Category Archive: Marks of leaders

The Five Freedoms of Gratitude

“Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.” Immanuel Kant Ingratitude is weak, small, ugly, arrogant, and contagious. Unthankful leaders repel healthy followers. Companions of ingratitude: Fear. Entitlement. Envy. Blame. Anger. Freedom: Gratitude is freedom.… Continue reading

One Year Ago Today: The Path From Empathy to Accountability

This post was published one year ago today. (11-15-2019) The ability to manage schedules, operate machines, or take someone’s temperature has nothing to do with leading. The challenges of leadership are human, not… Continue reading

The Troubles You Endure Spring From Reactions You Regret

Rude drivers invite kneejerk reactions. He cut you off. You yell, “Ass hole!” (Perhaps there’s some gesticulation as well.) Reacting is you with someone else in mind. Reacting tricks you into believing you’re… Continue reading

The Real Advantage of Fear and Anxiety in Leadership

The good you’d like to do – but don’t do because of fear – exposes you. Fears reveal highest realities. Potential: Fear wipes steam from the glass. The person looking back surprises you.… Continue reading

How the Republican Committee Ticked Me Off – But the Issue wasn’t Them

Some conversations invigorate – others exasperate. The difference is aspiration, values, and talent. Years ago, the Republican Committee* asked, “If we put you forward for this elected office, what will you do for… Continue reading

Where Leadership Starts – The Surprising Practice You Can Begin Today

Nine years ago I had 3 conversations in thirty days that challenged my perspective and shifted my thinking. Yesterday, I reconnected with one of those people. Three conversations: The first conversation was with… Continue reading