Category Archives: Leadership

Profile:  Michael Bloomberg

By | January 25, 2020

[January 25, 2020]  Michael Bloomberg is an exceptional businessman who moved into politics and leveraged his business acumen to advance the interests of New York City as mayor.  He also has an enormous net worth that vastly exceeds that of Donald Trump.  Late last year, seeing a field of weak Democrat Party candidates, he decided to jump into… Read More »

Profile:  Pete Buttigieg

By | January 24, 2020

[January 24, 2020]  “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg is being called a moderate Democrat presidential candidate that will heal our nation’s divides.   At 37 years old, he has little experience, but he possesses some of the checklist requirements of political progressives.  He is a Rhodes Scholar, son of an immigrant, is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and is… Read More »

Profile:  Joe Biden

By | January 23, 2020

[January 23, 2020]  “Uncle Joe,” “Quid Pro Joe,” and “Sleepy Joe” are just a few of the nicknames recently hurled Joe Biden’s way.  These tell a story, one that I will retell here with Joe Biden’s character. Joe Biden was one of the youngest ever to win a U.S. Senate race and later became Vice President of the… Read More »

Profile:  Elizabeth Warren

By | January 22, 2020

[January 22, 2020]   “I have a plan for that.”  There is a bit of good humor in that quote.  Elizabeth Warren is a Democrat from the state of Massachusetts and says that she has a detailed, realistic plan for being president, fixing problems at the national level, and for just about anything else.  There is one big problem… Read More »

Profiles on the 2020 U.S. Presidential Candidates

By | January 20, 2020

[January 20, 2020]  Four years ago here at theLeaderMaker.com, I wrote profiles on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (see links here and here).  Unlike other profiles you may read on political candidates for office, I will be contrasting their “character” against those elements required for successful leadership. While many traits are associated with senior leadership, a few stand… Read More »

A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

By | January 19, 2020

[January 19, 2020]   As leaders rise through their organizations, there is a standard piece of advice that is supposed to help them.  Organizations are inherently complex and chaotic.  Thus, we are told that leaders must focus their efforts a mile wide and an inch deep. The reasoning is persuasive.  If a leader needs a greater understanding, the argument… Read More »

Iran Learns Unintended Consequences of Lying

By | January 14, 2020

[January 14, 2020]  “Death to the Dictator” was the chant from Iranians after demonstrations that broke out at several Tehran universities.1  These political problems come in the aftermath of Iran’s leaders adamantly denying involvement in the crash of a civilian passenger airplane.  For three days, Iran blamed the plane’s crash on an engine malfunction.  What the leaders learned… Read More »

Sandwich Criticism between 2 Slices of Compliment

By | January 9, 2020

[January 9, 2020] Many techniques work well in delivering negative feedback.  My dad, who worked his way up through the ranks of the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MOPAC), was fond of the Sandwich Technique.1  He told me that it was always best to surround criticism with compliments. It goes something like this, “Bob, you’re talented.  You screwed up on… Read More »