They aren’t leaders now, at least not in the traditional sense, but they are neverending sources of inspiration for me. These are five of the hardest lessons I learned from them. 1) If people don’t want to play with you, it might be more about them than you. Oh, the tears when someone chose not […]Read More Five Leadership Lessons From My Kids
Now I’m not knocking charisma. It’s useful and people tend to be attracted to it. And, from the leader’s perspective, it’s kind of easy. You just show up. Problem is, that approach only works for the already-successful, guru-ninja-rockstar leader. The rest of us need to do our homework before that big day arrives. So here’s […]Read More Leadership Presence is More Than Just Being There
Once the elements of teamwork are operative, the word ‘leader’ takes on a new meaning. It is but one position on the team, and certainly not the most important one. The elements of leadership will apply to everyone, because at any given time, anyone can be called upon by the needs of the team to […]Read More The Declaration of Interdependence: Leadership
Once upon a time, I had to learn how to make a video. It was important, so I spent a few minutes with a very helpful guy at the Apple store, learning the ins and outs of iMovie. (If you know me, you know I never RTFM. I’m that kind of techie…) So technically speaking, […]Read More Leading Into the Light
No one *needs* to be a leader. And even less so if your main job is to get your people to actually accomplish something, in which case, you are a manager. Here’s how to be a great manager: Figure out the best way to get where you’re supposed to go. Figure out the tasks that […]Read More Does Every Manager Need to be a Leader?
Another week, another crop of downsizings, and with few notable exceptions, HR people are telling me how they’re choosing the leaders over the non-leaders as the keepers. And I’m groaning inside. Has anyone figured out how companies run when everyone’s a leader? For one thing, no one’s willing to make the coffee. For another, the […]Read More First, Fire the Leaders
I answer a lot of questions on Quora. I just like the ‘economy’ of it. One person asks, many people answer, a learning community takes shape. And in the course of answering a question, sometimes the most important learning is what the answerer learns through the act of answering. This is a recent question someone […]Read More The Choice of Leadership
I was looking through some old items I kept from the first blog series I ever wrote, not in search of anything relevant to today, but more as a reality check on what life was like then. And this one from just a bit more than ten years ago jumped out at me since, although […]Read More “WE BELIEVED HIM, AND HE LIED.”