Leadership Faux Pas #1 – Taking Things Personally

Leadership Faux Pas #1 – Taking Things Personally In his ground-breaking book, The Four Agreements, author Don Miguel Ruiz wrote that taking things personally along with making assumptions was the equivalent of “a personal hell on earth!” As a leader taking things personally is a path to creating a personal hell for everyone in the…

The Art of Leading, Coaching, and Influencing Others ™

The Art of Leading, Coaching, and Influencing Others ™ How would you define The Art of Leading Others? Studies have shown that you can boil down human behavior into 4 basic categories. People are either driven by a need to be right, to be liked, to be recognized/seen, or to win. Apply that concept as…

The Exorbitant Cost of a Disengaged Leader?

The Exorbitant Cost of a Disengaged Leader? The cost of a disengaged leader is staggering. Over the course of the last 5-10 years much emphasis has been focused on the impact that disengaged employees have on the bottom line. And while technically a leader is an employee the cost of disengaged leader can be ten times…

Leadership Arrogance … Are You A Monkey’s Uncle?

Leadership Arrogance … Are You A Monkey’s Uncle? Leadership Arrogance can destroy you, your team, and a whole lot more … Recently I received a third unsolicited email from a “leader” in my industry. I have never met this person, don’t know them, and certainly never signed up for their emails. Not wanting to read…

20 Leadership Behaviors That Tell You It’s Time To Quit!

Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with or present in front of 1000’s of leaders. On occasion, I have been asked, What makes a great leader? What are the traits of a great leader? Can they be learned? Are people born with them? And the answer always is … it depends. It might be easy to say the top 5 characteristics of a great leader are X or Y or Z. There are literally 1000’s of books written on the topic.

Being a Leader: More or Less?

When it comes to fishing, most fishermen use a leader (an additional section of wire or line) to connect the hook or the lure to the fishing line. The type of leader used is determined by the situation or objective. For example, sometimes you need a stronger leader so a larger fish doesn’t snap or bite through the line and cause problems. In other situations a thinner, lighter, leader is needed so the fish doesn’t see the line and get distracted.