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The ultimate measure of a leader is where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience

A great leader, focus on helping his people succeed. The people who work for him, the people who engage with him, and the people whom he has a less contact with . I firmly believe a leadership position is not just a motto to keep or a title to hang on the wall but a real and tangibile manifestation of a leader. Great leaders failed not because they can't or won't but because their focus is on themselves alone. 


They are afraid that those people if and when they rose on the rank would replace or be his opponents or a complete hindrace of his goal or objective. Hypocrisy got them to believe that they are just doing it but their hands are closed and held tight. 


What would you expect for a leader who doesn't have any single idea of the position he handled or assumed? I agree wholeheartedly, there are countless and millions of books that are available publicly however, those are just a good references if those ideaswon't be able to apply and put into practice. One common reminder that has often used yet it is becoming just a quick and empty word without appreciating the truest meaning of it. It goes like this, walk what you preach. I would say, don't preach anything at all if you are not willing to be measured on your own words. 


This is quite a summary of a true leadership that embodies great strength and passion. Here's my two cents (thanks to Dr. King).


The ultimate measure of a leader is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
Vincent Manlapaz Vincent Manlapaz
Business Development Manager • Ziff Davis Company

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These 10 Leadership Habits Have Been Found in the World’s Best Leaders

Where are you in your own journey as a leader in relation to these characteristics?
     By Marcel Schwantes 
Principal and founder, Leadership From the Core@MarcelSchwantes


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If you're not familiar with the leadership movement known as servant leadership, you might want to grab a cup of java and pull up a chair. This may just transform how you lead your tribe moving forward.

What we are finding is that organizations around the world are changing their attitudes toward leadership. Yes, it's been written and talked about for decades, with great authors defining it in different ways, calling it different things.

In the end, most of these "thought leaders" have been talking about the same things–that leadership (and life, really) is about human relationships.

Consequently, servant leadership has emerged over the last 30 years on a grand scale in some of the most admired and successful companies on the planet, including many named to Fortune Magazine's annual listing of "The 100 Best Companies to Work For." Companies like Zappos, The Container Store, and Southwest Airlines have successfully integrated servant leadership into their corporate cultures.

To immortalize the movement, world-renowned management thinker Danah Zohar, in her groundbreaking book Rewiring the Corporate Brain, called servant leadership "the essence of quantum thinking and quantum leadership."

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Before I give you the 10 practices of a servant-leader (or, if you can't wait, scroll down to "The Gold Mine" for the good stuff), I need to frame this article into its proper context and give credit to the right people.

Robert K. Greenleaf is the first person that needs distinct accolades as the founder of the modern servant leadership movement. Without his work and research, I don't have a basis for my work or speaking engagements.

As his bio states, Greenleaf's work continues to have a lasting impact on fields as diverse as systems thinking, management, leadership, organizational development, religion, assessment and evaluation, and scores of other disciplines.

Legendary management consultant Peter Drucker, Greenleaf's good friend and collaborator for over a decade, called him "the wisest man I ever met."

But there's another person worth noting in this conversation.

Meet Larry Spears
Allow me to introduce you to Larry Spears. He is deserving of his own bust on the Mt. Rushmore of servant leadership for advancing the movement after Greenleaf passed in 1990.

Spears, a prolific author and editor, has been called today's foremost authority on servant leadership. Through his writings, millions have been introduced to servant leadership. It didn't hurt having Stone Phillips interview him on NBC's Dateline in front of ten million viewers back in 2004.

After Greenleaf's death, Spears spent years combing over a truck-load of Greenleaf's personal papers and discovered previously unknown and unpublished essays written by Greenleaf over a fifty-year period.

This…was…a gold mine.

Chief Human Resource Officers take note. In his analysis, Spears was able to identify the ten characteristics of the servant-leader as being of critical importance to transforming an organization.

While by no means exhaustive, Spears says "they do serve to communicate the power and promise that this concept offers to those who are open to its invitation and challenge."

The Gold Mine
As I go over these, I want you to consider where you may be in your own journey as a leader in relation to these characteristics. Call this you new measure for leadership success.

1. Listening
Listening lands first on this list because it is a crucial yet frequently absent trait in leaders who are self-oriented. Greenleaf wrote that, "A true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first." He further added, "True listening builds strength in other people." So practically speaking, this is a leader that automatically responds through active listening–to understand the other side. She will listen before she speaks, as she speaks, and after she speaks. In decision making, she listens completely before deciding. This takes practice.

2. Empathy
The second characteristic is empathy, which has been proven in this study to drive performance. Empathy is really an extension of listening, if you think about it. Servant leaders attempt to understand and empathize with others–to put themselves in others' shoes. This means listening without judgment. As empathetic leaders, workers are considered not only as employees, but as people who need respect and appreciation for their personal and professional development. This generates a competitive advantage.

