Charlotte Beers, former undersecretary to Colin Powell and author of “I’d Rather Be in Charge,” demonstrates 6 tools leaders use to persuade people to get on board — including threats. Great leaders also are effective employing passion, humor, imperfection, surprise and wonder.

Including in this post is a favorite story about Powell when he was secretary of state and European leaders asked him why the United states relied on hard power rather than soft power. You must hear that story.

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Author and success coach Chuck Lauer talks about the best leaders he’s met: the Army corporal who knew what to do with a dropped grenade; the busiest high school football coach in Buffalo, the tough but mentoring editor. He lists 10 traits necessary for good leadership. A few of my favorites: Never stop learning, be present, mentor others.

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Some people see a resource problem and look at how to split up the pie. Others look at the same and wonder how to expand the pie. Those are the main differences between leaders who think expansively and those who think about managing scarcity.

Reporter Dawn House in the Salt Lake Tribune presents a basic and easy to understand comparison of the two major types of leaders — and what results they’re likely to generate. They also understand and pay attention to the effect that has on those around them.

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In an ancient parable, three masons are sitting in a row, all chipping away at large blocks of stone. A woman observing them is curious about what they’re up to. She asks the first man what he’s doing, to which he responds, “I’m chipping away at this block of stone.” Indeed, she thinks. She questions the second man similarly, who says, “I’m working to feed my family.” Also true, reflects the woman. Finally, she questions the third mason, who responds, “I’m helping to build a beautiful cathedral.”

The servant leader uses what people want to inspire them to perform their best.

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Author Anthony K. Tjan says when it comes to leaders, self-awareness trumps all traits and features for managers, entrepreneurs and leaders. And theĀ  best thing they can to improve effectiveness is to become more aware of what motivates them and their decision-making.

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