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Top 20 Leadership And Management Experts You Should Start Following

Top 20 Leadership And Management Experts You Should Start Following

Want to be a better leader? Find and follow the people who are recognized leadership experts and management authorities to learn strategies, tips, advice, and visionary ideas for bringing the best principles to work in your life and career.

1. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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    Kanter, who holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, is a leader who guides leaders through teaching, writing, and consulting. with a focus on innovation and leadership for change and sustainable enterprises.

    Kanter’s book SuperCorp takes information gleaned from interviews with 350 people at key corporations around the world to show that “the businesses that are agile, keeping ahead of the curve in terms of market changes and customer needs, are the businesses that are also progressive, socially responsible human communities.”

    Online: Blog, HarvardBiz Blog, Facebook, Twitter

    2. Lynda Gratton

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      Gratton is author of The Shift, a book “for anyone keen to take charge of the future of their work.” Gratton focuses on the intersection of people and organizations and directs a premier program on human resources, ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies,’ at London Business School.

      Gratton is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement, a unique research consultancy that takes academic research and uses that data to come up with business solutions.

      Online: Website, Blog, Twitter

      3. Daniel Burrus

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        Burrus, the author of six books and the Strategic Insights blog, is known for his visionary business strategy and focus on anticipatory, rather than reactive, change for business organizations. He writes and consults on technology trends, business strategy, and innovation. Burrus, known as technology futurist, is considered one of the leading forecasters of technology trends, and is a leading consultant to Google.

        Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube

        4. Jeff Haden

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          Speaker, columnist, and ghostwriter of more than 40 non-fiction books, Haden is an expert in management and leadership, having worked his way up through the ranks to become a respected expert on leadership, management, and small business. Haden is charmingly self-deprecating, saying things like, “[I am a] LinkedIn Influencer (the only time I’ll ever appear on the same list as Richard Branson).”

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          Online: Website, Twitter, Inc. columns, Business Insider columns

          5. Rieva Lesonsky

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            Lesonsky, well-known business expert, is the force behind GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily.com. Thousands turn to her for up-to-date insight on business trends, management insight, and leadership lessons. Lesonsky is very active and approachable on social media, and provides a mix of encouragement and tough questions for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and other leaders.

            Online: Blog, Twitter, HuffPost columns

            6. Anita Campbell

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              Campbell, a lawyer by training, ventured from the legal world into writing, publishing, and speaking on leadership, small business, and management with great success. She is a Forbes Top Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs, CEO of BizSugar, small business analyst, speaker, and CEO of Small Business Trends. Campbell keeps leaders and business managers up-to-date with business news and forecasts as well as practical content marketing and social media advice.

              Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

              7. Barbara Corcoran

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                Easily recognizable from her ongoing role on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Corcoran is a real estate mogul and businesswoman as well as an investor, speaker, consultant, columnist, and author. She’s a master of making much out of little, turning $1000 into millions in real estate, and she shares bold insights on seeing talent and innovation everywhere. Corcoran’s website states that her “credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three.” Her candor and approachability make her a business mogul that everybody wants to be friends with.

                Online: Website, Twitter, Facebook

                8. Ram Charan

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                  Charan went from working in his family’s shoe shop in Northern India, to earning an engineering degree, to working in Australia, to earning an MBA and doctorate from Harvard Business School, to his current role as a full-time consultant to CEOs of major corporations. Charan has a gift for getting through complex problems to the simple root, and providing practical ways to deal with the root of each problem.

                  He puts a lot of emphasis on doing what you need to do: “Execution is the job of the business leader…[and it is] is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.”

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                  Online: Website, Leadership Outlook blog, Linkedin

                  9. Tim Ferriss

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                    Before authoring the insanely popular book The 4-Hour Workweek, Ferriss founded a nutritional supplements company. Now known for his experiments with and books on lifestyle design and productivity, Ferriss is also well-known as a start-up angel investor, consultant, entrepreneur, speaker, and blogger. Ferriss has gone on to apply his 4-hour methodology to, oh, just about everything, with his books The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef. We think next it might be The 4-Hour Marriage?

                    Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

                    10. Robin Sharma

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                      Leadership expert and writer Robin Sharma began his career as a judicial law clerk, then staff litigation attorney for the Canadian government. He is a popular motivational speaker and founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc., with a focus on holistic leadership for business and personal life.

                      One of the quotes he attributes to ‘changing his life’ is this one from Ayn Rand: “Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.”

