Caring + Interest = Leadership

I was having a discussion recently with a group of participants in a 5.12 Solutions' Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program here in Denver. We were making the distinction between caring (about someone) and showing interest. One results-oriented participant asked, "Can you care about someone without being interested?" 

My Leadership Challenge For You

Here's my challenge to all leaders in 2013:

WHO will you be?

It's a great time of the year for all of us to reflect on where we've been and where we want to go. The trap that most leaders fall into is that they often reflect on the WHAT and the HOW without considering WHO they are as leaders.  For example, they ask -   WHAT do I want to accomplish this year? WHAT are my goals? And, HOW will I achieve those goals?

Leadership and General Petraeus

I received the following email from a participant in a recent leadership development program.

Contributions Matter

If I only had one tip or piece of advice to share about leadership, I would say, "Let people know that their contributions matter."

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to be grateful for what you have and to recognize others for the contributions they have made to you, your team and organization.

Senior Leadership Shifts

One of the challenges that senior leaders often have is that they are rewarded and recognized based on the success of their functional area. But, often times, senior leaders are asked to be an engaged member of a leadership team. This requires a shift in an individual leader's attitudes, skills, and perspectives that is difficult for many leaders to make. Which ones apply to you? 

Veteran's Day Represents the Best of Leadership

Veteran's Day to me represents the best of what leadership is truly about...

Tension Between Micromanagement and Accountability

In several of my recent team building and leadership development programs, I've noticed a tension between accountability and micromanagement.

On one hand the leader believes he is holding his team members accountable, and on the other hand team members see the leader as micromanaging.

Would You Work for You?

Would you work for you?

This is such a powerful question that keeps coming up for me, and one that I ask clients as I consult with them on team and leadership development engagements.

Would you work for you?

If you turned the table and considered what it would be like to work for you...

What it takes to Trust

Our destination was the summit of the Grand Teton in Teton National Park, WY. At 13,775 feet above sea level, we'd have a 5,000 foot hike over 7 miles and then 2,200 feet of technical rock.

We took a day to hike in. Then we got an alpine start on the Petzoldt Ridge, an exposed 800 foot rock route leading to a more moderate 1,200 feet  on the Upper Exum Ridge. Almost 14 hours later we were back at our camp.

Structure and Relationships

The most effective teams have a consistent focus on both structure and relationships. They know that being strong in both areas is critical to maximizing their potential. 

By structure I mean that the right components are in place - I call these the cultural building blocks of a team - that enable team success. For example, purpose is clear, communication strategy supports the team's purpose, and norms drive a common and collective way of working together.