Leadership Blog – V is for Value

There have been numerous articles discussing the compensation of the CEO versus the average worker.  A CEO’s pay can be in the millions while a staff member could make in the $50,000s to $70,000s.  Some questions arise including “Is the CEO worth it?  And is a staff member who contributes significantly worth more than they … Read more

Leadership Blog – Q is for Question

Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. ~Robert Half Even though most business leaders have years of experience and confidence in their knowledge and abilities, knowing that they don’t always have the answers is a critical skill all great leaders must develop.  They not only need to ask the … Read more

Leadership Blog – M is for Mission

A leader’s mission is to direct 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 can be … Read more

Leadership Blog – K is for Knowledge

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

Leadership Blog – I is for Influence

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

Leadership Blog – H is for Hero

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

Leadership Blog – G is for Grit

A skilled leader needs to demonstrate that he/she can stand up to others and tackle tough problems.  In our fast-moving world, this is not an easy task but it is necessary for a company to survive.  Also, it is important because if staff members do not have confidence in their leader, the organization will lack … Read more

Leadership Blog – E is for Empower, Encourage, and Energize

If a company is to be truly effective, the organizational chart should be upside down with the leader on the bottom.  His or her role should really be to encourage, empower, and energize their team to perform at their best.  In addition, they need to provide their staff with the proper resources, training, and coaching. … Read more

Leadership Blog – D is for Duty

The news has covered many stories about CEOs and other members of the senior management team misbehaving in terms of lavish parties, exorbitant salaries, etc.  When the economy tanked, other issues of exploiting executive privileges came to light as well.  There were also a few executives that seemed to be unaware that bad practices were … Read more

Leadership Blog – B is for Bold

If you think about true leaders, whether they are in a big or small company, in a service or product industry, one key attribute they must possess is being bold.  The leader does not have to be loud or overly demonstrative, but must come across that they are the one who is directing their organization.  … Read more