Most employees favor consensus-run organizations, where a leader uses inclusion and feedback to manage democratically. A consensus-style leader is a refreshing alternative to the tyrant who issues stern orders. But democracy, taken to an extreme, creates numerous frustrations for direct … [Read more...] about The Traps of Consensus-Style Leadership
As a leader, how effective are you in overcoming adversity?
How a leader responds to adversity reveals how effective that leader is. Reactions to setbacks or crises not only test leadership character, they define it.
Some difficulties are devastating, and unfortunately, they are compounded by … [Read more...] about Overcoming Adversity:
3 Steps Great Leaders Take
Working for someone who is a people-pleaser may seem fairly innocuous or even desirable, but such leaders pose daunting challenges for their organizations. If you work for a people-pleaser, you most likely see the inherent problems and confess to seeking ways to maneuver around … [Read more...] about The Risks of Working for a People Pleasing Leader
Of all the challenges leaders face, none is more pervasive yet hidden than fear of failure. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy Leadership is a tough job that requires courage. Doubts, insecurities and fears make organizational challenges more … [Read more...] about Leadership Challenges: Fear of Failure
What's your thinking style? Just like we have personality preferences for introversion and extroversion, we also have preferred ways of thinking about problems. Typically, we handle problems in a tried and true way that we’re comfortable with. We don’t even know we have a thinking style because … [Read more...] about What’s Your Thinking Style?
In today’s fast-paced business environment, leaders must make complex decisions quickly, even when faced with uncertainty. Data and numbers rarely provide a complete picture. Making sound decisions in a chaotic climate requires us to strengthen our intuitive thinking. Refining our intuition ensures … [Read more...] about Improve Your Intuitive Thinking
The challenges of 21st-century work—rapid innovation, unrelenting change and unprecedented uncertainty—have created a stress pandemic. The future of work – your work – may involve robots, even as a manager or leader. Depending on your disposition, you may view the future as ripe for a spectacular … [Read more...] about Future of Work: 5 Skills for the Robotic Age
“Leaders often fail to notice when they are obsessed by other issues, when they are motivated to not notice, and when there are other people in their environment working hard to keep them from noticing.” ~ Harvard Business School Professor Max Bazerman, The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders … [Read more...] about Noticing: An Elusive Leadership Skill
Do you know what your leadership purpose is? If you want to drive a high-performance organization, you must find ways to make employee performance meaningful. Sadly, many executive teams focus on numbers instead of words when trying to motivate people to achieve more. Carrots and sticks may work in … [Read more...] about The Quest for Leadership Purpose
Leadership is about relationships with others. You cannot lead without understanding the innate drives that are essential to human development and survival. “Our understanding of leadership can be no better than our understanding of what makes humans, all humans, tick—what are the ultimate … [Read more...] about Driven to Lead: What Makes People Tick