Is there such a thing as BAD leadership?

A leader is someone who inspires people to take action. Leadership is the skillset or tools they use to do so. There are variations, of course. The thought leader We’ve all known someone who doesn’t actually have an official leadership or management role who nonetheless is the pivot point for their team, the one everyone goes to with questions, the one …

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Why don’t they KNOW already?

Your team member just celebrated their one-year anniversary with the company. High-fives and congrats all round. And then the next day, or maybe a week later, you discover they’ve made an absolutely elementary mistake. Confronted with the situation, they just look blank. “I didn’t know that!” is their best explanation. Why didn’t they KNOW THIS ALREADY? It’s such a basic, …

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The “empowerment” pushback (do you agree?)

There’s a growing trend on social media and in leadership blogs and podcasts – especially those intended for a primarily female audience – of rejecting the concept of “empowerment.” The argument is that people, especially women, don’t need to “be empowered,” which implies they need to be “given” power.  Instead, they need to, or should, claim and step into their …

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Are you an enabler?

How good are you at enabling your team, colleagues, and, yes, even your boss, to do what they need to do? Because it’s not enough to just delegate work to your team. Nor is it enough to just accept tasks from your boss. You need to be an enabler. Enabling your team When you delegate work to the individuals on your …

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What’s it like to work for you?

Seriously: what’s it like to work for you? Have you ever thought about that question? Have you ever considered how your team feels about coming to work under your supervision and guidance every day? It’s human nature to remain in the rut of our own mindset: our thoughts, ideas, concerns, to-do lists, plans for the weekend, and wondering what our boss …

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Is that fair?

As a manager, supervisor, and leader, you want to treat your team fairly. But just exactly what does “fair” mean? When we’re little, we tend to interpret “fair” as “equivalent” (even though “equivalent” probably isn’t in our vocabulary!). If Johnny gets a peanut-butter cup, then we should get one too. But as we grow up, we learn that maybe this …

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What’s your default answer?

Does your imagination present you with all the reasons why something will go wrong? That’s a great skill, and I mean that sincerely. Being able to see potential pitfalls and problems is part of risk management, and leaders need to be good at managing risk if they want to succeed. But this ability to see all the ways something won’t …

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The dangers of delegation! (A true story, with dog)

Last night, my husband fed the dog. I usually do this, but I was busy, so I delegated. With a certain amount of anxiety. Because, as all of us who delegate know, there are many potential pitfalls. After all, we’re the ones who know how to do the task correctly – right? And sure enough, there were plenty of missteps. He didn’t …

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The problem with promotions

Promotions are great. They acknowledge the quality of your hard work, they represent progress and feel like success, and hey, who can argue with a bigger paycheck? So why am I suggesting that there’s a problem with them? In general – there isn’t. As an individual contributor diligently climbing the promotions ladder, you typically (and, let’s face it, often very frustratingly) …

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The key to receiving feedback is…

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about giving feedback (you can read it here). A reader wisely observed, “This is helpful not only for giving, but also for being open to receiving feedback.” Absolutely true, and since I hadn’t thought of that, I was especially grateful she took the time to email me. (I hope it’s no surprise that I …

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