Here’s why every great leader needs a devils advocate…

Once again, I've written another post to share a leadership strategy that directly contradicts some of our most common leadership instincts.  As leaders, there are so many decisions that we are forced to make and our instincts often lead us to surrounding ourselves with like-minded people who support those decisions.  Those same instincts lead us to keeping the people who contradict how we think at arms length away and while this might make life easier … Continue reading Here’s why every great leader needs a devils advocate…

Here’s why loyalty is a rare commodity in today’s world…

Gold might be rare but can you guess what's more rare than gold in today's world?  Loyalty.  Whether we are talking about our personal or professional relationships, I'm confident most of you will agree that loyalty is often a rare find in the connections we make today.  But why is this?  Why is finding loyal friends, employees, spouses or just about anything else so difficult?  Well the truth is, there are hundreds of reasons why … Continue reading Here’s why loyalty is a rare commodity in today’s world…

Here’s why leadership isn’t meant for everyone…

Arguably, one of the greatest (and also the worst) parts of leadership is that everyone turns to you in their time of need.  It's great to be the "go-to" person when things are going smoothly and you have all of the answers but what happens when you don't?  Or what happens when the stress and responsibilities of leadership just keep piling up while the world around you only seems to be moving faster?  The truth … Continue reading Here’s why leadership isn’t meant for everyone…

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?

Is being “too kind” as a leader a bad thing?

A few years ago, during my time in the Army, one of my fellow soldiers told me that my biggest flaw as a leader was that I wore my heart on my sleeve.  He told me that people take advantage of people like me because I trust to easily and that's a bad thing.  I will never forget that day because he went on to tell me that I would never be a good leader … Continue reading Is being “too kind” as a leader a bad thing?

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