With gratitude, a gift from Enlightened Leadership


We have much gratitude for all our clients, subscribers, and friends. At this time of year, we’d like to celebrate by giving you a process that can greatly enhance this holiday season for your family and loved ones. The spiritual and year-end holidays often involve bringing family and friends together. It’s so much about relationships. This is a great opportunity to show a whole new level of support for the special people in your life.

7 New Year Resolutions that could Change the World

Ron Edmondson

In the new year…let’s resolve. Whether or not you do New Year resolutions, we could all stand to improve some things in our life. And, if we do, I’m confident we could also improve the life of others.

28 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

Engaging Leader

In 2006, Google became concerned that their highly intelligent, passionate employees were burning out. The effect on Google was significant: illness, lost innovation (even though people still worked long hours), and turnover.

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8 Ways to Nurture Leadership in Young Children

Let's Grow Leaders

“Mommy, I’m not a leader.” ” Why do you say that? “Because John is the one that tells us what to do on the playground and we follow him. So that makes me a follower.” ” Ugh. Tricky. I’m not impressed by John’s “leadership.”

Why the Best Leaders Have a Big Heart

Kevin Eikenberry

To be clear, there are as many different leadership styles as there are people. Yes, lots of smart people have created models to define and describe basic leadership styles, and yet all of us bring our uniqueness to the equation too.

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10 Immutable Laws Of Leadership

Terry Starbucker

There are some things about leadership that we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. They are the immutable laws of leadership, forming the backbone of any successful foray into this honorable vocation. Live by them, build on them, and lead by them, and you give yourself a fighting chance.

Henry Ford on Leadership

Leading Blog

H ENRY FORD was born 150 years ago, three weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg on July 30, 1863. At 16 left the farm to develop his skills taking an apprenticeship as a machinist in Detroit. Ford would often switch jobs when he felt he could learn more in another position.

A Leadership Trait that Saved America

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Today the U.S. Army celebrates its 238 th birthday. Looking back, its growth into comfortable old age seems inevitable but in its youth that outcome was far from certain.



I''m of two minds with regard to this post at Cultural Offering on the use of "regards." [I I had to slip in the "with regard."]

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7 New Year Resolutions that could Change the World

Ron Edmondson

In the new year…let’s resolve. Whether or not you do New Year resolutions, we could all stand to improve some things in our life. And, if we do, I’m confident we could also improve the life of others.

All Work in Done Through Relationships

Coaching Tip

Fostering the formation of positive relationships in organizations is a topic that has been well examined. One of the most important findings associated with this research, however, is the explanation for why positive relationships produce desirable outcomes.

How to Be a Great Follower

Let's Grow Leaders

If your house is on fire, you want to know there’s someone calling the shots. More importantly, you pray for a team of strong, skilled, and courageous followers. My husband’s a firefighter, he knows the life and death importance of following well.

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Eight Things Not To Say During a Presentation

Kevin Eikenberry

We have all sat through many presentations in our professional lives. Unfortunately far too many of them are, shall we say, “less-than-awesome”. Unfortunately, we see some of the causes for failures over and over.

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Charisma – The Key to Opportunity

Chris Brady

Everyone has experienced walking into a room of strangers and not exactly knowing what to do.    Where do you sit? Who do you talk to? What do you do with your hands? Is everyone looking at you? What are they thinking?

Employee Engagement Is A Result Of Leader Engagement

The Leadership Advisor

Send to Kindle A few weeks ago, Gallup released their State of the Global Workplace Report 2013. The report is a result of an ongoing study of workplaces across 140 countries from 2011 through 2012.

Why you need to stop telling them what to do


You know that it’s easier and faster to just tell your employees what to do rather than have a long conversation or to “train” them. When you need something done, you tell them what you need, and they’re off, doing exactly what you want, the way you want it done.

Why Leadership Needs To Be More Human

Terry Starbucker

I was always uncomfortable on a pedestal. Call me modest, or humble, or whatever, but it just doesn’t suit me. There’s something so detached about it. There’s a real physical separation between you, the leader, and they, the people you lead.

4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics

Leading Blog

Ethics is about who we are. Ethics is not so much about what is happening around us, it’s much more about what is going on inside of us. Understanding the difference is critical to being a person with good ethics. Ethics are not concerned about what we can do, but what we should do.

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To Hear the Truth, You Have to Listen

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Thoreau wrote: “It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and another to hear.” Most of us are great at the former but at the latter, not so much. Truth be told, most of us are poor listeners.

2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Data Released [Infographic]

Women on Business

Optimism prevails among women business owners in 2013 according to the data from the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses report from Web.com and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

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10 Life Reminders from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Ron Edmondson

Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the thirtieth time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”…if I ever had to declare one. This time we got to see it on the big screen.

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A 236-Year-Old Lesson in Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Before he could become father of a country, George Washington had to create a new way to lead – and his example is still worth following.

Impatience as a Leadership Virtue

Let's Grow Leaders

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength -Charles Caleb Colton “Karin, we should be able to have this project done by the end of the year.” ” I listened impatiently as the team broke down the timeline, contingencies, and tasks.

Take This Oath to Communicate Change More Effectively

Kevin Eikenberry

Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath before they can practice medicine. Lawyers take a professional oath after they pass the bar. And people elected to all sorts of positions take an oath of office.

Don't Waste Your Failures

Chris Brady

Here is a brief excerpt from one of my upcoming books (as yet untitled and unfinished): I was in a bookstore one day browsing through the section on historical fiction.    I am a sucker for a well-written novel set in a real historical time and involving characters from our past. 

How Danish Is Your Organization?

The Leadership Advisor

Send to Kindle The World Happiness Report was released last month (Sept. 2013) and Denmark was declared the happiest country on the planet. The other 4 countries sharing the top five category are Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden – in that order.

10 leadership competencies your organization doesn’t tell you about


. Many of you work in organizations that may have a set of official leadership competencies that you aspire to. Interestingly, these competencies, although perfectly fine, may be missing something. There are some secret reasons for success – or failure – that nobody tells you about.

15 Big Differences Between Acting Like a Boss and BEING a Leader

Terry Starbucker

In fast paced, high stress business environments it can be all too easy sometimes for leaders to slip into what I call “ Boss Man ” mode. What I mean by that is that they stop being a leader, and start acting like a boss. A boss who supervises a staff.

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Washington's Lessons: It’s Never to Early to Choose to Lead

Leading Blog

G REAT LEADERSHIP doesn’t just happen. Great leaders are revealed in extraordinary circumstances, but they are made long before. A person’s quality of leadership radiates from their character. Consequently, it’s never too early to begin your leadership development.

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It’s Not Impossible – It Just Hasn’t Been Done Yet

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. How many times in your career have you witnessed someone say, “that’s impossible – it simply can’t be done.” Perhaps you’ve even been guilty of uttering such a phrase yourself. Here’s the thing – leaders don’t accept impossibility as a valid thesis.

The Art of the Elevator

Women on Business

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7 Tips for Healthier Marriage Communication

Ron Edmondson

Marriages are built on communication. Improve communication…improve the marriage. Poor communication…it will be very difficult to have a successful marriage. We could all stand to improve in this area.

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How Courageous Leaders Address Fear In The Workplace

Tanveer Naseer

7 Ways to Inspire Courage

Let's Grow Leaders

You know they can do it. They’re scared. Their lack of courage is a downward spiral. Fear stops trying. Lack of trying creates doubt. Doubt affirms negative self-perceptions. It breaks my heart to watch highly qualified, talented people let scared stop them.

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