Category Archives: Leadership

Quit Trying to Motivate People and Focus on These 3 Things Instead

What if I said you were wasting your time trying to motivate your employees? Would you think I’ve committed leadership heresy? Would you say I’ve gone off the deep end and lost touch with the reality? Maybe I am a heretic. … Continue reading

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5 Strategies to Cultivate a Healthy Leadership Spirit

Leading in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world takes its toll on the best of us. If we aren’t careful, the stress and difficulty of leadership can quickly become a burden that negatively shapes our perspective and causes us … Continue reading

Posted in Attitude, Authenticity, Emotions, Forgiveness, Leadership, Professionalism, Relationships, Servant Leadership | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

5 Warning Signs You’re Leading With a Wounded Spirit

Being a leader can be rough business and it’s not for the faint of heart. You’re constantly in the line of fire, not just from those outside your team, but often from within as well. If there is a team … Continue reading

Posted in Attitude, Emotions, Forgiveness, Leadership, Relationships, Toxic Leadership | Tagged , , , , , , | 18 Comments

The 1 Question All Leaders Must Ask Themselves

When you started your career, did you intentionally set your sights on being a leader or did it sort of, you know, just happen? For most of us, it just happens. We start out in an individual contributor role and … Continue reading

Posted in Authenticity, Credibility, Integrity, Leadership, Power, Purpose, Trust | 5 Comments

The 1 Thing Every Employee Needs That Most Bosses Don’t Know How to Give

Every employee needs candid (yet caring) feedback about her performance, but most bosses shudder in fear at the thought of having that tough conversation. I’m the first to admit that having a discussion about an employee’s failing performance is one of … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Challenging Conversations, Communication, Conflict, Feedback, Leadership, Management, Performance Management | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments