Are Great Leaders Born or Made?

“Great managers aren’t born—they’re trained.” That’s the message Scott Blanchard, principal and EVP with The Ken Blanchard Companies, is sharing with audiences as he speaks to groups of leadership, learning, and talent development professionals. Blanchard points to research that shows most managers don’t receive that necessary training, however, until they are about ten years into…

Travis Bradberry on Emotional Intelligence

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast, Chad Gordon interviews Dr. Travis Bradberry, researcher and author of the best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0—which has sold over one million copies! Bradberry shares how emotional maturity is absolutely critical for success as a leader, and how emotional intelligence is a capacity that can be learned and developed.…

Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Courage

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast, Chad Gordon interviews Dr. Brené Brown, researcher and author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), Daring Greatly (2012), and Rising Strong (2015). Brown and her work have been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, and at TEDx Houston, where in 2010 she presented…

Worried about 360° Feedback? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I have been asked to participate in a 360 degree feedback program. My boss and the HR team will see the results—and I think the results are going to be used to make promotion decisions. I have a bad feeling about this. I’m not that worried about someone giving negative feedback, but the…

Saying Yes or No? Exercise Your Power of Choice

On a daily basis, we are all faced with making yes or no decisions that lead to certain consequences. With today’s many distractions and demands, it is easy to react quickly without first thinking through the implications. Are you making conscious responses that align with your commitments and goals? For example, one client I was…