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Two Unexpected Traits of Leaders Whose Teams Experience Success

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There are myriad ideas and theories out there about what makes a great leader, and many are useful. They give some insight into those characteristics that define effective leaders—strategic thinking, strong focus, a sense of mission, passion for customers, innovation, hard work—the list goes on.

But there is one trait strong leaders often exhibit that is not often discussed. It is the innate ability to build powerful relationships with the people who work for them. It’s critical, and it correlates to long-term success for the leader for several reasons:

Topics: leadership development

Priorities for the Modern Leader

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Work and career are areas that are ever-evolving.

New ways of working emerge, skill sets and experiences change, and employee expectations shift. As a leader, it's important to understand where your priorities need to be and how you can position yourself to help your employees grow.

Topics: sales leadership leadership development

The Value and Benefits of Executive Leadership Development

The Value and Benefits of Executive Leadership Development

57% percent of people were reported to quit their jobs because of poor leadership in their organization. Leaders set the tone of an organization's culture. In order to retain a happy and productive workplace, it's integral to understand the value of leadership development. 

Leaders can be found via a talent search. In other instances, leaders are born through continuous leadership development. 

In this article, we'll dissect the four main benefits of leadership development and learn more about the importance of leadership development training.

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How to Train a Sales Manager

How to Train a Sales Manager

Assuming a sales manager does need a training plan can be a costly mistake. Too often this element is overlooked, and revenue suffers. Creating a training plan that includes specific elements to be completed in the first 30-60 days on the job is a great way to avoid this.

Here are four areas that should be included in a sales manager training plan:

  • People
  • Process
  • Planning
  • Performance

Keeping reading for information on each to add focus to the area of creating and using training for a manager.

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Top Development Trends and Tips

Development Trends and Tips

Does your organization have a turnover problem? Do you worry that your top talent will leave for another opportunity?

It may be time to refocus on people development and revisit employee growth plans.

We all know that ongoing coaching, training and development are important and key factors in retaining employees long-term. According to LinkedIn, 94% of employees say they would stay in their role longer if their company invested in their professional development. Yet in another survey, nearly 59% of employees claim they had no workplace training and that most of their skills were self-taught.

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Leadership Development–Developing Managers Into Leaders

Leadership Development

Promoting someone to a manager doesn't make them a leader.

While managers have power, they too often lack the skills to use that power effectively. What you want is a strong sales leader, but how do you get there?

That question is why we've written this guide to people management and leadership development. We'll review the core difference between a manager and a true leader and how to train managers to get there.

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