Category Archives: Leadership

The Fallibility of Results

What is the defining characteristic of an effective leader? That is, what is that “one thing” that causes you to say about someone, “That person is a leader.” What do you observe? I’m sure this question will produce a laundry list of responses. He or she is: confident, decisive, commanding, persuasive, responsive, charismatic, transparent, caring, […]

Tell Me What You Think (But Not Really)

Leadership experts believe that an effective leader should be open to dissent or differing opinions. Jim Collins, for example, said the following in Good to Great: “Leadership is about vision – but it is equally important to create a climate where truth is heard and brutal facts are confronted.” In other words, a good leader […]

When They Can’t Do Without You

Being needed is a good feeling – if you’re talking about personal relationships. But, if you’re the boss, it can create all kinds of problems.  Like 14-hour days, and unused vacation, and employee dependency.  When the troops can’t do without you life can get pretty complicated, and performance is necessarily going to suffer – either […]