Tag: leadership

Leadership Lesson: 10 Things Leaders Must Know

Leaders must know that the term Leadership has been cheapened in recent years. This is due largely to people with no leadership background whatsoever trying to teach it or write about it. These people are really doing nothing more than making the entire industry look bad because they claim to be leadership professionals but ultimately…

Essential Qualities of Great Leaders Per Machiavelli

Machiavelli’s The Prince is an insightful piece meant to demonstrate the fragility of power. In that, Machiavelli provides a slew of qualities of both evil and great leaders. However, several stand out as essential for all great leaders to understand. Furthermore, such perspectives can be used in various settings after even a little critical reflection.…

Time Management? How About Time Leadership?

Many leaders struggle with time management for a variety of different reasons. It can be hard to manage time. After all, it does not stop or slow down, regardless of how hard we might try and regardless of what we need to get done. So what if there was a better way? Time management is…

Protect Yourself: Be the Fox and a Lion

Have you ever been told to be a fox and a lion? Fraud comes in many forms. Scammers are seemingly everywhere. Many people will take advantage of the weak, and leaders cannot afford to be the target. So, what can be done to protect yourself? Machiavelli may have the answer. In section 18 of The…

Workplace Autonomy – A Leadership Discussion

When working with organizations, I often profess the need for autonomy for that organization’s employees. However, it’s not as simple as just letting go of the reigns. Recently, I was asked to provide some context as to why I would suggest that. So let’s discuss why one might subscribe to it and what this might…

Turning Change Management into Change Leadership

If you have ever worked a corporate job, you have probably heard of the term Effective Change Management. If not, perhaps you have heard of something similar. Many individuals and organizations spend a lot of time and money trying to figure it out. Here, I want to take a second to provide some clarity and…

Does Race or Gender Make the Leader?

There are many different definitions of Leadership. Of course, these vary dramatically depending on whom you are asking and in what context you may be referring. They all have common themes, but when diversity (such as race and gender) within leadership becomes the focal point, and when a spotlight on the uncontrollable physical attributes of…

Leadership, Trust, and Politics

Whether we know it or not and whether we would like to admit it or not, we are all involved in politics to some degree. In a traditional sense, a politician is simply a person who is professionally involved in the activities associated with any type of leadership. This includes the debate or conflict among…

Servant Leadership and its Pitfalls: BE AWARE

Coined by Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership (SL) is a hybrid of Strategic Leadership and Operational Leadership (Blanchard, 2018). This leadership style is known for flipping the hierarchy, sharing power, reducing or abandoning ego, and empowering people in the organization via the support and development of the individuals that comprise the organization (Blanchard, 2018). SL…

A Leadership Lesson from Gandhi

The life of Gandhi, and for that matter, his quests, are often subject to scrutiny, wonderment, and amazement due in large part to cultural differences, influences, life experiences, and happenstance. Some with Western philosophies may find it hard to imagine all the different pieces that came together to make a timid, shy, and unsure person…