Healthy confidence or destructive narcissism? 10 warning signs

Although some features of a narcissistic personality may look like confidence or healthy self-esteem, it’s not the same. Narcissism crosses the border of healthy confidence and turns into a self absorption that puts your leadership at risk.  Now, instead of a healthy confidence that is attractive to followers, you come across as “conceited, boastful or pretentious.…

Trust, Caring and Connectedness: Who Was Your Best Boss—a creative exercise and reminder

As you look back over your work career, who is the supervisor, manager, or leader that you would identify as your best boss?  And more importantly, what was it about them that made them great in your eyes?  Take a minute now to identify that person.  We’ll use your experience to identify something that will…

What can people expect from you as a leader?

Boss watching is a fact of life in many organizations. Frontline employees are more concerned with keeping the boss happy than they are with keeping the customer happy. Leaders can help employees focus in the right direction by taking the mystery out of what people can expect from them as a leader. Employees are always…

The Challenge of Working in Teams—Dealing with Conflict

Differences are inevitable when passionate people work together. Eventually, after a team gets through an initial orientation with a new task, members usually come to the realization that working together to accomplish a common goal is tough work. This occurs in the “dissatisfaction” stage of team development when the team recognizes the discrepancy between what…

Who are you as a leader? 6 questions to help with transparency and authenticity

So much of leadership advice focuses on what to say and how to act in ways that creates trust, confidence, and followership.  And while it is important to understand how certain leader behaviors can be interpreted by others, that should never take the place of authenticity.  All of us have a genuine leader inside of…

Changing Behavior—What are you seeing through your “belief window”?

Want to know what a person believes? Watch their behavior. People act consistently with their world view. If someone is acting scared, or selfish, or self-centered, they are telling you something about their beliefs. That’s the message Hyrum Smith, co-founder of LegacyQuest and former vice chairman of Franklin Covey delivered at The Ken Blanchard Companies…

Are you ready for Open Leadership?

Are you ready for Open Leadership? That’s the question that Charlene Li asks in her book, Open Leadership: How social technology can transform the way you lead. A major theme in the book is that leadership is about relationships, and because social technologies are changing relationships, leadership also needs to change. And while most executives…