Category Archive: Marks of leaders

The Power of the Leader’s Calling

Goals and strategies are useful, but nothing trumps calling. Leadership is the calling to bring your best self in service to others. Define success in terms of personal excellence, not results. Achievements are less… Continue reading

An Amazingly Practical Approach to Practicing a Growth Mindset

Without exception, growth is a lifelong process for all successful leaders. You may be mature in a few areas of leadership, but we’re all infants in many.   Community: Growth requires community. We… Continue reading

How to Stretch People Without Breaking Them

I asked Mary to talk in front of a group. She texted back, “You are kidding, right?” Later she said, “I nearly puked on my desk, when I got your text.” Don’t judge… Continue reading

How Negative Leaders Become Positive Today

The immediate environment around you is your complete responsibility.  Become positive: #1. Imagine you’re a positive leader. Go do that.  Behave your way into positive leadership. #2. Stop saying, “Yes, but….” One reason… Continue reading

Candor that Strengthens Relationships and Delivers Results

Set a tone of candor early in relationships. Let people know you’re frank, open, forthright, and kind from the moment you meet them. Candor is difficult because: You wait for big hairy issues… Continue reading

Why Leaders Get Stuck at Average

Some leaders think they’re good leaders when they’re stuck at average. We don’t automatically improve as time passes.  The longer we do something, the more likely we are to do it like we’ve… Continue reading