Tag: Leadership

Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Listen to Others?

This previous post had broken down the understanding of leadership impact and the Leadership Wake and introduced this series of posts regarding where the wake from a leader’s action can be observed.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us to…

For Your Own Development, What Do You Think Leadership Lessons Should Look Like?

Recently, in the course of researching and looking for new books to read, I was reading book reviews, considering what each book might offer, and I came across one of my favorite leadership books – The Leadership Challenge – How To Make Extraordinary Things Happen In Organizations by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

I consider The Leadership Challenge to be my original leadership handbook and bible. It was one of the required reads for the Managerial…

To The Future Leaders: Make Sure You Recognize Your Drivers and Motivators

In this post I introduced this current series, which covers a top ten list of ideas I had provided to high school students at Quest 2017, a one-day summit filled with motivational presentations, speakers, and workshops. The event is organized annually by the Connecticut Chapter of Prospanica and its community and corporate partners and provides students with tools for the next chapter in their lives.

The list is comprised of tips…

In General, Do We Need To Prime Every Person or Student As If They’re The Next Leader

An article in The Atlantic, titled “Why are American colleges obsessed with leadership? What’s wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf.,” questions the need – or “obsession,” as labeled by the writer – of American higher education institutions to build the next generation of great leaders.

Much like various other discussions, a question underlying this article is whether or not someone can just be a follower — that there is no…

Listen To Your Gut: How Do You Feel When Your Leader Is Around Other People?

Aside from what a leader does in the workplace or mission environment itself, what do you take away from how your leader carries him- or herself around other people?

Do you use those moments to pick up on certain attributes you admire, are indifferent toward, or could actually denounce?

In general, there seems to be an endless number of leadership lessons we can learn, each with a different understanding of what goes into effective leadership.

But leadership isn’t…

What People Teach Us: Merkel/Landrieu – Consider Your Environment Over Your Position

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed a snap vote in Germany’s Parliament on the legalization of gay marriage, although she opposed the issue based on her beliefs and it was a foregone conclusion that the supporting votes would have the majority.

Regardless of her own personal stance reflected in her “no” vote, and the anti-gay marriage stance of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), gay marriage was legalized by a vote of…

How Is Your Organization Or Group’s Leadership Viewed Differently, Internally And Externally?

How often have you been in an environment where the external perception of leadership was at odds with the internal view of that leadership?

In some cases, the public might praise the leadership of a group while the group itself has a negative opinion, for any number of reasons, about that leader.

Or, in other cases, the public scoffs at or has a negative opinion of a leader while the rank-and-file of that group supports the leader.


What People Teach Us: Nancy Pelosi, Part I – When Is It Time For a Leader To Go?

At what point does – and should — a leader decide to step aside for the best interest of their mission and group?

As a result of a Democratic Party loss in a recent, closely-watched special election in Georgia, there is a growing call for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step down. Calls questioning her effectiveness in that role were loud as far back as November 2016 when she was challenged by Representative Tim…

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…

Cuban on Trump: Leadership, Management, & Communication

In this article in the Huffington Post, Mark Cuban criticized President Trump, overall, for having “no leadership skills, no management skills, not very good communications skills.”

When it comes to the direction of an organization or entity, these are powerful skills and factors, which play into how effective a leader, boss, or executive is in their work.

This also plays into the perception of effectiveness.

We do not necessarily see the fruits of our labor today, especially in…

How Do You Balance Your Power Once You’ve Ascended In Leadership?

Disrupting the balance in an environment undermines the steps one can take to evolve and improve the environment. Through disruption which is too powerful and “unhinged,” you risk not just resetting policies, but relationships.

Politics aside, leadership needs to be about assurance and reassurance. Part of those assurances is that, in addition to meeting the goal desired by and for the organization, a minimal level of stability needs to exist in the present moment as…

What People Teach Us: Trump — When You Assume Leadership, Who Do You Rally For?

Leadership development and attainment is a powerful process. It is a never-ending effort and can go as long and as far as someone is willing to continue learning and developing themselves.

If we choose to ascend to higher levels of leadership, we need to recognize that the work does not end there. We need to do everything we can to move our mission and cause forward as effectively as possible, because regardless of what our individual goals might…

Developing Your Leadership Is About Speculation, Not Emulation

Leadership is a learning process. There’s no one magic bullet that is going to instill anyone with all the attributes, behaviors, and attitudes that are the right balance to shape the perfect leader.

The learning process can begin with books and theories but it carries over to, and is more refined by, what we see and seek out in our own environments. There are admirable leaders all around us from which we can learn.

This leadership learning…

In All Your Endeavors, Where Do You Stand On The Bridge of Leadership

How does your leadership transfer across endeavors?

How effective is it from one environment to the next, whether adjusting from your professional to personal or any other environment in which you might operate?

How does it compare across the worlds, environments, and circles of both your career and personal life?

Where do you stand on the Bridge of Leadership?

We’ll get to what the bridge stands for in a minute, but first let’s talk about how we…

As Demonstrated In Brexit: How Do You Include A Former Opponent?

The Brexit Referendum has come and gone, and through it the people of the United Kingdom–England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland–decided to leave the European Union with the decision to leave winning by a relatively slim margin.  There are various reasons both sides of the argument supported their side and opposed the other when it came to the vote of whether or not to stay with the bloc of 28 member states in…

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