The Myth of Innate Leadership

The Myth of Innate LeadershipWhen you hear something repeatedly put forward as fact, it begins to take on a sacred truth that is hard to disprove:  “The world is flat.”  “Elephants have uniquely excellent memory.”  “Women are more emotional than men.”  And another:  “Leaders are born, not made.” Continue reading

What Differentiates the Most Successful Executives?

Business woman presenting a copyspace.Brian knew he was the likely successor to the CEO at his company, something that he both relished and that gave him pause.  “I want to be the best possible executive I can be,” he said, “but I’m not sure I know what the hallmarks of success are.  What am I shooting for?” Continue reading

Ten of the Best Ideas in Leadership

My colleagues and I frequently hear senior executives express concern that they aren’t able to stay on top of the endless stream of new books and magazine articles focusing on topics pertaining to successful leadership.  Most recently, one of my executive coaching clients said, “I know I would benefit from doing more reading, but even with the best of intentions, I never seem to find the time!”

This comment prompted me to attempt to capture the essence of successful leadership in a manner that even the busiest executive would likely have time to read.  Here, then, is what I’ve come up with—the top ten leadership practices for the “people side” of the organization, particularly during CHANGE:

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