3. Healing
What Spears meant by "healing" is that leaders recognize the opportunity to help make whole those with whom they come in contact. A servant leader tries to help people solve their problems and conflicts in relationships, because he/she wants to develop the skills of each individual. This leads to the formation of a business culture in which the working environment is characterized by dynamic, fun engagement and no fear from failure.

4. Awareness
Servant leaders have a strong sense of what is going on around them. They are always looking for cues, they know what's going on and will rarely be fooled. They're very self-aware.

5. Persuasion
Servant leaders don't take advantage of their power and status by coercing compliance; instead, they try to use influence to convince others. They are effective at building consensus within groups through influence and persuasion.

6. Conceptualization
This is the ability to look at a problem by thinking beyond the day-to-day realities. Greenleaf said that the servant leader can conceive solutions to problems that do not currently exist. They see beyond the limits of the business and focus on long term goals. They work their big hairy audacious goals, but they do it S.M.A.R.T.

7. Foresight
Foresight is the ability to foresee the likely outcome of a situation. It means understanding the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision for the future.

8. Stewardship
This a commitment to not just serving the needs of others but also of the organization and its mission as a whole. It's holding your company in trust for the greater good of society.

9. Commitment to the Growth of People
Pretty self-explanatory. This is a demonstrated appreciation and open encouragement of others and their growth. In practice, this can include things like having a budget for personal and professional development, taking a personal interest in the ideas and suggestions from everyone, encouraging worker involvement in decision-making, and even helping out a laid-off employee find work.

10. Building Community
Servant leaders are what I call compassionate collaborators. They show appreciation and praise employees often for their contributions. They want to get to know what makes their employees tick, what drives them, what gets them up in the morning so that they can support them in those endeavors. As I've written before, building community can only happen through connecting and making relationships work.

Three Sections of the Full Spectrum
If you break down the characteristics into sections of the full spectrum of a servant leader, you'll see that the servant side of a servant-leader encompasses the listening, the empathy and the healing.

The leader side encompasses awareness, being able to persuade, conceptualization, and foresight. Every leader has to have those traits and be able to use them effectively.

And in the middle is where the two sides overlap into the servant-leader: stewardship, commitment to growing people and the building of community.

Put them all together, you have the best and most whole version of a leader, bar none.

A Few Questions in Closing
Now reflect, if you will, how you may have modeled some of these approaches in the last 24 hours. My questions in closing:

How have you been a servant leader reading the examples given?
What if we could think and act this way moving forward in our work? What would that do for your team, business, organization?
How would this change your roles as managers, executives, founders, board chairs, or even at home as spouses, fathers and mothers?

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Using Bebee to excel professionally !!

Every professional wants to be recognized, but what it takes to be ??

It needs to stand out, being  competent , and  professional and having  behavioral skills .  

A brief meaning of these three elements: 

– Be competent means having knowledge, have skills and have attitudes. 

– Having professional means to have posture, behaving properly according to the environment and also have character. For more information, read the article " Professionalism !! You have ??? ".

– Have behavioral skills , such as flexibility, good oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, teamwork, problem solving, creativity, logical reasoning, leadership … among other skills. 


Success is nothing more than the recognition of their work, whether in small or large scale. Temporary or permanent.
Mônicka Christi – Poet and writer. 

Bebee is the best place for professional stand out !!

The best place is the social network Bebee , because in it, you can show all his ability, all his professionalism and "parade" all their behavioral skills. 

The Bebee is an environment with enough synergy and recognizing the talent of its active users. 
Cristiane Bittencourt Spinelli – HR Professional, Coach and Embaixora the Bebee in Brazil 

What Bebee has ??

The Bebee has tools for you to stand: Space for you to produce content ( Bebee producer ). Have groups of professional affinities, called hives , is a inifinidade hives, has for example … hive of Human Resources, Administration hive … More than 23,000 hives. It has job openings. And companies have and eye recruiters profiles of bees (bees are the users that are part of the network).

The Bebee has all the tools available and necessary for you to excel professionally.
Bee Franciane Nunes. 

Using Bebee tools for you to stand !!

The production of content and buzzs (sharing photos, links to other articles and videos) are the basis for you to show and highlight: All your knowledge, their ability to deal with matters in produced and shared content, and attitude to show them in hives. 

With the production of content and buzzs are generated comments, opinions, information and other actions by other bees giving strength to networking. It is through netwoking you show all your professional attitude and his character. 

With the production of content and buzzs with networking is still possible to show its flexibility, creativity, leadership, oral and written communication and other skills needed to excel professionally. 

And finally…
Companies and recruiters are eyeing the profiles and what is posted in the hives, as well as the behavior for networking, so … post relevant content, share buzzs of equal relevance and make networking by affinities with high quality.

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