                      Online: Blog, Twitter, YouTube

                      11. Jim Collins

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                        Stanford faculty turned best-selling author, Jim Collins has produced several management and leadership classics, including Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. He founded a management laboratory and is known for research, innovative thinking, and problem-solving for a variety of business consultancies and leadership positions. Collins is one of the old-school but forward-thinking combinations who doesn’t spend a whole lot of time fiddling with social media or building an “online presence.” Why would he need one? He’s already build a real-world presence.

                        Online: Articles

                        12. Tom Peters

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                          Peters is a business management expert, author of 17 books, speaker, and writer. His book In Search of Excellence, which profiles 43 companies and presents 8 principles that have made the companies successful, is an essential business read, touted by NPR as one of the “Top Three Business Books of the Century” in 1999. Peters is very active on Twitter and frequently updates his blog, plus has a variety of manifestos and archives of his newspaper column available on his website.

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                          Online: Blog, Twitter, Flickr

                          13. Tony Dungy

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                            Former NFL coach Tony Dungy set NFL records by leading his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years and serving as the most successful coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dungy took the principles of leadership he learned in his life and coaching career and authored bestselling books Uncommon and Quiet Strength. His focus is on helping others develop the attitudes and abilities that are possible for anyone, but uncommon in our culture. Dungy is the father of nine children, and he and his wife, Lauren, just wrote a book called Uncommon Marriage.

                            Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

                            14. Sydney Finkelstein

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                              Finkelstein, associate dean, professor, and author, focuses on what might be called the negative side of leadership: mistakes that leaders make, and how these mistakes ultimately lead to failure, either of the leaders as individuals and/or of the companies that they lead. His research and insights help other leaders and managers to avoid failure. “Failing executives,” says Finkelstein, “continue to rely on the same formulas and ideas that brought them success.”

                              Online: Blog, Twitter, Forbes column, BBC column

                              15. Deepak Chopra

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                                Prolific author and speaker Chopra is a licensed physician who advocates a holistic approach to life, leadership, and management of one’s health and self. His book Super Brain discusses ways to untap the potential of the brain. Chopra’s Workplace Wellbeing programs help carry his wisdom to the business world. Chopra has written dozens of books. Time magazine put Chopra in he top 100 heroes and icons of the century, calling him “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”

                                Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

                                16. Orrin Woodward

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                                  Woodward is a bestselling author and cofounder of LIFE Leadership. He focuses on team leadership and leader-led, principle-based growth for businesses. His book LeaderShift, told in parable style, examines principles for renewing leadership and vision in business and personal lives. Woodward offers straightforward advice to leaders, such as “Leaders always choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong,” and “Success is on the other side of your comfort zone.”

                                  Online: Blog, Twitter, YouTube

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                                  17. Simon Sinek

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                                    Sinek’s mission is to wake people up to “the possibility in their own lives,” and equip them to lead by knowing why they lead and what true leadership is. His book Start With Why and immensely popular TED presentations have garnered him a large following. Sinek’s idea of a “golden circle” spun his first TEDx talk, for Puget Sound, into a video with millions of view and then into a movement. His most recent book, Leaders Eat Last, articulates his vision for carrying your why into leadership.

                                    Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

                                    18. Nicholas Bate

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                                      After working for years in sales and marketing in the IT industry, Bate founded Strategic Edge, a business consultancy. He is the author of 20 books, including Instant MBA, Being the Best, Do What You Want, You, Only Better, and Get a Life. His focus is on practical actions and bold steps to a better life and more effective leadership. Bate’s blog is a punchy form of communication filled with one-liners, deep thoughts, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. Bate uses lists to spark ideas, spur action, and give his readers a scannable step-by-step guide on everything from being bold to being more intelligent to handling email.

                                      Online: Blog

                                      19. Margaret Wheatley

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                                        Wheatley began her career as a teacher and then an educational administrator, but since 1973 has been a consultant and speaker with an emphasis on systems thinking and organizational behavior. She is the author of Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time and Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World as well as other books, articles, and research. Wheatley has a special gift for looking outside of established systems, “beyond the Western, mechanical view of the world” and applying an understanding of what she calls “living systems theories” to the conundrums of business, innovation, organizations, and management.

