Is Optimism Always The Best Way To Lead? Here’s How to Tell

As a leader are you always supposed to be an optimist? Well…no. Not necessarily. To be sure, optimism is vital for effective leaders. But so is the discernment to know when it’s time to shelve the optimism and to lead with realism…idealism…or even pessimism. The reality is, in some circumstances a leader must be a…

How To Avoid One of the Biggest Mistakes Leaders Make in Leading Change

To introduce significant change, leaders must know when and how to cash in their “change chips”. Leaders possess a certain number of ‘change chips’, made up of credibility, respect, authority, good will and other essential leadership ingredients. You pick up change chips every time you keep your word, share credit with the team, achieve a key…

As A Leader, Are You Always Supposed To Be An Optimist?

As a leader, should you always be an optimist? The answer is “yes”…and “no”…and “sometimes”… The reality is, there are times when a leader must be a grim-faced pessimist, while in other times it requires being a cheery-faced optimist. How do you know? Here’s a basic guideline to help you navigate this. A leader must…

How To Unleash the Power of the Spinal Tap Leadership Principle

Leadership requires “10 out of 10” level leadership day in and day out. But are there times when a leader must go even beyond “10 out of 10”? Yes. Sometimes. Sometimes a leader must punch their amp up to “11”. Fans of the classic comedy film This is Spinal Tap know exactly what I’m talking about. This…

How To Lead Change By Cashing In Your Chips

To introduce significant change, leaders must know when and how to cash in their “change chips”. Leaders possess a certain number of ‘change chips’, made up of credibility, respect, authority, good will and other essential leadership ingredients. You pick up change chips every time you keep your word, share credit with the team, achieve a key…