Category Archive: Marks of leaders

7 Ways to Practice Accountability With Heart

You elevate your leadership when you express your heart. Weak leaders hide from heart. All they care about is the bottom line. Heart is the strongest thing about you. You project strength when… Continue reading

How to Maximize the Seven Levels of Leadership

Leaders rise or fall at points of execution and completion. [Video version of this post.] 7 levels of leadership: #1. Believe you can make a difference. Roots of belief: Someone saw something in… Continue reading

Cold Leaders Have a 1-in-2000 Chance to Make it to the Top 25%

I’m still grappling with the realization that kindness/warmth is inconvenient. I’d be kind if I had the time. Thankfully, when I work with people or organizations, they are my agenda. But what if… Continue reading

I Hung Up the Phone and Just Started Sobbing

I told Jenny Dearborn that our story is the answer. She told me about an unexpected conversation with a nine year old boy. He has dyslexia. So does Jenny. Jenny Dearborn, SVP and… Continue reading

50% of Your Emotional Vocabulary is Negative

It’s easy to slip into the dark while grappling with performance issues and people problems. Nagging problems corrode optimism. Capacity for negative: Leaders have opportunity and capacity to become negative. Some have inclination.… Continue reading

A Failure at Kindness

Kindness, like most things, is easy until you get serious about it. I spent last week focused on kindness. It was a fiasco. It’s not that I’m unkind. You aren’t kind if all… Continue reading