Why Leaders Heed The 4 Warning Signs 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…

3 Leadership Truths That 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…

10 Qualities of the Leaders I Want on My Team

The starting place for building an effective “dream team” is in having a crystal clear picture of the qualities you want in the people. If you were to make a list of the attributes you would want on the members of your leadership team you would likely include such characteristics as: Go-getter. Someone who ‘makes…

How To Develop The Courage To Lead In Challenging Times

In today’s turbulent times, leaders are being called upon to lead with more courage than ever before. But how can you lead courageously, when you’re just not feeling particularly brave? One glance at the unfolding crisis in eastern Europe reveals inspiring examples of courageous leadership in action. But while most leaders will never be called…

4 Important Lines Leaders Navigate To Be Effective

Leaders love starting lines, and they love finish lines. But effective leaders know that the battle is often won in the less glamorous “in-between” lines. Starting lines provide energy and excitement. They represent the launch of a new project or initiative. They represent take off, lift off and the possibilities of a new leadership adventure. But…