Tag Archives: skills

The Goofus and Gallant Paths to Leadership Excellence: Start Where You Are!

Leadership: sometimes it seems like the thing we do despite ourselves. When we think about what we’re supposed to do, we stumble. It’s that pesky learning curve. Aren’t you sometimes tempted to just throw leadership theory away, stand up and say, “I JUST WANT TO DO MY JOB!” For most of us, when we don’t […]

Apology Accepted? Is it helpful for leaders to apologize for things beyond their control?

I know it seems counter-intuitive. Why apologize for things we can’t control — the weather, a death,  the economy, or some breakdown in the system that no one could have anticipated, much less prevented!? Because it increases trust, according to Alison Wood Brooks of Harvard Business School. And that’s interesting, isn’t it? We often talk […]

Leadership Tensions: Paradoxes That Keep Us Dancing with our Leadership Story

“Leadership Freak” blogger Dan Rockwell offered an intriguing list of leadership tensions this week: The Ten Tensions of Leadership: Tenacity and kindness. Vision and openness. Kindness and candor. Passion and quietness. Analysis and initiative. Planning and people. Solitude and relationships. High expectations and helpfulness. Decisiveness and listening. Focus and flexibility. In the lively discussion afterwards, […]

Why Good Ideas Go Bad

If only the success of business strategies didnʻt depend so often on the organizational skills of one leader to figure out if theyʻre any good, and then make them work! Scot Adams shows us exactly what happens when weak strategy hits the desk of a bad leader. Good strategy doesnʻt fare much better. Hereʻs a list […]

“Leaders Donʻt Matter”

Thatʻs according to Gautam Mukundaʻs intriguing Harvard Business Review blog. He adds the codicil “most of the time” to his title. He argues that external constraints, internal constraints, and leader selection systems create a pool of leaders who are similar, and therefore, largely replaceable, in todayʻs corporate culture. Interesting… He riffs on popular leadership theories […]