A Top Priority for Leaders

Being a student of leadership for thirty plus years, I have come across list after list of what leaders do. I work in this field and I even have trouble keeping up. I imagine it is hard for you as well. After all the reading, studying, facilitating and thinking about leaders, there are three items [Read More]

Sign of the Times

A close friend and colleague, who is a professor at a highly regarded, major university, recently sent me this brief reflection. You may be experiencing something behavior from people around you. *** It is the end of the semester and I have been imploring students to complete an anonymous course evaluation for my classes. In [Read More]

Leading Through Resistance

For this month’s blog, we are featuring a new article, written by guest contributor Amanda Nelson. The article offers some insightful thoughts on what it takes to lead during times of great resistance. One of the known certainties of leadership is that there will always be some kind of resistance. What separates the real leaders, [Read More]

Lessons From Forum 2017

Last month I was part of The Leadership Challenge Forum 2017, this year’s annual conference focusing on the landmark work of authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. This was a special session, as it celebrated the 30th anniversary of this leadership methodology and the release of the newest version of the book, now in its [Read More]

Live Your Values

Unless you have been living in a galaxy far, far away, you no doubt heard about and formed an opinion of the recent United Airlines situation, where they hauled a seated passenger off the plane, and as a result, left both him and their company reputation injured. Everyone, including the financial markets had their say [Read More]

Leadership on the River

What do plastic bottles, tires and rims, Styrofoam and used hypodermic needles all have in common? The answer is, these are all things you find in varying quantities when you volunteer to pick up trash along the riverbanks. And you would be amazed by how much other stuff there is. I recently hitched up with [Read More]

Knowing What You Want

Greetings and Happy New Year. Think for a moment about the following exchanges. “Where do you want to go for lunch?” “I don’t care, as long it is not Italian, as I had that last night.” Or … “Where do you want to go on vacation?” “Anywhere, as long as it is not too hot.” [Read More]

Vision Makes A Difference

Time after time, we have documented the benefit to organizations who have embraced The Leadership Challenge Methodology. We thought you might also appreciate the real impact it can have on individuals as well. Guest contributor Brent Carter is kind enough to share an amazing testimony that the program had on one of his colleagues. Vision [Read More]

The Potential/Performance Gap

Have you ever looked at someone in your organization and thought to yourself – “ if only she would ever live up to her potential.” You know from her moments of brilliance that she has so much to offer, but more often than not, her performance is fine, just not fabulous or even exceptional. Work [Read More]

Challenging Questions

One of the joys of leadership development work is that I get to hear a lot of really thought-provoking questions about the subject. They often do not have obvious answers, but they sure stimulate some deeper thinking. Following are a couple that come to mind, which will give you an idea of what I am [Read More]