The Danger of Soft Leadership

The definition of good leadership is ever-evolving. And today, the trend is toward more compassionate leadership or servant leadership. And as with every leadership trend, there is a danger of it going too far. In this evolution, the risk is tipping over into soft...

You Are Where the Buck Stops

Leaders, the buck stops with you. I hope that’s not news to you. If it is, we will spend some time today talking about why. You may wonder, why now? I’m no fortune teller, but I read enough. And from what I’m reading, challenging times are right in front of us. It’s...

Leadership Isolation – How To End It

We don’t talk about leadership isolation very often. We expect leaders to be strong, decisive, and resilient. But we don’t talk about the need they have for a community.  Leaders have the pressure of an entire company on their shoulders. And they carry that weight all...

Five Tips for Building a Leadership Team

Building a leadership team isn’t even a concern until your business succeeds and grows. Early on, your business may just be you and a great idea. And as you grow, you begin to surround yourself with helpers—the people who allow you to get more things done. But there...

Three Responsibilities of Leadership

The responsibilities of leadership aren’t always the first thing we think about as we grow our business. For the small business owner, it can even sneak up on them. They start small, then surround themselves with helpers with whom he interacts daily. With success...

What Does it Take to Be a Leader?

“What does it take to be a leader?” That is how the conversation begins. There is an idea that we have “born leaders” floating around out there. What’s worse, we identify people as born leaders for the worst reasons: strong independent contributors, pedigree,...