Want to Be a Better Leader?
Welcome to my blog! Regular blog posts will be short—400 words or less—so you can get the point quickly (commentaries may run longer).
I invite comments, with one caveat: Keep it civil. I value feedback and even welcome disagreement, but let’s dialog in a way that leads to greater perspective for all and avoids the all-too-easy name calling and mud slinging.
Our brains learn more from failure than from success. But the learning is usually offset by the negative emotions and shame we attach to failure. How can we, as parents, avoid the trap of shame and disappointment when our kids don’t succeed?read more
Power and authority purposed and directed can do amazing things. Power unchecked and self-serving is controlling and greedy. Do you know which kind of authority will you model for your children?read more
The really good leaders understand relational capital and create an atmosphere that’s connective, inclusive and collaborative. So what’s one of the best ways to develop this important skill set in future leaders?read more
When kids are young, parents make a lot of their decisions. As kids grow and start making more of their own, things really get interesting. What if you could instill good decision-making skills right from the start?read more
Good leadership helps others identify and leverage their talents and giftedness. The same is true for parenting: Help your kids discover who they were made to be—which might be different from what you want them to be.read more
Discipline is one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. But having the right frame of reference will help preserve some sanity—for both you and your kids.read more
Values are the ideals and principles that are the foundation for what you do and why you do it. So how do parent-leaders transfer values to their children? Good question…read more
Of all of the possible leadership development tools, modeling is rarely discussed even though it’s one of the most powerful. Maybe that’s because it’s a bit sobering to realize that you’re always modeling—whether you intend to or not.read more
Perhaps the most significant leadership role in all of humanity is one that’s rarely discussed in the context of leadership: Parenting.read more
There’s been a recent chorus of voices exhorting people to be “a leader, not a manager”—as if being a manager is a second-fiddle, lower-level role. (I think) I get what they’re saying: “Boldly go!” But I think this view is short-sighted. Be careful what you ask for.read more