                                        Online: Articles

                                        20. Robert B. Cialdini

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                                          Cialdini is a widely recognized expert on social psychology and the author of Influence: Science and Practice and Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, which are “the result of years of study into the reasons that people comply with requests in business and other settings.” Cialdini’s “Six Principles of Influence,” also known as the “Six Weapons of Influence” have been hugely influential in the fields of leadership and management, helping leaders to understand not only how to lead, but how to make people want to follow.

                                          Online: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

                                          Featured photo credit: Businessman looking at city through window via shutterstock.com

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                                          Published on January 16, 2019

                                          How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

                                          How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

                                          We’re all busy, but sometimes we go through periods where the work piles up and it seems like it might never end.

                                          You might have such a heavy workload that it feels too intimidating to even start.

                                          You may have said yes to some or too many projects, and now you’re afraid you won’t be able to deliver.

                                          That’s when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking at what’s working and what’s not working.

                                          Here’re 13 strategies you can use to get out from under your overwhelming workload:

                                          1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

                                          Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we actually can. We take on more and more projects and responsibility and wear numerous hats.

                                          We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not static. Even now, while you are reading this article, I’m guessing that your inbox is filling up with fresh new tasks.

                                          To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

                                          At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

                                          The more you exercise your ability to tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not working, the faster you’ll make progress.

                                          2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

                                          Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

                                          The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

                                          In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

                                          It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

                                          It is often not about how to complete this project more effectively but who can help deliver this project.

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                                          So, what are your unique strengths that will ensure your workload is delivered more effectively? Here’re some questions to help you reflect:

                                          • Are you a great strategist?
                                          • Are you an effective planner?
                                          • Is Project Management your strength?
                                          • Is communication and bringing people together your strength?
                                          • Are you the ideas person?
                                          • Is Implementation your strength?

                                          Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.

                                          3. Use the Strengths of Your Team

                                          One of the simplest ways to manage your workload effectively is to free up your time so you bring your highest level of energy, focus and strengths to each project.

                                          Delegation or better teamwork is the solution.

                                          Everyone has unique strengths. It’s essential to think teamwork rather than working in isolation to ensure projects can be completed effectively. Besides, every time you give away a task or project that doesn’t play to your unique strengths, you open up an opportunity to do something you’re more talented at. This will empower both yourself and those around you.

                                          Rather than taking on all the responsibilities yourself, look at who you can work with to deliver the best results possible.

                                          4. Take Time for Planning

                                          “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. – Abraham Lincoln

                                          One hour of effective planning could save hours of time. Rather than just rushing in and getting started on projects, take the time to map everything in.

                                          You can take the time to think about:

                                          • What’s the purpose of the project?
                                          • How Important is it?
                                          • When does it need to be delivered by?
                                          • What is the best result and worst result for this project?
                                          • What are the KPIs?
                                          • What does the project plan and key milestones look like?
                                          • Who is working on this project?
                                          • What is everyone’s responsibilities?
                                          • What tolerances can I add in?
                                          • What are the review stages?
                                          • What are the challenges we may face and the solutions for these challenges?

                                          Having absolute clarity on the project, the project deliverables and the result you want can save a lot of time. It also gets you clear on the priorities and timelines, so you can block out the required amount of time to focus and concentrate.

                                          5. Focus on Priorities

                                          Not everything is a priority, although it can often feel, in the moment, that it is.

                                          Whatever you’re working on, there is always the Most Urgent, Important or Most Valuable projects or tasks.

                                          One tool you can use to maximize your productivity and focus on your biggest priorities is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. This strategic tool for taking action on the things that matter most is simple. You separate your actions based on four possibilities:

                                          1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
                                          2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
                                          3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
                                          4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

                                          James Clear has a great description on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix: How to be More Productive By Using the Eisenhower Box

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                                            The method I use with my coaching clients is to ask them to lay out their Top Five priorities for the day. Then to start with the most important priority first. At the end of the day, you review performance against these priorities.

                                            If you didn’t get everything accomplished, start the next day with your number one priority.

                                            If you are given additional task/projects during the day, then you will need to gauge their importance V the other priorities.

                                            6. Take Time Out

                                            To stay on top of a heavy workload, it’s important to take time out to rest and recuperate.

                                            If your energy levels are high and your mind and body is refreshed and alert, you are in more of a peak state to handle a heavy workload.

                                            Take time out of your day to go for a walk or get some exercise in. Leave early when possible and spend time with people who give you a lot of energy.

                                            In the background, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily to sharpen the mind.

                                            Take a look at this article learn about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                            7. Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

                                            Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough. The balance we all crave is very different from one another.

