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…

My Top 10 “Back to the Future” Leadership Lessons

  Recently I gave myself a “Back to the Future” leadership assessment. I asked myself, “How would I lead differently in my younger days if I could do it all over again?” I came up with pages full of notes, which I ultimately boiled down to my personal top 10 list of ways I would lead differently,…