One of my favorite leadership bloggers is Mike Myatt. Describing himself as busting leadership myths one-by-one, I find his blogs both direct and relevant to leaders of all size companies. Here is a sampling of his posts:
The best leaders are not interested in who is right, but what is right. They not only embrace dissenting opinions, but they seek them out at every opportunity. Real leaders are just as at ease when unlearning as they are when learning. And perhaps most importantly, they never pass up an opportunity discuss, converse, dialog, or debate. They know that their leadership is only as good as their ability to engage, listen, discern, and to act. Here’s the thing – what politics and business would like us to picture as the perfect image of a leader bears little resemblance to the genuine article. Read the rest here.
The issue is simply this; we have forgotten what leadership looks like. Our world is suffering greatly at the hands of people who have placed their desire to be right above the desire to achieve the right outcome. They confuse their need for an ego boost, their quest for power, and their thirst for greed with leadership. Many of the symptoms of poor leadership we’re seeing today may seemingly resolve themselves in the near term, but the greater problem won’t go away on its own. Read the rest here.
Let’s cut right to the chase – the biggest problem all leaders face is problem solving itself. The job of every leader is to avoid, minimize or altogether eliminate problems. When the inevitable problems do arise, it’s a leader’s job to turn said problems into opportunity. The issue is this; most leaders are woefully inept when it comes to problem solving. Read the rest here.
Years ago, I picked up a pearl of wisdom from coaching great, John Wooden. Make each day your masterpiece! Living at that level is a powerful and challenging concept. Most of us fall short and it‘s easy to blame our circumstances and those around us for their distraction. Yet, a leader has a duty to perform at the highest possible level and an honest assessment may reveal days laden with missed leadership opportunities. Read the rest here.
I’ve often said businesses don’t fail – leaders do. So in an attempt to help leaders understand what it takes to make the shift from the old paradigm to the new I wanted to produce a visual to help inspire creative thinking and challenging dialog. I wanted to create a stark contrast to help leaders connect the dots on what it takes to create a culture of leadership. Read the rest here.