Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Heroes and Leaders Among Us

The Heroes and Leaders Among Us

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie Dunkirk, and it has me thinking about why a leadership title is not enough to guarantee that someone will, in fact, lead. The movie does a wonderful job of showing how in times of war, the uniform does not a leader make. Likewise, in […]

The Impact of Self-Control, and Lack Thereof

The Impact of Self-Control, and Lack Thereof

Saying that self-control is a positive character trait is, for most of us, an exercise in stating the obvious. Scientists, psychologists and philosophers have been extoling the virtues of self-control for… well, forever. Plato claimed that our very existence as humans consists of a constant struggle between our desires and our rationality, with self-control maintaining […]

Employee Recognition that Actually Means Something

Employee Recognition that Actually Means Something

Ok. I’m about to say something that might (or might not) be considered controversial. Don’t say I didn’t warn you… We are becoming a culture in which reflexive praise for doing the right thing (even sometimes the not-so-right thing) is commonplace. A growing number of people – you know them, I know them – expect a […]

The Impact of Curious Leaders

The Impact of Curious Leaders

A couple of weeks ago, in a post examining the skill of asking questions, I stated that knowing how to ask the right questions at the right time, and in the right way is one of the most important skills a leader can have. I think this is true. But why is it true? Perhaps because curiosity is an essential component […]