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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

      Daniel Burrus

        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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                                          Last Updated on September 30, 2020

                                          Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

                                          Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

                                          When it comes to being effective vs efficient, there are a lot of similarities, and because of this, they’re often misused and misinterpreted, both in daily use and application.

                                          Every business should look for new ways to improve employee effectiveness and efficiency to save time and energy in the long term. Just because a company or employee has one, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the other is equally present.

                                          Utilizing both an effective and efficient methodology in nearly any capacity of work and life will yield high levels of productivity, while a lack of it will lead to a lack of positive results.

                                          Before we discuss the various nuances between the word effective and efficient and how they factor into productivity, let’s break things down with a definition of their terms.

                                          Effective vs Efficient

                                          Effective is defined as “producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect.” Meanwhile, the word “efficient ” is defined as “capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials).”[1]

                                          A rather simple way of explaining the differences between the two would be to consider a light bulb. Say that your porch light burned out and you decided that you wanted to replace the incandescent light bulb outside with an LED one. Either light bulb would be effective in accomplishing the goal of providing you with light at night, but the LED one would use less energy and therefore be the more efficient choice.

                                          Now, if you incorrectly set a timer for the light, and it was turned on throughout the entire day, then you would be wasting energy. While the bulb is still performing the task of creating light in an efficient manner, it’s on during the wrong time of day and therefore not effective.

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                                          The effective way is focused on accomplishing the goal, while the efficient method is focused on the best way of accomplishing the goal.

                                          Whether we’re talking about a method, employee, or business, the subject in question can be either effective or efficient, or, in rare instances, they can be both.

                                          When it comes to effective vs efficient, the goal of achieving maximum productivity is going to be a combination where the subject is effective and as efficient as possible in doing so.

                                          Effectiveness in Success and Productivity

                                          Being effective vs efficient is all about doing something that brings about the desired intent or effect[2]. If a pest control company is hired to rid a building’s infestation, and they employ “method A” and successfully completed the job, they’ve been effective at achieving the task.

                                          The task was performed correctly, to the extent that the pest control company did what they were hired to do. As for how efficient “method A” was in completing the task, that’s another story.

                                          If the pest control company took longer than expected to complete the job and used more resources than needed, then their efficiency in completing the task wasn’t particularly good. The client may feel that even though the job was completed, the value in the service wasn’t up to par.

                                          When assessing the effectiveness of any business strategy, it’s wise to ask certain questions before moving forward:

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                                          • Has a target solution to the problem been identified?
                                          • What is the ideal response time for achieving the goal?
                                          • Does the cost balance out with the benefit?

                                          Looking at these questions, a leader should ask to what extent a method, tool, or resource meets the above criteria and achieve the desired effect. If the subject in question doesn’t hit any of these marks, then productivity will likely suffer.

                                          Efficiency in Success and Productivity

                                          Efficiency is going to account for the resources and materials used in relation to the value of achieving the desired effect. Money, people, inventory, and (perhaps most importantly) time, all factor into the equation.

                                          When it comes to being effective vs efficient, efficiency can be measured in numerous ways[3]. In general, the business that uses fewer materials or that is able to save time is going to be more efficient and have an advantage over the competition. This is assuming that they’re also effective, of course.

                                          Consider a sales team for example. Let’s say that a company’s sales team is tasked with making 100 calls a week and that the members of that team are hitting their goal each week without any struggle.

                                          The members on the sales team are effective in hitting their goal. However, the question of efficiency comes into play when management looks at how many of those calls turn into solid connections and closed deals.

                                          If less than 10 percent of those calls generate a connection, the productivity is relatively low because the efficiency is not adequately balancing out with the effect. Management can either keep the same strategy or take a new approach.

                                          Perhaps they break up their sales team with certain members handling different parts of the sales process, or they explore a better way of connecting with their customers through a communications company.

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                                          The goal is ultimately going to be finding the right balance, where they’re being efficient with the resources they have to maximize their sales goals without stretching themselves too thin. Finding this balance is often easier said than done, but it’s incredibly important for any business that is going to thrive.

                                          Combining Efficiency and Effectiveness to Maximize Productivity

                                          Being effective vs efficient works best if both are pulled together for the best results.

                                          If a business is ineffective in accomplishing its overall goal, and the customer doesn’t feel that the service is equated with the cost, then efficiency becomes largely irrelevant. The business may be speedy and use minimal resources, but they struggle to be effective. This may put them at risk of going under.

                                          It’s for this reason that it’s best to shoot for being effective first, and then work on bringing efficiency into practice.

                                          Improving productivity starts with taking the initiative to look at how effective a company, employee, or method is through performance reviews. Leaders should make a point to regularly examine performance at all levels on a whole, and take into account the results that are being generated.

                                          Businesses and employees often succumb to inefficiency because they don’t look for a better way, or they lack the proper tools to be effective in the most efficient manner possible.

                                          Similar to improving a manager or employee’s level of effectiveness, regularly measuring the resources needed to obtain the desired effect will ensure that efficiency is being accounted for. This involves everything from keeping track of inventory and expenses, to how communication is handled within an organization.

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                                          By putting in place a baseline value for key metrics and checking them once changes have been made, a company will have a much better idea of the results they’re generating.

                                          It’s no doubt a step-by-step process. By making concentrated efforts, weakness can be identified and rectified sooner rather than later when the damage is already done.

                                          Bottom Line

                                          Understanding the differences between being effective vs efficient is key when it comes to maximizing productivity. It’s simply working smart so that the intended results are achieved in the best way possible. Finding the optimal balance should be the ultimate goal for employees and businesses:

                                          • Take the steps that result in meeting the solution.
                                          • Review the process and figure out how to do it better.
                                          • Repeat the process with what has been learned in a more efficient manner.

                                          And just like that, effective and efficient productivity is maximized.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Tim van der Kuip via unsplash.com

                                          Reference

                                          [1] Merriam-Webster: effective and efficient
                                          [2] Mind Tools: Being Effective at Work
                                          [3] Inc.: 8 Things Really Efficient People Do

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