Shoddy Leadership Part 4: The Rarest of All Breeds – Great Leadership

This is the 4th segment of the series “Shoddy Workmanship. “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.” Proverbs 29:2 Have you ever noticed the time and attention focused on bad leadership? Articles abound and are very descriptive on who bad leaders are and what they do. Why… Continue reading Shoddy Leadership Part 4: The Rarest of All Breeds – Great Leadership

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“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy

Shoddy Leadership Part 3: The Most Common Leadership Style Is Shortchanging Companies and Staff

This is Part 3 of the series: “Shoddy Workmanship: Why 90% Of Leaders Are Average Or Worse” updted from an article originally posted on LinkedIn. The Epidemic Of Average Leadership The most common leadership style is inhibiting the success of companies and diminishing the morale of employees. It is leadership that looks like a duck,… Continue reading Shoddy Leadership Part 3: The Most Common Leadership Style Is Shortchanging Companies and Staff

Shoddy Leadership Part 2: The Common Belief Behind The Three Worst Leadership Styles

If leadership were an organization it would rival cable companies and airlines in the degree of customer dissatisfaction. While leadership is in great disrepute to be fair, leadership is a difficult profession and evaluating it honestly leadership is not easy. First, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If one person does not like… Continue reading Shoddy Leadership Part 2: The Common Belief Behind The Three Worst Leadership Styles

Shoddy Leadership: 90% Of Leaders Are Average Or Worse – Why?

(This article is modified from an article originally authored and posted on LinkedIn in July 2014) I. Shoddy workmanship is a sign of our times We live in a world of shoddy workmanship. In 2012 there were more than 650 car safety recalls affecting over 17.8 million vehicles; that number rose to 22 million vehicles… Continue reading Shoddy Leadership: 90% Of Leaders Are Average Or Worse – Why?

Should A Leader Be Friends with Staff?

“People, people who need people are the luckiest people in the world” Barbara Streisand When I was being trained to be a military officer in the early 1970’s we were instructed never to be friends with the soldiers reporting to us. Fraternization and friendship were to be avoided at all costs. Both of these actions… Continue reading Should A Leader Be Friends with Staff?

Are You A Clever Leader? That’s Not A Good Thing!

When I was in the Army I learned that military life was long stretches of boredom interspersed with moments of trouble, tension and even terror. Interestingly enough, leadership follows a similar pattern. On most days leadership involves doing what is necessary to keep the ship floating and running properly. Decisions are usually straightforward and are… Continue reading Are You A Clever Leader? That’s Not A Good Thing!

“Do It My Way Or I Am Leaving!”

All seasoned managers have faced this dilemma. An employee, (sometimes talented, sometimes not; sometimes experienced, sometimes not), threatens to leave if he or she does not get something they demand. It may be a promotion, a bonus, a pay increase or some other desired result. But the threat is always the same: these employees put… Continue reading “Do It My Way Or I Am Leaving!”

Are You A Compelling Communicator?

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” The Captain, Road Prison 36 from Cool Hand Luke Leadership communication is an interesting topic. We all know that the ability to communicate appropriately is an essential component for every effective leader. Ken Blanchard and Associates reports that 43% of survey respondents identified communication skills as… Continue reading Are You A Compelling Communicator?