How to Make a Big Impact by Living Small

In a culture that tells leaders to “dream big”, it’s important to remember that your greatest impact often comes when you “live small”. Living small means having a cadence to your leadership that allows you to respond to opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s leadership from the heart, and it usually involves impact…

How to Leverage the Power of Leadership Declarations

What you declare will go a long way to determining who you will become. Many leaders have values, most have opinions, and some even have convictions. But declarations are different. A leadership declaration is a personal statement of resolve that definitively underscores a leader’s core “DNA”. When I was in my early 20’s and just…

How To Escape The 5 Dangers of Fire-Drill Leadership

If everything is an emergency, nothing is an emergency. The truth of this leadership axiom is lost on many leaders who seem to lurch their leadership, and their team, from one panic-riddled crisis to another. I was once on a team led by such a leader. “All hands on deck!”, “Emergency meeting!” and  “Everyone into the conference room,…

Are Your Attempts At Clarity Resulting in More Confusion?

The mark of an effective leader is the ability to bring clarity into an otherwise cloudy or unclear situation. But without realizing it, leaders will sometimes inject even more confusion by making statements that are spoken on an almost daily basis. Be aware of these common leadership statements, understand why they infuse so much confusion…