Forgiveness: The “X-Factor” For Successful Leadership

This blog was a bit challenging for me to write. Forgiveness is a tough topic. It’s another one of those take a look in the mirror issues that makes me stop and think about my “Forgiveness Quotient.” Am I a forgiving person? Do I have the right understanding of forgiveness? Can I accept forgiveness from … More Forgiveness: The “X-Factor” For Successful Leadership

Kind Leadership: It’s the “Kind” of Leadership We All Want

As a kid, my mother was fond of quoting the verse, “Be ye kind, one to another (King James Version no less),” when she saw me and my brothers “mixing it up.” Often (sorry, perhaps at times), the immediate effect of her words was to calm things down. If that didn’t work, then others actions … More Kind Leadership: It’s the “Kind” of Leadership We All Want

Integrity: Integral to “Good” Leadership

Integrity. Very little question that it is an important leadership quality. Here’s what Peter Drucker had to say about it: “Integrity may be difficult to define, but what constitutes lack of integrity is of such seriousness as to disqualify a person for a managerial position…management should not appoint a person who considers intelligence more important … More Integrity: Integral to “Good” Leadership

Servant Leadership: It’s Not Only Right; It Works!

Many of us who embrace the overarching framework of Servant Leadership believe it is the “right” thing to do.  That is, we are committed, in principle, to the perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors that represent the servant leader. All too often, though, others believe that Servant Leadership represents practices that are soft, that are easy to perform, that … More Servant Leadership: It’s Not Only Right; It Works!

No One Likes a “Bully” Leader.

Often, when we hear the word “bully,” we immediately think of the terrible problem that schools face when students verbally, physically, and otherwise abuse fellow students.  And, we are all too familiar of the awful consequences that occur when those bullied students strike back. Unfortunately, though, other organizations, as well, may be full of bullies.  What is often … More No One Likes a “Bully” Leader.

Does the Leader REALLY “Motivate?”

It’s an interesting question.  I’ve done a lot of reading, research, teaching, and introspection of my own experiences regarding the true catalyst (or nature) of developing intrinsically motivated individuals.  Many believe that the leader is mostly responsible for providing the inspiration and influence necessary to inspire and stimulate in followers the desire to work to … More Does the Leader REALLY “Motivate?”

“Good Leadership is Ethical Leadership”

Professor and author of ethics and leadership studies, Joanne Ciulla, made that statement some years ago.  It’s a great statement–short and to the point–about one of the building blocks of leadership.  I’ve used it a lot during discussions about ethics and leadership. When I work with other leaders to help them become better ethical decision-makers, I … More “Good Leadership is Ethical Leadership”