Category Archives for Leadership

Real leadership often defies the rules

Leading an organization, whether public, private or non-profit, requires making tough decisions.  It’s just part of the job, whether it’s in the job description or not.  Because as they say, it’s lonely at the top. Business school classes in leadership offer sound advice based on solid research and practical experience.  In theory, it all works […]

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Good leaders ask great questions

Two leaders whom I respect a great deal and whose work I have studied both stress the importance of asking questions to find answers that will unlock your success. Dale Carnegie wrote about the ten ways to be a leader.  Number four is to ask questions. John Maxwell in April of this year was named […]

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Breaking down the meaning of leadership

U.S. President and five-star General Dwight Eisenhower used a simple device to illustrate the art of leadership.  Laying an ordinary piece of string on a table, he’d illustrate how you could easily pull it in any direction. “However, try and push it,” he cautioned, “and it won’t go anywhere.  It’s just that way when it […]

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Warren Bennis led the way

Warren Bennis was synonymous with leadership. Unfortunately, we lost Warren earlier this month but his leadership lessons and principles will live on for years.  He wrote more than 30 books on leadership, including his landmark work, “On Becoming a Leader.”  He advised U.S. Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford and Reagan. I got to know him during […]

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Take pride in your work, not yourself

Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees had a fierce pride about always doing his best. The Yankees were on the road for a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns.  The day was not only boiling hot, the Browns were last place in the league.  Despite this, DiMaggio made an off-hand comment that he was looking […]

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Embrace mistakes as opportunities to grow

I’ve often said the greatest mistake a person can make is to be afraid to make one. To be successful, you must come to terms with the notion that you will make mistakes.  In fact, you often need to increase your failures to become more successful.  Mistakes don’t make you a failure.  I always say, […]

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What is your next marathon?

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in both my business and personal life was to start running.  I remember this like it was yesterday. I was attending a Graduate School of Business Executive Program at Stanford University back in the 1960s.  Several foreign businesspeople who were also attending went out for a run […]

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Good leaders bring out the best in employees

  It’s election season, and one of the greatest privileges we have in America is selecting our own leaders. While we have widely varied opinions of who should win, the fundamental characteristics of good leadership remain constant. A sociology professor from one of the country’s major universities spent his life studying leadership by tracing the […]

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There’s no need to curb your enthusiasm

The old cartoon strip character Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes, once said the difference between him and the rest of the world was that … “Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!” Calvin is right. You must live with enthusiasm. It’s one of the most important attributes to success. One of life’s greatest […]

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When You Delegate You Elevate

“The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work,” said James Cash Penney, founder of the J.C. Penney retail chain. When you grow, you have to know when to let go.  You have to know when to delegate down so you […]

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