Category Archives: leadership

Deliver on Brand Promises

As a leader, attracting followers is all about creating brand promises and delivering them. This means leaders must do what they say—and more—to exceed the expectations of others. Genuine care for others and strong people skills are vital. In essence, leadership is the ability to achieve goals through effective, that is to say, healthy, relationships. […]
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Manage Your Message

Most leaders I meet in my work are excellent communicators. And yet, even they have a difficult time coming across the way they intend. Most of us struggle with this. Unfortunately, how a leader communicates reflects on their character, competence and individual brand promise. I’ve been writing about this in recent posts. Communicating with professionalism forges trust. Clear […]
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The Look of Capability

There’s a connection between looking good and feeling capable. When we look our best, we feel confident. I’ve read research that shows there’s also a big link between our appearance and whether we are perceived as competent or not. Leaders who have a strong, individual brand promise accept this. People who look well-groomed are perceived by […]
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Your Behaviors Build Your Brand Promise

As a leader, how much of your behavior is based on careful, thought out decisions? How much is spontaneous reaction? It’s an important question, as leaders are primarily known for how they act, especially in tough and trying situations. This goes both positively and negatively. The leaders I know who have a strong brand promise […]
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Mastering Leadership: Lead with Intention

Leaders are facing unprecedented levels of stress, dysfunction and disappointments, taxing their energy and productivity. Some leaders have even shared with me that keeping up with the chaos has become an acceptable achievement. But great leaders are strategic about their time and energy. They lead with intention. You see, leaders can’t be busy just to […]
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Hone Your Attention to Master Leadership

One of the problems people have in mastering leadership is the tyranny of the urgent—it’s difficult to think about the future and where you want to go when you’re focused on staying afloat. But when you hone your attention, you keep that from happening. It’s how great leaders focus on the things that matter most. […]
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Create a Framework to Master Leadership

As a leader, what does it take for you to be successful, and have the career and life you really want? From what I’ve seen, I believe we need to create a framework for clarity. I introduced this in my last post. You see, clarity of mind stands as a basic framework to hang other […]
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Mastering Leadership: From Effective Leader to Great Leader

Are you an effective leader, or a great leader? Effective leaders have mastered leadership competencies like setting strategic direction, communicating a clear mission, monitoring resources and ensuring that processes, systems and people achieve results. In addition, the great leaders I have worked with assess what they do, why they do it, and how they can […]
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Great Leaders Address Weakness

In the organizations where I consult, I remind leaders that even the strongest, most talented people have flaws and weaknesses. Since the most damaging leadership liabilities have to do with the inability to work well with their people, leaders benefit best by making effective relationships a priority. You see, the greatest challenge in minimizing these […]
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Emotional Deficiencies

Understanding the role of emotional deficiencies in leadership is critical in today’s corporate environment. Employees look to their leader to establish safety and trust; they expect emotionally healthy leadership. Leaders accomplish this in part with behavior that is rational, calm, logical and wise. Leaders who portray a solid, steadfast source of guidance and direction earn […]
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