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,…

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What Thirty Years Taught Me About Leadership

This week the United States Air Force celebrated its 70th birthday. I first joined the Air Force in 1978 so I’ve been associated with the service for almost half its life. Here are a few things I learned from the experience. Take leadership development seriously. The success of our Air Force, and I believe all the branches of the military, is in their unwavering commitment to developing leaders. I experienced…

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…

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The Three-Step Foundation for Employee Engagement any Leader Can Use

Are your team members engaged? Unfortunately, many business leaders complain that some of their team members are not reliable and will shirk their responsibilities whenever they can? Since much of my leadership experience comes from a long career in the military, I’m often asked why the military seems to have more dedicated people. Of course, the military has members who are not engaged and are unreliable, but within the service…

Five Steps to Helping the New Hire Fit In

“I’m not sure about that new guy. He doesn’t seem to be fitting in and doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. Why’d you hire him?” Ever have someone walk into your office and say something like this? Ever find yourself wondering why a new person on the team isn’t fitting in? On-boarding a new hire can be stressful. In teams that are established and performing well, the stress can…