Leaders as Loyal Rebels

If we’ve learned anything during the last couple of years, it’s that people are frustrated with “establishment” leaders. We worry that such leaders aren’t capable of acting independent of their party or organization, even when acting

Leading at the Point of Goodness

If you want to be a good leader, you have to start by being a good person. Leadership is an inside job. It’s your integrity and character that will make the biggest difference on the impact you have as a leader. Most of us think we’re good, but

Leaders as Velvet Hammers

It always makes me cringe when a leader prides himself on being “brutally honest.” As in, “Hey, I just tell it like it is; if that hurts people’s feelings, too bad so sad. I’m just brutally honest.” Think about it. Do you really need to

Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Workplace

Despite the overwhelming evidence about fear’s debilitating impacts on performance, many leaders still resort to stoking people’s fears to get work done. Given how damaging

The Golden Rules of Professionalism

Everyone knows about the “Golden Rule,” right? The ancient law of reciprocity that reminds us how we should engage with others in society. Well, I would like to propose a set of golden rules for the business world. These rules can help guide a