Tag Archive - Leadership

New Leaders On New Teams: 5 Key Steps

New Leader, New Team

I started my first team from scratch and it took us over two years to hit our stride.  My second team had a mix of experienced and novice members on it.  We took about a year to begin to fire on all cylindars.  The next team was pieced together from other teams.  The individuals were all tenured and successful but most had not worked together before. We hit our stride quickly.

The way a leader launches into leadership with a new team can often determine that team’s trajectory for years to come. Continue Reading…

Leaders: Make A Decision!

Pull The Dang Trigger!

Ready – Shoot – Aim! Unfortunately that can be my decision-making process. On the other end of the spectrum are leaders who tend to be Ready – Aim – Aim – Aim….

Both styles can be problematic. One causes a lot of starting and a lot of stopping to happen. The other causes nothing to happen.

I may be tipping my hand and giving everyone an insight into my personality, but I also know I speak for a lot of people who are waiting on their leaders, when I say, “Pull the dang trigger!”  Continue Reading…

Leadership Depends On Character

Leadership Philosophy

I believe leadership is inherently a positive term.  Some well known experts whom I respect define leadership as influence, or influence towards a common objective.  However, I believe these definitions do not go far enough.

In my mind, being a leader is a positive statement.  There is a moral component to leadership.  Leadership is not simply about influence.  If I convince someone to perform immoral acts, I am influencing them, but I am not a leader. Therefore. I do not use the word leadership when discussing historical figures like Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin.   Continue Reading…

3 Words That Prove I Own My Actions

Who Owns It!

Ownership or excuses.  One is the mark of a leader.  The other is a sign that I am bound for mediocrity and failure.  In the long run, people who make excuses stall out.

Making excuses is a habit.  I wrote about how West Point deals with this habit in West Point:  How Leaders Seize Accountability.  But what are the results for me if I habitually make excuses?

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My Un-Resume: I Failed My Team

My Un-Resume

My un-resume is my list of screw-ups.  They are things I am not proud of.

Periodically I share my un-resume with the world.  Most people who speak and consult on leadership are sure to present their successes to their clients.  I’m doing something different.

Yes, I’ve had success through the years and received awards and recognition as a result.  But rarely did my successes teach me as much as my failures.  Rest assured, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to learn!

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The Self-Serving Leader- Another Oxymoronic Leadership Yarn

The Self-Centered Leader is an OxyMORON

Sam spoke to both the VP’s he had targeted during the three day planning meeting in Orlando. He was able to tell them exactly what was happening in his department.  There was no doubt he had impressed them with his knowledge of the company, and how he handled his troops.

When Sam got to the airport, he called his wife, Joanne. She asked him about his trip.  Sam smiled,  “I nailed it.”  Joanne smiled and asked for the details.

Meanwhile, the two VP’s were sitting on a plane together comparing notes.  Continue Reading…

It’s Called Leadership!

It's Called Leadership - A List

“Why should I do that?”  she asked.

“It’s called leadership.”  I said trying to reassure her. “It’s what leaders do.”

Webster defines leadership.  College textbooks define leadership.  Leadership books define leadership.  I even define leadership. (Leadership:  Beyond the Dictionary Definition)

Sometimes those definitions are adequate and sometimes they are not.  Some are very academic, some are theoretical and some are practical.  But what does leadership look like?  Is there a list of actions that illustrate leadership?

There is now!  Continue Reading…

Five Rights We Give Up To Lead

Responsibility means few rights.

Naïve.  That was me. When I was an entry level salesman, I looked at my boss and believed his job had all the perks.  He was paid more, was in control and got to travel to great cities for meetings.  Being a leader had to be better than being where I was.

A lot of people believe life gets easier as you climb the corporate ladder.  Those people probably have not started the climb yet.  They don’t realize, just like I didn’t realize, that once you become a leader, you give up a lot of rights you had before.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love leading people.  But, when I speak to leaders who attend my conferences they all agree.  You give up a lot of your rights when you lead. Continue Reading…

Five Truths About A Leader’s Life

A Leader's Most Important Tool

Leaders are needed!  People want to be led by leaders who live lives that are consistent with what they claim to be important.

I am unashamedly part of the leadership development/consulting industry.  The industry was pioneered by gurus like Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard and John Maxwell.  They have all provided invaluable tools and resources to leaders through the years.

But, one tool is the grand daddy of them all.  One tool rises above the rest to deliver the influence and the impact all leaders desire.  Continue Reading…

What Would William Wallace Do?

WWWWD or W4D

WWWWD or better W4D.  I am sucker for the movie Braveheart.  I love the action, the humor and the history of it.  My wife always knows when I have watched clips of the movie, because she comes home to my bad Scottish accent.

But, beyond that, I love the hero.  William Wallace sets an example of leadership and of manhood all of us should aspire to.  What if leaders used William Wallace as a filter to for our own leadership?

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