Leadership and the Yellow Brick Road

I've often heard by those who take on new roles of leadership that they feel like they don't know what they're doing. There is, of course, the reality that this was caused by faulty promotional procedures. But let's assume for argument's sake that the placement is warranted. What leads to such feelings of uncertainty? Truthfully, it's because leadership is complicated…

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Three Terrible Attitudes in Leadership

How a leader takes initiative is dependent on the language they use. Actions often speak louder than words, but for leaders, words can be just as significant at revealing how they view the world. The phrases that follow may seem outdated, even obviously misguided, but those in leadership positions still use them with frequency and fervor. "Stay in your lane"…

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Leading Against Pluralistic Ignorance

In "The Emperor's New Clothes", a narcissistic emperor succumbs to the wit of two conmen, leading to his reveling in town stark naked. While the emperor's leadership skills are an entirely different matter, the reaction, or lack thereof, is the subject of this article. Dozens of townspeople sat by in reverent (or fearful) silence and allowed an unclothed man to…

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Why My Favorite Leader is Gary Vaynerchuk (and why you need to follow him)

Full disclosure: This started as a simple post on LinkedIn, but when I hit the character limit, I knew I hadn't done justice to the message. He, and you, deserve more than that. Before we get to Gary Vaynerchuk, let's go back some years in my life. If I define myself now as successful, what I've been in the past…

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Leadership Behavior: Hammer & Scalpel

Leaders aren't always effective and there is a complex web of reasons that contribute to poor performance. One such reason is what's in your arsenal of leadership styles. Your preferred, default style stems from what you think about and define as leadership, but knowing this is only a third of the battle. You also have to know what other leadership…

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Strengthening Resilience for Better Leadership

According to Merriam-Webster, resilience is "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change". In other words, it's our ability to acknowledge change and adapt to it. It's not the absence of distress that defines resilience, rather the perseverance through that distress. In construction, the resilience of a structure describes its ability to deal with disasters or…

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Leadership Behavior: Self-Awareness

Without better understanding our own emotions, strengths, and weaknesses, it is difficult to maintain a sense of how we are affecting others. This is especially true when occupying a leadership position because people are trusting that leader to follow an overall vision. If they are likely to make emotional decisions without being aware of those emotions, they might take on every…

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Leadership in the Movies

It's necessary to experience leadership in different mediums, as more than just reading words. Leadership is sometimes easier to understand when it's presented in a story, and some of the best stories we have are in movies. Actors and actresses put themselves into characters and bring leadership to life for us. Here are six aspects of leadership as seen on…

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