How important is hard work…really?

I will never forget the day my father drove home his beautiful yellow Porsche for the first time.  My brothers and I just stood there with our jaws wide open until my father pointed out his favorite part of the car - the license plate - that read "HRD WORK". But how important is hard work, really? Hard work has always been a pillar of my upbringing but the day he brought home that car … Continue reading How important is hard work…really?

It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…

Why is it that so many leaders in today's world view unsolicited input from those they lead as a threat to their leadership authority?  I've experienced this in both my civilian and military careers.  For some strange reason, leaders are unwelcoming to advice from their subordinates and I just can't understand why.  Is it because it makes the leader feel inadequate in some way?  Is it because leaders expect themselves to be the sole source … Continue reading It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…

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…

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