Destructive Habits for Leaders

By | June 9, 2014

[June 09, 2014] Effective leadership means the leader should be regularly identifying and eliminating their bad habits; those that affect their leadership. Bad habits make it much more difficult to be successful leaders. Mountains of self-help articles and books are written, seminars given, and academic courses taken on how to eliminate bad habits.1 Leaders, of course, are subject… Read More »

theLeaderMaker Blog Missing “Archives”

By | June 8, 2014

[June 08, 2014] Sometime in the past few days website had the “Archives” and “Search” go missing from the sidebar. It’s not just the inconvenience but also not knowing – there were no error messages or warnings. Running a blog site is always full of Internet tribulations but I still enjoy all of it, of course. Thanks… Read More »

Leadership in the New Cold War

By | June 8, 2014

[June 08, 2014] Lately, in senior political and military circles, there have been discussions about a new type of war, a “new cold war” with China and Russia. This may seem a bit odd given what we are hearing about Russia’s efforts in the Ukraine or China’s involvement in disputes over several islands. Leadership however means clarity and… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | June 7, 2014

[June 07, 2014] Another good book for today. This one is about President Abraham Lincoln and his development of leadership skills during the U.S. Civil War. What I like about the book is it shows how Lincoln’s search for an effective commander of Union military forces, helped changed him during his Presidency. The book demonstrates that leadership is… Read More »

21st Century Leadership Education

By | June 7, 2014

[June 07, 2014] Many authorities on education think they have the answer to teaching leadership for the 21st Century. Generally, their desire and motivation is present to teach basic and advanced leadership principles. They may have much of the answer right. For educators trying to predict what the future will hold for leaders is not an exact science… Read More »

D-Day: June 6, 1944 [Leadership Lessons]

By | June 6, 2014

[June 06, 2014] Codenamed Operation Overlord, the invasion of German-occupied France had been long in coming. Success was an outgrowth of the many leadership lessons from the failures at Dunkirk and other battlefields. Those lessons were hard earned and cost the lives of tens of thousands of military and civilians. Yet, what did the military and civilian senior… Read More »

D-Day: June 6, 1944 [The Landings]

By | June 6, 2014

[June 06, 2014] Operation Overlord was the codename used for the invasion1 of German-occupied France. Today’s anniversary of those landings allows us to look back at a time that was very different when compared to our world today. However, we can see similarities across history that evil is not always recognized early for what it will do if… Read More »

D-Day: June 6, 1944 [Famous Photographs]

By | June 6, 2014

[June 06, 2014] Seventy years ago today, over 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on a 50-mile stretch of beach at Normandy, France. Assembled was also the largest naval task force ever created with 7,000 vessels and in addition there were 24,000 paratroopers dropped inland. The invasion was a controversial plan fraught with great risk and peril if it should… Read More »

Customer Service and Leadership (Part 3)

By | June 5, 2014

[June 05, 2014] In Part 1 and2, the connection between customer service and leadership was discussed (link here and here). I proposed that customer service varies somewhat by organization; and while that is true, the differences are mostly superficial. A great friend and retired military officer writes her customer-service philosophy … arranged as an inquiry. She asks, “The… Read More »