Leadership Sunshine and Shadows

There’s been a lot written about “strength-based” development approaches in recent years. You’re better off building on your natural strengths and talents, research suggests, than trying to improve your weaknesses. The usefulness of the

Ain’t That a Kick in the Pants

Isn’t it funny how obvious and oblivious are so close? — Author unknown My work with leaders sometimes involves inviting the leader’s direct reports to purposely kick him or her in the emotional keister. One of the most effective ways of doing

Be a Warrior of Seriously Sparkly Service

Guest Post by Chip R. Bell “I’m a soldier of service,” he said proudly when I thanked him for helping me locate an item in the Home Depot near me.  I smiled and asked him what that meant.  “It means I am here in service of my customers,”

Reality Bites for New Leaders

In the same way people without children can’t really know what it’s like to have kids until they do, you can’t really know what it’s like to be a leader until you actually lead. Even in organizations that invest in leadership development

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