June 24, 2019

Five Tools in Every Great Leader’s Tool Box

In The Leadership Challenge James Kouzes and Barry Posner feature five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. 1. Modeling the way Your title is taken for granted, but the primary way you get the respect of others is through your behavior.  2. Inspiring a shared vision Effective leaders are able to form pictures of what the future holds and communicate that vision to others. Charles Pfeffer in his article “Leadership, Vision and shared-mental modeling” at the website   Winters Group: […]
June 24, 2019

Character Is Below The Surface

Three men who believed they could judge character by facial appearance were gathered in a plastic surgeons office: a playwright, a lawyer and a doctor. They were looking at masks of patients before surgery. The playwright said, “This person with a receding chin is a weakling.” “Wrong,” the plastic surgeon answered, “He’s an aggressive stockbroker.” The lawyer said, “This man with the ugly gash on his cheek must be a gangster. It’s a typical squealer’s […]
June 5, 2019

Good Leaders Are Supportive Mentors

It is a leader’s responsibility to provide people with the right support to do their job. The bedrock of that support can be found in the relationship between manager and employee. The best way to nurture that relationship is through frequent and regular one-on-one coaching sessions. Coaching provides the opportunity for the leader to get to know the employee as a person and how she can help the employee achieve personal and organizational goals. Coaching […]
May 2, 2019

Great Leaders Lead With Honesty

Developing honesty What you can do to develop this trait. Select the suggestion(s) that you will begin implementing within the week: Do what you say you’ll do. Honesty is perceived in your behavior, so make sure your actions match your words. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. If you think you won’t be able to turn the project in by 5:00, don’t make empty promises.  You’ll end up damaging your credibility. For a week, record […]
April 30, 2019

Be A Visionary

What leaders can do as they look ahead to creating prosperity in 2019 and beyond?  Rudyard Kipling wrote that one crucial attribute of a successful person is the ability to keep your head about you when all around you people are losing their heads, and some are even blaming it on you. His point is not to be underestimated.  So instead of allowing yourself to be carried away by the more dastardly events of the […]
April 30, 2019

Motivate Your Team

Here are 8 things you can do to motivate your team: Look in the mirror. Are you waking up with enthusiasm and excitement about your work? Have you set goals for yourself and your team? Or are you just punching a time clock like the rest of them and its all you can do to not fall asleep with boredom or scream out loud with frustration. What do you need to become more excited and […]
April 12, 2019

Life Long Lessons

Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman offer a different explanation of what the differences are between average and great supervisors and managers. In First Break All The Rules (FBA) the authors write: The greatest managers in the world do not have much in common…They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals. But despite their differences, these great managers do share one thing: Before they do anything else, they first break all the rules of […]
April 12, 2019

Good Leaders Are Accountable

Accountability means answering or accounting for your actions and results. It is something every leader wants more of from his or her team. Accountability is like rain—everyone knows they need it, but no one wants to get wet. It’s easy to talk about how “they” need to be more accountable, but it can be uncomfortable when we apply it to ourselves. When is the last time you heard someone say, “I really need to be […]
April 12, 2019

Personal Integrity Determines Success

”The qualities built into an individual’s life that determine his or her response, regardless of circumstances” Individual personal accountability or lack there of is a common challenge that organizations encounter on a daily basis. The basis for this is that some  people lack personal integrity. Below are 28 character qualities that a person needs to have personal integrity. 1-Alertness vs Carelessness Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the […]