How To Discover A Christmas Leadership Miracle

A leader must be as jealously protective of their people as they are zealously focused on their goal. And as the Christmas season is upon us, you can find a vivid picture of how these two vital leadership principles can be intertwined by looking at one of the time-honored carols of the season. In Good King Wenceslas you…

How to Avoid the 4 Temptations of Being a Nice Leader

Being known as a nice person has been considered by some to be detrimental to effective leadership. But the evidence would indicate that just the opposite is true. In today’s world, nice people really do finish first when it comes to leadership. Niceness is not weakness. It is not passive and indecisive. It simply means…

How to Seize Moments of Truth that Elevate Your Leadership

A moment of truth takes the form of opportunities to do the right thing, over doing the easy thing. Leadership is a role that must be re-established every day, by passing through a series of “moments of truth”. The key is to recognize those moments when they come along. One morning my first moment of…

How To Increase Your Leadership Experience Without Stagnating

In leadership, there’s nothing quite like proven, reliable experience. That is, unless all that experience slides into nothing more than mere tired staleness. But effective leaders have a curious, and vital way to keep their leadership fresh and positive. It’s a counter-intuitive, almost contradictory perspective that prevents reliable experience from turning into simply tired and obsolete. It’s…

Why “Remove Negative People” Is Terrible Advice For Leaders

The world may tell you to remove negative people from your life. But if you strive to be an authentic leader, your goal should be just the opposite. You should be seeking out negative people, and placing yourself directly, and intentionally, in their midst. Authentic leadership requires nothing less of you. Authentic leadership is built…