Leadership Development

It’s not a weakness anymore!

October 7, 2020
Most of us think our weaknesses are holding us back, but we could be wrong. Using your supposed flaws wisely can be a path to success. By admitting to—and making use of—the following weaknesses, you can actually appear stronger.

Tough questions—to keep it honest

October 7, 2020
They’re coming—questions from employees, applicants, and customers about your organization’s ethics. Since employee retention, hiring, and customer loyalty are always important issues, review the following tough questions about your company’s honesty.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 1120

October 7, 2020
It’s easy to fall into saying “I’m sorry” to extremes … Bring delegated jobs to a proper close by telling employees how their efforts paid off … Are your employees genuinely treated well?

Accept the paradoxes of leadership

September 10, 2020
A leader’s errors in strategy, judgment, and compassion usually involve failing to balance the conflicting, even paradoxical demands that leadership makes. Consider three of the major paradoxes of leadership: How are you coping with them?

Express anger—within reason

September 10, 2020
A researcher at Stanford University has found that anger is sometimes linked to success.

Prevent those awkward silences

September 10, 2020
When you meet someone you are excited to meet, your enthusiasm can be shattered when the conversation abruptly halts. Follow these tips to prevent awkward silences.

Lock horns with a peer? Bury the axe

September 10, 2020
Feuding with another manager? You’re both good arguers, so forget about rehashing the disagreement—no one will win.

Choose the correct word

August 26, 2020
Impact vs. affect, farther vs. further, emigrate vs. immigrate, and sympathy vs. empathy.

Are you polishing your sneakers?

August 13, 2020
One CEO was known for telling employees, “You’re not going to be able to polish that sneaker,” when he realized that they were spending valuable time on something that’s not worth the effort. Just as an old sneaker can’t be polished back into usefulness or even good appearance, some efforts just won’t get you anywhere.

I’ve reached the top—now what?

August 13, 2020
Learning the principles of leadership is a lifelong task. But that doesn’t mean you won’t reach the majority of your leadership goals at some point during your career—and then find yourself wondering what comes next. Here are some thoughts on staying fresh and keeping the challenge alive.