Borderless Leadership

Keeping your team innovative requires leadership finesse

January 18, 2018

Although often draped in HR-y words like “retention,” the success of your team is entirely in your hands. Their ability to execute on your vision is a choice that you make, and knowing how to leverage their strengths based on who they are will revolutionize..

3 skills Martin Luther King, Jr. mastered to become a transformational leader

January 16, 2018

The good news for leaders around the world is that there is no shortage of examples on how to be effective. Thus leaders can study the traits of leaders of both yesterday and today for sound guidance on how to handle almost any situation. Martin..

Four insights about leadership development from an executive coach

January 9, 2018

When you spend year after year, five to six days a week, eight to ten hours a day doing something, chances are you will glean some pretty significant insights and wisdom from the experience. I spend my days talking to leaders. As an executive coach,..

Leadership levers: Two powerful tools for initiating change

January 5, 2018

What one change, if you made it and were able to stick to it long term, would have the greatest potential to positively impact your professional success? Having asked this question of thousands of senior-level leaders, I know the answer is often a personal one:..

5 simple habits that will upgrade your leadership in 2018

January 4, 2018

Being a better leader has so many benefits it helps drive better results, helps increase employee retention, and it reduces stress levels. The more you lead, the less you will have to manage, and it’s management that raises the stress levels, not only for your..

Empathy is an essential leadership skill — and there’s nothing soft about it

December 27, 2017

I get tired of hearing about “soft skills,” even when it’s acknowledged they are important. No less a hard-muscled body than the U.S. Army, in its Army Field Manual on Leader Development (one of the best resource on leadership I’ve ever seen) insists repeatedly that..

How to take control of your own leadership positioning

December 18, 2017

Everything communicates. Everything you say and do and don’t say and don’t do; and whom you say or do it to and when. Your personal leadership is going to get positioned in others’ minds whether or not you plan for that to happen. For those..

What are the new rules for leadership?

December 13, 2017

Don’t expect to be comforted by reading Rajeev Peshawaria’s new book, Open Source Leadership (McGraw-Hill). Based on a two-year research study, including a survey of 16,000 people, the book finds many of our most common management practices are out of touch with today’s workers, workplaces..

In search of a better stretch target

December 7, 2017

Aggressive goals can dramatically improve a company’s performance. But unachievable goals can do more harm than good. Here’s how to stretch without breaking. The urge to improve is innate in most companies, where better service, stronger performance, and faster operations are inextricably tied to earnings,..

Why transparency and honesty matter for leadership

December 1, 2017

There are no perfect people out there (I know, what a surprise!), yet our perfectionistic culture still promotes the concept of the “perfect leader.” As a result, it makes it much more difficult for leaders and their followers to truly become better. In my work..