Eight selfish reasons to be a humble leader

“Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues” ~ Confucius Humility in leadership has become a more visible trait for leaders to have in the wake of public leaders who don’t seem to exhibit it. It is an important quality since it allows leaders to be open to ideas that aren’t their own, encouraging more creativity […]

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What to do with your 360 results

Some years ago, I participated in a 360-degree feedback assessment. I still have the report. It sits on the shelf, waiting for me to do something with it (realistically, it is no longer relevant to my current career). When this report was stealthily plopped on my desk I was in a dilemma about what to […]

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Opening windows to possibility and creativity

Imagine that you’re meeting with one of your employees. This person is managing people, and he has set a goal to develop leaders within his organization. He’s struggling with how to begin with this initiative and he’s asking for your help. You hear him say: “People either want to be leaders or they want to […]

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Four ways to move beyond berating yourself

Good, kind, empathetic leaders (yes, they’re out there!) are especially vulnerable to having negative self-talk. This can take the form of ruminating and spinning about things they inadvertently did or didn’t do to others. Does this sound like you? Berating yourself for something you’ve done in the past can’t help you to move forward. You’ll […]

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Breaking the sound of silence

In 1964, Paul Simon wrote a song called Sound of Silence that became planted in our brains and endures today. When Simon was asked how he, as a 21-year old lyricist, could come up with words with such deep meaning, his response was that he didn’t know. So, like many forms of art the meaning […]

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