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Are You a Leader People Want to Follow?

The difference between a leader and a manager is simple. A leader may or may not have a title, but, what they always have are relationships where people are motivated to follow them. Throughout our careers as consultants, we’ve coached many leaders who have struggled to build effective relationships with either bosses, direct reports, or […]
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The Top Six Characteristics of Great Leaders

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A participant asked me in a seminar, “If you had to boil down the characteristics of a great leader to just the top six, what would they be?” It is easy to make a long list of characteristics of a great leader. You could probably generate 20 or more traits. For example, being ethical or […]
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The Benefits of Being a Questioning Leader

My 94-year-old father is fond of saying, “Remember, people like you better when they are talking.” Great leaders have figured this out. They have a well-defined ability to lead by asking, rather than telling. These leaders ask great questions, especially when they don’t know the answer. They know that if you ask enough of the […]
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The Critical Connection Between Confidence and Leadership

The Critical Connection Between Confidence and Leadership
During the past twenty years, our research and hands-on experience with leaders has led us to feel strongly that there is one aspect of leadership that is so critical, that without it, real leadership cannot exist. That one critical component is confidence. Confidence is the foundation of leadership. You can teach a leader to be […]
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9 Steps to Build Your Reputation as a Great Decision Maker

9 Steps to Build Your Reputation as a Great Decision Maker
At best, being a leader is tough and gets increasingly tougher as you move up in rank. Although some aspects of leadership get easier with experience, most of us never get to the point where we can say we’ve mastered leadership. In our roles as leaders, we are consistently called on to make tough decisions, […]
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What to Do When your Big Vision Meets Big Opposition

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Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, posted an article titled, “The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With.” The qualities Jeff enjoys most in people he works with are: dream big; get shit done; and know how to have fun. Since his blog has been read by nearly 600,000 readers, we can assume […]
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What Successful Organizations Did Differently in the Recession

What Successful Organizations Did Differently in the Recession
Time flies when you consider it has been approximately six years since we experienced the start of the Great Recession…most likely dealing organizations the biggest economic changes and impact of our time. As the recession started to take hold, how quickly did you make personal and organizational changes to align to a new reality? Here […]
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Why Nice Leaders Fail

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Several of the organizations and departments that we work with have leaders that we would describe as “nice” people. They are the type of people you would like to have over for dinner or have as personal friends. They would do anything to help you or support you in your efforts. When we describe this […]
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Employee Turnover: The Top Five Myths and How to Handle It

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Most leaders do not focus on turnover until it is already a problem. As the economy slowly continues to recover, surveys are telling us that a larger number of employees are likely to seek out a job in a different organization over the next year. More specifically, The Hay Group, a global consulting firm, tells […]
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What Many Leaders Misunderstand About Fairness

What Many Leaders Misunderstand about Fairness
You probably weren’t in your leadership role for a long period of time before you heard someone on your team say, “That’s not fair.” There is no doubt that that accusation stung because you are ethical, honest, and above all . . . a fair leader. The term “fair” means different things to different people. […]
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