Mid-career Leadership Is Harder Than You Ever Expected

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My work with leaders has convinced me how immensely difficult is to get leadership right. Leading other people is really, really hard. Indeed, the sheer glut of leadership books may be the best evidence of how hard

Leaders Use Opportunity, Not Fear, to Motivate

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Using fear to motivate people is cheap leadership. Any two-bit dictator can use fear to get things done. It takes no finesse or intelligence and ultimately works against the leader. The temporary spike in motivation

Simplifying Leadership—Seriously!

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Last month I wrote about how hard leadership is. A quick recap on why that is: Total

Leaders See Opportunities Not Problems

Real leaders view challenging situations as opportunities, not problems. Instead of injecting people with fear, they navigate them towards opportunities, inspiring them with excitement and hope. Finding opportunities for others means letting go of

Leadership and the Art of Performance

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Leadership is a role, a part you play in front of many audiences. It’s a part that comes with many expected and unexpected demands. Finding the balance, what you are truly responsible for versus what you assume responsibility for, is the