Interpersonal Agility: The Foundation for Senior Leadership Relationships

As leaders rise to higher levels within an organization, they are required to navigate increasingly complex and chaotic situations. There are hand-offs and trade-offs with stakeholders and constituents. There are executive leaders to please and junior leaders to lead. Fellow peers with competing agendas from other functions such as Sales, Engineering, and Finance, vie for the same set of limited resources. And, decisions become more and more consequential to the organization. 

Free Leadership Training in Boulder

Ignite Leadership Launch is a two-hour Leadership Training seminar that will ignite your potential as a leader, and the potential of the people around you.  Whether you’re a future, emerging, transitioning or senior leader, you’ll gain insight and practical skills to elevate your effectiveness in the workplace.   Led by author, speaker and consultant Sal Silvester, this seminar is now offered to individuals and is based on his popular book Ignite!  The 4 Essential Rules for Emerging Leaders.  

Three Critical Leadership Shifts

Look at you — you’re a rising star! You’re smart and successful. People are taking real notice of how good you are in your job as an engineer, financial analyst, customer-service representative or software developer.

Life is sweet, but something is about to rock your world.

You are about to get promoted.

Leadership Training Transitions - Denver


I just kicked-off an 8-month leadership development program with a client in Denver, and one of our topics was about the "shifts" people need to make when they step into leadership roles. Reflect on the items below: 


Leadership and Conversations

I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review, Leadership is a Conversation, by Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind. As of June 2012 Boris and Michael had spoken to over 150 people in 100 companies where research participants consistently mentioned their efforts of "having a conversation" or "advancing the conversation" in their organizations.

I agree that Leadership, in part, really is a conversation. And I have also found that leaders who struggle most fail to engage people through conversation. Often times they:

Women in Senior Leadership Roles

I recently read an article in PR Newswire titled Study Shows the Current State of Women in Leadership. The article cited a study by The Women's College of the University of Denver and The White House Project that presented some interesting findings comparing women to their male counterparts:

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.

Veteran's Day Represents the Best of Leadership

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

Leadership Behaviors and Characteristics

We just completed a three-month leadership training and development program with a client in Colorado. During one of our sessions together, the participants identified leadership behaviors and characteristics of leaders in their lives who have made the biggest impact. 

Take a look at see how you stack up.