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?
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?
Last year, one of my team members came into my office and said, "Tim, I hope you are wearing your cape today because I really need your help..." I must admit, this was a great feeling. I liked the idea of being the "superhero" that people came to for help and that others trusted me to save the day... It was rewarding to know that others came to me in their time of need which … Continue reading As a leader, being the one to save the day isn’t always a good thing. Here’s why!
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?
One of the most valuable lessons I've come to learn as a leader is that in the moment when the members of your team stop coming to you with their problems, you have failed them as the leader... Allow me to explain... Most of you leaders would probably agree that one of the worst parts of leadership is having to deal with the "serial complainers" on our teams. You know, the people who find problems … Continue reading Who are our “Leadership Proteges” vs. our “Serial Complainers”?