Need a quick read to get you thinking about topics that most business leaders deal with?
In the blogs below, I dig deeper into specific topics from the book and share about exclusive leadership topics. These posts are meant to generate ideas about how you can evolve as a leader. I keep them short, and several of them ask questions that spur you to take action.
Change management is a nonnegotiable skill for today’s leaders. I encourage you to begin charting a map for navigating change by reframing your approach to
Emotional intelligence is an often underrated yet pivotal leadership skill. In fact, 71 percent of employers value emotional intelligence more than technical skills when evaluating
Unless you already know everything there is to know as a leader and you’ve already experienced everything there is to experience in business, you can
As you’re looking at the year ahead and planning priorities for your corporate board, it’s important to thoughtfully consider the latest business trends and how
Shocking absolutely no one, a Google search on “setting leadership goals” yields over 366 million results, presenting an endless array of frameworks, processes, and methodologies
Every leader—and therefore every business—benefits from outside advice, whether you’re a thirty-year veteran CEO at a Fortune 50 company, an entrepreneur launching your first startup, or a mid-career executive at a medium-sized company. No one has all the answers, regardless of their experience, education, or training.
Your board of directors is crucial to your organization’s success. This group offers outside perspectives and invaluable expertise while holding leadership accountable and providing governance, oversight, and strategy to support your business.
Business leaders face mounting pressure to integrate environmental, social, and governance practices into their organizations. Veteran CEOs and start-up entrepreneurs alike may feel an obligation to implement ESG initiatives as they aim to practice responsible leadership. Their own values, guiding principles, and sense of duty can steer ESG decisions.
Anybody who watches the news or even casually follows politics knows that there’s a bit of an ethical crisis occurring in the world right now. Ethical lines are blurring and shifting. Navigating the current landscape and maintaining ethical principles as a leader are challenging to say the least. The need to hold people—and organizations—accountable has never been more apparent. In business, that’s where your board of directors comes in.
The worst way to manage conflict is to eliminate it. Conflict—done right—is actually a great thing for teams, including boards. In fact, if your board of directors has the right structure and the right mix of people, conflict is inevitable. It’s all in how you approach conflict.
The paralysis of indecision—we’ve all been there. When you can’t decide what to have for dinner, it’s one thing, but when indecision strikes in your business, it can be disastrous.
As leaders, we’re driven to be the best at everything we do, including leadership. It’s easy to get caught up reading, researching, listening, and watching everything you can in search of how to be a real leader—and a good one at that.
The greatest myth of leadership is that it requires a distinct title, role, or tenure. You can practice and implement leadership skills in any role—even if you don’t oversee a team. How to be a leader at work boils down to how you influence others.
If you dread your annual performance review and hate the idea of criticism, you’re not alone. The anxiety, the pressure, the expectations, not to mention the wasted time—annual reviews at work are largely unproductive and uninspired.
Executive presence is frequently mentioned in conversations about leadership, but what does executive presence even mean? Donning a fancy title doesn’t make you a leader, like I explain in my book Leader Is Not a Title, and having the word “executive” in your title doesn’t mean you have executive presence. Like it or not, leadership and executive presence both come down to other people’s opinions.
So many sports analogies, lessons, and philosophies apply to business—and for good reason. To stay on top of your leadership game, I challenge you to approach your work through a sports lens. You may have different departments at your organization, but you’re all on the same team.
Most people think of the best communicators as being outspoken and articulate, but one of the most important rules of communication is actually silence—the art of active listening. This invaluable skill is especially beneficial for leaders because it helps you better connect with your team. By exploring what it means to be an active listener, you can assess and improve your own active listening skills and instill this crucial communication tool in your team.