I received an email last week from a leader that I’ve been coaching for the last couple of years. She has a contract employee whom she must decide whether to hire into a career position. She described the employee as competent, but consistently disrespectful, condescending, insulting and rude to her. The supervisor acknowledged that thereContinue reading “Great Leaders Grow (and Shrink) Great Teams”
Hi, friends. One thing we all need to pay attention to in 2017 is how we are going to grow our organizations- financially, intellectually, physically, relationally, and strategically. Even in a tough economy (and ESPECIALLY in a tough economy), we must invest wisely WITH the capital we have IN the capital we have. Wise executivesContinue reading “Now is Not the Time to Neglect Your Leadership Capital.”
Great leaders know themselves well enough to know, and have the humility to admit, that they don’t have all of the skills they need to be at their best for those they lead, and they care enough to make the effort to improve.
In my years in the military I’ve had friends who were members of elite fighting forces, like Navy Seals and Para-Rescue Jumpers. They were members of small elite groups that very few people could qualify to be a part of. They had specialized skills and an incredible level of commitment to their specialties. Very fewContinue reading “Great Leaders Are Inclusive”
It’s been fascinating, particularly lately, watching how Americans react to legislation and policies enacted on behalf of groups who want to protect their right to not be bothered, insulted, ridiculed or otherwise treated poorly. We want the right to deny service to someone if we don’t agree with their life choices. We want theContinue reading “We Can’t Demand Character”
“No excuse, sir!” For my entire first year at the U.S. Air Force Academy, those were the three words that came out of my mouth probably more than any other. For a Fourth Class Cadet (freshman), it was the expected answer to any question that began with a “Why.” Even if we knew theContinue reading “Great Leaders Accept Responsibility”
It was the oddest phone call I think I’ve ever received, one of those moments that you remember exactly where you were sitting. It was my friend, Sean. He had recently been elected Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, running mate with Sarah Palin. “I’d like you to pray about something for me,” he said. “I’d likeContinue reading “Great Leaders Put Character Ahead of Competency”
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”