Category Archives: leadership

Self Confidence, Mindset and
Achievement: Vital for Leadership

Leaders require mental toughness and resilience under fire. How do we develop self confidence in our careers? Since none of us are immune to mistakes along the way, how do we handle those so that we continue to build confidence without sweeping them under the carpet? It all has to do with mindset, that is, […]
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Leading with Self Confidence:
Growth Mindset Required

Self confidence is a key ingredient to leadership success but too much can lead one astray if not grounded in reality. The history of great business failures is littered with over-confident leaders who believed they were immune to risk. Without authentic confidence, leaders can’t create outstanding business results. I’d say leading with confidence is a […]
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The Link Between Self-Confidence
and Leadership Actualization

Most executives I work with in my coaching practice are familiar with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The American psychologist (1908-1970) proposed that all humans are motivated to satisfy certain basic needs, and once those needs are secured, they strive to satisfy more needs, eventually seeking self-actualization or the expression of self-fulfillment, to become everything […]
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Narcissistic Leadership or Visionary?

There’s a case to be made for narcissistic CEOs who can lead companies to greatness, inspire followers and achieve game-changing solutions in our rapidly changing world. “It is narcissistic leaders who take us to places we’ve never been before, who innovate, who build empires out of nothing.” ~ Michael Maccoby, Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and […]
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Leadership Personalities: The Dark Sides

From what I see in the organizations where I consult, there’s an urgent need to understand leadership personalites. All personality types have positive and negative potentials that can be described in terms of two hierarchies: productiveness and moral reasoning. Freud pioneered our understanding of human nature with his classification of three personality types: erotic, obsessive […]
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Leadership Personalities: Narcissistic Types

Everyone I talk with is familiar with the narcissistic type leader, but not many people understand precisely how the term can apply in both a positive and a negative sense. Mostly the term is bandied about to describe all sorts of negative and destructive behaviors. I think we need to explore how productive narcissistic personalities […]
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Leadership Personalities:
Obsessives and Marketing Types

I’ve been discussing leadership personalities and the importance of evaluating leadership potential using personality types. I believe that past performance isn’t sufficient for finding and selecting tomorrow’s leaders. There are too many complex global challenges that future leaders will face. An excellent book, Michael Maccoby in Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails (Crown Business, […]
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Leadership Strengths:
Too Much of a Good Thing?

When leadership strengths are overemphasized, they’re often overused. This is the downside of strengths-based leadership development. It doesn’t take into account how the very strengths that leaders depend on can be detrimental to careers and to the people they manage. Who hasn’t had to work for a leader who was so exceptionally brilliant at operational […]
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Lopsided Leadership:
When Leadership Strengths Fail

In the last decade, leadership development experts have enthusiastically pushed to improve leadership strengths instead of addressing leaders’ weaknesses. This approach may have some success in growing individuals’ effectiveness, but it’s fundamentally flawed. Strengths training and coaching have somewhat of a cult-like following among HR and coaching professionals. Leaders are encouraged to develop their unique […]
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Great Presentations: Why Shorter is Better

What is the best way to craft great presentations? I’ve been discussing how to upgrade the quality of your speeches by looking at the great examples on TED Talks. These fascinating videos can demonstrate how to speak on just about every topic imaginable and they’re delivered in under 20 minutes. There is a reason why […]
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