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,…

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…

What Kind Of Leader Should You Be In Uncertain Times?

During uncertain times, is  your leadership supposed to be that of an optimist, a pessimist, an idealist, or a realist? The answer is “yes”…and “no”…and “sometimes”… The reality is, there are times in an uncertain season when a leader must be a grim-faced pessimist, while in others it requires being a cheery-faced optimist. How do you know? Here’s…

How to Easily Spot a Limp Leadership Culture

A leadership culture doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by careful, persistent reinforcement of leadership behaviors and values. If you have succeeded in developing such a culture, you’ll know that the benefits to the team are tremendously important. In a leadership culture, goals are embraced, there’s a ‘bias towards action’, there is built-in accountability, and…