                                            I’ve written before about 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life. Working longer and harder doesn’t mean achieving more, especially if you have no time to spend with the people that matter most. The quality of who you are as a person, the relationships you have, the time you spend in work, deciding on what matters most is completely within your control.

                                            Work-life balance is about finding peace within yourself to be fully present, wherever you are, whether that be in the office or at home, right now. It’s about choosing what matters most and creating your own balanced life.

                                            If you feel there is not enough balance, then it may be time to make a change.

                                            8. Stop Multitasking

                                            Multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain simply can’t work effectively by doing more than one thing at a time—at least more than one thing that requires focused attention.

                                            So get your list of priorities (see earlier point), do the most important thing first, then move to the next item and work down your list.

                                            When you split your focus over a multitude of different areas, you can’t consistently deliver a high performance. You won’t be fully present on the one task or project at hand.

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                                            If you allocate blocked time and create firm boundaries for specific activities and commitments, you won’t feel so overwhelmed or overworked with everything you have to do.

                                            9. Work in Blocks of Time

                                            To keep your energy up to produce your best results it’s essential to take regular breaks.

                                            I use the 60-60-30 method myself and teach it to my coaching clients.

                                            Work on a project for a sustained period of 50 minutes.

                                            Then take a 10-minute break. This could be taking a walk, having a healthy snack or just having a conversation with someone.

                                            Then continue to work on the project for a further 50 minutes.

                                            Then take another 10-minute break.

                                            Then take a complete 30-minute break to unplug from the work. This could be time for a proper lunch, a quick bit of exercise, reading or having a walk.

                                            By simply taking some time out, your energy levels stay up, the quality of your work improves and you reduce the risk of becoming burned out.

                                            10. Get Rid of Distractions

                                            Make an estimation on how many times you are distracted during an average working day. Now take that number and multiply it by 25. According to Gloria Mark in her study on The Cost of Interrupted Work, it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after interruption.[1]

                                            “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.”

                                            Distractions don’t just take up your time during the distraction, they can derail your mental progress and focus for almost 25 minutes. So, if you are distracted 5 times per day, you could be losing almost 2 hours every day of productive work and almost 10 hours every week.

                                            If you have an important project to work on, find a space where you won’t be distracted, or try doing this.

                                            11. Commit Focused Time to Smaller Tasks

                                            You know sometimes, you need to simply tackle these tasks and take action on them. But there’s always something more pressing.

                                            Small tasks can often get in the way of your most important projects. They sit there on your daily To Do list but are often forgotten about because of more important priorities or because they hold no interest for you. But they take up mental energy. They clutter your mind.

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                                            Commit to spending a specific period of time completing all the small tasks you have on your To Do list. It will give you peace of mind and the space to focus more on your bigger priorities.

                                            12. Take a Time Audit

                                            Do you know exactly where your time is going each day? Are you spending too long on certain projects and tasks to the detriment of bigger opportunities?

                                            Spend a bit of time to analyze where you are spending your time. This insight will amaze you and give you the clarity to start adjusting where you focus your time and on what projects.

                                            You can start by taking a piece of paper and creating three columns:

                                            Column A is Priority Work. Column B is Good Work. Column C is low value work or stuff.

                                            Each day, write down the project or task and the time spent on each. Allocate that time to one of the columns.

                                            At the end of the week, record the total time spent in each column.

                                            If you are spending far too much time on certain types of work, look to change things so your focused time is in Column B and C.

                                            13. Protect Your Confidence

                                            It is essential to protect our confidence to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed, stressed and lose belief.

                                            When you have confidence as a daily resource, you are in a better position to problem solve, learn quicker, respond to anything, adjust to anything, and achieve your biggest opportunities.

                                            Confidence gives you the ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking, communication, and action. This is key to put your mind into a productive state.

                                            When confidence is high, you can clearly see the possibilities at hand and create strategies to take advantage of them, or to solve the challenges you face each day.

                                            Final Words

                                            A heavy workload can be tough to deal with and can cause stress, burnout and ongoing frustration.

                                            The key is to tackle it head on, rather than let it go on and compound the long-term effects. Hopefully, you can take action on at least one of these tips.

                                            If it gets too much, and negatively affects your physical and mental health, it may be time to talk to someone. Instead of dealing with it alone and staying unhappier, resentful and getting to a point where you simply can’t cope, you have to make a change for your own sanity.

                                            Featured photo credit: Hannah Wei via unsplash.com

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