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10 Traits of Leaders Who Successfully Drive Change

Leaders may or may not have a title, but what they always have are relationships where people are motivated to follow them in the direction they are heading. Leaders also have another thing in common; they are constantly taking action to improve the condition of their team or organization. Improvement signifies that something is changing. When we talk about improvements...

How Do You Handle a Brilliant Jerk?

I’ve worked on several executive coaching projects where one member of the team is a royal jerk. What makes someone a jerk? Here’s our definition: a jerk or jackass is someone who is rude, abrasive, condescending, undermines or puts others down, is arrogant, blames others, and, in a nutshell, is difficult for multiple people to deal with. We emphasize multiple...

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...

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