Genghis Khan, in the words of another of his contemporary biographers, John Man, was born into obscurity, poverty, and impotence. Well, after subduing some rival clans and tribes, intermarrying, and allying with others, the Mongols formed a Thirteenth Century symbiotic relationship among their tribes that came within the sphere of their alliances.
The victories of the Skilful Warrior are not extraordinary victories; they bring neither fame for wisdom nor merit for valour. Whether we like it or not, we’re born into a world where climbing the ranks in business ultimately becomes our top priority—especially earlier on in our careers. We compete to get into the best universities, and we clamor for open positions at the top firms. For those of us looking to jumpstart career growth, there’s a lot of advice out there on who to talk to, what industries to join, and how to stand out, but a lot less information on what makes up a great leader, on a scientific level. This article will look at the science behind risk taking, what work environments develop today’s greatest leaders, and how to develop stronger emotional intelligence in a leadership role. It’s seems odd that our genetic code could decide if we’re built to lead in the workplace or if we’re meant to follow. The study focused on the dopamine transporter gene DAT1, which according to new research, controls the reward and motivation systems in our brains. In other words, this study suggests that those who dare to take risks—not because they’re bold by choice, but because they’re hardwired to think differently—are the people who are best equipped to lead. The study does come with one caveat—these same people who dare to take risks are also the worst at making positive change happen.
Work environment often sets young professionals up for success, even if they’re born with the golden gene variant or not. Just like in the above study where risk-taking has been found to be a genetic leadership trait, being a challenger also leads to career success. Being an emotionally intelligent leader means that you’re able to manage your moods and think rationally in the face of adversity. While we can take time management and leadership courses through work and at school, there’s a lot our body needs to function properly, that we can’t learn from a book or in a classroom. A new study from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences recently tied diet, exercise, and emotional intelligence together for the first time. And the study goes on to say that eating healthy and exercising regularly are two proven methods for developing and flexing emotional intelligence muscles. Some of us are born leaders while others have to work hard to develop the skills necessary for success. Ted Karczewski is a writer and marketing strategist who focuses on bridging the gap between the creative and business worlds.


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There are many researches, theories and philosophies about the importance of leadership in organizations. You can find many differences in opinions as to whether leaders can be created in class rooms.
A note: these questions can be asked in interviews for managers, team leaders,   company leaders and executives. Decisiveness: A leader may have a team of people to advice her on things but the final decision is for her to make. Confidence in own abilities: A leader’s important attribute is trust in her own leadership capabilities. Understanding of the business: She does not have to know the answer to every question neither all the details but a leader must have a firm grasp on the business or the cause.
Express gratitude: Appreciating and thanking the subordinates for their good work and cooperation is a huge quality. Gives due credit: Giving credit where it belongs displays integrity and generates loyalty and respect from followers. Compassionate: A leader must demonstrate compassion and empathy for her people when it is due. Welfare of people: The general well-being of the people who follow her will be any real leader’s priority.
Once we get our leg in the door, we immediately try and learn what we need to do to get to the next level.
Whether at a start-up or enterprise, traditional work environments are being transformed from the inside out, with intrapreneurs and self-declared leaders taking charge. But a new study from Kansas State University has discovered that such a gene may exist, but it’s not the be-all to end-all of your career.
More, people who had a special variant of the gene were more likely to engage in mild rule-breaking behavior. Studies show that professionals who experience a high-level of mentally demanding work tasks end up stimulating their verbal intelligence and significantly increasing their cognitive function overall. Our brains rewire when we work in demanding environments, retaining information at a higher rate and functioning more efficiently long term. However, learning to take risks and challenge the status quo aren’t enough to make a good leader great. We’ve all been in situations where our temper and anxiety get the best us, leading us to make poor managerial decisions and mishandling high priority projects.


If you aren’t taking care of yourself, how can you expect others to believe in your big ideas? These studies provide us with context as to what great leaders do differently, whether it’s an inherent trait or something they learn along the way.
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There will be many out there to pull her down and in those times it is her confidence in herself that see her through. She herself not just projects but rather feels a part of the team and not really ‘superior’ to the rest. What kept his passions aflame, what kept him conquering land after land, country after country?
Well, for Genghis, it was easy: he made a choice never again to be poor and humiliated, and his Destiny followed.
Almost three thousand years old, Sun Tzu’s teachings unwittingly confirm the deeds of Mr. It’s this constant drive toward the top that we either grow used to or learn to hate altogether.
This finding could explain why many organizations are formed through partnerships, with one person acting as the creative mastermind and the other as the operational arm. You need to understand how to develop an emotional intelligence that makes you an empathetic and inspiring leader.
Either way, to become a great manager, you need to learn to take risks, challenge the status quo, and develop an emotional intelligence. He she knows there is no point on dwelling on the failures and how to make the best of a situation. A leader knows how to lead whilst maintaining friendship and bonding between herself and the team members. In one of my recent articles I made mention to Genghis Khan and the way in which he mobilised disparate, fractious, and completely unmanageable groups of nomads to form alliances and to subsequently create the world’s largest land empire, an empire that eclipsed the vastness of Rome and heralded the coming of the modern world, in the words of Jack Weatherford, one of Mr. Sun Tzu, a military strategist from Ancient China of obscure renown, refers to motivation as The Tao – or The Way.
The Mongol conquests began in Mongolia itself – for if there was no peace and stability at home, how might external conquests be made possible?



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