Daily Leadership Thought #94 – George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King

George Washington truly was a great man. His leadership character will be etched in the annals of history books forever. There is much to study and learn from the man and his actions (or lack thereof). Up until that point in human history, no individual had ever walked away (he did it more than once by the way) from such power and influence.

10 Tips To Help You Become A CEO

Making the leap from entrepreneur to CEO isn’t always an easy journey.  I’ve seen many people struggle with this transition.  The ability to lead is not something you are born with; it is something you must constantly cultivate.  And, the more success you have, the more leadership will be required.  It is one thing to […]

What Is Leadership Responsibility?

We need leaders to reclaim the positive leadership narrative and model responsible behavior. We need leaders in charge who genuinely care about other people and want to make the world a better place.

Leader versus Anti-Leader

We are certainly in trying times. It feels like a period where our country is crying out for leadership. And, sadly, leadership seems to have taken a vacation.

Book Excerpts from The Elephant and The Flea by Charles Handy

I have been a Charles Handy fan for many years and find that his work only becomes more prescient and meaningful with time.  It’s amazing how he could envision the world we would be doing business in before it happened.  His thoughts on life, business, and leadership are timeless.  I had my son revisit his […]

In A Crisis, Be The Leadership Lighthouse

“A lighthouse can symbolize various things, such as overcoming challenges and adversity or guidance. It is most commonly used to symbolize a way forward and help in navigating through the world. … The first is of the lighthouse itself, which can symbolize salvation and safety, especially in the face of adversity. – source: reference.com” The simile I like to use with my clients is […]

Martin Luther King As A Leader

Donald T. Phillips in his wonderful book, Martin Luther King on Leadership, does a nice job providing significant detail as to why Martin Luther King (MLK) was a great leader. We often focus on the rhetoric and powerful speeches that he gave, but there is so much more substance to the man than just what he had to say.

Leadership Thought #301 – President’s Day Is A Special Day

President’s Day is a special day.  We take time to honor two great men and past presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.   A case could easily be made that without the influence and leadership of these two men our country wouldn’t exist or at least wouldn’t be as strong and united as it is today.  […]

Leadership Thought #240 – Eight Questions Leaders Should Be Asking All the Time

As I’ve covered many times in previous blogs it becomes less and less and about you working harder or having all the answers and more about you diligently asking the right questions and letting others guide you. You need to become an expert question asker and never miss an opportunity to interact with all employees in this manner. There are seven question that when asked on a regular basis will encourage your people and ultimately the company as a whole to learn and grow:

Remembering 9-11

As I sit here writing with the names of the dead lost on September 11 being read in the background on TV it’s easy to get very emotional. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since this terrible tragedy. You can still hear the pain in the voices of the family members as they take turns reading from the list. It must have been very hard coping with their grief all these years. I only hope they are able to find peace at some point.

Leadership Thought #403 – What Makes A Great President

In less than two months we will have a presidential election here in the United States. Billions of dollars have been spent trying to influence voters to lean one way or another. Interestingly enough a majority of people will simply vote their party line and put very little effort into understanding the position of the other candidate or their leadership abilities. As a result, a comparatively small number of swing voters in an equally small number of states will end up deterring the final outcome. As someone who certainly has a strong sense of party loyalty but has crossed party lines on many occasions this has always frustrated me. No one party has the market cornered on good ideas or is the sole wellspring of capable leaders – the history of our nation has proven this.

I have spent considerable time studying leadership and observing leaders. I also enjoy reading about the presidency and the 43 occupants of the oval office. In my humble opinion, the most successful presidents have exhibited the following traits:

Leadership Thought #476 – Five Traits That Separate the Best Leaders From the Pack

What are the traits of high-performing leaders? Because of my line of work, I am fortunate to spend time with many successful people and study and research the topic even more. One theme that runs through of my experience/research is that financial success (while important) is not the primary driver of an individual business leader’s […]

Why Do Leadership Development Programs Fail?

By Glen Calderon In January 2014, McKinsey & Company conducted a study that examines the 4 main reasons why leadership development programs fail: 1.            Not allowing for context.  Simply, leadership development training is unique.  One size does not fit all regardless of a homogenous company, management or culture.   An organization should ask why do we […]

Leadership Thought #485 – The Rules Don’t Apply to Me Syndrome

I often observe many leaders who think they are the exception to the rule.  Maybe in some regards they are, but not across the board.  Moreover, not all exceptions are created equal or warrant consideration.  There are some obvious rules of personal and business behavior that we should all respect or at least take heed […]

Leadership Thought #484 – Regaining Leverage in The Employer-Employee Relationship

Employee engagement doesn’t mean coddling or succumbing to every employee’s need or whim.  Employers, you will always have more leverage in the relationship.  Lately, I’ve watched as many of you have allowed the power dynamic to shift upside down. Given the dearth of talent and supply of qualified candidates, you are slowly letting the “inmates […]

Leadership Thought #483 – Words Matter

I remember my mom telling me early on that “words matter.”  Once you say something it cannot be unsaid.  Even if you apologize and/or make excuses, the imprint on another person’s brain is still there.  And, sometimes the repercussions can last for years or even a lifetime.  There are many situations where I wish I […]

Leadership Thought #481 – Tony Romo Is A Class Act

Sadly, it seems rare these days when I see something that a professional athlete does that I feel sets a good example for my children and even inspires me.  One could argue that the physical abilities of athletes has grown considerably since I was young.  Their exploits on the field seem to continually set a […]

Leadership Thought #479 – Leading A Business Is Hard Work

If leading was easy, then everyone could do it.  I’ve had a number of conversations lately with clients and colleagues who are complaining about how hard they have to work.  More often than not, the average age of these people is under 45.  I try my best to be understanding and empathetic while also trying […]