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

Leadership Lesson: Recognizing, knowing, and keeping in mind why you’re doing something keeps you fueled and fired up in the fight and work for it.

In this previous post, I introduced this current series which covers a top-ten list of ideas I had provided to students at Quest 2017, a one-day summit hosted at Southern Connecticut State University by Connecticut’s Chapter of Prospanica, in partnership with its community and corporate partners. The annual event is filled with motivational presentations, speakers, and workshops providing students with tools for the next chapter in their lives.

The list is made up of tips students should consider as they continue on in their life, work, and careers and is made up of some…


Through Your Leadership, Overall, How Do You Pass Leadership Lessons On To Your Kids?

Leadership Lesson: Sharing lessons ensures the continuity of the lessons, sharpens our own understanding, and allows us to improve the lessons through our own experiences.

Among all the other lessons we try to pass on to our kids, what are the leadership lessons we can pass on to our children to put them on the right path to their own success and greatness?

Leadership is not only limited to the workplace. Your ability and aptitude for leadership – to make an impact on and influence your environment, for better or worse, whether in an official position or not – follows you wherever you go.

It exists not only in formal policy and directives, but informal and passive actions and steps.

Leadership is not only about considering what you…


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…


What People Teach Us: Travis Kalanick — Temper vs. Leadership

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick posted a “Profound Apology” on the company’s website to atone for or, at least, begin atoning for his behavior in a video which surfaced of him berating an Uber driver, while he was a fare in the man’s car, who had challenged him on the company’s policies which purportedly cost the driver $97,000 in losses.

In the posted apology, Kalanick states “It’s clear this video is a reflection of me – and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.”

“…receiving leadership coaching…is no substitute for mental…


What People Teach Us: Carrie Fisher — Learn From And Accept Lessons From Your Past

Carrie Fisher’s uncompromising, unrelenting and defiant attitude, which was the core of her role as Princess Leia, a role she took on at the age of 19 in the Star Wars films, was mirrored in the later years of her life before she died at age 60.

Even though there was plenty of heartbreak and turmoil in her life, there was so much more she gave to people through her attitude with regard to her own vulnerabilities and shortcomings.

She was born to celebrity parents but made a name for herself, finding success in her own right in the Start Wars movies and other subsequent projects including more movies, theater, and writing. Unfortunately, her life kept taking turns, leading her to experience, and later speak up about…


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 might shift our leadership abilities from one environment to another.

“True leadership is not limited to the ability in one environment but can be elevated through overall characteristics that allow someone to learn and evolve, no matter the environment.”

Leadership In Various Environments

There are times when observers of…


To Move Forward, Answer This: Are You Taking The Proactive or Reactive Path In Life?

Leadership Lesson: It’s a mistake to only live and work in reactive mode to everything around us, when we should be working to prepare as best as possible to navigate our environments.

Leadership is about taking in and utilizing the resources around you, whether it is for a cause or mission greater than yourself, or for your own development.

The tools you need are there for the taking. It’s a matter of realizing it, identifying them, and reaching out to combine the internal knowledge you hold and carry with those external tools that are at your disposal.

No one can take that first step but you. No one can force you. Being forced into it in one way or another does not create value. True…


The Ultimate Question At The Heart Of All Of Coach It Out’s Work: What Is Leadership?

Leadership is so many things. There are so many facets to it, examples of it, and sources for it.

To be clear: Leadership is not solely limited to someone in a position of power.

Leaders traditionally might have been seen as those that take, dole out, and build their power. But leadership is the opposite. It is not about taking, it’s about giving. That old-school way of thinking will not do in a world such as ours, which is changing at such a dramatic pace and in which the need for leaders is rising.

With the state of the world being what it is, overcome by wars, terrorism, division, fear, and doubt, the leadership responsibility now exists in all of us more than ever. This isn’t said for dramatic effect; all those issues…


In Your Environments, Be Sure To Consider Following The Golden Rule To Start

Leadership Lesson: You can’t treat someone how they want to be treated (The Platinum Rule) without first working with them effectively enough (The Golden Rule) to learn how they want to be treated.

Although The Self 60 – Professional Development Mind/Set is numbered, the list is not necessarily listed in rank or priority order. Even though that’s the case, the placement of “Practice the Golden Rule” at number 1 is absolutely intentional.

This is because, before anything else is considered for interacting and working with others, The Golden Rule — “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”– is key. If there were no other items on this list, no other suggestions or advice, as long as you treated others…


Everyone Can Teach You Something, If You Just Watch How They Carry Themselves

Free lessons in leadership exist in the everyday. They’re everywhere; you just need (and want) to look around and take stock of them.

Again, leadership exists everywhere and not just in those who have official titles or positions of “leadership” such as management. So look to the actions of those around you whose actions and demeanor work in tandem to develop, influence, encourage, build, and foster growth and value.

You should keep a lookout for these everyday lessons because leadership is a work-in-progress. It is something that needs refinement, growth, and development. Although there are training programs, certifications, and other educational formats for leadership development, the best lessons can be culled from everyday real-life interactions.

“…maybe we haven’t realized how much we’ve actually learned by watching.”


When It’s Time To Be Thankful, Make Sure You Acknowledge Your Own Work

This time of year we all get sentimental. The season is about family, friends, and realizing the true value of what we have as we close out the year, where toward the end of that celebratory season we’re then faced with what we will take on in New Year’s resolutions.

Giving thanks stems from appreciation, which stems from acknowledgement, which stems from taking stock and assessing what’s taking place.

Aside from thinking about and giving to others around the holiday season, and hopefully throughout the year in general, we should also take the time to consider where we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go in both our personal lives and our careers. Granted, we should be doing it on an ongoing basis, every so often–assessing and reassessing our work and personal environments…


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