What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?

How is it possible that I learned one of life's greatest leadership lessons from doing yard work as a kid?  Like most kids, I hated doing yard work.  I grew up in a beautiful house with an incredible landscape with a huge yard that my father insisted we could maintain ourselves.  My father's attention to detail was unprecedented.  My brothers and I used to joke that he would make us cut the grass with scissors … Continue reading What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?

Here’s why leaders don’t need to have all of the answers…

Correct me if I'm wrong but as leaders, we are often unrealistically expected to have the answers to every problem at a moments notice.  Our followers expect us to have an answer to every question, a solution to every problem, and a never ending bounty of knowledge at our disposal whenever they need it. Sound familiar? And in those moments when we respond with "I don't know" it's almost as if the world stops.  How … Continue reading Here’s why leaders don’t need to have all of the answers…

Here’s why authority should NOT be a major component of leadership…

When you think of a leader who's the first person that comes to mind?  Most likely you think of a CEO or a supervisor.  Or maybe the captain of a sports team or someone in government, right?  What about parents, teachers, or your boss at work? Most of your answers are often examples of people with clear authority in a position of power but does that actually mean that they're a leader?  Why is it … Continue reading Here’s why authority should NOT be a major component of leadership…

What makes personal accountability so rare?

Why is accountability such a rarity in todays world?  It seems like everywhere we look there is someone blaming someone else for the challenges they face in life or the choices they have made.  Whether we're talking about politicians, coworkers, family members, etc. personal accountability is almost non-existent in todays world.  But why is that? Why is it that instead of looking for ways to improve the world around us and take responsibility for our … Continue reading What makes personal accountability so rare?

Here’s why the best leaders pick and choose their battles wisely…

One of the biggest struggles I faced when returning home from the military was adjusting to the insignificance of being late in the civilian world.  People casually walk into meetings 10 minutes late, scrolling through Facebook with no sense of urgency whatsoever.  Whereas, on the contrary, in the military you're generally early to being early and you get your head ripped off if you even think about being late... However, despite the fact that my … Continue reading Here’s why the best leaders pick and choose their battles wisely…

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