Many people assume leadership happens naturally or that given enough time anyone can evolve into a strong, ideal leader. But this is often not the case. Developing leaders from within takes time, dedication, and organizational support.


Organizations can support leadership development in many ways, such as offering mentoring programs or providing access to training materials like books, classes, or certifications. Even small changes in culture and attitude can have a big impact. Whatever path is chosen, organizations can quickly realize the value and benefits of leadership development, including increases in talent retention and attraction, financial performance, productivity, and much more.


To learn more about the many ways leadership development can benefit your organization, check out "Is Leadership Development Worth the Investment?" from Wiley.

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With today’s standardized tests, the odds are good that you’ll have to guess on at least one answer. Having to guess can wreck some test takers’ confidence, making them perform poorly on the remainder of the exam. Go into the exam fully prepared with these tips on how to guess smartly.



How Do You Lead?

Posted Jun 23, 2016

What makes a good leader? Do all good leaders share the same dominant characteristics? Do you have to be born a leader, or can you become one? Good leadership often seems like an ideal that is easy to talk about but hard to actually define or pin down to a set of traits or characteristics.


Titles are given, but behavior and deeds are what really set someone apart as a leader. There are discernable traits and actions that leaders utilize in order to help those they guide find their own pathway to success. These include everything from focusing on setting a good example, inspiring those who follow them to having a focused vision, and enabling others to be their best selves. True leaders recognize that helping others reach their potential not only serves to hone their own skills, but to make their team and organization stronger as a whole.


In addition, the best leaders are the ones who constantly work to improve their own skills so that they can continually provide a positive example for all those who follow them. Through their commitment to constant improvement, they are doing exactly what leaders are expected to do: model the behavior and drive that they wish to see from others. Their actions personify what it means to be a good leader.


To learn more about the skills and behaviors that can help you to advance your leadership and management style, see the slides below.


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    Ed Williamson
Alaina Levine
President, Quantum Success Solutions



When you apply for a job or fellowship, or send a cold email to someone, one of the first actions that the recipient may take is to Google you. The second action he/she may take --which is increasingly becoming the norm -- is to check your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have one, the perception might be that you are not a contributing member of your community. In fact, some recruiters have told me that they envision that the LinkedIn profile will soon supplant the resume and the curriculum vitae as the standard for finding qualified applicants for job openings. In some industries, it probably already has. With this in mind, below is some advice to consider as you move forward in your career and simultaneously cultivate an online profile.

Your activity on LinkedIn will serve as the cornerstone of articulating your value to the public, and in fact, many of the principles associated with leveraging LinkedIn for networking and career success are universal and can be applied to other sites. You will probably utilize other platforms to communicate with your communities, such as Facebook,Twitter, and blogs. There are even more specialized channels such as ResearchGate or Frontiers, both of which are becoming more popular in the STEM community. But before you post anything anywhere, consider these 7 Principles of Social Media Networking:


The above post is adapted from Networking for Nerds (Wiley, 2015) and “No Cats Allowed: How to use social media to advance your career” (Physics Today, May 2013).


Webinars are an increasingly popular way to engage directly with your target audiences, but despite their prevalence, they're not always done well. We walk through the seven mistakes to avoid, offering you solutions on everything from driving audience participation, to pre-event promotion, to positioning the content. Feel free to share your own webinar tips in the comments below.


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