How do we fix leadership?

This is a follow-up post to an article I wrote on LinkedIn last week asking “Where’s the Future of Leadership?” How can we improve the working lives and careers of all employees and support bottom-line results? It’s a simple question, and it has a simple answer: we need to develop the skills and confidence of first-line managers and leaders. And …

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Should work be more fun?

Do you bounce out of bed every morning, eager to get to work? Congratulations, if so. And if so, I’ll hazard a guess that either you have a great boss, or you work for yourself.  (Or maybe both, eh?) But for a lot of people – an awful lot of people – work isn’t much fun at all. I’m not talking …

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Do you believe Gallup?

A few months ago, Gallup came out with a rather stern report called “State of the American Manager: analytics and advice for leaders.” (You can download a copy here.) In it, they basically claim that yes, indeed, the old saying “Leaders are born, not made” is true. I quote: They go on to say that two out of the remaining nine …

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Why be a leader?

If you don’t want to be a leader, then don’t. Seriously. Find some other way to excel in your profession, career, and life. Leaders who don’t enjoy leading – what with the stress, endless subjective gray areas, and quirky people – aren’t ever going to be good leaders. More to the point, they (not to mention the people on their teams) …

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Does your team depend on you … a little too much?

I was talking with a colleague recently about the “mom” (or, of course, “dad”) factor in leadership. Teams look to their leaders for guidance and direction, and that’s obviously necessary. But like any good thing, there’s a flip side when it becomes TOO MUCH of a good thing. And that’s what happens when, for any number of reasons, the individuals …

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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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