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Common Sense Leadership

Type leadership into Amazon’s search bar and you’ll be offered a list of more than 60,000 books on the topic. Books about what leadership is, what leadership isn’t, books about how to do leadership, books about great leaders (surprisingly very few books about poor leaders, which could probably double the number of titles if written) and everything in between. Charts, graphs, stats, research, and the ever popular “this is how…

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Can your team have too much communication?

What can a collegiate-level cyber defense competition teach us about leadership? The answer, it seems, is “quite a bit.” A recent article (In Cyber Defense, Sometimes Communication Is Overrated, Defense Systems, Susan Miller Apr 27, 2018) described lessons-learned from the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. As the article’s title suggests, teams whose members interacted less were usually more successful at maintaining services and responding to incidents and scenario injects during…

9 Ways to Create the Perfect Coaching Relationship

Coach. Say the word and different pictures come to mind. Some might think of a favorite sports coach while others conjure images (good or bad) of their drill instructor, or perhaps a favorite teacher. Regardless of the situation, we find that coaches are individuals who provide assistance to someone to work on a specific issue or to strive for self-improvement. The benefits of actively coaching individuals in an organization are…

Three Things Great Leaders Do When They Are “Too Busy to Lead”

One thing is almost universally true about this time of year, people are busy. One student lamented to me last year that she had a long list of leadership priorities for her team but that she didn’t have the time to do any of it because her boss had come down with another must-do tasking. What does a leader do when they are too busy to lead? Put another way,…

Toxic Behavior Destroys Team Trust

A prerequisite for effective and high-performing teams is trust among its members. According to Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, trust is foundational to team effectiveness. Improving an absence of trust due to unfamiliarity, personality and cultural differences, or ambiguous roles and responsibilities is “relatively” straight forward for a team leader. But what about when trust is a casualty of what can only be described as toxic…