6 Things the Best Leaders Know About Accountability

If there are two words in the leadership and management arena that are more misunderstood and abused than accountability and coaching, I’d be interested in hearing them. Coaching and accountability. Accountability and coaching. Like peas and carrots. Or maybe more like liver and onions. Heck, it may conjure sensations more akin to a colonoscopy, depending just how bad your experiences have been. Coaching can go both ways, right? Sometimes it has a positive vibe to it, while other times, [read more...]

Command #Leadership and Servant Leadership: A Contrast

It’s no secret that I’m a huge proponent of servant leadership. There’s a depth and richness to the philosophy of servant leadership that really can’t be reduced to bullet points, but one thing I’ve found that’s helped folks as I’ve discussed this at conferences and during consulting engagements is drawing contrasts between servant leadership and other types of leadership or management. One of those types of leadership with which I often draw a contrast [read more...]

Leader or Leech? 5 Ways to Tell.

Some “leaders” are just flat-out leeches. Kind of a gross mental picture, to be sure; but given that this type of leader can suck the very lifeblood out of an organization, it seems apropos. You can tell a lot about leaders by how they treat an organization. Is the organization there for their benefit? Or are the leaders there to serve the organization? There’s a huge difference, and it’s pretty easy to tell the difference if you look hard enough. Here are five ways [read more...]

You Can Make the World a Better Place

  What if you — yes, you — could make the world a better place? People all over the place talk about wanting to do that. They descend into an existential funk trying to figure out how they can do that. But guess what? There’s an answer. If you’re a leader, you can do your part to make the world a better place by making your workplace a better place to work. Reject ego. Reject the lure of power and prestige. Reject orienting your life around seeking the spotlight. [read more...]
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