Category Archive: Marks of leaders

How to Set Soft Goals and Measure Soft Results

Achieving results is a walk in the park compared to navigating the fuzzy side of leadership. Measuring success is even more difficult. The soft stuff: Building relationships. Managing energy. Staying curious. Technical skills… Continue reading

Why Old Dogs Don’t Learn New Tricks

“The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.” G.K. Chesterton You can’t teach old dogs new tricks because unlearning is like breaking concrete with a toothpick. We… Continue reading

10 Ways to Win with Ambition and Not Contaminate Relationships

It’s not necessary to have ambition. It’s just unusual when leaders don’t have it. You’re better off acknowledging ambition than pretending you’re above it. Blind ambition: I know a leader who lost an… Continue reading

10 Ways To Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

Authority, position and title won’t make you a leader. Don’t worry about being a leader. Worry about being a person worthy of being followed. 10 leaders people choose not to follow: Tippy-toe leaders who… Continue reading

How to Go Further by Identifying Future High Performers

#1. Look for people who respect wisdom in others. Contemptuous know-it-alls: Can’t connect. An over-confident phony keeps everyone, except other phonies, at arm’s length. Ignore suggestions. Belittle the experience of others. Wrongly believe… Continue reading

The Almost – But Not Quite – Leader

Hands go up when I ask, “How many have room to grow as leaders?” But, when I say, “Tell me where you need to grow,” it’s quiet. Heads nod when I say, “Leaders… Continue reading