Leadership Daily

This blog is written for everyone who is interested in Leadership. Every day I share a story inspired by something in my week, along with a thought on how you might integrate this into your life.

How do you ask for what you want

How do you ask for what you want

Leaders will often ask for what they want. Leaders ask for things like better productivity, less waste, following a process, and more. Do you wonder why your team struggles to achieve the things you want? When a leader asks for what they want, it's possible people...

Do not deny your fears

Do not deny your fears

I once asked an executive team to write down their greatest fear. The team sat, looking at me in awkward silence. Finally, one of the leaders broke the silence by saying, "I don't have any fears." You are not leading if you do not experience any fear. You...

When you doubt the possibilities, you will be right

When you doubt the possibilities, you will be right

There are many times my doubts have held me back in life. Then, when I choose to push past my doubts, I learn the very thing I've wanted was mine for the taking the whole time. We, humans, do an incredible job of self-sabotaging our wants and desires. The people you...

Let the team do the leading

Let the team do the leading

The best team structure, in my opinion, is depicted by a circle. In the circle, everyone has both a specialization and the potential to lead others. Imagine how powerful the team's leadership might be when you are not the only one leading. To create the conditions for...

The choices that define your leadership

The choices that define your leadership

We live in a world where someone's potential is often defined by their skills and knowledge. While skills and knowledge are essential, it is the choices you make that define your leadership. I once coached a leadership team where the company had a culture of blame in...

Leading without a detailed plan

Leading without a detailed plan

I rarely have a detailed plan when I am leading. I know where I want to end up. I have an idea of the steps I might use to get there. Yet, I have no details on what it is going to take to get there. I believe when leading: I can put a lot of effort into planning, and...

Who’s leadership path are you on?

Who’s leadership path are you on?

I once worked with a leader who seemed to be imitating Steve Jobs. His efforts to imitate showed up in how he dressed, his explosive temper and even how he demanded respect. The difference is that this leader was doing more damage than good. I read about leadership...

What about the status quo?

What about the status quo?

How many times have you heard the expression, "but, that's the way it has always been around here?" This simple statement is the battle cry of the status quo. Leaders do not accept what we have is the best it can be. Leaders know what they care about. They are willing...

When was the last time you failed?

When was the last time you failed?

In my days as a project manager, I would often tell people how I never failed. This statement was true, given what I was trying to be; a manager. Unfortunately, though, I was failing at being a leader. Leaders are continually trying to take themselves and others to...

Are you feeling vulnerable?

Are you feeling vulnerable?

Vulnerability enables leadership. I have seen dramatic shifts in groups after a moment of vulnerability. Even a little bit of vulnerability goes a long way. The best way I know to ease the discomfort of confronting fear is to talk about it. When I am vulnerable and...

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