Be A Brilliant Leader Without Being Bossy


As a leader, are you afraid of being “bossy?” Bossy – it’s not typically a positive adjective, right? Did you know that women are far more likely to be described as bossy over men? An assertive man is considered confident while a woman is bossy. Once upon a time there was a little girl who…

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Being A More Connected AND Successful Leader

Connected Leader

Leaders – what makes them successful? When I ask what makes a leader great, I get a list of wonderful characteristics, all of which are important. However, being “connected” is rarely a part of that list. In order to lead, others must follow. And people who feel disconnected from you are unlikely to follow. God…

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Rare Qualities That Make Leaders Outstanding

Rare Leaders Who Stand Out

Leaders – what makes one stand out in a sea of other leaders? It’s the rare qualities they possess! Leading is complex role that requires a multitude of skills no matter what role you lead in – as a parent, small business owner, or the president of the United States! The prerequisite to leading others…

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Wow! The Link Between Love & Vulnerability

Love is what makes the world go round or so the song says. The “love theme” is common in books, movies, TV, music, advertising, and more. We long to be truly loved! There’s another important component to love that is often overlooked. Without vulnerability, you won’t enjoy close relationships or the joy of being loved.…

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Make Your Meetings Worth Their Time!

eting? What flashes through your mind when you hear the word meeting? A sense of excitement? Dread? The urge to run? The mindset you bring into meetings matters whether you are the leader or a participant! Trust me, your feelings of excitement, dread, or something else shine through. While the burden of having successful meetings…

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Preschoolers Do This Better Than Most Leaders!

Leadership Questions

Questions, questions, and more questions! If you’ve spent any time with preschoolers, you know that they are full of questions! The question preschoolers ask most frequently: “Why?” It’s a short and sweet question that often requires deep thought before responding. Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to articulate “the why” in terms that a preschooler…

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Quit Sabotaging You & Your Amazing Team


Sabotaging happens! Leading a big responsibility that requires you to navigate a demanding schedule, deal with a multitude of personalities, and complete an endless list of tasks in an effort to achieve lofty goals. Along the way, it’s not uncommon for leaders to sabotage themselves and sabotage their team. When that happens, everyone loses! Nearly…

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Yes! Criticism Stings! Make it A Positive


There’s no denying it – criticism often stings! On a sunny summer day a few years back, my daughter was merrily mowing the lawn – her way to earn a few extra bucks. Everything was proceeding per usual until suddenly the sound of the mower stopped and hysterical shrieking ensued. The shrieking was so intense…

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Expectations! Your People Can’t Read Your Mind!


Expectations! We all have them, and it’s a common problem among leaders. They expect their people to know exactly what they want done and are amazed and annoyed when it doesn’t happen. Perhaps not consciously, but you’ve made that mistake too. Think about it, unspoken expectations, aka assumptions, are dangerous! They wreak havoc in your…

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3 Ways To Keep Your Leadership Fresh


Leadership – it’s a big responsibility! When conversing with leaders, I hear the words demanding, overwhelming, never-ending, lonely, and challenging frequently. Those words sound like a recipe for burnout. And that’s not a happy feeling! To make matters worse, operating at max or maybe overflowing capacity, leaves very little room for doing what leaders do…

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