Leadership Development: A 9-11 Lesson for Team Leaders

As we reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, we remember the shock and horror of that day. But, we should also remember the days that followed. For a time, we put all our differences behind us and united as a single nation with common beliefs. That didn’t mean our differences went away; they didn’t, but we were able to put them aside and concentrate on a common issue.…

Five Leadership Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

No one’s perfect and when the average imperfect individual finds him or herself in a leadership position, there are suddenly many more opportunities to mess up. As the scope of responsibility grows, the likelihood of making mistakes increases. There are five common mistakes leaders make that have nothing to do with the technical aspects of the job. These mistakes are about people. Failing to respect subordinates. This is amazingly common!…

In a toxic work culture? Three thoughts on what to do.

Our leadership students come from many different companies.  Most come from companies with great cultures that take an active interest in their employees and develop them into engaged individuals with a vested interest in organizational success. Others…not so much.  I’ve had a number of students who, unfortunately, worked in environments that could best be described as toxic.  These environments have cultures that foster unethical or toxic behavior; as a result,…

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Leadership, Conflict, and Authority

Authority. The “I am in charge and you must do what I say…or else” approach is the fallback position for many leaders. It seems like the easiest way to get things done and resolve conflict. But, can a leader lead without using overt authority? Midway through my Air Force career, I was assigned to the Air National Guard Headquarters. Up to that point I had been in the active duty…

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Leadership Development: What Are You Communicating as a Leader?

Effective communication is one of the most important skills for a leader to master. While a lot of time and effort is spent helping leaders learn how to communicate, it’s just as important to think about what you communicate as a leader. You are always communicating so it’s vitally important to make sure you’re sending the right message. Remember, actions speak louder than words. What you say, may not be…