Year in Review: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

Going Ahead to Year 2017Another year is almost in the books, and most people are already looking toward starting the new year. We’re gearing up to start 2017 off on the right foot and look forward to bringing you more great content, including in-depth analysis of current events, motivational anecdotes, quick tips, and much more. But, before you put this year completely behind you, take a look back with us at some of our top posts of 2016!

8 Bad Habits Great Leaders Know to Break
“Through the culmination of education, experience, mentoring, determination, and personal ambition, leaders must develop by nurturing good habits and, more importantly, shedding the bad ones—a task much easier said than done.”

5 Universal Truths Successful Leaders Live By
“Great leadership has the power to unite, energize, and propel a company forward. The most successful leaders are the ones who take this tremendous responsibility seriously. And though the characteristics that make a great leader may vary from person to person, there are a few universal truths that always ring true.”

Faces of Change: Engaging the Five Generations in the Workforce
“Right now, there are currently five generations in the workforce. That’s five different groups with five different ways of communicating, five different views on work-life balance, and five completely different tactics needed for retention and engagement practices.”

Attitude of Gratitude: Why Thankful People Are Successful People
“We all know people who are eternally positive. They relish the opportunity to start a new day and always take on any challenge that comes their way with grace and optimism. And in return for the thankful vibes they put out into the world, good fortune is often bestowed upon them.”

The Results Are In: Poor Leadership Biggest Driver of Employee Disengagement
“If you’re having issues with engaging employees or struggling with actively disengaged team members, it may be advantageous to look at your leadership—more specifically— your leadership succession and development plans.”

5 Quick Tips to Be More Persuasive at Work
“In many instances, what you do and how you tend to business can be more persuasive than speaking or selling. Focus on being a well-rounded leader who stands up for personal convictions and cares for others.”

The Results Are In: “Constant Interruptions” the Biggest Waste of Time
“In April, we asked our readers to share with us about the biggest waste of their time on a daily basis. And with 21% of the votes, “Constant interruptions by employees/co-workers” was the top choice, followed closely behind by “Reading/replying to email” at 17%, and “Unnecessary meetings” at 15%.”

The Results Are In: New Leaders Most Lack Conflict Management Skills
“In our January poll, we asked readers which leadership skills they were most lacking when they first became a leader. And with 38% of the votes, “conflict management skills” was identified as the number one skill leaders lacked when they first started out, followed by “delegation skills” at 31%.”

Infographic: Are You a Boss or a Leader
“Check out this infographic from Wrike, an online project management software company, for some insight into the difference between being a boss and being a leader.”

Crash and Burn: Your Next Steps After Failure
“It’s time to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and keep going. Yes, you crashed and burned, but as Winston Churchill once said, “failure is not fatal.” Get up, brush yourself off, and take these next steps toward success.”

What were some of your favorite Refresh Leadership articles from 2016? What were some of your favorite workplace and leadership articles from other sources? Let us know in the comments section below.

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