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?
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?
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”…
As I'm sure is the same for many of you, my parents constantly stressed the importance of one of life's most valuable lessons; saying please and thank you. I was taught to say please before I asked for something and thank you after I received it. Sounds familiar, right? But if I'm being honest, this was one of my least favorite lessons as a kid. Despite being so simple, somehow it was also so difficult … Continue reading Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.
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?