Great Leaders Ask

An executive I work with was telling me recently how his boss, the CEO, made a significant announcement to the whole executive team. The announcement came as a surprise to him and others on the team. He told me how he wished the CEO had consulted with him in the process of putting together hisContinue reading “Great Leaders Ask”

Great Leaders are Great Learners

My all-time favorite leadership quality has got to be teach-ability. If someone has a teachable attitude, there’s no limit to what they can accomplish. On several occasions throughout my career, I have been asked to lead people in an organization that I had no experience in. When I was asked to serve as Lead PastorContinue reading “Great Leaders are Great Learners”

Great Leaders Go First

Have you ever been told by a leader that you were expected to take some new initiative or idea seriously, only to find out that the leader didn’t take it seriously himself? They emphasized how important everyone’s participation was, and then they didn’t participate themselves. After all, they’re much too busy. How did it makeContinue reading “Great Leaders Go First”

Great Leaders are Challenging

  During my family’s first winter in Alaska, we went to the town of Willow to watch the official start of the Iditarod, the world famous sled dog race, which lasts nine to fifteen days, covering over a thousand miles from Willow to Nome. Teams consisting of one man and up to 16 dogs endureContinue reading “Great Leaders are Challenging”

Great Leaders are Intentionally Unimpressive

Here’s an important paradigm to start the new year: Great leaders are intentionally unimpressive. In much of my military officer experience, leadership was a competitive sport. Officers had to compete against each other for promotion, assignments and other opportunities. As a result, officers spent considerable amount of effort trying to be more impressive than theirContinue reading “Great Leaders are Intentionally Unimpressive”

Great Leaders Are Inviting

  Why do you suppose, with the thousands of leadership books available, that there is such a deficit of great leaders today? It’s not that people don’t read leadership books. Many of those books are best sellers. Leadership books are great, and leaders should read them. I’ve read lots of them. They can be veryContinue reading “Great Leaders Are Inviting”

Great Leaders Make More Leaders

The number one job of great leaders is to make more leaders. This is how great leaders leave a legacy for every organization, every family, and every community they touch. This may be different than how many leaders would define success. But remember, we’re not talking about success. We’re talking about greatness. If a leaderContinue reading “Great Leaders Make More Leaders”

Welcome to the Great Leaders Blog

Hi, my name is Jay. I’m a pretty average looking, pasty white, middle-aged guy. Almost. There’s one thing that’s unusual about me. I have a passion for making great leaders. How did it get there? Great leaders before me put it there. They were leaders who thought of me as not just a statistic, butContinue reading “Welcome to the Great Leaders Blog”