Passing the buck is the flavor of the day. The news cycle is filled with stories of powerful people blaming subordinates who somehow “let them down,” “did not measure up,” or were “disloyal and incompetent.” Leaders throw their team members under the bus as a show of strength, when doing so actually demonstrates quite the [...]
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“Anyone could be a leader if there was no cost. True leaders willingly pay a price, to sacrifice self interest, to have the honor to lead.” —Simon Sinek, author and inspirational speaker People aren’t always prepared for the cost that comes hand in hand with a leadership role. They believe leadership is all about power, [...]
At first glance, leadership might seem like a great deal. It comes with power, respect, the ability to manage your own schedule, larger paychecks, and more. But, people don’t always realize that all these trappings come at a price. Upon entering into a leadership role, it’s important to understand the real cost, so you’re ready [...]
Two men were sitting in a diner booth together and discussing the 20th high school reunion they’d recently attended. It turned out that a few of their classmates had become extremely successful, while others struggled to reach their life goals, working hard, but barely breaking even. The men discussed rumors of inheritances and lottery winnings, [...]
There’s a famous management quote that says you “get what you inspect.” This quote has its roots in the hierarchical and positional history of what once passed for leadership. Within this history, leadership was about giving orders, publicly admonishing low performers, inspiring angst and fear among workers, and applying pressure to see who was left [...]
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” — Albert Schweitzer, theologian, doctor, humanitarian, and more At any dog park, there’s normally an eclectic mix of dogs. There might be hyperactive puppies, calm older dogs, playful golden retrievers, expressive beagles, and intense bulldogs. If you observe for a while, [...]
We interact with hierarchies in nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The grocery store has a manager. The schools our children attend have principals. Companies have CEOs. Humans use hierarchy, and leadership structures, as a tool to impose order, delineate authority and provide a recognizable structure with which others may easily interact. The Delineation [...]
The topic of perseverance has been discussed ad nauseam across countless organizations and industries. Gurus espouse its power, reminding us that, if we only keep going, good things will assuredly happen to us. As children, we’re reminded not to quit the soccer team or school play but, rather, see each activity through to the end. [...]
“Have We Determined Our Norms and Values?” While the question posed by the title of this section might appear so simple that only an affirmative answer would apply, the truth is often more complex. The urgency of the immediate and the need to address momentary pressures frequently take precedence over aligning efforts and values. Companies [...]
There are a handful of commitments a leader must possess without exception. These commitments are non-negotiables—points on which you refuse to waver, regardless of what comes your way. One of these key commitments needs to be relentless follow-through. A leader in possession of relentless follow-through does not allow things to slip. They don’t promise to [...]