Where Are We Going and How Am I Doing?

When assessing leadership effectiveness, one of the tools I turn to most frequently is the LEA 360 published by Management Research Group (MRG). This Leadership Effectiveness Analysis profiles 22 leadership practices or behaviors in six critical leadership categories: Creating a Vision, Developing Followership, Implementing the Vision, Following Through, Achieving Results and Team Playing. Out of… Continue Reading Where Are We Going and How Am I Doing?

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Skills Are Not Enough

When we think of great leaders and what allows them to achieve optimal performance, frequently we point to the skills they possess. A myriad of training and educational programs equip leaders with the know-how associated with performing specific tasks, including: Communicating clearly. Managing time effectively. Applying technical knowledge. Working collaboratively. While skills tend to be… Continue Reading Skills Are Not Enough

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6 Reasons to Meet

If you are not pulling your team together on a regular basis to meet, here are six good reasons to start doing so. Create more of a team environment. Encourage open communication. Offer a safe place for conflict. Break down silos by increasing transparency across functions. Provide greater clarity. Structure accountability. Once you establish a… Continue Reading 6 Reasons to Meet

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Let Me Lead

We all report to somebody. To whom do you report? A boss, an owner, your Board of Directors? Most leaders accept the reality that they must take direction from someone else in their organization. What leaders are not comfortable with is working without a clear delineation of responsibilities vis a vis the person to whom… Continue Reading Let Me Lead

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Make the Call

When it comes to making decisions on a team, the leader has multiple options. The default style of decision-making is often voting. Using this style, the leader asks each member of the team to declare their support or opposition, and then the leader endorses the majority view. Another common decision-making style is consensus. Unlike voting,… Continue Reading Make the Call

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