Thursday's Thoughts on Leadership: The Top Five Thoughts on Leadership of 2012

Want to check out our favorites in the world of Thoughts on Leadership during 2012? The following list is the top five blogs viewed and commented on in 2012. From books, to leaders to lessons, each helps people find not only the best leadership advice being put out today, but also gives you the tools and confidence to help bring out the leader in you.

  1. Thriving in Uncertainty: Chapter 1 in the book Great By Choice, the author, Jim Collins, outlines his research journey and shares some of the surprises him and his team encountered along the way.  He explains that some companies and leaders navigate in this type of world exceptionally well. They don’t merely react; they create. They don’t merely survive; they prevail. They don’t merely succeed; they thrive. They build great enterprises that can endure. Read More
  2. Rise with the Sun and Your Productivity Will Shine: A recent study in the American Psychological Association journal, Emotion, showed that early birds are generally happier than night owls.  While the reason behind this may be that our society works around a morning schedule, such as an 8-5 shift, the study points to the conclusion that those who rise early are the most productive.  Read More
  3. The Happiness Advantage: This book outlines the benefits of positive psychology and how it can better the success of the workplace as well as an individual’s life.  Most people are of the mindset that once they are successful, then they’ll be happy. Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching and lecturing at Harvard University, pulled together his research at Harvard as well as with other companies to actually disprove this perception. Read More
  4. An Exercise to Achieve your Goals by Napoleon Hill: Napoleon Hill made it his mission in life to help anyone open the envelope labeled “riches.”  You may be wondering what exactly this envelope alludes to.  According to Hill, Andrew Carnegie created an analogy on success that goes like this: We come to earth blessed with the privilege of controlling our mind-power and directing it to whatever ends we may choose, but we also bring over with us the equivalent of two sealed envelopes.  One is labeled, “the riches that you may enjoy if you take possession of your own mind and direct it to ends of your own choice,” and the other is labeled, “the penalties you must pay if you neglect to take possession of your own mind and direct it.” Read More
  5. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story: Arnold Schwarzeneggar’s new memoir that was just released in October.  Originally, I had no interest in reading the book as recent events have not shown Arnold in the most positive light, but Mike was so enthusiastic with his recommendation, I decided to give it a shot.  I’m glad I did.  As it turns out Arnolds journey to becoming the household name he is today was quite inspiring. It reminds me to remember, nobody’s perfect. Read More

If you embrace the principal, that each of you can be a leader, you will find within yourself a greater desire to succeed and to perform at a higher level because you represent something larger than yourself. My hope is that each of you has your most successful year ever in 2013. Strive to make it so and recognize yourself as a leader among leaders.

Happy New Year and see you at the top!