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”…

Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

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.

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?

Oh how the times have changed for leaders…

Contrary to popular opinion, the millennial generation is full of motivated people who can have profound impacts on the people, places and organizations around them IF they have the right leadership in place to help them succeed.  But most leaders aren't ready to have that conversation.  My experience has shown me that many leaders prefer to make comments about the lack of work ethic and motivation in the millennial generation but those comments are often unfounded. … Continue reading Oh how the times have changed for leaders…

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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