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8 Habits Roadblocking Your Next Promotion

Most executives and managers we coach have a desire to be promoted and take on more responsibility in their organizations. Some successfully continue to improve and develop their leadership skills, and rise to even higher levels in their organizations. Others struggle with adapting and developing as leaders, are passed over for promotions, and get stuck treading the waters of their...

8 Signs of a Leader Lacking Confidence

It is widely known that confidence is a critical trait of successful leadership. Confident leaders genuinely believe in their ability to make a difference. When confidence is taken too far, you can wind up with an arrogant leader that is unpleasant to be around, and people have no desire to follow. On the other hand, a leader who lacks confidence...

Why Managers Resist Coaching

Some leaders, when presented with the opportunity to work with an executive coach, recognize the value this resource contributes to their leadership skills and career. Others, however, are decidedly less thrilled at the prospect. A CEO asked us to coach one of his leaders. We were informed that if this leader doesn’t improve their leadership skills and their ability to...

10 Steps a Leader Can Take to Rebuild Lost Trust

Trust is one of the most important leadership competencies a leader can develop and consistently role model for their team members. It can take weeks, months, or even years for a leader to build trust. And, unfortunately, it only takes one misstep or action contrary to the leader’s or organization’s stated values to lose all the trust you worked so...

Are You a Manager or a Therapist?

Are you as a leader spending more time dealing with needy and high-maintenance employees than you are tackling the leadership tasks necessary to achieve the vision and goals of the organization? You have a long list of things you need to get done in order to be successful at your job. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, you find...

8 Ways to Promote Constructive Disagreements

Disagreements are a positive, normal and necessary part of building a great relationship or a team. Therefore, as an effective leader with followers, learning how to constructively manage disagreements is critical to both your success as a leader, as well as the success of your team. A CEO I worked with was challenged by a lack of teamwork at the...

4 Mistakes Really Nice Leaders Make

We all want to be liked and accepted in both our personal and professional lives. But when it comes to effective leadership, a high need to be liked most often leads to disaster. I’ve encountered many leaders who were genuinely “nice” people, and would do absolutely anything to support their people and make them happy. Sounds like a wonderful person...

7 Ways to Give Difficult Feedback

No one enjoys receiving negative feedback, and I’m willing to bet that providing employees with negative feedback on performance issues doesn’t top the list of favorite leadership responsibilities. It’s an easy task to procrastinate, especially if you’re tasked with delivering the feedback to one of your more challenging employees. Over the years, I’ve heard many excuses for not dealing with...

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