Category: To The Bosses

What’s In Your Collection? General Leadership Lessons Can Transcend Across The Ages

True leadership ability has no face. It has no title. Leadership isn’t limited to the few, but possible by the masses. It can be practiced by anyone.

Leadership is not about demonstrating power but encouraging it. Through that encouragement, it sets the tone and example for one’s environment, partners, colleagues, and acquaintances. It’s about being able to make the most out of one’s surroundings, through that encouragement and other proactive steps.

Leadership is not just going along with the crowd due to what’s…


As A Leader, What Foundational Tools Do You Provide For Others?

Although a main attribute of leadership is extracting the skill out of those being led, nothing can truly happen as effectively as possible if the right tools are not in place to harness the abilities and skills of said “followers.”

A leader can have the best intentions for those they lead to deliver and succeed, and those being led might have an equal amount of desire to contribute and succeed in their responsibilities, but intentions cannot…


In The Course Of Your Leadership, How Do You Pay It Forward?

So much goes into our leadership and development — in the present, for the future, and from the past.

Years of education and experiences combine to make up who and what we are today. It is up to us to take into consideration what is in our past, to determine what it is that made us who we are, and utilize it to our benefit.

In the course of reinforcing and developing our own leadership,…


The Senate’s Plan: What Kind Of Nuclear Options Have You Witnessed?

Politics can play out everywhere, at every level of any kind of organization, in varying levels of severity and impact, from the most obvious and extreme positions to the sleight, unseen, or subtle plays, no matter the industry, field, or environment.

Lately, Washington has been the epitome of overreaching and dismissive authority for the sake of one’s own mission and cause, long-lasting consequences be damned.

A great example exists in the latest episode of…


Free Leadership Learning Tool: Learn By Comparing Your Bosses

Leadership development is not only learned from theories in books, or reading about leaders or those we admire from afar. It is also learned from what and who is around us. It’s not about waiting until we’re in a leadership position to make a difference. There are plenty of things to learn and marks to make before anyone officially designates or considers us a leader.

So how do you learn from your environment? How…


Leadership: What Someone CAN Do Versus What They WANT To Do.

Leadership is powerful. It is gripping. It is influential. It is impactful.

But it can’t be any of those things unless it is harnessed and refined.

And leadership is not only about refining the best in oneself, but seeking out, and tapping into, the best in others.

Most often, an organization might overlook the leadership potential in its members because it doesn’t seem as if some have the potential to lead, influence, or make an impact.

“We, as…


As a Leader, To Understand All Your Resources, First Seek to Acknowledge and Understand

So much can be accomplished by a leader. So much action can be taken, guidance provided, and so many goals achieved for their stakeholders.

But many leaders have different styles for reaching their accomplishments, utilizing available resources, and emboldening those in their environment.

Great leaders take in a global assessment of both the outside world and the internal dynamic of their workplace or environment but when it comes to the internal assessment, the best and most effective leaders take…


Trump Is A Great Teacher: How Does Your Authenticity Measure Up?

OK. Maybe not a teacher, as teachers usually teach lessons that we need and should learn. But he does teach us…to be aware. He doesn’t do it through the example he sets of his own self-awareness but by the ability of awareness that he lacks.

By watching him we learn that AWARENESS IS EVERYTHING.

Related Post: Emotional Intelligence – Breaking the 4th Wall

His lessons to the rest of us may not be intentional with the…


The Strongest Aspect Of Leadership is Not About Them. It’s About You!

OK, maybe that headline is a form of trickery, counter-intuitive to everything CiO espouses and guides in coaching clients and its blog posts, but it is true.

Of sorts.

Hear this out.

Whether you have an official leadership title or not, leadership is about people. It is about getting the best results out of your environment. It is about getting the best out of others. It is about providing value where possible. It is an ever-evolving and growing mission…


Regardless Of The Title Of Anyone You May Be Dealing With, Respect the Person

It’s obvious that throughout the workplace relationships exist, reflected in how we interact with one another.  The success of the organization is based on how smoothly those interactions function.

One of the general components of how relationships function in the workplace is the interlocking of the technical aspects and responsibilities of those relationships, for instance, from boss-to-subordinate, or colleague-to-colleague, laterally.

The other component is the professionalism which guides or serves as the foundation for that technical interaction. Professionalism,…


If You’re Stagnant And Spinning Your Wheels, You May Be B.O.B.

Burnt…Out…Bored.

Are you Burnt Out Bored? So much of your talent, not only not taken for granted but not taken…at all.  You might have been hired or brought into a position that you now feel doesn’t necessarily tap into your true ability and drive.

“…true personalities might not be honestly shown…”

It’s safe to say that there are limitations in the candidate interviewing stage as an interviewer and an interviewee can only get to know each other so much over the…


Where Possible, Make Sure You Keep Volunteers In Your Focus

One of the underlying foundations of being a leader is the ability to harness everything that is at one’s disposal.

One should be ready to utilize everything in their environment, both that which is obvious and that which is not, to improve and grow that mission with which they are entrusted or toward which they are working. We should be ready to take advantage of tools that have always been realized and used, and those which we…


As A Leader, Make Sure You’re Providing Reassurance In Your Strategy

As the field and discipline of leadership has evolved, students of its tenets have come to understand that leadership is less about the leader herself and more about what she provides for others. Understanding. Support. Education. These are but a few of the various pillars upon which leadership is built.

Another key practice a leader needs to include in her toolbox is reassurance.  The role that reassurance plays in the workplace and in life has grown…


How Do You Harness The Abilities of Candidates Whose Skills Are AMP’lified?

Interviewing is a peculiar process.  Most organizations want to find, get blown away by, and select the best candidates available to them. Unfortunately, most of the time, they don’t necessarily look for the best candidate for them and their culture. Instead, they’re hypnotized by amazing credentials, impressive polish, and unfettered poise, thinking those attributes are enough to make that hire a success.  But this is far from the truth.

This is because organizations might see the…


Do You Bring Someone Onto A Job Just To Let Them Down?

Ok, maybe you don’t fire your new hire, but the net effect is the same when they leave anyway because the job they accepted wasn’t what they had expected, and was much less than what was conveyed to them, during the interviewing process.

From the new hire’s perspective, hiring them for having the right skills on paper only does not suffice when it comes to the perfect storm of success in an Employer-Employee union—the right Skills,…


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