28 02, 2018

Go looking for bad news

As a leader, one of the skills you need to develop is to “go looking for bad news.” Part of your job is to find, and then face up to, the problems and aggravations that routinely occur in any business. If you’re not aware of any problems, that’s a problem in and of itself. You [...]

27 02, 2018

Which road will you take?

In his classic poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost talks about how the road he was walking on while in the woods separated into two roads leading in different directions. He had to decide which of the two he would take. By taking the one less traveled, his life was changed. Frost’s point was [...]

8 02, 2018

Here’s the one undisputed test of a leader

If there is one indisputable test of a leader, it’s the results she or he produces. As Henry Ford once said: You cannot build a reputation on what you’re going to do. Intent without action is just daydreaming. People who are leaders get results. I’ve always thought that any decision well-implemented is better than a [...]

7 02, 2018

Can you be a leader without a title?

How many of you feel you’re not a leader because you don’t have a “leader’s title”? When we think of what a “leader’s title” is, we often confuse it with a “boss’s title” such as manager, director, president, or CEO. But there’s a difference between being a boss and being a leader—to start off, you [...]

25 11, 2013

9 Secrets of Successful Business Leaders

A good leader is made, not born. There are many things you can do to become a better business leader. While there are people who are more extroverted or outgoing, these personalities alone will never determine whether they’ll succeed as business leaders. […]