What is emergent leadership and why is it so important?

On the first day of basic training I learned a valuable lesson about why authority only gets you so far as a leader.  Right after a hoard of drill sergeant stormed into our bus, they pointed to the man in the seat right in front of me and said, "You! Stand up.  You're in charge.  Get everyone off the bus".  Just like that he was assigned a leadership role with authority and I will never … Continue reading What is emergent leadership and why is it so important?

Why should leaders eat last?

A harsh reality of the world that we live in today is that a large majority of people in leadership positions are selfish.  This should come as no surprise to many of you that it doesn't matter whether we are talking about politicians, CEO's, supervisors, etc., the lure to leadership positions is often driven by the perceived authority and power that comes with those roles.  Unfortunately, it's all too common for the power that comes … Continue reading Why should leaders eat last?

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…

As leaders, here’s why it’s important to know when to lead from a distance…

Some of the best leadership advice I received throughout my time in the Army contradicted every leadership instinct that I've ever had.  I can't speak for everyone reading this, but my instincts lead me to being a very hands-on leader.  I like to be in the trenches with my teams and involved in the work being done - not just barking orders from the sidelines.  However, I learned the hard way that this isn't always … Continue reading As leaders, here’s why it’s important to know when to lead from a distance…

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…

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