From the category archives:


When Doubt Impedes Your Ability to Lead

January 18, 2015
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Here’s a little secret your leader might not want to admit: He deals with doubt. No matter how confident he might seem on the outside, even the most self-assured leaders wrestle with doubt on the inside from time to time. Doubt is a natural characteristic in leadership – and that’s okay. I’d be cautious of […]

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D is for Defensive

January 12, 2015
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Last week I wrapped up my leader performance/growth reviews. I had some great conversations with my leaders, and in addition to discussing their growth, I thoroughly appreciate their feedback on where they see opportunity for me to grow. One of the questions I ask each of my leaders to answer about me is, “What three […]

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10 Leadership Actions to Live Out in 2015

January 5, 2015
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Before the New Year I crafted a message that I wanted to share with a few key leaders at one of Impacting Leaders’ clients. Though crafted for some particular leaders, we can all work to live out these ten actions as we strive to grow in 2015.

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How to Bring Clarity to Your Team

December 3, 2014
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One of the most frustrating things a follower can experience is uncertainty about where they stand with their leader. Of course people want and need to know when they’re performing up to or above expectations. But I’ve also learned that most people want to know when they’re not performing up to par. And if they […]

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Smart or Wise Leadership: Why It Matters

November 16, 2014
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This past week I was visiting with a comrade regarding smart people who aspire to be leaders. This led us to discussing the difference between having wisdom and having knowledge. Most leaders love to have smart, knowledgeable people on their team. After all, that’s less pressure on the leader to have all the answers, right? […]

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Where’s Your Sign?

November 2, 2014
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We have signs all around us. Many signs tell us what to do, where to go, or what to be aware of. Most signs are designed to help us. While running the other day I started to make note of all the man-made signs along the trail. I wanted to challenge myself by making a leadership […]

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The Struggle with Pride

October 23, 2014
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If there is one temptation nearly all of us struggle with from time to time, it is pride. Pride is one of the greatest afflictions of leaders. It is seductive, making us think more highly of ourselves than we should. Yet, shouldn’t we be proud of our accomplishments? As the old saying goes, if you […]

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Take the Fear Out of Budgeting

October 20, 2014
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I really dislike budgets. I don’t mind talking about money, but it seems budgets are all about spending, and as a tight German (like my daddy) spending sends a chill up my spine. Ha, so maybe that’s why we do budgets around Halloween each year! Of course budgeting is a necessary evil, and there are […]

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Are you Building a Legacy or a Résumé?

October 12, 2014
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I’ve written on legacy before (Will Anyone Miss You? Live Out Your Legacy and How to Build a Legacy of Leadership), but today I’m prompted to write on it from a new point of view. I’ve always wanted to live a life that has a lasting legacy, but of course I don’t get to decide […]

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People Want to Feel Appreciated

October 8, 2014
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One of our Impact Performance Group entities recently hit a huge milestone, which called for a unique and special celebration. So, on Wednesday of last week, another leader and I spent the day making surprise visits to all the teammates involved to recognize their accomplishment. We laughed, gave high fives, reminisced, cried, hugged, handed out […]

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