Category: Leadership

Leadership: Develop by Doing

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“I don’t know if I can do this. It’s just not me.” John was an experienced police officer who’d just been promoted to Sergeant. That’s why he was in my supervisory skills class. I was suggesting that he do things like increasing the amount of legitimate praise and building on strengths of his teammates while  »  Read More

The Secret of Great Leadership

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The secret of great leadership is that there is no secret. There are books and articles and TED Talks that tell you the one thing that will make you a great leader. Often the one thing is based on one person’s successful leadership in one situation. Sometimes the one thing wears today’s trendy prefix, “neuro.” But  »  Read More

The Paradox of Leadership Control

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Jenna longed for the good old days, when she was an individual contributor. She always thought she wanted to be a manager, but it turned out to be not as good as she expected. When she was an individual contributor, Jenna was pretty much in control of how she did. She knew how to improve her performance evaluation. She  »  Read More

3 Ways Excellent Leaders Keep Getting Better

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Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi used to say that you should chase perfection even though you know you’ll never catch it because if you chase perfection you will catch excellence. He left something out. Great leaders know that you may catch excellence but you don’t get to hold it for long. Excellence tears  »  Read More

Do you make these common leadership mistakes?

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When you start out, you have no idea what you don’t know. Even worse, there’s a lot of things that you think are true that turn out to be wrong. Here are a few of the things I thought were true before life taught me otherwise. I Thought My Job as A Boss Was to Be in Charge, But… I learned that my real job was helping  »  Read More

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