Are Bad Manners Sabotaging Your Leadership?

This is the third post on “What Not To Do And How Not To Do It” about six of the biggest leadership mistakes and how to stop making them. Today’s topic is Bad Manners. This may seem a little Pollyannaish, but it’s amazing what an important role manners play in good leadership. Bad manners include talking too much, […]

5 Proven Keys to Effective Leadership Development

By far the most respected authority on corporate leadership development (and my personal hero) is Marshall Goldsmith. His exhaustive research on executive performance has generated essential information for companies interested in fostering genuine leadership. Among other important takeaways is evidence of the power of peer assessment vs. self-assessment. The truest measurement of a leader’s growth comes […]

THE TOP 10 GLOBAL LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES

What makes a leader stand out from his or her peers? In the past, there may have been more of an argument for different types of people taking to different leaders for “different” or intangible cultural reasons. Today, we can see that we are living in a global village and that village is only getting […]

STAY ON TARGET: 3 LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF DAILY

One of the biggest secrets of effective coaching is perhaps that there is no secret. There are techniques and insights but no magic bullet, no gold ring. You will ask more questions than you will get answers, and sneaking bluntly, that is the point. In a recent Fast Company piece, executive coach Chris Holmberg pointed […]

THE LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOR THAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO EMPLOYEES

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review by Christine Porath called “The Leadership Behavior That’s Most Important to Employees” brings to light something so crucial to good leadership that is unfortunately too often overlooked. In today’s age of billion-dollar unicorns and “disruption,” good old fashioned respect is still the most important thing employees want to […]

Leadership Development vs. Leadership Training

The following was written by Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.   An Overview of The Problem The problem with training is it presumes the need for indoctrination on systems, processes and techniques. Moreover, training assumes that said systems, processes and techniques are the right way to do things. Training is often rote, one directional, […]

You Know You’re A Loose Cannon When . . .

. . . everyone’s waiting for you to go off. In the past few weeks, we’ve covered four of the six leadership mistakes and how to fix them: excuse-making, bad manners, ego problems, and lying; get ready for the loose cannon. I like to say that this kind of leader is a bullet in search […]

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants (on Fire) Down

This post covers the fourth of six leadership mistakes and how to fix them. In the past few weeks, we’ve covered excuse-making, bad manners, and ego problems; now it’s time to talk about lying. When people are found out as liars, the word spreads like wildfire. This can literally destroy your career. All you have […]

To Be a Better Leader, Get Over Yourself

The third in our series of leadership mistakes and how to fix them, conquering the problem of ego run amok is a tough one—especially for people who are very talented. Ego is often the biggest problem for leaders, and it accounts for about 70 to 80% of the leadership problems I see. This problem takes several […]