Category Archive: Marks of leaders

Surgery Without Anesthesia

“My husband says a conversation with Dan is like surgery without anesthesia.” (During a birthday party for a long-time coaching client.) People don’t tell leaders the truth. They imagine what you want to… Continue reading

The Ultimate Pursuit of Leadership isn’t Success

The ultimate pursuit of leadership is humility, not success. The more I think about humility, the less I know about it. The more I pursue humility, the more it escapes my grasp. Everything… Continue reading

Four Beliefs of Dingbat Leaders

There are smart leaders, stupid leaders, and then there are dingbat leaders. Leadership Freak definition of dingbat: A ‘dingbat’ is a smart person doing something stupid.* Smart people do stupid things. You forget… Continue reading

4 Reasons Leaders Don’t Notice Good Performance

What goes unnoticed gradually loses value. What gets noticed improves. 4 reasons leaders don’t notice good performance: Ignorance. Upper-level leaders don’t know what front-line employees and middle-managers are doing. Personality. You don’t need… Continue reading

What Remarkable Leaders Do that Average Leaders Don’t

Rosa Parks wasn’t the first black woman to stand up for herself in Montgomery, Alabama. On March 2, 1955, nine months before Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, a… Continue reading

Buddha, Jesus and Confusion about Sagacity

Your image of a sage might include white robes, long beards, and sitting cross-legged under a tree. Confusion blocks your path and limits your impact. Buddha, Jesus and confusion about sagacity: Did the… Continue reading