Leadership Development

A word to the wise on enforcing rules

June 14, 2010

Part of being a leader is the ability to sort the important from the unimportant. Case in point: U.S. Army generals’ tolerance of Harvey Gough, a colorful Texan whose patriotism and generosity are exceeded only by his tendency to flout the rules.

A credibility lesson from Yogi Berra

June 14, 2010

When Yogi Berra says, “He hits from both sides of the plate; he’s amphibious,” it’s funny. When you use the wrong word in your communication, it can cripple your credibility. Here are four common wording errors to avoid:

If you call them, will they come?

June 14, 2010
Robert Bruner, dean of the University of Virginia’s business school, offers these answers on what it takes for leaders to draw followers: moral authority, a credible plan—and the loudest megaphone.

The value of strengthening your skills

June 5, 2010
A statewide leadership program in Kansas is training people how to get things done. Bob Sage is a case in point. Promoted to police chief of Rose Hill in 2002, he wanted to learn new ways to teach and lead. “Cops are alpha males, and everyone is trying to be leader of the pack,” he says. “You tend to have a real dominant personality.” The Kansas Community Leadership Initiative taught him different ways people learn and various approaches to lead them.

Having the guts to push through fear

May 31, 2010
Remembering his own life as a tough guy, Robert Nylen offers some thoughts on the meaning of courage. The Vietnam veteran tells how he once traded stories with an RAF pilot about their most gutless moments. For the World War II pilot, it was popping his parachute by mistake three times in a row during takeoff …

Leadership Tips: Vol. 610

May 17, 2010
Pull audience members’ attention away from their BlackBerrys by asking a lot of questions, says Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group … How did Apple sell more than $150 million worth of iPads on the product’s launch day? It spent 25 years earning the privilege of delivering personal and relevant messages to their customers, says blogger and author Seth Godin …

Anderson Cooper faces fear head-on

May 17, 2010

From his early days as a reporter covering wars in Somalia and Burma and genocide in Rwanda, CNN newsman Anderson Cooper often traveled solo, learning to handle perilous situations—and fear. With experience came wisdom and a greater measure of security, but in the beginning, Cooper overcame fear by plunging in. He simply made a fake press pass, borrowed a camera and went to war.

Go ahead, reveal your true colors

May 17, 2010

Like the color magenta? Apparently, many leaders do. Among 900 CEOs who took a one-minute online personality test based on color preferences, the purplish-pink hue arose as a part of a profile that stands out clearly from about 750,000 others who’ve tried the test.

5 traits of the most admired leaders

May 17, 2010
Among the many things I like about our group coaching program, Next Level Leadership, my favorite is when high-potential leader participants share with each other what they learned in their senior-executive shadow days. I’ve kept notes about the senior executive traits that the group coaching participants admire the most. Here are five traits of that show up on the list again and again:

More proof that leaders matter

May 14, 2010
If you’re having fits because your employees, your kids or even you think one person can’t make a difference, consider Michael Pollan. Today, when you pick up a package of English muffins that reads “Now No High-Fructose Corn Syrup,” that was one man’s doing. You can make a difference.