Have you ever wondered why some leaders thrive and others struggle? I have interviewed dozens of very smart leaders who never reach their desired or predicted impact. For the better part of a decade, I have been researching, reading and dialoging with successful leaders about the “other” type of intelligence they use in their leadership responsibilities. In the past decade we have now realized and coined another form of intelligence that seems to be even more important to success than conventional cognitive intelligence: Emotional Intelligence (EI).Read more
Defining your company’s corporate values can seem like a daunting task given its importance in setting your corporate culture. After all, your culture determines how your employees will achieve all those lofty goals you made. While it isn’t an exercise to be taken lightly, it doesn’t need to be weighed down in process. Follow these 3 steps to uncover your values while fully engaging your team.Read more
I’ve long believed that the primary responsibility of every leader is to create opportunities for others. In my early work around courage-building, I connected this to the idea that every leader should encourage those they lead to get out of their comfort zone and into their courage zone. As Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, CEO of IBM, says, “Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
The solemn duty of every leader is to leave people better off than he or she found them. Doing that means being an encourager and developer of people. Opportunity matters too. Ideally, a leader provides people with skill-stretching opportunities then encourages them to work through the discomfort that pursuing such opportunities nearly always entails. In the process of doing pursuing challenging opportunities – with the leader’s encouragement and support – people grow and develop.
Everyone who studies or teaches or practices leadership knows that leaders make a profound difference in moments of crisis; in periods of intense change; in the early stages of an effort; in reinvigorating an initiative that has stalled. These are moments that call for extraordinary leadership, under what we would call extraordinary circumstances. There is a lot of attention paid to leaders who step into extraordinary challenges. Less attention is paid to the day-to-day leadership moments, which simply because of their frequency, can have an enormous impact on whether a leader or an organization is successful.Read more