Category Archive: Marks of leaders

How Managers Become Leaders

Only 1 in 10 managers actually have the talent to manage. But lacing on leadership shoes is like discovering you’re lactose intolerant after devouring a container of ice cream. Leaders manage and managers… Continue reading

Victims: The People Leaders Deal with Everyday

Self-destructive responses to life multiply like flies on roadkill. The worst response is pervasive and sinister. It’s the lie of victimhood. This lie, like breathing, usually goes unnoticed. The worst thing about victimhood… Continue reading

How to Choose A Dynamic Self-Development Goal

The first development is self-development. #1. Explore widely. What leadership skills and behaviors seem most relevant to pressing challenges and current opportunities? Make a long list. #2. Use an aspirational lens. Look through… Continue reading

7 Ways to Master the Most Important Leadership Skill

Intimidation is about reward and punishment. Leading is about connecting. The ability to connect with people is the magic ingredient that multiplies every leadership practice. Your brain is wired to connect. (Social) Those… Continue reading

4 Practices of Kindness that Make You Glorious

Everything stops in our house with the first snow. My wife joyfully calls, “It’s snowing.” We gaze like children. Sometimes we stand close. Usually it spits and sputters, but if we’re lucky, the… Continue reading

3 Pursuits that Set You Free

Need reveals lack. The more you need something, the less you have it. A hungry belly lacks food. Leaders who need status lack self-confidence. 3 dangers of pursuit: #1. Persecution: Need persecutes.  The… Continue reading