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What Does Leadership Look Like Today

In the past leadership was about command and control… remember “Atlas Shrugged”? Today leadership looks much different. It begins with knowing yourself as a person as well as a leader (these two things should go hand in hand and be the same). An effective leader is aware that they have to unders...

Top 5 CEO Leadership Traits

Google “What does it take to be a successful CEO?” and you will find yourself with no lack of information, research, ideas and assumptions to answer this question.  The challenge is you will also find that many of those answers contradict themselves.  Some answers to this question are r...

Community: Five Leadership Keys to Successful Community Building

What do we gain from being connected and engaged with other people? Marianne Williamson wrote, “People crave comfort, people crave connection, people crave community.” So, what does it take to build and maintain a sense of community in the workplace? As a leader, what role do you play? Why is it ...

A Veteran's Day Reflection on Leadership in the Military

My life experiences forced me on to a path to understanding myself and how my actions and an aptitude for leadership could influence and impact others. The United States Air Force molded these early abilities into fine-tuned leadership skills.The Air Force immediately broke me down to nothing dur...

Curiosity and coaching keep meaning alive in the school leader’s work

As we value the wonder and joy that curiosity brings to children’s learning experiences, school leaders must likewise keep curiosity at the center of our efforts. In fact, curiosity might just be the transformational difference between creating impact as a fixed-mindset manager or as a growth-foc...

Curiosity: An Open Mind Opens Doors

In his short but powerful book, “Wait, What?”, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan says that curiosity begins with asking “I wonder why?” and “I wonder if?” He says that “I wonder why” allows you to remain curious with the world and “I wonder if” allows you to remain engaged with the world ...

The Art of Delegation

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work you have on your plate? Do you feel indispensable, like you can’t take time off without everything falling apart? Have you missed deadlines? Do you work long hours? Are you making all of the decisions? Do you feel too busy to check in with direc...

TAGS How To Recover From Losing A Great Team Member

Have you ever found the perfect new team member? A person who fits exactly what your organization needs? Hopefully you have had this experience at least once in your leadership career. It is rewarding for everyone when you bring in the right person at the right time. However, there are cases when...

TAGS How To Make Room For More Meaningful Relationships In Business

Being a leader means mastering the art of juggling both the current task and all the challenges it presents, but also keeping an eye on the horizon for new challenges and opportunities. This constant balancing act makes it easy to forget that the value of being connected to your colleagues is equ...

Be A Visionary Leader

Why should you be a visionary leader? Here are two main reasons in my opinion: First, if you do not know where you are going, you are not leading.  Or, as you may remember Yogi saying, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up somewhere else.”Second, and here’s the gem, you...

Are You Solving the Wrong Problem?

The life of a leader is hectic.  Competing demands for time, complex business decisions to make, challenges that require immediate attention.  With everything coming at them, leaders naturally look for the quickest way to solve problems.  Unfortunately, in their haste to move on to...

6 Ways to Build Your Confidence As A Leader

In their book, The Confidence Code, Kathy Kay and Claire Shipman say, “Confidence is hard to define but easy to recognize. With it, you can take on the world; without it, you live stuck at the starting block of potential.” It’s true that it is easy to recognize confidence in others. Why does it ...

Best Practices for Leading a Virtual Team

As the world of work changes to be more global and more flexible, leaders are much more likely to be responsible for leading a team of virtual workers. Research indicates that virtual teams provide a lot of benefits for organizations including increase in employee retention and an increase in pro...

Four Ways to Close the Communication Gap

One can easily argue that honing our communications skills is one thing we can all do to increase our success and achieve the results that we want.  It may not be the only thing we need to do, however, working on improving our communications skills and interpersonal interactions will always ...

TAGS Why You Should Invest In Your Millennials

Entitled, lazy, self-absorbed, and spoiled are words I often hear about millennials. Millennials, myself included, would beg to differ. We see ourselves as ambitious, creative, passionate and risk-takers. Millennials value purpose and passion in their careers and yes, they will go out looking fo...

Add Coaching to the Leadership Toolbelt

There is no argument that effective leadership requires a variety of competencies in the leader’s toolbelt. Some of these tools include effective communication, inspiring, directing, creating vision, strategic thinking, building relationships, adaptability, drive, execution and emotional intellig...