How to Get Kicked Out of Leadership School: The Spotlight Leader

The Spotlight Leader

Do you have what it takes to get through the Army’s toughest leadership school? Those who attend the U.S. Army’s Ranger School prepare months in advance in the attempt to pass this grueling leadership course.  Even so, the failure rate is high – anywhere from 40-60% of this select group still don’t make the grade […]

Leading With a Blind Eye: Why You Can’t Ignore the Thing You Didn’t Want to See

Blind Eye Leadership

Why turning a “blind eye” is hazardous to the health of your team  In 1801, Admiral Horatio Nelson was leading several warships in a desperate fight against the Danish in the Battle of Copenhagen.  His ships were part of a larger fleet commanded by another Admiral.  Back in those days, commanders communicated with their fleet […]

Do You Really Need Charisma to Lead?

Charisma

Not everyone has the charismatic superhero personality that captivates a room, and attracts followers like metal filings to a magnet.  For the many of us who may be a little short on vitamin C (charisma), are we doomed to permanent follower-ship while the outgoing back-slappers take over the world?  I’d say don’t give up hope.  […]

Be a Finisher, Not Just a Starter

Finisher

Why is it not enough to be a self-starter? Getting started on something is great.  There are lots of great inspirational quotes you can read about starting:

5 Ways to Build Credibility

Leadership is challenging enough when you know what you are doing.  But when your teammates happen to have more knowledge or experience than you do, it can get a little tricky, especially in the early days. It’s OK, though – it turns out that there are lots of ways to address this situation quickly and […]

Building Trust: Six Building Blocks

Building Trust

This video takes a close look at one of the basic building blocks and most essential element of Leadership: Trust. Using rockets as a metaphor, we explore the six critical components of trust, understand why building trust is important, and introduce some ideas about how you can work to build on these components to become a […]

Delegation, Part 3: Who, How to Delegate?

How to Delegate

Now that you see the true value of delegating well, and have a handle on the kinds of tasks that are best to delegate, we get down to the business of choosing someone to delegate to, and the process of how to delegate the task in a way that is structured, thorough, developmental, and practical. […]