Steve’s Leadership Blog

In Praise of Warren Bennis

I've been meaning to write this piece for over a year... a look back at the writings and career of Warren Bennis, an early leadership guru who wrote about the topic for nearly 50 years.  Bennis was born in 1925 and grew up in a working-class family in New Jersey.  In 1943, he enlisted and served as one of the Army’s youngest... read more

The Art of Taking Notes

This week, I was talking with a friend who had just attended an offsite conference. We got to talking about the value and luxury of being able to sit and listen to a presentation by someone else in your field of expertise. Not only do you stand a decent chance of picking up some new knowledge and information, but you... read more

How to Lead Yourself

I had the pleasure of talking to three close friends today, all of whom are in big leadership roles, albeit in completely different situations – a large Fortune 500 organization, a smaller start-up company, and a non-profit. Interestingly, each of these separate conversations quickly turned to a discussion of how the leaders themselves were feeling about their companies, their own... read more

Time for Some Leadership Renewal

The year is almost over - how do you start 2016 with a new attitude and a new "look" as a leader? Here are five suggestions for renewing your own sense of purpose and zest for leadership:

  1. Make a list of everything you love about leading others – start by remembering why you got into this game in the first place. Literally, make... read more

Mentors Can Show You the Way

The great thing about developing yourself as a leader is that you don’t have to make the journey alone. There is an ancient Buddhist proverb that says: “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”.  Loosely translated, this means that when you’re open and willing to listen, you will find the answers from someone who has been down the... read more