Standing Out from the Crowd

Standing Out from the CrowdWhat makes a leader special?  Not just good, but someone who stands out as most admired, who has become a revered legend?  And what can you learn about your own leadership from these paragons of leadership? Continue reading

The Most Important Cautionary Tales of Leadership

mareIn last week’s post, we offered a crash course in how to become a great leader.  Today, we’ll help you not to mess up your newfound reputation.  The list of things leaders do to torpedo their careers or their credibility is long, but there are some common themes.  No one intentionally sets a foot in the muck; more likely, eyes focused on something else, they don’t see the mess coming.  So today’s blog post cherry-picks (or rotten-apple picks, perhaps) from the long list of leadership gaffes to prompt you with the main things you’ll want to watch for, as discovered in the last three years of our blog posts.

The five main behaviors that cause problems for leaders are these: Continue reading

The Pinnacle of Leadership

Klettern zum Gipfel am steilen FelsForget the MBA – we’ve condensed all you need to know about being a great leader into a single blog post!  Think that’s oversimplifying?  Well, what we’ve done is look back over almost three years of research around the elements of great leaders, as shared with you in our blog posts over time.  The themes emerge readily.  And while there’s consistency in what it takes to be a good leader, there is downright inspiration in describing the people who are at the pinnacle of leadership. Continue reading

What Really Makes a Great Leader?

Certain leaders stand out.  Magazines like Fortune and Time seek out the best each year.  Often, even as we glance at the pictures, we nod our heads in approval.  CNN locates ‘heroes’, and though they’re not known to us, we agree when we hear their stories that they are inspirational leaders.  What resonates so universally that we all can agree that there are great leaders among us?

Gary Burnison, CEO at Korn/Ferry International, recently wrote a blog post about the Fortune Top 50 leaders.  In it, he observed that the most respected leaders are defined by a mission larger than themselves.  “The point is,” he said, “that a mission, or purpose, actually humbles great leaders.” Continue reading