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In life, it may be better to give than to receive. But when it comes to business advice, both giving and receiving can make all the difference.

This was the impetus for The Gift of Advice, a fundraising effort on behalf of the United Way, engineered by Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions for the 2012 holiday season.

Knightsbridge launched a LinkedIn page and invited professionals from all walks of business to contribute advice on how to be a better leader in 2013. For each of the 200-plus pearls of wisdom offered, ranging from the personal to the profound, Knightsbridge donated $25 to the United Way.

"Most of us have one important tip that has served us well in either dealing with colleagues, leading teams, coaching and developing employees, or recognizing great talent," says Leslie Carter, vice president of marketing at Knightsbridge. "Our goal was to leverage the social media platform that our clients are already using to create a space where people can share their advice to benefit the next generation of leaders and the United Way."

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Of the hundreds of pieces of advice, 39% dealt with leadership style ("Never walk into a meeting with only the problem; ensure you offer at least one solution"), with 21% focused on team leadership ("Part of being a good leader is building a community of leaders around you."). Attitude accounted for 20% of postings, risk taking for 13% and responsibility for 11%.

The five most popular pieces of advice:  
1. "Having a title doesn't make you a leader any more than standing in a garage makes you a car."
2. "Be nice to people on the way up, because you'll meet them on the way down."
3. "There is nothing more attractive in a leader than authenticity. Keep it real and people will believe you. Fake it and they will not."
4. "Having courageous conversations is part of being a good leader."
5. "You miss 100% of the shots you never take."

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Women who contributed to the conversation were twice as likely to share advice about attitude and leading people, while their male counterparts placed greater emphasis on risk-taking and responsibility.

The full list of shared advice can be found at the Knightsbridge Gift of Advice page on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4739444&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

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