Tag Archives: listen

Inspiration to ask great questions from Coach K’s Sanyin Siang

Sanyin Siang, of Duke University’s Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center, says there are 6 types of questions great leaders ask: “Effective leaders use questions to: 1. Establish credibility and convey who they are. Effective leaders are fearless about asking questions because a well-framed question can highlight the understanding of an issue, and communicate the […]

Malala Yousafzai: “When a Girl Is Not Aware of Her Rights, She Loses Her Identity”

Sometimes, leadership is speaking truth about the importance of being counted, especially when you represent millions of girls who lack fundamental rights. Here are MalalaYousafzai’s inspiring words, from an interview in the Guardian, Children’s section. “How important do you feel it is that young people are allowed to follow their own paths and make their […]

James McGregor Burns on Leadership: The Seduction of Status

James McGregor Burns wrote, “In real life, the most practical advice for leaders is not to treat pawns like pawns, nor princes like princes, but all persons like persons.” In real life — that is, in the daily relationships between leaders, colleagues and followers, where people are people, playing roles but living them at the […]

Body Language: The Only Honest Message Leaders Can Trust

I’ve been a teacher most of my adult life, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s this — pay attention to the messages students are giving in their body language! Although a few people can trick us with their physical attention as much as their words, it’s body language that helps us measure whether we’re […]

Three Reasons Leaders Should Remember Their Dreams

Today, I want to offer a suggestion that I’ve not yet encountered in the leadership trainings I’ve taken or the leadership development theory I’ve read. It’s out there, I’m sure — probably usually in the subtext. It’s a tool I’ve used with my coaching clients, and with my colleagues at Pacifica Graduate Institute. And it […]

Are You Cashing Your Reality Checks?

Cashing our reality checks…. what a great metaphor for a necessary leadership task at all levels of an organization! Itʻs all about risk management, change management and managing the organizational story — the narrative that needs to be able to deal with issues before they break something! Practical and clever. He writes: “As a leader […]

The D in Leadership for Times of Change: Don’t Panic!

Leaders facing a crisis have to muster all their best qualities and skills, but the most important element of sustainable leadership is creating sustainable relationships. According to my practical lexicon, that includes (follow the links to find out more…)  LISTENING, ENGAGING FULLY, and ASKING QUESTIONS. But no matter what leaders do in the face of […]