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The Compulsive Leader’s Blind Spots

When you learn to recognize the signs of a compulsive leader, you won’t have to look far to see it in much of today’s corporate culture. With a high value on accomplishment and productivity, there are many compulsive, driven leaders in executive positions. I know, because I see it all the time in the work I […]
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The Compulsive Leader Mindset

There are unique challenges when working for a leader with a compulsive mindset. I’ve been doing some reading and writing about this in my recent posts. Understanding the compulsive leader mindset—their perspectives and motivations—can go a long way toward healthier behavior.
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The Signs of a Compulsive Leader

Do you recognize the signs of a compulsive leader? Some are subtle and need to be observed over time. Others are obvious when first experienced. Either way, certain outward behaviors signal to people they’re working for a compulsive leader. I wrote about this in my last post, here. Compulsive leaders demonstrate high energy and dedication […]
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The Challenges Posed by Compulsive Leaders

Is it fair to say there are many driven, compulsive leaders in executive position in your organization? I see it all the time: because most corporate cultures place such a high value on accomplishment and productivity, it’s no surprise that leaders who, while bent on achieving success, present difficulties for the people who work for […]
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Countering Egotistic Leadership:
Taking Ground Back

Egotistic leadership can be countered. But it takes a deliberate effort on the part of leaders to refocus and see things from a wider view. Trained coaches are an excellent resource to guide leaders to a helpful perspective. In some cases, a leader can only make progress on becoming less egotistical through working with an experienced […]
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Leading with Trust: 5 Skills to Master

I’ve been thinking a lot about leading with trust, how important it is to leadership, and how it’s probably the one factor you can’t ignore if you want to improve as an effective leader. Trust isn’t something you can just leave to fate, assuming because you’re a trustworthy person, it will naturally show up. Anyone […]
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Leadership Presence: Make an Emotional Impact

If you’re thinking about how you can improve your leadership presence (including how well you’re perceived as a candidate for promotion), pay attention to your next presentation. You may need more than a good speech. You’ll need to make an emotional impact through voice and body language. It’s nothing new: the most important factor in […]
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To Make Better Decisions, Check Yourself

It’s becoming clear that our mood and physical state affect the kinds of decisions we make more than we think. For example, a hungry judge hands out more severe sentences. If you want to make better decisions, you need to make sure you’re not hungry, angry or tired. Think about the last time someone at […]
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Leadership Psychology Skill #3: Manage Emotions

Each of us is an emotional being. For decades, business experts discouraged emotional expressions at work. These days, we know it’s impossible—and actually detrimental—to ignore or suppress them. Instead, we learn to manage emotions. “In successful and emotionally balanced companies, the people working in them discuss things, no matter how bad things have gotten. They […]
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Emotional Hijacks at Work: Beware the Tiger

Most of the books I read about the brain and emotional intelligence talk about an emotional or amygdala hijacking, which is what you see when the boss loses it and goes on a rant. It’s not pretty, and almost always makes the hijacker look pretty stupid. The amygdala is the brain’s radar for threat. It […]
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