“Follow me!” Are you ready to say this?

“Sure, I know where we’re going, follow me.” As you set off for the restaurant with friends in tow, you are filled with confidence. But after a couple of wrong turns things aren’t looking familiar and it occurs to you that you really don’t know where you are going. Embarrassing?  Yes. But in the grand scheme of things you will likely only suffer some good-natured ribbing. But what if the…

Are you an effective leader? Five ways to know.

“Sam is a great leader.” “Why do you say that?” “Well, because…” What follows is usually a rather subjective description of certain characteristics that generally follow a pattern of traits we’ve found common to good leaders. As many times as I’ve done the good boss/bad boss exercise with leadership students I’m usually not surprised by the items that fall onto the two lists. Research consistently reveals that things like vision,…

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Wow Them With a Little Philosophy: Even if You’re Not a Philosopher

“I have an interview for a new position. I know they are going to ask me how I would view my role as a supervisor but I’ve never been a supervisor before. I don’t know what to tell them?” It’s all too common to move people into supervisory positions without giving them any training in leading people, so this is not an unusual question. Your first instinct will be to…

Leaky Faucets and Leadership

Have you ever had one of those sleep-deprived nights where you hear Drip…Drip…….Drip? I have. You would think this would have been annoying enough to get me to prioritize fixing that leaky faucet the next day.  You would be wrong.  It seems that during the day when I’m not reminded by that occasional splash, the leak in the shower doesn’t rise to the level of demanding my attention.  So, I woke up…

You’re the new leader, now what?

Having recently been promoted, one person told me about over-hearing someone mention getting an email from “the boss”, only to come to the frightening realization that she was the one being referred to! Taking charge of a team of individuals is no trivial task. After all, not only are you assuming responsibility for accomplishing the mission of that team, but as the leader you are also assuming responsibility for the people…