November 19, 2015

The Top Complaints from Employees About Their Leaders

If you’re the kind of boss who fails to make genuine connections with your direct reports, take heed: 91% of employees say communication issues can drag executives down, according to results from our new Interact/Harris Poll, which was conducted online with roughly 1,000 U.S. workers. In the survey, employees called out the kind of management offenses that point to a striking lack of emotional intelligence among business leaders, including micromanaging, bullying, narcissism, indecisiveness, and more. In rank order, the following were the top communication issues people said were preventing business leaders from being effective: The data shows that the vast majority […]
November 13, 2015

The Accountability Factor

One of the issues I hear most consistently from leaders, managers, and supervisors is their daily struggle to hold staff members and teams accountable for performance or for values. One senior leader recently told me, “It’s so hard to hold people accountable when you’ve known them for years and years. I just wish they’d do what they said they’d do!” I spent 15 years as a non-profit executive and I experienced the same struggles. I believed that: My staff members should know what they are supposed to do. They should be committed to doing it, and What the heck is […]
September 23, 2015

5 Gifts Every Leader Should Give the Team

Leaders should always be looking for meaningful ways to give back to the team. Below are five gifts any leader can and should share all year long: The Gift of Trust: It is absolutely more than ok and necessary to be detail-oriented, but no one likes to be micromanaged. The leader who micromanages simply does not trust individuals on the team to do the job they were hired to do. When leaders let team members use their gifts, they quickly realize each individual team member’s value and contribution. When the team senses their leader’s trust they’re more likely to give […]
August 13, 2015

10 Principles That Make Leadership Easier

The best leaders lead and let others manage: There’s a difference between leadership and management. Leaders look forward and imagine the possibilities that the future may bring in order to set direction. Managers monitor and adjust today’s work, regularly looking backward to ensure that current goals and objectives are being met. The best leaders lead and let their management teams manage the work at hand. The best leaders inspire: Once the direction is set, the best leaders socialize their visions for tomorrow and work to inspire their colleagues to work with them to achieve it. This is done by both […]
August 5, 2015

The Top 25 Questions Great Leaders Ask

Here are what I believe are the top 25 great questions that anyone who is or wishes to be a great leader will ask. From Forbes via James Slavet of Greylock Partners: Questions great leaders ask themselves every day 1. What can I do to make sure my employees are consistently acknowledged and appreciated for what they do? 2. What can I do to to support my employees to stay open to learning and to keep getting better all the time? From Forbes via Josh Linkner: What leaders ask their teams 3. What is everyone thinking, but nobody has the […]
July 22, 2015

What Makes A Good Leader Today

What makes a good leader? Things like integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility immediately come to mind. While those are all vital traits, they’re not the leadership traits I’m addressing right now. There’s a new leadership principle leaders must embrace if they want to be relevant and effective in today’s world of technology-driven transformation and move forward into the future. You sometimes hear people refer to managers and leaders interchangeably. In fact, they are crucially different. Managers control what tasks people perform and how they go about it. They can enforce this through policy, staff guidelines, rules on best practices, and […]