Ask any patient leaving a hospital who was most instrumental in helping them heal and recover, and they’ll likely tell you it was the nurses.
Leaders are made, but what is it about some people that leadership seems like something intrinsic to who they are?
A few years ago, I was in Miami with a group of people from college. After dinner, we headed to one of the malls. As we were walking into the mall, several people were panhandling on the walkway. A few of us gave them some cash, and those of us with leftovers from dinner gave them our food. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but I have to ask myself now if I’m really showing compassion to those in need by giving them my leftovers. Moreover, as a leader, I have to ask myself if I’m giving my people my leadership leftovers.
The revolutionary war gave the United States of America the freedom she professed in the Declaration of Independence. On our 241st birthday as a sovereign nation, the freedoms we enjoy are still a reason to celebrate. The division in our country, however, is nothing to celebrate. You, the leader of people, have the opportunity and an obligation to bridge the divide.
You’ve heard for years that compensation is not the primary factor for keeping talent at your company and keeping them job satisfied. Several other environmental concerns are what keep people working with you and happy about it.
When I started my Ph.D. program, the dean of the school said that those three letters behind our names would open up doors we couldn’t yet imagine. Having the right degree or certification is important and often necessary to land your dream job, build your income stream, or achieve your dreams, but leaders also recognize where credentials really don’t matter.
Leaders sometimes make the mistake of assuming that because they are the leader/boss/manager in the room they have an expectation from others to offer advice, give direction, and own the conversation. Those behaviors may have been what got you your leadership position, but if you want the respect of your followers, it’s time to make a change to your behavior.
With more than 495 million games sold, Tetris is the most sold video game of all time. It makes sense that a highly skilled Tetris player can organize a moving truck better than the average Joe, but what can we learn about leadership from Tetris?
What does Archery and the social group 4-H have to do with employee retention and leadership? More than you might realize
Larger than life, charismatic leaders who demand respect and lash out against dissent have an allure to them. We are attracted, in some sense, to these power wielders, and – at the same time – we are turned off by their approach to leadership.