Business Review, CEOs that were amateur pilots tended to run more innovative companies. In an October 2018, study researchers surveyed the CEOs at Fortune 500 companies to explore their hobbies and learn how they may impact their ability to lead their respective organizations. Here are the top 3 reasons why having a hobby can make you a better leader.


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Top 7 Business Podcasts to Listen to in 2020

When it comes to getting the professional development that you need to elevate your leadership skills, podcasts are becoming a popular choice among busy executives. Because with the right business podcasts on your playlist, you can easily get the news you need to know and stay on top of emerging trends and ahead of your competition. That's why at The Brain Trust, we asked leading CEO peer groups and CEO development consultants for their top podcast recommendations to get you a robust list to choose from heading into the new year. Here are the …

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The Top 3 Leadership Traits for 2020

As 2020 quickly approaches, the wave of business change is not expected to slow down. For CEOs looking to carve out a competitive advantage in their industry, finding ways to improve how they lead and inspire their teams will be key. And, when it comes to taking your leadership skills to the next level, here are the top three traits CEO professional development coaches and consultants believe will be must-haves in 2020 and beyond.

  1. Be humble and consistent. Many times, as the CEO, you …

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How Leading CEOs Increase Their Productivity

As the CEO, you are expected to perform at a high level, every day, without fail. However, maintaining your peak performance, amidst the stress and mental intensity that your role requires can be challenging. Having proven, business-tested ways to manage your responsibilities while also keeping your motivation and productivity levels high is mission critical to perform well in your role. According to leading CEO peer group and CEO development consultants, here are the top ways that you can enhance your productivity.

  1. Don’t schedule meetings during your high-energy times.Read more

Top 5 Personality Traits Every CEO Must Have

If you were to list the top qualities a successful CEO must have, what traits do you think will top this list? To run an organization and be an effective leader, CEO peer development consultants find that having these 5 traits can set you and your business on a path for success. Trustworthy – Your employees need to know that you say what you mean and mean what you say. Your sense of honesty and trustworthiness is paramount to be able to build trust within your teams and for your …

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5 Important Habits Successful CEOs Have

As the CEO of your organization, having to manage your time to get everything done is a much-needed skill. So much so that when researchers examined what the world’s most successful CEOs do and how they structure their workdays, an interesting trend emerged. Research suggests that by leveraging these proven productivity habits could be the secret that leading CEOs of Fortune 100 companies use to maximize their efficiency and skyrocket their productivity. Habit #1: Make face-to-face interactions a priority. Sending emails is great to document your requests or to get a quick note …

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