Category Archives: Leadership

Stuck in Atlanta Airport

By | January 30, 2014

[January 30, 2014 – Thursday]  I’m writing this from the Atlanta airport this morning, being delayed along with thousands of others since yesterday.  For those who have been out of the last 48-hour news cycle, the city of Atlanta and much of the southeast was in gridlock after two inches of snow and ice hit mid-day Tuesday. Both… Read More »

Leadership is Not Linear

By | January 29, 2014

[January 29, 2014]  Leadership is neither linear, nor is it one-dimensional.  It is not linear because critical skills of leaders are not gained at a consistent or predictable pace; if at all.  And, leadership is not one-dimensional because it is complex, multifaceted, requires focused effort to learn, and those skills can be lost.  We have all read books… Read More »

Robert Gates’ Book and Senior Leadership (Part 1)

By | January 28, 2014

[January 28, 2014] Robert Gates, past U.S. Secretary of Defense for both Presidents Bush and Obama, has written a tell all book that directly and significantly addresses senior leadership, both civilian and military, at its highest levels in Washington D.C.  For that reason and that this blog focuses on the same subject, I will devote a three-part blog… Read More »

Know Yourself

By | January 26, 2014

[January 26, 2014]  Nearly everyone I know filling any leadership position will say that knowing one’s self is a requirement for a good leader.  What they will not say is that many do not believe it. This may come as a shock to many but the vast majority of leaders do not truly know themselves or are actively… Read More »

The Tyranny of Distance

By | January 24, 2014

[January 24, 2014]  Leadership is difficult under any circumstance, but distance between humans makes it that much harder.  It is well known that face-to-face social interaction brings us the best communications.  Distance is a form of barrier or obstacle that acts to prevent understanding.  The “tyranny of distance” means that we do not see others (figuratively) in an… Read More »

Characteristic #46: Be Diplomatic

By | January 23, 2014

[January 23, 2014]  Senior leadership requires the special skills inherent in what is referred to as “diplomacy.”  This means that senior executive leaders have the ability to advance important ideas and to do so with tact and decorum.  For the purposes of this article, diplomacy is practiced at the organizational level.  I’ll leave statesmanship for another time.  A… Read More »

Use of “Red Teams” to Improve Leadership

By | January 21, 2014

[January 21, 2014]  Senior leaders improve leadership and effectiveness in their organizations in a variety of ways.  One of the most useful techniques is to draw upon the expertise of “red teams” to discover and recommend improvements.  A “red team” is usually a small, independent group with the mission to directly target the failures and inefficiencies of a… Read More »