Patience is a Virtue Even for Leaders

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, was quoted as saying “Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.”  In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be patient, but the better leaders know that to succeed, you must be patient in most cases. As an example, when introducing a … Read more

Learning to be Objective is Critical for Effective Leaders

Leaders need to be objective but that is a difficult challenge when dealing with all the other demands and deadlines facing them daily.  They may also be experiencing stress or even lack of sleep which affects their ability to think, and more importantly act objectively. The important thing for a leader to recognize is how … Read more

What Type of Negotiator are You?

Negotiation is a skill that almost everyone uses in their daily lives.  For leaders, negotiation is critical to move a business forward and achieve significant profit growth. Negotiations are not only with vendors and customers but also occur internally with employees, regarding promotions, raises, time off, and project assignments. What types of negotiators are there?  … Read more

Why Great Leaders Spend Time Every Day Learning

A leader’s mission is to direct and motivate an organization so it can achieve profitability.  Although this seems like a simple statement the reality as we know is much more complicated. A leader needs to oversee a maze of issues while staying ahead of their competitors. On top of it, one bad move and it … Read more

Does Company Loyalty Exist Anymore?

The definition of company loyalty has certainly changed over the years. Gone are the days when an employee would stay with one company for thirty years, especially since that’s what employers valued back then. Even staying with one company for ten years is becoming a thing of the past. Now it seems like the longer … Read more

How to Deal With a “Know-It-All”

Supposedly Sir Francis Bacon is credited with the quote “knowledge is power.”  A true leader definitely needs to be experienced but they should also seek out others who are more knowledgeable in certain areas than they are. Ego gets in the way, however, because some leaders won’t admit they don’t have all the answers. If … Read more

The Importance of Time Management for Leaders

Needless to say, there are many duties that a leader has to manage which includes overseeing the staff’s activities.  Priorities will shift as things come up but when one is leading an organization there may be too many urgencies and not enough time. Juggling starts to occur but is this the best use of a … Read more

How To Be An Effective Influencer

A leader that is influential versus controlling and/or authoritative is much more effective.  By influencing others to achieve an objective, a leader is empowering them which is much more productive and beneficial to an organization in the long run. Influencing others is not easy. So how to does one do it?  In most cases, trying … Read more

What Are Your Super Powers?

According to Dictionary.com, a hero is “a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model.” This does not mean, however, that all heroes are viewed as leaders. The added piece to this is that leaders need to take these abilities and motivate … Read more