May, 2018

5 Tips to Stop Overcomplicating Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Guest Post by Hank van der Merwe With all the models and frameworks out there I sometimes wonder if we have taken the simplicity out of leadership. We seem to have a knack of overcomplicating leadership to the point where it seems so complex that it’s out of most peoples reach.

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9 Questions to Help Your Team Solve Problems On Their Own

Let's Grow Leaders

“David, I just don’t have time. My team constantly needs my help, but I need them to do more and solve problems on their own. There’s so much to do that some days I just want to give up!” Lynn was a […].

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Leadership: Humility and Focusing on Others


I often meet business leaders who are so full of themselves. When interacting with others, they try to keep the needle of focus constantly towards themselves, their business, accomplishments and stories.

12 Killers of Good Leadership

Ron Edmondson

In my experience, and some I learned the hard way, there are a few killers of good leadership. I decided to compile a list of some of the most potent killers I’ve observed over the years. Any one of these can squelch good leadership. It’s like a wrecking ball of potential.

Get out of the weeds to lead people


Many employees are promoted into management positions because their knowledge and expertise have made them successful in the work they do. The problem is that a management position doesn’t always fit their passion. People managers have to lead people, and not everyone is motivated to do that.

To be the Best, Invest in Relationships AND Results

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds: If you had a rare diagnosis of an aggressive disease, wouldn’t you want to be treated by the best of the best doctors?

Do You Allow Your Employees To “Own The Suck”?

Tanveer Naseer

Of the many issues leaders have to address, failure has to be one of the most challenging. No doubt this is why we love sharing motivational quotes about failure, like this one from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

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The Journey to Servant Leadership

Leading Blog

I T'S NOT ABOUT YOU. That’s where servant leadership begins. Success is based on your influence in the marketplace and those you help. Or rather, it is significance over success. This is a very different mindset from a power-leadership model.

7 Common Traits of the Best Leaders I Ever Followed

Ron Edmondson

I’ve been a wisdom seeker all my life. Thankfully, I have had some great leadership influencers in my life and I have sought to learn from each of them. Beginning with my high school principal when I was student body president.

My 10 All-Time Favorite Leadership Posts (chosen by you)

Terry Starbucker

Hard to believe that this blog has been around for nearly 13 years – it’s been a wonderful and winding journey putting my thoughts on these pages about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. Leadership. The more human kind.

Likability in Leadership—Necessary for Some, a Liability to Others

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Cassandra Frangos : We had a handy rule of thumb for hiring in my first job in management consulting.

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Are You Curing Only The Symptoms Of What Ails Your Team?

Tanveer Naseer

“What do you do about the meeting after the meeting?” That’s a question I was asked recently in one of my Q&A sessions held after a corporate training event I conducted recently.

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How to Lead with the Power of Humility

Leadership Freak

The seductions of arrogance wreck leaders, demoralize teams, and destroy organizations. The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.” Attributed to Albert Einstein.) Everything good in leadership begins with humility. Subtleties of… Continue reading → Humility Leadership Development organizational success

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Gossip and Defending Someone's Honor

Chris Brady

The following excerpt was taken from EDGE, co-authored by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. We heard a great saying one time that went like this: “Don’t be like everyone else—even if you’re the only. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

7 Traits of a Great Team Member

Ron Edmondson

In the business world and in the church, I’ve learned having a good team often makes the difference in how well we do at reaching our objectives. I have been blessed with some great teams in the past. As a result, I frequently get asked if I have any openings on my team.

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Preview Thursday: Conversations Worth Having

Lead Change Blog

The following is an excerpt from Conversations Worth Having. What Kind of Conversations Are You Having? “The moment of questioning is also the moment of choice, which usually holds the greatest leverage for effective action and positive change.” ” ~ Marilee Goldberg.

Pitch the PowerPoint – and Speak as an Impromptu Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Judith Humphrey: In my career as a corporate “ghost writer,” I produced a ton of speeches and PowerPoint presentations for senior executives. The top spokespersons loved those “ready to go” talks which they delivered from behind the podium – often to large groups. All that has changed.

Uniqueness And Company Culture – A Renewable Cycle

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest piece by Chris Dyer. Which comes first: a distinctive business identity or its underlying culture? That’s a trick question. The culture that drives recognition has no beginning or end point, but is instead a continuum.

