Character-based Leadership

19 Essays About Achieving Breakthrough Results with Your Team

March 20, 2015

This month’s Frontline Festival is about how leaders can inspire breakthrough results with their teams. Hosted by Karin Hurt of the Let’s Grow Leaders blog, you’ll find 19 essays written about both the internal and external elements leaders need to help inspire their teams to greater heights. Topics include: – Business results takes more than […]

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People Are Looking to You for Leadership

March 19, 2015

“Every leader has exponential opportunity for influence,” writes Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen CEO Cheryl Bachelder in her book Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others. Considering that Bachelder believes that we all have the opportunity to lead at some point in our lives (at home, in the community or at work), this […]

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4 Ways to Build Leadership Trustworthiness

March 12, 2015

Research shows a strong link between employee engagement, management ethics and employees’ trust in their leaders. No surprise, right? As a leader, you’ve got all the easy bases covered: don’t lie, steal or cheat. But what about those gray areas—the one where you had good intentions, but something got in the way of you completely […]

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What’s Your Trust Building POV?

January 29, 2015

Welcome to Trust-Building Thursday, a new series on The People Equation. Each month, we’ll explore trust in the workplace and offer practical tips for building trust with your boss, colleagues, peers and team members. You can see other installments of the series here. When I was sixteen, my family moved across the state. It was […]

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Monkey See Monkey Do: New Leaders Emulate Their Bosses

December 22, 2014

Nobody likes to be told what to do, but give them a positive example, and you might be surprised at the results. Consider this social experiment conducted by author Daniel Pink for his TV show Crowd Control , as reported on the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree . Pink and his team painted two lanes on […]

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Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas

December 11, 2014

At one time or another, we’re all in a position to lead. We’re parents, teachers, coaches, managers and committee leaders.  As such, we know that setting a good example is an important part of leadership. But it’s not always easy. I wrote a post for Smartblog on Leadership called The Six Saboteurs of Positive Role […]

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Is a Global CEO’s Grueling Travel Schedule Necessary?

November 20, 2014

Is a burned-out CEO the New Normal of the globally connected world? That seems to be the premise of a recent article I read titled, “Death on a Moscow Runway: The Modern, Homeless CEO.” (How’s that for grim imagery?) I take issue with the idea that CEO’s must be this super-human person that “has” to […]

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When Leaders Should Take a Tough Line

October 16, 2014

What should a leader do when a team member just doesn’t quite “fit” with the company culture? That’s the question I address in this month’s Smartblog on Leadership article. It really boils down to leadership “tough love” – you can’t make excuses for direct reports who almost adhere to the organization’s values. Smartbrief’s leadership newsletter […]

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Leadership Decision-Making – Both Science and Art

July 24, 2014

Making effective decisions is a vital leadership competency. There are many decision-making models that can help create a structure for determining an outcome. But just because you have a systematic model doesn’t mean you’ll choose the best outcome. You need the “art” of decisions as well: the human brain’s unique capacity to imagine, predict and […]

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15 Essays About Parenting and Leadership

July 18, 2014

Back before I had kids, I thought I was a really good leader. Maybe I was, but now that I’m 13 years into this parenting thing, there are definitely some additional realizations that have come into my field of vision. Karin Hurt, founder of the blog Let’s Grow Leaders, has also seen the parallels between parenting and great […]

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