Category Archive: Insecurity

The Seven Powers of Weakness

The worst leaders never admit weakness. They: Lie to preserve face. Live in fear of being found out. Lose themselves. The best leaders understand the secret power of weakness. Love, compassion, and loyalty:… Continue reading

I Didn’t Mean to Intimidate You is No Excuse

Position intimidates. High titles inspire fear. Your right to tell others no creates unease. Intimidation is easy, even if you don’t mean to. Combine silence with frowns. Keep people in the dark. Stand… Continue reading

Dealing with Your Doubts

Image source Doubt, contrary to popular opinion is useful. Leaders with doubts are wiser than those with none. Doubt asks, “What could go wrong?” Self-doubt says, “I could be wrong.” Only fools have… Continue reading

David, Goliath, and Cows Looking at new Gates

Dairy cows walk the same path, following each other. The grass wears away. The ground grows hard. They know where to go. Every morning and night, when I was a kid, I opened… Continue reading

I’m Not Sure I’m Up to the Task

Comfortable jobs equal drifting employees. Everyone in your organization needs to feel stretched in some area. Successful leaders help others step into uncomfortable – stretching – challenges and opportunities. Eventually, you’ll hear, “I’m… Continue reading

Overcoming the Seduction of Charisma

Charismatic leaders are bigger than life. You aren’t one of them. Very few leaders move people through charisma, personality, and up front skills. It’s not likely you have enough charisma to lead through… Continue reading