Category Archives: Leadership

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 »

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By | January 20, 2014

[January 20, 2014]  Today we recognize and give our respect to Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), whose leadership helped move the U.S. toward the ideal of eliminating racial discrimination.  MLK was the leader and chief spokesperson for the civil rights movement – protesting racial discrimination in federal and state law. MLK was largely responsible for the nonviolent protest… Read More »

A Balanced Personality

By | January 17, 2014

[January 17, 2014]  Leadership requires a person with a balanced personality.  The problem, of course, with this observation is the debate over what constitutes a “balanced” personality. There are many books and articles, as well as big businesses that make money allegedly offering the answers through a balanced personal life.  Some of these actually have great points about… Read More »