Overcome the Odds:
Master the Leadership Superpower of Perseverance

Leadership Superpower of PerseveranceEven Superman had his struggles—Kryptonite, for one—but as the greatest executives, leaders and super heroes know, the best superpower to overcome the odds is perseverance

As I wrote in my last post, perseverance can be learned and mastered if you make the commitment and accept the challenge. Learning means taking one small step to become proficient in the next one. No one can change his or her character in one leap. Here are two more steps to master perseverance: Read More »

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How to Develop the Leadership Superpower of Perseverance

Leadership-Perseverance-DevelopmentUnlike Superman who could leap tall buildings in a single bound, even the best executives and leaders cannot change their character in one leap. But if you struggle with perseverance, you can develop the leadership superpower of perseverance.

I see this all the time in the clients I work with. They learn and master perseverance by making a commitment and accepting the challenge, one small step at a time. Read More »

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Leadership Superpower of Perseverance:
Who Will Persevere?

Leadership-Perseverance-TypeI’ve been doing some reflecting on the leadership superpower of perseverance.

I’ve met some pretty impressive leaders who have persevered against the odds. What makes them really stand out from the rest is their impact, without commanding the limelight or fanfare. Their energy and attitude are distinct—sometimes refreshing, sometimes demanding. I’ve also noticed that those who are most likely to persevere fall into several categories, each one a vital part of an organization’s path through challenging times: Read More »

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Leadership Superpower of Perseverance:
Who is Clark Kent?

leadership-superpowerCan you identify the Clark Kent with the leadership superpower of perseverance?

It shouldn’t be too hard. Persevering leaders stand out from the rest and have a significant impact, usually without commanding the limelight or fanfare. Their energy and attitude are distinct—sometimes refreshing, sometimes demanding.

Consider Steve Jobs and Lee Iacocca, who had the stamina to save Apple and Chrysler, respectively, from bankruptcy. Jeff Bezos endured the long startup struggle at Amazon. Dan Hesse led Sprint out of the gaping jaws of killer competitors. Not all stories are this dramatic, but the principles of perseverance equally apply. Every company faces trials that call for persevering leaders.

But what about you?

Do you find yourself frequently changing course midstream, altering your goals as you go? Are you prone to disillusionment when things go awry? Do you lose interest in long-term projects? Read More »

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Perseverance: The Leadership Superpower

Leadership-Superpower-PerseveranceDo you have the leadership superpower of perseverance?

Top business leaders agree: life is a constant string of adversities—it’s our new normal. I see the rigors of today’s competitive business climate push even the most seasoned leaders to their limits. No organization is immune to setbacks. Some, however, are ill-suited for it and pay a dear price.

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Leadership 2018:
Allegiance to Purpose

2018-Business-EthicsI’ve been writing about leadership values and business ethics in recent posts. It’s clear to me that successful leadership in 2018 will require better business principles and allegiance to purpose.

Let’s look at business ethics and principles from a different angle. In my opinion, it’s hard to come up with really good innovative ideas and products when people are driven by money and profits alone. It just is. But when you ask people to imagine a product or service that knocks the socks off customers, now, that sparks inspirational ideas. It makes all the difference in the world when innovators are inspired by lofty values. Read More »

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Better Business Principles for 2018

Authentic-leadersWe’re quickly approaching another new year; where will you prioritize your energies to shape your business in 2018? How will you apply your business principles?

If you’re like most leaders, you take a bit of time to review, reflect and renew during this holiday season. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend Gary Hamel’s book, What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation. Read More »

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Leading Wisely with Your Values

Leading-by-ValuesAre you leading wisely with your values?

Successful leaders who follow their values are seen as authentic, and are appreciated because they’re genuine and trustworthy. I know, because I see it in the executives and leaders I work with. They set a vision based on value-oriented choices and hone in on a path for the future. Read More »

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How Values Impact Your Leadership Success

Leadership-Challenge-ValuesThe problem with reminding people about core values, and how they impact your leadership success, is that it often comes across as preaching or judgmental. But given the trend in headlines, the question remains: How could so many smart people get it wrong? Read More »

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Your Values Determine How You Lead

Core ValuesLeadership starts in the mind and with your most worthy intentions and core values. Your values—your personal principles— direct your thoughts, priorities, preferences, and actions. The aspects of life that you value shape your character, which determines how you do everything. Your values determine how you lead.

Unfortunately, many leaders haven’t identified their values and often find their roles frustrating, confusing, or unfulfilling. Read More »

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