Tag Archive: relational leadership

How to Use Toy Stories to Connect

My fondest childhood memories include toys. I had a boy-doll named Rocky. Later I had a James Bond 007 spy attaché case with secret compartments and a gun that could be assembled into… 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

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Individualism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Acting independently might feel good, but leaders act with the interest of others in mind. Individualism is a short-term… Continue reading

What’s More Important to Success than Leadership Skills

You’re a colossal screw-up if you believe success hinges on skills. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are at delegating, for example, if you’re a dishonest jerk-hole. Hitler was an exceptional communicator. Skills… Continue reading

5 Reasons People Wish Lousy Leaders Would Stay Away

I’m a huge fan of leadership walk-abouts. But if you’re a lousy leader, just stay in your office and keep doing the “important” work you think you’re doing. 5 reasons people wish lousy… Continue reading

The Christmas Story Slaps Traditional Authority in the Face

The story of Christmas is a slap in the face to traditional authority. It doesn’t matter if you think it’s true or myth. The story disrupts common ways of thinking. Traditional authority expects… Continue reading