Category Archives: executive leadership

4 Steps to Overturn Negativity

Is there a problem in your organization with negativity? I think we all can agree: a leader with a negative mindset is toxic to organizations. In their view, efforts are rarely good enough, things just don’t ever seem to go right, plans will likely fail, people are unreliable, and/or problems are beyond fixing. If you […]
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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Show Initiative

I’ve been writing about how to lead beyond your authority. No matter what your organizational model, your success as a leader depends on knowing how to influence people and breed a desire to follow (as opposed to trying to mandate it via formal authority). Following a leader­—whether it’s buying in to a philosophy or supporting […]
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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Challenge the Status Quo

When you lead beyond your authority, the toughest test you may face is challenging the system. I’ve been writing about how to lead beyond your authority in recent posts. Your success depends on how well you influence and inspire others. You see, by questioning the status quo, you insinuate that change is needed.
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Build Relationships and Credibility to Lead Beyond Your Authority

Do you show genuine interest in people, and regularly communicate how much they’re valued? If so, you’re on the right track to lead beyond your authority.
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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Be a Worthy Leader

When you lead beyond your authority, it’s critical to demonstrate that you are consistently reliable, trustworthy and respectable. Anyone you are attempting to lead will expect this; noble leaders naturally exude these attributes.
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Can You Lead Beyond Your Authority?

Can you effectively lead beyond your authority? No matter what your organizational model, your job frequently requires buy-in from people outside your direct authority. I see it all the time: in today’s complex and dotted-line cultures influencing people who report to someone else can prove daunting—and an even greater challenge if you confuse the principles of […]
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Leadership Resilience:
The Will to Win

I’ve been writing about leadership resilience, and the steps great leaders take in overcoming setbacks and adversity. You don’t have to look far to see great examples (as I write this, I am thinking of all the leaders who worked so hard to keep people safe during this hurricane season!) As solutions are attempted, ups […]
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Leadership Resilience: The Best Action Plan

Are you a resilient leader? Do you use a method or process to overcome setbacks? I’ve been writing about leadership resilience and the steps leaders take in overcoming adversity. In his book, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs (Portfolio/Penguin, 2014), Ryan Holiday suggests three steps leaders can use to […]
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Leadership Resilience: A Solid Foundation

I’ve been writing about leadership resilience and the steps leaders take to overcome setbacks and adversity. A healthy mindset takes the most prudent steps. You don’t have to look far to see leaders regard immediate action, any action, as a step in the right direction. This is faulty, dangerous thinking.
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Leadership Resilience:
The Right Mindset

Do you practice resilient leadership? Let me ask you this: When faced with a setback or crisis, do you have the right mindset to overcome adversity? In my last blog post, I outlined three steps leaders can take to defeat obstacles, manage crises and conquer setbacks, suggested by Ryan Holiday, in his book, The Obstacle Is […]
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