Steve’s Leadership Blog

The Employee Bill of Rights

What if there was a common set of “rules” for leading others? What if leaders could be held accountable to a few simple standards of behavior? What if employees had a universal set of expectations they could look forward to (or demand) from their leaders? Doesn’t this sound like something we should get excited about? Let’s pretend that we could get... read more

Ask Yourself 4 Questions Every Day

Chapter 47 in my book (Bootstrap Leadership) includes advice for asking yourself three questions every night on your commute home. These questions are designed as a quick self-reflection of your leadership:

  1. How did I show up as a leader today?
  2. What did I communicate today?
  3. Who did I develop today?
I’ve been asking audiences all summer to think about these questions – recommending that... read more

How Well Do You Know Your Company?

Here’s a little secret about many corporate leaders - they don’t have a firm grasp on how the company really works. Oh, they know what business the company is in, and they know the main products or services. But in many cases, they haven’t taken the time to really learn the business. If this resonates with you,... read more

Put Together Your Own Board of Directors

Here’s a tip as you put together a leadership development plan – find a few people to sit on your own personal Board of Directors. What is this group going to do? They’re going to help you plan, execute, and assess your development as a leader. You’re going to brief them on your plans, and ask for their advice and... read more

Know Your Competitors

Here’s something you need to do to continue your development as a leader. It’s important to your ability to influence others, and it’s something that will get you noticed by senior leaders. What is it? Gaining knowledge and insight about the competition. As a leader, you need to become intimately familiar with what’s going on with the other players in... read more