Tag: leadership


The Leadership Bottleneck

What happens when your leadership pipeline creates a leadership bottleneck? Here’s the scenario: A new CEO takes the helm of your organization. She quickly sees that she’s got a problem on her hands. Before she got there, people in formal leadership positions were not trained properly before they moved into their roles, and now they are not particularly responsive to professional development. They’re getting … Read More The Leadership Bottleneck


Making Leaders

Regarding that age-old question of whether leaders are born or made, here’s what I think. No, I don’t think people are born to be leaders. No, I don’t think anyone can be a good leader. But it’s not as mystical or dramatic as some might like to believe. Really it comes down to two things. You gotta want it and you gotta want it for … Read More Making Leaders

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The Slow Boil: Why We Shouldn’t Shy Away from Politics When Discussing Leadership

Some people, I have found, are displeased when we mix politics with talk of leadership. Readers who feel this way, I surmise, just want to stay focused on what they know to be an important subject without having to wade through someone’s political opinions to get to the point. They want to be free to talk business and share knowledge of their profession without … Read More The Slow Boil: Why We Shouldn’t Shy Away from Politics When Discussing Leadership


7 Things Bartending Taught me About Leadership

For several years (a lifetime ago), I tended bar in Madison, Wisconsin. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses, but I worked with some of the best people I’ve known and learned some important lessons about life. Many of those lessons have to do with leadership. The tales you collect working in a bar are long and varied, but I recollect just a few below … Read More 7 Things Bartending Taught me About Leadership


When Your Position isn’t Giving You the Power to Lead

Have you ever had the sudden realization that your promotion didn’t magically provide you with the gravitas you need to get people to listen to what you have to say? How about when you know more about your job and even the business than your boss, but you can get her to take your advice or even take you seriously? Maybe you’ve been given the responsibility … Read More When Your Position isn’t Giving You the Power to Lead


Understanding Power

There is a difference between personal power and positional power. Personal power comes from things like this: Knowledge Talent Experience Charisma Savvy Intelligence Wisdom Empathy Positional power comes from things like this: Institutional support Discipline and reward authorization Hiring and firing authority Budget control Decision-making role Workload determination Wage determination Developmental and professional support Personal and positional power are not mutually exclusive. You can have personal power without … Read More Understanding Power


Leadership in a New Era

Donald Trump is a study in what not to do if you strive to be an effective and ethical leader. He is a twisted amalgam of every bad boss, shitty parent, and megalomaniacal tyrant throughout history. We can point to his appalling public speaking ability, his poor communication skills, his shocking lack of intelligence, his cowardice, his petty and spiteful nature, and say, “This is precisely … Read More Leadership in a New Era


Why we Love the Bully

We may not recognize him as a bully at the time, but we love to watch him in action. The way he can push his way through a problem without apprehension or concern for repercussions gets us all worked up. We get vicarious gratification seeing someone use brute force to get his way. It must be so refreshing, we think, to live that way—not have to worry about consequences … Read More Why we Love the Bully


Stop Leadership Worship

We tend to put too much emphasis on the unrealistic notion that realizing a great mission is the result of a single magnificent actor. While leaders do have power, not all of them warrant our respect. An organization, whether it is a family, a small business, a platoon, or a country, does not succeed because of a single great leader. It succeeds because of the ideas and actions … Read More Stop Leadership Worship


The Paradigm Shift that Could Change the World

Back in the day, each organization had one clear objective, and each person in an organization had one clear job that helped the organization realize that objective. We knew what to expect and we could execute our function without too many surprises. The cobbler made shoes, the barber cut hair, and the farmer grew crops. Each had certain tools they needed and each needed certain people … Read More The Paradigm Shift that Could Change the World

Leadership is a Means Not an End

You will find more true leaders—self-leaders—among teachers, nurses, and community organizers than you will among CEOs, politicians, and celebrities. It is the former who lead for the purpose of effecting positive change—change that has far-reaching and often immeasurable impact.  Their motive for leadership is not a hunger for power.  True leadership come from a desire to use your knowledge and ability in a way that has the … Read More Leadership is a Means Not an End