self awareness

13 Questions to Increase Your Self-Awareness

Often, when I’m giving a talk at a conference or working with a team, the issue of self-awareness comes up. It’s something that’s central to servant leadership and foundational to so many other critical leadership competencies. But it can also seem a bit elusive, and so sometimes, someone will say something like this to me: “I’m[…]

employeepunching

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[…]

lousy leaders leadership

15 Scary Signs of Lousy Leadership

Right from Jump Street, let me be clear about something: I don’t mean you should be scared of these lousy leaders we’re about to describe. Far from it. The lousy leaders that pull the nonsense we’re about to talk through deserve neither your fear nor your respect, though they’ll try to bully you into giving them both[…]

leech leaders leadership

Leader or Leech? 5 Ways to Tell.

Some “leaders” are just flat-out leeches. Leech leaders, if you will. 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, leech leader seems apropos. You can tell a lot about leaders by how they treat an organization. Is the organization there for[…]