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?

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…

Here’s why your individual performance as a leader doesn’t mean S$!@…

Here's a simple truth of leadership...Your individual performance as a leader means nothing if the team you lead fails.  As a leader, you can be the best athlete on the team or the best CEO in the world, but if those you lead are unable to perform at a high level right beside you than your performance as an individual means nothing.  Here's why... If your performance as an individual leads to awards and recognition … Continue reading Here’s why your individual performance as a leader doesn’t mean S$!@…

Who are our “Leadership Proteges” vs. our “Serial Complainers”?

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”?

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