Noteworthy Leadership Articles- August 2014


The Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) provided a compilation of interesting leadership articles for August 2014. Please click on the associated link for a complete version of each article. Here are some favorites. Enjoy and bring about the leader in you! 

Emotional Intelligence: Key to Our Success 

Our relative IQ is stable during our lifetime. If we were born with a potential IQ of, say, 110, we’ll likely die with that IQ, absent an injury causing brain damage. Nor does our personality change. For example, if we are an introvert or an extrovert, we basically will always be. Let’s say I’m really an introvert at heart. I may choose to manage myself, so, for example, I decide that when I enter a crowded reception, I’ll just walk right over to speak with people even though I may be out of my comfort level. Since I know this could be helpful to me, I embolden myself in that moment, even though I am more comfortable in quieter settings.

On the other hand, our emotional intelligence skills can change and be improved. With disciplined practice, we certainly can — and should, I’d offer — build our EQ.

A humblebrag isn’t the answer 

Many individuals, especially women, struggle with achieving equilibrium between confidence and humility—another one of those life, love and leadership challenges of getting it just right by avoiding too much or too little of the extremes.

So where is the sweet spot in sharing just the right amount of personal accomplishments without stepping over into hauteur land?

We’re all familiar with the “bucket list,” a compilation of a few deeds we’d like to accomplish before we depart this mortal sphere.
But what if you came up with a Leadership Bucket List, describing acts of leadership you absolutely must carry out at least once? What would that look like?

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Face to Face: Networking and Communication in Dentistry

How do you choose to communicate with fellow dental students, dentists, legislators, and other individuals with whom you just exchanged contact information? While some of us love to attend conferences and other meetings to network with those who we hope one day become our best friends or future mentors, how well do we really get to know these  people? Are we actually networking or just hiding behind this shadow we call “social media?” Our business card holders may be full, our Facebook friend requests off the charts, and our email inboxes flooded with new messages—but still,  our social “networking” has hindered us from engaging in the meaningful relationships we have the power to build through true conversation, one-on-one, in person. Where is the face-to-face communication? Understandably, it is not possible to always meet in person, especially when you may be on opposite sides of the country, but it’s important to think about making meaningful connections from the start.

This past summer, for the ASDA Leadership Retreat, Dr. Mark Hughes offered some insight into the making of a great leader. Dr. Hughes encouraged the group to be proactive in initiating change, which he emphasized could only be brought about by positive team effort. When asked about a piece of advice he would give to our generation of graduating dental students, Dr. Hughes stated that we have to move past solely using email as a method of contact. Engaging in more personalized exchanges with like-minded individuals, he explained, would bring about a positive force and energy that could help achieve group goals. Particularly speaking in regards to creating legislative change, Dr. Hughes remarked on the significance of meeting face to face to discuss the interests of the profession and to create unified goals for future legislation. Additionally, he emphasized the importance of keeping up communication with fellow students, professionals, legislators, and others within your dental network, including maintaining relationships with the dentists and specialists  in your geographic area. After a great discussion with valuable insight, Dr. Hughes left  a lasting impression on the ASDA team.

When will you be scheduling your next face-to-face meeting? Comments, questions, suggestions? Please write below.