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The Risks of Working for a
Leader with Big Ego

If you’ve ever worked for someone with a big ego, then you know how frustrating it can be. Nothing can be more debilitating in an organization. Leaders with out-of-control egos are responsible for huge losses in productivity and profits. “Ego is the invisible line item on every company’s profit and loss statement.”—David Marcum and Steven […]
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How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How well do you think you know yourself? Self-awareness is key to success in work, life, and relationships. I would say that it is the foundation of strong character, giving us the ability to lead with a sense of purpose, authenticity, openness, and trust. “Knowing yourself, and knowing the forces that affect the people who […]
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How Leaders Recognize Fear of Failure

Fear of failure has several telltale—and observable—signs. You’re likely to set your ambitions too low or too high, explains entrepreneurship expert Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012). Goals set too low reflect a lack of self-confidence and a fear of […]
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Unlock Your Potential with a Shift in Mindset

Do you ever wonder why some very smart people don’t live up to their potential? Maybe you even include yourself in this category. Some scientists propose that underachieving may come down to mindset. Mindset is “an established set of attitudes held by someone,” says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of […]
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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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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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Lack of Self Confidence: What’s Stopping You?

No one—not even the most outwardly self-assured leader—is immune from periods of self-doubt and lack of self confidence. In fact, sometimes doubt can be healthy when it acts as an internal check. People with healthy self confidence are more adept at managing their inner experiences and better at learning from mistakes and failures. Their self […]
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Why Leaders Need to Improve
(Authentic) Self Confidence

No one gives you self confidence; it is something each of us has to develop on our own. Now, you may have been fortunate to have had great parents and siblings and supportive teachers who intuitively built your self-esteem. Okay, lucky you. I don’t deny that happens and that some people seem to have been […]
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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 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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