Herminia Ibarra discusses reinventing your leadership. Source: YouTube/Implement Consulting Group

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Inspiring loyalty: How to be a leader your employees want to follow

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Despite the vast literature that glorifies leaders, the cold hard truth is that successful leadership is the result of work, focus, principles and values. Effectiveness is what counts, not glamour or charisma, and substance beats style every day.

This Expert’s Playbook synthesises advice from Jim Collins, Brené Brown, Robert Iger, Herminia Ibarra, and more. It features strategies and tips from leaders that have consistently performed at the highest level for decades.

Don't confuse charisma with leadership

“Should everyone have the same leadership style? No, of course not. Your leadership style will be a function of your own unique personality characteristics,” says Jim Collins in Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0.

“Some effective leaders are quiet, shy, and reserved; whereas others are outgoing and gregarious. Some are hyperactive and impulsive; others are more methodical. Some are old, wise, and experienced; others are young, brash, and adventurous. Some love to give speeches; others are nervous in front of a crowd. Some are charismatic; others are not. (Do not confuse leadership with charisma. Charisma does not equal leadership, and some of the most effective leaders have very little charisma). 

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