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6 Skills Even the Strongest Leaders Need to Practice

Great and effective leaders know that they are never done learning.  To be a great and effective leader, you need to be very clear on your vision, and what actions you need to take to turn your vision into a reality. And, like an organization or a team, to be an effective leader, you need to focus on the few...

A Mindset of Abundance Leads to Happiness

Take a moment to consider how you view the relationship between success and happiness. If only you could score that promotion, would you be happy? If only that project had turned out differently, would you be happy? Far too often, we get stuck in the rut of a scarcity mentality that often causes us to misjudge the relationship between success...

What is your Leadership Role in Employee Engagement?

If you google employee engagement, you’re going to be inundated with thousands of results trying to define and tackle the topic of employee engagement. If you click on just about anyone of these results, you’ll learn that the level of employee engagement is still, 20 years later, sadly stagnant at 30 percent of the workforce. But, what about managers?  According...

3 Ways Leaders Earn Loyalty

  In our rapidly growing, post-recession job market, ask yourself this: Does your leadership style encourage employees to stay or go?   Loyalty has never been as critical to an organization’s continued growth and success as it is in today’s post-recession job market. As the recession lifts, many companies are hiring at an accelerated pace.  To sustain the growth and...

Millennials Are Raising the Bar for Leaders

We’ve heard plenty of managers gripe about the entitled Millennials and the impact they’re having on the workforce. But before I get to that, let’s start with some statistics. Millennials (18-34 years old) currently make up 36 percent of the workforce according to research from the University of North Carolina. This research also predicts that by 2020, 46 percent of...

Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions

All great leaders make regrettable decisions and mistakes. In fact, if you’re not making mistakes or bad decisions, then you’re not taking enough risks or learning enough to continue growing as a leader. When Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, was asked by a reporter, “How did you become so successful?” Walton answered, “I’ve made a lot of good decisions.” When...

What Will Your Leadership Legacy Say About You?

Leadership is often messy and unpredictable. Leaders today are trying to do more with fewer resources, and in a shorter timeframe. In addition to managing limited resources, leaders are expected to build solid professional relationships, coach and mentor employees, be in tune with team morale, manage conflict, and successfully navigate corporate culture . . . and that’s just the short...

8 Ways to Convince Your Top Talent to Leave

When it comes to supervisors and managers, I would confidently state that about half of them have the desire to learn, grow and become great leaders, and the other half suffers from Popeye Syndrome. These managers rationalize all their leadership actions with Popeye’s go-to quote, “I am what I am.”  These Popeye Syndrome managers believe that the world needs to...

The One Sentence Innovative Leaders Should Fear

“We’ve never done it that way before.” Nothing cripples change and innovation faster than these 7 little words, and the mindset of the person who spoke them. The individuals pointing out the obvious are, in fact, usually correct. If it’s a change, chances are it hasn’t been done in that way, at that company, with that team, before. Change is...

The Arrogant Leadership Test

Arrogant leaders operate under the belief that they are simply confident go-getters. Actually, arrogant leaders believe a lot of things about themselves that are; A) false, and B) severely detrimental to their success as a leader. Arrogance is leadership repellant. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. When leaders are confident, they have a deep belief in their ability...

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