Steve’s Leadership Blog

The Humble Leader

You want to know one of the secrets to great leadership? It’s balancing self-confidence and humility.   Obviously, you need to have talent to be a great leader – that’s a given.  You need to have the experience, drive, and opportunity to make big things happen.  And then, every leader needs to carry him or herself with a certain degree of... read more

How to Evaluate a New Job Opportunity

In the last couple of months, I’ve had the privilege of helping a couple of friends evaluate a potential new leadership opportunity in another company (despite the economy, there is still some movement going on, and good talent will always be in high demand). In helping my friends make the final stay vs. go decision, I recommend they answer seven... read more

Cracking the Code on Talent

First, there was Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.  A few months later, Geoff Colvin wrote Talent is Overrated.   Then, another book by Daniel Coyle called The Talent Code, continues the theme of “greatness isn’t born – it’s grown”.   Wow – three books within the last few years dealing with how talented people get to the top of their chosen professions. Coyle is an author and... read more

The 25 Most Important Leadership Behaviors

Recently, I reviewed a number of leadership competency lists in order to make a recommendation for a company that was interested in updating their competency mandate for leaders. There are a number of good lists out there, including Michael Lombardo and Robert Eichinger’s list of 67 competencies (The Leadership Machine, 2001).  Leadership may be a complex animal, but it certainly has... read more

Use Business Partners in Creative Ways

One of the traits that define a great leader is intellectual curiosity. Great leaders seek an edge; they’re constantly looking for ways to beat the competition or make the organization more efficient.  That’s why one of your challenges as a leader is to be constantly looking for new ideas.  It should be a near obsession – how can we do... read more