Can You Name the 9 Essential Qualities of a Leader?

There are many schools of thought about the role of a leader. What are the essential qualities of a leader? What are the must-haves? Well, I have three distinct opinions. What makes a great leader? A leader taps into their team’s talents to achieve results. A leader’s role is not to engage their team; it is to achieve their mission by motivating and inspiring their people. A leader does not run a country club; they lead people to achieve something bigger than they could ever achieve…

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Is Your Leadership Team Too Large? Steps For You To Right-Size It!

Right-Sizing Leadership Teams ‘Right-sizing has to be one of the more detested words in modern business language, mostly because the use of it often indicates a lack of courage. Rather than come right out and say ‘lay-off’ or ‘firing,’ too many leaders announce that they will right-size their organization, as though this will somehow change the reality of what they are about to do, which is to eliminate jobs and let employees go. Of course, eliminating jobs and laying people off is a reality of business.…

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Consensus May Not Be A Dirty Word, But It Is A Lazy Leadership Word

Once Margaret Thatcher described consensus as to the opposite of leadership.  She felt that consensus is an abdication of leadership obligations; true leaders take you somewhere the group otherwise would never go. I believe, the need to “build consensus” can be an excuse to avoid making hard but necessary decisions.  Read about tough decisions At best it could be a well-intentioned but naive effort to achieve an impossible unanimity.  Regardless of the cause, the search for consensus can leave the organization locked in inactivity. At one…

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