How Transparent is Your Leadership?

Here’s an under-rated leadership skill – transparency. Transparency is the art of sharing information, or telling someone what you’re really thinking.  As a leader, your people are looking for you to be honest and forthright… in fact, they expect it.  How’s that for high standards?  From the very moment you assume a leadership position, you’re expected to be perfect in... 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

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

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

One More Developing Idea for Senior Leaders

Last week, we explored topics that companies can (and should) be creating training for to align and educate senior leaders. The previous column listed 6 areas where I believe companies have an opportunity (and an obligation) to raise the collective game of their senior executives (while building relationships along the way).  However, I forgot one that I’d like to add... read more