Poor Leaders Have No Followers

Technically, a “poor” leader is actually not a “leader”. By definition, a leader must have willing followers. As John Maxwell states, “if you think you’re leading and no one is following, you’re only taking a walk”. The term leader is used, and abused, in many …

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Do You Stand for Something or Fall for Anything?

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” – I’ve heard this phrase countless times over the years. Yet, each time I hear it, I pause and think of what I stand for in terms of my values, the principles I live by, …

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Leading on Purpose versus by Accident

When something must get done, typically, someone with a vision and a plan steps up and takes charge – on purpose, or someone reluctantly volunteers or is told they are responsible and does what they think is right and hopes for the best. The first …

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People Will Follow if You Lead

People yearn to follow. We have an intrinsic desire to be part of something that is meaningful and will have a positive impact. Have you ever been in a situation where something needs to get done, or a decision must be made and there is …

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Communicate with Respect, Not Profanity

I understand that using profanity can make a person appear to be more real and relatable to those that speak that way. The problem is it can also alienate and put others off and make the person come across as a bully or tyrant. Effective …

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Growth Through Accountability

One of the main reasons people don’t grow, improve or achieve their goals is they’re not accountable. It is actually quite simple, too simple for some, to the point that they don’t even bother trying. They believe things must be more complicated and challenging to …

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You Can’t Show Empathy If You Don’t Care

Much has been written about the importance, and power, of Emotional Intelligence (EI/EQ) and its role in building teams, being a good leader and creating positive corporate culture. No doubt it can be a big difference maker but what if the leader doesn’t care? What …

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Where Are You Getting Your Advice?

There’s a true story of a young king who inherits his father’s kingdom after his death. He has two paths to consider to be a wise ruler – seek the perspective and insight of the elders, or get advice from his friends. He starts by …

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