Category Archive: Marks of leaders

The Smallest Investments that Yield the Biggest Returns

If you could improve something that matters to you in three minutes a day would you do it? Small investments make a huge difference. Hugging: We’re doing a hugging experiment in our home.… Continue reading

Big Shot, Bureaucrat, or Servant Leader

The way you view yourself sets the trajectory of your leadership. You might pressure people into conformity, but that never wins hearts. You must choose between short-sighted coercion and servant leadership. Choose who… Continue reading

3 Ways Busy Leaders Master Connection

It’s not rude to yell, “Get out!” when the house is burning down. But when everything’s a crisis, you’re just a jerk running around with your hair on fire. Frantic busyness makes you… Continue reading

Results-Only Leaders Have Empty-Tank Teams

Managing energy is more important than managing time. It doesn’t matter how much time you have if your energy-tank is empty. Results-only leaders have empty-tank teams. 4 unbreakable rules of energy: #1. Four… Continue reading

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