Tag Archive - Character

The Root Cause of Bad Leadership

The Root Cause of Bad Leadership?

Untrustworthy? Poor communication/listening? Micromanaging? Selfishness? Uncaring/Demeaning? When I ask people about the worst leaders they worked for, these are some descriptions I receive.

Many people believe if you fix these things you will be a better leader. We go to seminars and listen to podcasts (mine included) looking for answers. We read blogs and articles and books about improving in all these areas. “The 12 Skills Leaders Need to…”

The solutions presented are treatments to the symptoms of a disease that runs deeper. I believe the root issue needs to be identified so the treatment plan can actually change the leader and not just treat the symptom. Continue Reading…

Eliminating the Blame Game

Start Problem Solving Here

Problem finders are everywhere. It does not take a PhD, a MBA or even a GED to be a good problem finder. It takes no skill or advanced education to point fingers. Problem finders usually wallow at the lower levels in organizations and rarely make it past middle management.

However, problem solvers are rare. Problem solvers get great jobs and earn good money. Problem solvers are what companies need in leadership. Leaders of character who are great problem solvers always use the same tool when diagnosing a problem. Continue Reading…

What Are Your Leadership Top Five?

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What are the top five things you admire most about your leadership hero?

In front of every audience I speak to I have an audience participation portion. With each group, whether it is a group of 15 or 1,500 I ask them to think about their favorite leader in history, in the movies or for whom they have worked. Then I ask them this question:

What are the top five things you admire most about your leadership hero?  

If you are reading this blog, scribble down your own answers now before you read further….

1. ________  2.  _________  3.  _________ 4.  ________  5.  ________

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Fear and the Micromanager

She's so controlling!

“Fifteen years and she is still looking over my shoulder checking up on me. I have done this job for fifteen years without an incidents, and she still doesn’t trust me!”

Micromanagers often have employees who feel like they are not trusted. The micromanager creates an environment that hamstrings creativity and growth, while exasperating her employees.

Some say this is a trust issue. That may be what it looks like from the outside. But, inside the micromanager the issue is often plain old-fashioned fear. Continue Reading…

Teamwork: What Good Looks Like

What's Good Look Like

Values, values everywhere.  Every company seems to have a list of values they claim to be important.  Most of the time those values are a list of words on a website or a poster.  Integrity, Service,  and Teamwork are among some of the most common values companies claim.

But, we all know that just because a company or an individual claims a value, it does not mean they live by that value.  The values a company demonstrates truly is the character of that organization.

What does integrity look like in practice?  What does service look like in practice?  What does teamwork look like in practice? Continue Reading…

IMPACT Talk Radio Host Dave Anderson interviews Steve Wiley of the Lincoln Leadership Institute

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In a new 30 minute format Dave Anderson discusses Transformational Leadership and the difference between leading and managing with Steve Wiley owner of The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, PA.

All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 1,500,000 downloads to date!)

Other resources -free PDF downloads of character-based interview questions are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com.

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Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Middle Managers and Frontline Leaders eliminate bad attitudes, politics, and distrust on your teams! Changing the culture of a team requires the leader to change. Listen to IMPACT Talk Radio today for no fluff, straight talking solutions designed to IMPACT high IMPACT leaders who want to lead high IMPACT Teams. Every show goes beyond theory and gets into HOW to make an IMPACT that matters.

Five Battles Between Fear and Character

Fear or Character - Strength Comes From Exercising

There is a war that rages inside most of us.  The combatants are Fear and Character.  The weapons used in this war are our hearts and our heads.

In my case, like in most wars, my character wins some of the battles and my fear wins some.  But, which one will win the war?

The winner will be the one that is strongest, most prepared and most determined to win each battle. Continue Reading…

Integrity: Compromise or Consequences

Which choice will you make?

If I only do the right thing when it is easy, is that truly integrity? There were times in my life I considered myself a man of integrity, but I truly only did the right thing when I had nothing to lose.

Doing the right thing is easy if I have nothing at risk, but is that truly integrity or is it just the path of least resistance? When my integrity is challenged, I am really choosing between two things: Compromise or Consequences. Continue Reading…

IMPACT Talk Radio host Dave Anderson interviews Garrett Miller of Hire on a WHIM

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Dave Anderson discusses Hiring for Character with author Garrett Miller. They discuss finding people with Work Ethic, Humility, Integrity and Maturity. Garrret Miller is the author of the books Hire on a WHIM and Hired Right Out of College.

More Podcasts also available on iTunes. Other resources -free PDF downloads of interview questions are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com.

Listen here now:

Or Download Podcast Here

Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Middle Managers and Frontline Leaders eliminate bad attitudes, politics, and distrust on your teams! Changing the culture of a team requires the leader to change. Listen to IMPACT Talk Radio today for no fluff, straight talking solutions designed to IMPACT high IMPACT leaders who want to lead high IMPACT Teams. Every show goes beyond theory and gets into HOW to make an IMPACT that matters.

IMPACT Talk Radio Host Dave Anderson interviews Dan Miller author of 48 Days to the Work You Love

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Dave Anderson discusses how a new leader can lead a new team with best selling author Dan Miller. They dig into how does a leader know he/she is ready to lead and how to prepare. Dan Miller is the #1 best selling author of the book 48 Days to the Work You Love and No More Mondays.

Other resources -free PDF downloads are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com. Podcasts also available on iTunes.

Download Podcast Here

Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Middle Managers and Frontline Leaders eliminate bad attitudes, politics, and distrust on your teams! Changing the culture of a team requires the leader to change. Listen to IMPACT Talk Radio today for no fluff, straight talking solutions designed to IMPACT high IMPACT leaders who want to lead high IMPACT Teams. Every show goes beyond theory and gets into HOW to make an IMPACT that matters.

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