Category Archives: leadership

Are You a Quiet Boss?

I’ve been writing about the pros and cons of a quiet boss. While there are many benefits in working for or employing a quiet boss, the uncertainties and challenges are costly. Fortunately, those who understand the quiet personality can help quiet bosses adopt more effective approaches.
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The Dangerous Dysfunction of a Quiet Boss

The quiet boss may see harmless in appearance, but look again: you’ll find indications of dangerous dysfunction. Ask anyone who has worked for a quiet boss.
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Pros and Cons of the Quiet Boss

Effective bosses know it’s sometimes best to leave people alone. When you ask frequent questions you interrupt people’s work. It’s annoying and ineffective. But bosses who are too hands-off create uncertainty and unanticipated challenges. I wrote about this in my last post, here. There are many pros and cons of the quiet boss.
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Longing for a Quiet Boss?
Be Careful What You Wish For…

Do you long for a quiet boss, one who’s thoughtful, reserved and capable of creating a peaceful culture? If you’re working for an ego-driven, obnoxious leader, you probably are. But be careful what you wish for: behind the deceptive façade, quiet leaders incite uncertainties and unanticipated challenges. I know, I’ve seen it happen all too often. […]
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Are We Redefining Executive Presence?

Are we redefining executive presence? When I consider how our work environments are morphing (remote/virtual offices, work hubs/collaborative spaces, casual work attire, flex work hours, technology/AI), the speed at which we’re doing business and the pressure on resources, it would be no surprise to see a redefinition of executive presence.
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Conflict Resolution:
5 Best Practices for Leaders

  As a leader, what are your best practices in conflict resolution? Let me ask you this: How much time do you spend putting out fires, particularly interpersonal ones? If you’re anything like the leaders I work with, it’s probably in the ball park of 20%. That may feel like a lot, but consider the […]
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Conflict Resolution at Work:
What’s Your Goal?

Diverse perspectives are beneficial for organizations. They challenge tunnel vision and the status quo, and promote learning and innovation. When issues are constructively debated, new solutions emerge. But too often I have seen organizations with opposing points of view turn to unhealthy conflict. What’s worse, many leaders are ill-prepared for effective conflict resolution.
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Conflict Resolution:
How the Best Leaders Measure-up

When I see conversations escalate into conflict, I don’t have to look far to see competition, egos and rivalries in action. That’s not to say that competition is a bad thing; far from it. Innovation and positive change often begin with those who refuse to “go along to get along.” But when healthy debate turns […]
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Do You Have Genuine Leadership Humility?

Do you have genuine leadership humility ? This has been a frequent topic in leadership development discussions. It seems we’ve gotten ourselves stuck in a focus on “me”, rather than “we.” To shift this mindset, humility must become a more popular leadership practice.
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Genuine Leadership Humility:
Conversations Matter!

When it comes to genuine leadership humility, conversations matter! When I talk with my coaching clients on this subject, I find that many leaders still believe workplace humility is a detriment, not an advantage. Some believe that authority, power and even intimidation are best to run organizations and achieve results. Being understood is more important […]
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