Leadership Skills

What Do Great Leaders Do?

At my recent Peer Advisory Group meetings, I polled my members about what good leaders do. According to my members (plus a few outside sources that I selected), great leaders do the following:   Lead, mentor, coach, challenge and inspire others to realize their greatest potential. Make decisions. Evaluate risk…

Disruptive Change is Constant: What You Can Learn From Amazon

This is an expanded blog of my column in Smart Business Magazine. Dilbert says, “Change is good. You go first.” Well, someone has, and now, it is your turn. I’ve just finished a series of blogs about how e-commerce and open availability of information is disrupting businesses. These disruptive forces may…

Feedback: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

How frequently do you give and receive feedback? In Vistage, we believe that it is a gift, and we practice it liberally. It is essential for my members to be able to see an issue from a different perspective and subsequently take action. Yet, most of the CEO’s and leaders…

Silent Expectations

How often does something like this happen to you? One of your Key Executives hires a new employee. You find out that another candidate was a much better fit, but because she was requesting another $6,000 in total compensation, he didn’t hire her. You think, “The compensation difference between candidates…

A Tricky Balancing Act: Empowering and Overseeing Your Executive Team

Congratulations! You finally realized that your business can’t grow by doing everything yourself, and you have started to build the team of Executives that you always wanted. Now, how do you manage them? Imagine the following scale: Full empowerment Aka abdication Micromanagement On the extreme left is full empowerment which…

Don’t Avoid it! Ask and Give Feedback Liberally

How frequently do you provide or ask for feedback? In Vistage, we believe that feedback is a gift, and we give it liberally. It is core to how my members improve, and it enables them to see situations from new perspectives. Yet, most of the CEO’s and leaders that I…

Busting Leadership Myths

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:   8 Ways to Spot Great Leadership The best leaders are not interested…

Personal Clarity: The Foundation for Authentic Leadership

“First, you have to understand yourself, because the hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself .” Bill George. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership Can you remember a leader whom you trusted? Who was consistent? Who honored their personal values and motivations regardless of the situation? If…

Creating Clarity: Where to Start?

In 2010, Tony Mazzella had an insight during one of his Vistage meetings.  After hearing one of our expert speakers, he realized that the culture that helped create his successful business had changed and he had multiple cultures because of recent acquisitions.  His company had become too internally focused and…

Empathy, Emotions and Leadership

  Empathy Is The Most Powerful Leadership Tool Anything you’re trying to make happen as a leader involves other people. Unfortunately, most people don’t have to follow you. They don’t have to believe in your great ideas, buy your wonderful products, or do what you want them to do. You…
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