Don’t Settle for ‘Change’, Push for ‘Growth’

There’s a subtle form of complacency that can creep into the mindset of just about any leader. It’s the willingness to settle for Change, when it is really Growth that is called for. The difference might sound subtle, but in fact it is an important and significant difference. Leaders armed with the growth mindset are…

The Game-Changing Power of Leadership Intelligence

Can you read a spreadsheet? Good. Leaders must do that. Can you design a strategy? Good. Leaders must do that too. Can you execute a plan? Good. Leader must also do that. But effective leadership also involves softer skills. Can you read a room? Can you sense the emotional temperature of a team? Can you discern which way…

How Leaders Know It’s Time to Delete a Core Value

Take out a copy of your team’s core values. You know the one I mean. It’s either filed away in a folder called “Documents”, or perhaps it’s in that binder labeled “2012 Off-site Retreat”. It’s possible that it’s framed and posted on the wall in your staff coffee room. I’ll give you a minute while…

Two Unmistakable Marks Left by Effective Leadership

Leadership always leaves a mark. Every time. You can spot the distinctive marks left behind when effective leadership has been present. And learning to recognize and develop these marks is an important way for any leader to grow and develop. On a recent trip with Bill Hybels through Latin America, two of those distinctive leadership…

Why Leaders Must Master Process to Achieve Progress

A leadership lesson I learned as a young leader has not only stayed with me for decades, it has become embedded in my leadership.   In leadership you can’t have progress without process. As a much younger and inexperienced leader I found myself serving on the board of our church, and along with other board members…