Monthly Archives: June 2016

5 Levels of Leadership:
Leaders Are Driven by 3 Needs

I’ve been exploring developmental stages that people go through as they mature, and in particular, the five levels of leadership. In The Leadership Circle book called Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results by authors Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams, these five progressive stages are: Egocentric Reactive Creative […]
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5 Levels of Leadership:
Most Leaders Are Reactive

There are five levels of leadership, according to experts. Just as children progress through developmental stages so do adults. Leaders are no exception, they operate at different levels of consciousness. I’ve been exploring these levels of leadership as described in The Leadership Circle book called Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary […]
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5 Levels of Leadership:
Stage 1, Egocentric Leaders

What are the 5 levels of leadership? It’s really not surprising that leaders, like all people, go through stages as they mature. Anderson and Adams, authors of Mastering Leadership, have studied the development stages of adults and drawn up parallel levels of leadership maturity. Their Universal Model of Leadership is based on these five levels […]
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Leading in a VUCA World:
LeadershipTransformation First

How can leaders prepare for leadership in a VUCA world? That’s the term for a business environment full of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. In order to lead organizational change, first leaders must engage in personal leadership transformation. There’s no doubt that doing business has changed rapidly just in the last five years, and there’s […]
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Leadership Development:
How Leaders Learn to Handle Complexity

In my last post I asked the question, “How can leaders learn to handle the increasing pace of complexity of business organizations?”  Leadership development must prepare leaders to handle complexity. This is the Big Question from what I observe in my work as a consultant and coach. Leaders are already working long, hard and fast. […]
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Complexity at Work:
Welcome to the 24/7 World of VUCA

If you find that the complexity and pace of business is accelerating, you’re not alone. While we have invented many time-saving tools to help us manage work in a 24/7 world, sometimes it can feel like we’re swimming as fast as we can just to keep pace. Getting ahead is another challenge. When’s the last […]
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Coaching Conversations:
Lay Out a Success Plan

A good way to ensure you have productive coaching conversations as a manager is to follow a checklist or framework. I’ve been sharing the FUEL model of coaching conversations, from the Zenger and Stinnett book, The Extraordinary Coach: F = Frame the Conversation. Set the context by agreeing on the discussion’s purpose, process and desired […]
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Coaching Conversations:
How Managers Explore the Desired Outcome

I’ve been reading an excellent book on coaching from John Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett, The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow, (McGraw Hill 2010). The reason this book is so valuable is that it describes a four-step framework for having coaching conversations that work for managers who want to help their people […]
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Coaching Conversations:
Understanding Leads to Insights

I’ve been writing about how managers can use coaching conversations to grow and develop their people instead of just putting out fires and fixing problems. Yet in spite of knowing about coaching skills, many of the managers I speak with struggle to have effective coaching conversations that lead to insights and change. What helps is […]
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