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Leadership in Parenting: Authority

Leadership in Parenting: Authority

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?

Leadership in Parenting: Relationships

Leadership in Parenting: Relationships

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?

Leadership in Parenting: Decision-Making

Leadership in Parenting: Decision-Making

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?

Leadership in Parenting: Identity

Leadership in Parenting: Identity

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.

Leadership in Parenting: Modeling

Leadership in Parenting: Modeling

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.

“Be a Leader, Not a Manager!” … Really?

“Be a Leader, Not a Manager!” … Really?

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.

There’s a Fine Line Between Influence and Power

There’s a Fine Line Between Influence and Power

Over-using your organizational position or your personal strengths to force people to get things done feels like influence, but it’s actually not. How can you know where the fine line between power and influence is?
This is the last post in the Fine Line series, which highlights the often razor-thin margin between champion and chump leadership behaviors.

There’s a Fine Line Between Analysis and Indecision

There’s a Fine Line Between Analysis and Indecision

It’s good for leaders to have an analytical approach. Some leaders don’t do enough analysis (that’s a post for another day), but others can fall into the well-known trap of “paralysis by analysis.” How can you know where this fine line is—especially when it moves from one situation to the next?
This is the next post in the Fine Line series, which highlights the often razor-thin margin between champion and chump leadership behaviors.

There’s a Fine Line Between Being Passionate and Being Driven

There’s a Fine Line Between Being Passionate and Being Driven

Leaders who aren’t passionate will have a hard time motivating their teams. But when passionate becomes driven, it looks fanatical, and team members start pulling back and asking questions. Do you know what being driven looks like on you as a leader?
This is another entry in the Fine Line series, which highlights the often razor-thin margin between champion and chump leadership behaviors.

There’s a Fine Line Between Attention to Detail and Micromanagement

There’s a Fine Line Between Attention to Detail and Micromanagement

It’s often said that the Devil’s in the details. This warning is true for leaders, too: They must be aware of the details that will make their team’s efforts either successful or embarrassing failures. But concentrating too hard on details can easily morph into micromanagement. How can you avoid going overboard on the details?
This is another entry in the Fine Line series, which highlights the often razor-thin margin between champion and chump leadership behaviors.

There’s a Fine Line Between Change and Chaos

There’s a Fine Line Between Change and Chaos

Leaders are usually the tip of the spear when it comes to change. But how can you know what level of change is healthy and necessary, and what level is just plain chaotic? Do you know where the fine line between them is?
This is one of the entries in Fine Line series, which highlights the often razor-thin margin between champion and chump leadership behaviors.

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