Category Archives: relationships

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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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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What’s Your Story?: Your Individual Brand Promise

During the many years that I spent waiting in airport lines, I frequently found myself playing the game, “What’s Your Story?” You know the one: you try and guess a person’s profession or position based on how they look and act. Based on the reading and conversations I’ve had over the years, I know I’m […]
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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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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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Leaders Who Devalue Employees: 3 Signs

Even seasoned leaders can have a lack of self-awareness, unacknowledged weaknesses and leadership liabilities. I’ve been writing about this in recent posts. Why? A surprising number of workers claim that their supervisors don’t value them: that they are treated like subservient slaves. It is a significant reason why people quit their jobs. As a popular […]
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What Your People Skills Reveal

Leaders are the glue that holds a team together. They create an environment in which groups perform harmoniously for optimal results. However, I have encountered some leaders who simply don’t like people. Although every leader needs others, some leaders behave in ways that indicate otherwise. This proves to be a significant liability and it’s generally […]
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