How 4 Simple Questions Can Redefine a “Great Leadership Day”

Wherever you lead, and in whatever capacity, there is one question that should be top of mind when the day is done. “Did I lead well today?” If you can’t answer that question clearly and definitively each and every day, what was the point of all of that leadership energy you expended? What was the…

How To Create An Unstoppable One-Two Leadership Punch

It’s no secret. Passion is a required trait for any leader. But on its own, passion isn’t enough. Passion is certainly required to build a team, to implement change, and to drive towards a better future. But it will only get you out of the starting blocks. Effective leaders know that passion is only one part…

3 Timely Ways To Avoid the Perils of Clipboard Leadership

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 You Can Turn “Fearless” into “Courageous”

The idea of the “fearless leader” owes more to myth than it does to leadership reality. The goal is not to be fearless, the goal is to be courageous. There’s a world of difference. A fascinating conversation I had with a professional athlete painted a vivid picture of this. During my college days, I supported…

3 Signs You Might Be Sliding into ‘Clipboard Leadership’

Have you ever encountered someone in a position of authority, who equated Leading with Inspecting? These are people who somehow find themselves with a semblance of responsibility, but rather than really leading they reduce their activities to merely inspecting activities and outputs. This is Clipboard Leadership, and it is one of the most demotivating forms…