Good Leaders Are Good Problem Solvers

Good Leaders Are Good Problem Solvers

They have to be. Regardless of the position, leaders are generally required to help transform conceptual ideas into a concrete reality. In so doing, they must also overcome the inevitable problems that will pop up along the way. The good news is that problem solving is a skill that can be learned. The first step […]

Expanding Personal Influence

Expanding Personal Influence

Have you ever met someone that could hold the room just by being present? The type of person that just seems to command respect? The type of person that exudes influence in every interaction? Influence is an interesting quality, isn’t it? Intrinsic influence is really more of a conglomeration of traits than one specific thing. […]

Criticism Is A By-Product of Success

Criticism Is A By-Product of Success

Criticism is an inevitable part of leadership. If you’re doing anything notable at all, you will be criticized for it. For leaders, who are relied upon to make difficult decisions, this is especially true. While accepting that criticism is unavoidable doesn’t automatically make it easy to deal with, how you handle it can certainly determine […]

10 Principles Of Excellent Communicators

10 Principles Of Excellent Communicators

I don’t think it’s possible to be a great leader without also being a great communicator, do you? At the very least, a leader must be able to pass along relevant information and facilitate an environment in which miscommunication is kept to a minimum. But truly great leaders also have the ability connect, inspire and […]

5 Tools To Help You Think More Creatively

5 Tools To Help You Think More Creatively

The ability to think outside the box and find creative solutions to common and uncommon problems is the foundation for decision making that leads to change, transformation, vision and innovation. In fact, of all the qualities vital to good leadership, creativity is arguably one of the most important. Good leadership demands managing through uncertainty, promoting […]

Dealing With Negative People At Work

Dealing With Negative People At Work

All of us, in one form or another, have to deal with negative people. Friends, coworkers, bosses, customers, family members… everyone can be difficult and negative from time to time, even (gasp!) us. And then there are those who are negative most (or all) of the time and only seem happy they’ve brought everyone around […]

Resolving Conflict At Work

Resolving Conflict At Work

Is there such thing as conflict-free leadership? I don’t think so. Knowing how to address conflict in a healthy, productive manner is vital to effective leadership because the very nature of leadership demands tough decisions that not everyone will always like or agree with. As leaders, it’s wise to try to minimize conflict, to know […]

The Kind Of Motivation Required To Lead

The Kind Of Motivation Required To Lead

There are a lot of traits that are important to effective leadership: humility, integrity, business acumen, agility and adaptability, good communication skills, etc. All are important. But, one trait that every leader must have in spades is self-motivation. Lots of people are motivated by external factors such as needing to work in order to pay […]

Chasing After Work-Life Balance

Chasing After Work-Life Balance

Work life balance is always a hot topic, even though the reality is that it’s a bit like a unicorn, leaving most of us wondering if it actually exists anywhere except in fairy tales and our imagination. We hear the warnings about how working too much can lead to burnout and exhaustion. We nod and […]

Are You A Boss Or A Leader?

Are You A Boss Or A Leader?

The terms “boss” and “leader” are often used interchangeably. However, the practical implications of the differences between what it means to be a boss vs. a leader are vast. Every organization has at least one boss. But not all have leaders. Just the word “leader” tends to evoke a more positive reaction in most of […]