The Character of Leadership

The Character of Leadership

I don’t know anyone who would say that character isn’t an important part of good leadership. We all want to work for, and with, leaders of good character. If we are in a leadership role, we want others to identify us as being leaders of good character. Despite this, character development is not something that […]

The Next Generation Of Leaders

The Next Generation Of Leaders

According to the US Census Bureau, the “Millennial” generation (born between 1980 and 2000) will exceed Baby Boomers this year as the nation’s largest living generation. Last year, they became the largest generation in the workforce. What’s more, 50% of them are already in leadership positions. What kind of leaders do Millennials make? Here are […]

The Case For Delegation

The Case For Delegation

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” – Ronald Reagan Delegate, delegate, delegate. It’s the mantra of every well-intentioned, but overly scheduled, stressed-out leader. It sounds great. It sounds easy. You know you should. You know […]

Cultivating Good Leadership Habits

Cultivating Good Leadership Habits

Habits are important, mostly because they make up such a large chunk of what we do with our time. Studies have shown that approximately 40 to 45% of what we do every day is a habit. That might seem like a lot, but habits are actually pretty useful. They are automatic and reliable, which allows […]

The Real Value of Trust

The Real Value of Trust

I came across a study the other day that stopped me in my tracks. It proclaimed that 37% of employees trust managers less today than in the past, and that only 8% trust their leaders “to a great extent.” 8%. I don’t know about you, but that number disturbs me. Here’s why: For most of […]

What Is A Thought Leader?

What Is A Thought Leader?

Most of us, whether we are well accomplished or jut starting to make our way in the world, spend a lot of time reading, listening, thinking and talking about what thought leaders have to say. I think I’ve quoted at least one thought leader in nearly every post published here, rehashing their ideas and recommending […]

Leading Up

Leading Up

In order to lead, you must have followers. But not all followers are subordinates. “Leading up” is being responsible for working well with the people above you – your boss, a chief executive, a board of directors, and even members. It’s about deciding that you’ll take the initiative to be effective, whatever your current role. […]

The Real Value of Selfless Leadership

The Real Value of Selfless Leadership

Selfish Vs. Selfless Leadership Have you ever worked for someone that seems to care only for his or her own interests? Someone who doesn’t seem to be concerned with employees or co-workers, or even society in general? I’d guess that all of us have worked with someone at some point (perhaps now) who seems to […]

The Top 10 Leadership Books of 2014

The Top 10 Leadership Books of 2014

As 2014 prepares to come to a close, I looked over lists from The Washington Post, Forbes, Amazon and Fast Company to bring you a list of 10 of the best leadership books published this year. These 10 books contain plenty of real-world examples from successful leaders, new insights about creativity, motivation, growth and excellence, […]

Just Do It. No Excuse Leadership 

Just Do It. No Excuse Leadership 

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda For most of us, the truth lies more in actions than in words. It doesn’t really matter what someone says if the reality of his or her actions simply don’t match up. As leaders, there is a direct link between credibility and our level of […]