The Truth About Filling Your Own Cup

Leadership Freak

Servant leadership is pouring out for the advantage of others. But you can’t serve effectively with an empty cup. Your cup is empty because you poured out more than you poured in. The… Continue reading → energy Personal Growth Success Growth Leadership Development

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How Leadership Is A Relationship

Joseph Lalonde

For many, thinking of leadership as a relationship is difficult. Too many people consider leadership a position, a role to play. Yet leadership is much more than the day to day activities you partake in to run your organization.

10 Expectations for Supporting the Senior Pastor

Ron Edmondson

Several years ago, I was asked to speak to executive pastors about a senior pastor’s expectations for their role. Now, as I am transitioning out of the role of senior pastor , I probably have even stronger insight into the subject.

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Showing courage in small acts of kindness


By definition a leader is a person who is a trailblazer, doing things that others don’t do, and often because they are the right thing to do. These don’t have to be heroic acts, and they are most likely small acts of kindness that are done daily.

The Servant Leader vs. the Human Ego

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Ken Blanchard: Most people who consider themselves servant leaders spend the majority of their time thinking about how to help their people get what they need to achieve their goals and live according to the organizational vision.

How Leaders Can Get More Comfortable With Taking Risks

Tanveer Naseer

While there’s little question that organizations need to be more responsive change, the real question today’s leaders need to address is are they at ease with taking risks, and more importantly, are the risks they’re taking the right ones?

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How to Send Signals that Enable Connection

Leadership Freak

Imagine you just met Wilma at a party. You’re shaking hands when she says, “I’m Wilma. I’m the CEO of Widgets Across America.” Choose to build trust rather than create distance. Connect… Continue reading → Curiosity Encouragement Questions Taking others higher Growth Leadership Development

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Solo: A Star Wars Story

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article Memorial Day weekend 2018 saw the release of the latest movie in the Star Wars Story series: Solo. Solo tells the origin story of the beloved pilot of the Millenium Falcon. And what a backstory he had.

A Flawed Idea Well-Executed Does Not Fail Forward

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

I recently joined the board of directors of a mid-size company that had decided to drop a new business venture in which they had invested heavily. When I asked the board chair what went wrong, he said it was a well-executed project but a flawed idea.

7 Bottlenecks a Leader Must Avoid

Ron Edmondson

When I owned a small manufacturing company I had to learn the language of the field. I obviously had heard the term bottleneck, but I never really understood it, or the damage it can be, until a bottleneck began to impact whether or not we were profitable as a company.

The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Bruce Hartman : The CEO of Footlocker, Matt Serra, once said to me, “It’s lonely at the top. Being the leader is a big responsibility.” Over the years, I have thought endlessly about this quote and what it means.

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On Disrupting Yourself


I created a series of sketch notes for Tiffani Bova’s “ What’s Next ” podcast where she meets brilliant people to discuss customer experience, growth and innovation. Tiffani Bova is a Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce.

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How to Overcome Arrogance

Leadership Freak

All that’s ugly in leadership begins with arrogance. You might be arrogant if you: Look down your nose on those you serve. Arrogance views others as burdens and irritations. Beat yourself up over… Continue reading → Humility Servant-leadership arrogance Growth

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How To Maintain Good Personal Relationships When You’re Busy Leading

Joseph Lalonde

Relationships Matter Man, being a leader makes you busy. When I begin to think of all the things on my plate, I begin to wonder how I’m able to fit everything into my week.

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Running 50 Miles: 6 Lessons in Perseverance

RapidStart Leadership

What’s it like to run an Ultra-Marathon, and how do you motivate yourself to finish any great challenge? Today’s post will be a little different.

7 Questions Leaders Should Use Often

Ron Edmondson

Questions are a powerful tool for every leader. The greatest leaders I know ask lots of questions. Whenever I consult with leaders, one of the first things I do is analyze what questions the leader is asking. You only get answers to questions you ask.

Working on Working Together

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Chad Littlefield and Will Wise: Vulnerability is natural. It’s human—so much so that the word “human” is often used to point out or help us come to terms with our vulnerabilities. So when we enter a new situation, we often search for something to protect us.

Tips On Honing A Culture Of Winning Through Focus by Martin Zwilling

In the CEO Afterlife

Intuitively, many entrepreneurs and businesses believe that the key to faster growth and success is more products, features, and markets.

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You Never Bring out Someone’s Best by Making Them Feel Inadequate

Leadership Freak

You never bring out someone’s best by making them feel inadequate. You may not mean to intimidate others but you probably do. Intimidated people: Comply, but don’t bring their best. Speak YOUR mind,… Continue reading → Curiosity Fear Leadership Leadership Development organizational success