Random Thoughts about Leadership Development

Leadership development is an on-going process that starts well before a person becomes a supervisor or manager. People are always watching their leaders and when they become leaders themselves, they tend to emulate the behaviors they saw. So, as a leader, you’re always training new leaders. Every day. It seems like auto manufacturers are in competition to see who can generate the greatest public outcry. Until recently the issues tended…

Looking Back: Some of our most Popular Leadership Articles

With all of the new subscribers we’ve been picking up I thought it was a good time for a look back at a few of our most popular articles. Enjoy! Civilian or military, leadership rests on the same basics A good leader doesn’t have to bark orders to get good work from their team Cracking the whip yields only short-term results and even children often get resentful when the only…

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,…