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How Learning to Lead from Your Values Builds Your Confidence, Influence and Impact

What does it mean to  lead from your values? Following are some thoughts and feelings that have been shared with me by leaders of leaders when first considering values clarification: I hear the word values and I’m not sure what that means. How do I even identify what my core values are as a leader? I know my values but I’m not sure what it means to lead by my values. I know what’s important...

How can coaching support you to excel as a Leader of Leaders?

Many successful leaders that I have worked with have shared with me challenges and opportunities.  Typically, they are dealing with one of three areas that, when addressed, help them excel with their goals and dreams.  The three areas are:  building confidence, expanding influence and/or amplifying positive impact. How does coaching support these three areas? Leadership is an...

We gave them what they asked for. Isn’t that enough? … The Leaders’ Role

In Fred Kofman’s book, The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership, I read about the reasons that engagement initiatives quite often fail.  Often such initiatives stem from results of engagement surveys showing what people want or what is lacking.  In an effort to increase the engagement scores, leaders may be tempted to provide what people seem to be looking for – for example,...

The Integral Role of Leaders in Organizational Culture

Leaders have a pivotal impact on the initiation and sustainability of Values Based Organizational Culture.  They have a large say as they create the environment, model the behaviours, and decide on the related strategies, processes, procedures, and systems.  Therefore, it is important to explore how leaders impact organizational culture and how they can support the shift towards the...

“Millennials”

I have heard many comments this year about the challenges of managing Millennials.  Often the word, Millennials, is used in a derogatory manner.  This often surprises me as I see so much benefit that Millennials can bring. When I listen to what Millennials tend to ask for, they are things that earlier generations – Traditional, Baby Boomer, and Gen X – wanted to ask but did...

Increase Your Influence

Influence.  What is it? Is it innate or can it be learned? Influence is our ability to share with others our ideas in a logical, understandable fashion and in a way that they can hear and absorb and be likely to embrace and integrate.  It is intended to inspire others to action through their thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Does building influence sound daunting? 7 ways that you can increase...

Leader as Listener

Listening is one of the core leadership skills.  It is a skill that can be developed and honed. It creates amazing benefits. How often do you find yourself listening to others?  What are you listening for? What are you learning? How do you listen in a way that creates benefits? Listening starts with listening to ourselves and, over time, developing our Personal Mastery (Senge, 2006).   There are...

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