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Three Rules of Leadership

Podcast with Dr. Todd Dewett: professor, author, and leadership expert.

 
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"To maintain and build high performance organizations you must focus on three core ideas: reduce ambiguity, be fair and stay positive." Dr. Todd Dewett

Welcome to a special Leadership Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio. Joining us today is Dr. Todd Dewett: professor, author, leadership expert, trainer, consultant, professional speaker, caffeine addict and Harley Davidson nut. Todd partnered with John Sumser at HRExaminer to create the recent Top 25 Online Influencers in Leadership -- if you've been following the podcasts here on TotalPicture Radio, you've probably heard the interview we recorded with John last week, and with Derek Skaletsky from Traackr, the company that generated the report based on the keywords Dr. Dewett suggested they use to develop this list. -- You'll find the complete list of keywords used in the top 25 list on Todd's feature page here on TPR.

"Leadership is about supporting and building employee morale and productivity. Ultimately, these explain organizational success. Each year we see hundreds of new leadership-related books and thousands of leadership-related articles. But how much of what is new is really new? After reading most of it, I have concluded that there are a small number of things going on that explain the essence of leadership. In fact, all of the thousands of leadership ideas, tricks and tactics that have been discussed really boil down to three simple rules. To maintain and build high performance organizations you must focus on three core ideas: reduce ambiguity, be fair and stay positive."

Questions for Todd Dewett:

Give us some background on how you worked with HRExaminer in developing the Top 25 list, and what criteria you used to develop your keyword list.

Tell us something about your background and current activities

I know John Sumser was stunned by the results generated by Traackr, were you as well?

Who would you have expected to find on this list that's missing?

Your websiste drdewett.com is called Fuel for Leaders -- what will our listeners find on your website?

You have a new book coming out -- called the Little Black Book of Leadership? (You yourself have written that there are thousands of books on leadership. What makes yours unique?)

Quoting from a leadership article on your website you advocate 3 simple rules in leadership: reduce ambiguity, be fair and stay positive. Can you expand on these core ideas?

One of the topics you discuss in you keynote speeches is social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter -- what do those have to do with leadership?

You know, when I speak with recruiters and hiring managers the number one quality they're looking for when hiring is leadership. What are a few things a job seeker can do to present themselves as a leadership caliber candidate?

Here are the keywords Dr. Dewett recommended for HRExaminer to generate the Top 25 Online Influencers in Leadership list:

"leadership development", "employee engagement", "motivating employees", "leadership style", "employee development", "high performance teams", "servant leader", "measuring leadership", "talent management", "leadership consultant", "leadership guru", "management guru", "leadership integrity", "leadership trust", "leadership strengths", "leadership authenticity", "motivational speaker", "leadership speaker", "leadership coaching", "executive coaching", "leadership communication", "management style", "management training", "personal branding" leader, "executive leadership"

Peter Clayton

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