The 3 Warning Signs of a ‘Clipboard Leadership’ Disaster

Leadership is about producing results, not reports. If you’ve ever encountered a leader who seemed more interested in inspecting activities than in inspiring results, you’ve encountered Clipboard Leadership. Clipboard Leadership is one of the most demotivating forms of authority you are ever likely to encounter. Clipboard Leadership emerges when the need for reports begins to…

3 Ways to Prevent a Mis-Performance Meltdown

Leaders spend a great deal of time and effort addressing issues of under-performance on their team. But in most cases, the issue that should really be dealt with is that of Mis-Performance, not under-performance. Mis-performance is the all-too common malady that sees members of a team deliver less than optimal results not through lack of…

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…

Warning! Stay Out of the Waters of ‘Watch Me Swim’ Leadership

Have you ever encountered a “Watch Me Swim” leader? This is the person who insists on letting you know about every accomplishment they’ve achieved, no matter how small or insignificant. The attitude is very similar to the child splashing around the swimming pool, desperate for the grown-ups to notice their aquatic abilities. For children in…