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Courageous Leaders:
Grace Under Fire

I love to see leaders who are skilled at receiving feedback, especially negative critiques. They are confident when challenged, maintaining grace under fire. It’s one of the aspects of courageous leaders that makes them so admirable.
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Courageous Leaders:
Building a Solid Foundation

Are you a courageous leader? One of the common aspects I’ve noticed about courageous leaders is that they all have a support network of solid relationships, which helps reduce fears and foster unity. Trusted and respected friends can offer critiques without causing offense. We know our friends won’t discard us, which diminishes any fears of […]
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Courageous Leaders: Gaining Confidence in Times of Uncertainty

It’s been said that courage has no benchmark unless one grasps the reality of fear. Fears are real, often strong and quite disruptive, but your response to them defines your leadership hardiness; it’s what defines courageous leaders.
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Doubts, Insecurities and Fears, Oh My!

Leadership is a tough job that requires courage. Doubts, insecurities and fears make organizational challenges more difficult and, in extreme cases, insurmountable. I have seen some seemingly confident leaders wrestle with anxiety and successfully overcome their fears. But there are many who don’t, taking down their company with:
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Dealing with Leadership Consensus Dependency

You don’t have to look far to see the signs of leaders who aren’t comfortable dealing with disputes. Unfortunately, this only reinforces consensus dependency.
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Consensus Leadership: Mind the Gaps

I’ve been discussing consensus leadership and the many drawbacks it presents. When I discuss this with my coaching clients, those who overvalue consensus and unity identify conflict as their primary source of managerial tension. Disharmony causes them anguish, so the prospect of confrontation troubles them. They work overtime to establish and maintain a peaceful environment, […]
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Can You Detect a Consensus Leadership Mindset?

Can you detect a consensus leadership mindset? Your employees can. Working for a consensus-minded leader certainly has its advantages, but I’ve seen many problems arise when leaders succumb to consensus driven leadership.
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The Pros and Cons of Consensus Leadership

When I hear people complain that their leaders are bordering on solicitous behaviors, being too concerned about including everyone in every decision, it makes me wonder: are they experiencing the cons of consensus leadership? Working for someone who favors consensus-style leadership may seem fairly innocuous and even desirable, but those who do are quick to […]
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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Consensus Leadership

Do you favor consensus leadership? If you’re anything like the employees I talk to, you do. Most people will say they prefer consensus-run organizations, where a leader uses inclusion and feedback to manage democratically. Who wouldn’t? Especially if you think of the alternative tyrant or dictator who issues stern orders. A consensus-style leader is a refreshing alternative! […]
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Obsessive Workaholic:
When the Boss Asks for More

It’s true: some businesses encourage obsessive work habits, or overwork, more than others. I’ve seen start-up employees, self-employed professionals and lawyers typically work 60 hours or more a week. It’s no wonder we develop obsessive work habits to the point of becoming workaholics. But what do you do when the boss asks for more? What […]
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