Category: To The Bosses

Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Speak to Others?

Leadership Lesson: How a leader speaks to others sets the tone for the environment and creates a ripple effect in how those around them speak to each other.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

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 consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is one of many in the series…


Keep In Mind: You Have To Earn Your Official Leadership Position…Twice

Leadership Lesson: Earning respect in leadership is an ongoing exercise in which there is no room for complacency in one’s performance, no matter what position or level is achieved.

You need to keep earning your stripes.

Leadership doesn’t have to be designated or official to be effective, but in the cases where official positions are being discussed, leadership has to be earned twice – the first on the path to that official leadership assignment, and the second after the attainment of the new assignment.

That second bite at proving one’s leadership worth is a demonstration that the promotion into the higher position was well-earned and is respected and taken seriously by that leader.

Some people fall off the…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Acknowledge Others?

Leadership Lesson: How you acknowledge others allows them to feel heard and like a part of the mission, while setting the example for how others serve, work and interact with others.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

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 consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is one of many in…


How Does Your Role As The Leader Make The Case For Your Organization or Mission?

Leadership Lesson: Beyond being in the position to gets things done, we also serve as a representative of our organization, where we are the face and ambassador of our group’s quality, ability, and reputation.

How do others outside of your organization view you? Not your leadership, not your organization, not your workforce. YOU.

Leadership, for the most part, takes into consideration what happens within an organization – how the organization and its mission are driven, influenced, and shaped by its leader.

The organization already should have its ongoing reputation established, staking its claim in its industry.

The workforce should be known for its commitment to quality and pride in the work delivered.

But what kind of capital does a leader hold with those on the outside who…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Opinion?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important for leaders — or any of us, for that matter — to be aware of how we convey our opinions, because the they are shared by a leader can set the stage, for better or worse, for the environment.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

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 consider what a…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Knowledge?

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

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 consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is one of many in the series which breaks down a few of the areas in which a leader has the ability – and opportunity, depending on how you look at it – to establish their…


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 only learned in the classroom, in a book, or in a theory. It can in fact be taken on and refined in the real world as we witness the examples of leaders in action.

The theories of books and leadership programs – and blog posts — can…


How Do You Cover The Journalistic Side Of Leadership?

Mission, Vision, Strategy. These are all drivers of action which get stakeholders inspired about what needs to be set into play to achieve the goals of an organization. These pieces of the foundation help drive the day-to-day operations toward goal fulfillment and should become engrained in the group’s story.

The effectiveness of a group or organization can sputter if the core of its communication, both internally and externally, falls apart or is unclear. Without a solid understanding of what a group does or is trying to accomplish, it becomes harder for stakeholders and supporters to get behind a mission, vision, and strategy.

That communication needs to be there. It needs to be conveyed. It needs to be articulated.

The story needs to be told.


What Kind Of Environment Does Your Leadership Leave In Its Wake?

You’ve seen it in your daily interactions. Sometimes it’s powerful while at other times it isn’t. Its effects can be either long-lasting or easily forgotten. It can influence you to the point of welcoming that experience again or avoiding such encounters as much as possible in the future. You can learn from some of them or not learn anything at all.

Sometimes, it’s even nonexistent.

A Leader’s Wake – the impact which results from a leader’s presence. What’s left behind. The ripple effect. The lasting impact.

The impact of a leader’s personality and style on their environment can run the gamut from great productivity and growth to debilitating withdrawal and uncertainty.

When it comes to a leader’s impact on his or her surroundings, what tempo,…


Leadership Hypocrisy: Do You Ask People To Do What You Won’t?

Are you a hypocrite?

Yes, that’s a real question that seeks an honest and self-reflective response. Whether it’s in your work or personal life, do you ask others to do things you won’t? Or, conversely, do ask others not to do something you do?

Oftentimes, we look at situations that we’re involved in, whether in life or at work, with the ultimate hope that they’ll benefit us — and rightly so. This isn’t to say it’s for selfish reasons but instead so that we are able to do our best in whatever environment we are working.

But, do we hold certain standards which yield better results for ourselves while undermining others by not holding the same standard for them – whether we are the ones impacting…


Leaders & Followers – How Do You Treat The Workplace Script?

Leadership Lesson: It’s vital to understand the culture and environment you’re coming into but even more important to maintain your objective, critical lens through which to objectively analyze it.

In coming into any endeavor or environment, it goes without saying that the more information one has, the quicker he or she can get up to speed so they feel comfortable making their own autonomous contributions.

To work toward common success, it’s important to provide methods and a foundation of knowledge to help those individuals acclimate to the environment as smoothly as possible. The more they know as they start off, the better they can do as they progress.

Everyone needs to be provided with the right tools to get started. They need to come into a baseline…


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 popular or simple, but instead seeking betterment and improvement for all in new ideas where and when available, necessary, and possibly risky.

Much like confidence, leadership is not a learned skill but a realization of an ability, followed by ongoing refinement. You could even call it an…


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

Leadership Lesson: In order for leaders to expect the best, they should provide that best, and that means understanding that people need the right tools to do the best work.

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 amount to anything without setting the right environment and providing the right tools.

Specifically, when it comes to processes,…


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, if we’ve had those great and beneficial experiences, we should do two things with them. First, we should learn from them and consider them lessons learned for our future advantage. Second, we need to share those experiences, and their resulting benefits, with others.

We should share those lessons


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 the soap opera confirmation process of Neil Gorsuch as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, which exhibits the irresponsible and haphazard turn politics of any kind can take.

In short, the Democrats in the U.S. Senate — the minority in that house –- are shooting to filibuster Gorsuch’s…


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