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?

In such a complex world, simple leadership is often the better choice. Here’s why…

Among the many of father's famous soundbites, lies one of my all-time favorites; Less is More.  I must admit that when hearing this as a kid, I always hoped he meant something like, "less work is better" but unfortunately, he didn't.  What I came to realize over the years was that he meant, "The less complicated you make things, the more you get out of it".  Whether he was talking about his approach to coaching … Continue reading In such a complex world, simple leadership is often the better choice. Here’s why…

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…

As a leader, being the one to save the day isn’t always a good thing. Here’s why!

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!

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