Category Archive: Marks of leaders

The Truth About Self-Kindness

It’s hard for me to believe that I’m even thinking about self-kindness. I’m old school. Words like self-love and self-kindness set me on edge. We need responsibility and hard work, not self-kindness. Us… Continue reading

The Answer is Who

Immature leaders nurse on the bottle of disappointment. Yes, people have weaknesses and shortcomings. But you don’t bring out their best by sucking on the bottle of frustration. The people on your team… Continue reading

Cracking the Mystery of Self-Leadership

All the ugly stereotypes of bad leadership are expressions of lousy self-leadership. Ken Blanchard says, “You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself.” Painful clarity: Self-leadership felt confusing to me until I… Continue reading

4 Questions in 4 Days that Strengthen Teams and Elevate Performance

It’s Monday morning in the U.S. (Apologies to everyone who is a day ahead of us.) I’m posting 4 questions in four days that enable leaders to strengthen teams and elevate performance. Tantrums:… Continue reading

4 Ways to Get the Most from Sadness

Any leader who is upbeat all the time, in my opinion, is out of touch or faking it. Real leaders have real feelings. You might see the good in failure. But you don’t… Continue reading

How to Take Charge of Your Leadership Trajectory Today

Growth isn’t an accident. We grow on purpose or not at all. You’re stuck if you can’t identify the leadership behavior you’re developing today. If you can’t describe it, it isn’t happening. Take charge:… Continue reading