Confessions of a Thief…

Tweet I must confess that I have been a thief most of my life. For those of you who know me, does that surprise you? I recently read a piece by Zig Ziglar that says anyone who does not fully believe in themselves and fully utilizes their abilities is stealing from themselves, their loved ones, […]

Executive Coaching and Foggy Mirrors

Tweet Executive coaching can help remove the fog from your mirror so you can see yourself as others see you. No, I am not talking about literally entering your home and cleaning your mirrors. What I am talking about is helping you see yourself (and your circumstances) as others see you; helping you identify your […]

A Leader and Honesty

Tweet While attending a networking event in Dallas, I had the pleasure of exchanging dialogue with many interesting individuals. In one particular conversation, a young man, after discovering that I am a leadership coach and consultant, asked a rather insightful question: “What do you think is the most important quality in a leader?”

The Leader and the Bible

Tweet I must confess, I have a biblical worldview of leadership. Now before you walk away, you need to understand that everyone has a worldview, or a fundamental cognitive orientation (see, isn’t the term ‘worldview easier’?). Some may call it their leadership paradigm (a theoretical or philosophical framework), but I prefer the term

Influence in 2010

Tweet John Maxwell asserts, “Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.” I referenced this quote several times this past year as I had the privilege to speak to numerous groups of leaders. Oftentimes, when we think of leadership and influence, we think of others. However, I have found the greatest leadership challenge often lies within […]

Transformational Leadership

Tweet Transformational leadership is another leadership orientation at the higher range of Bass’s full range of leadership. The transformational leader’s role is to influence and elevate the attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and values beyond the individual self-interests of those they are leading and to create moral agents among these followers in the organization . Similar to […]

Laissez-faire Leadership: Is that an Oxymoron?

Tweet Laissez-faire leadership is found in an environment where leadership responsibilities are ignored by the leaders and decisions are avoided or neglected by the leadership. Laissez-faire leaders avoid their own supervisory responsibilities and avoid trying to influence their subordinates (Bass, 1990). These leaders usually set no clear goals, allow organizational drift, and do not help […]

Leadership: Fiedler’s Contingency Model

Tweet Though controversial, Fiedler’s contingency model of leadership has been the most widely researched model on leadership (Bass, 1990). Fiedler used three dimensions to describe the leadership situation: leader-member relations, task structure, and leader’s positional power. The most important variable in Fiedler’s research was the least preferred co-worker (LPC) scores. Fiedler, through his model, showed […]

Leadership: Great Man Theory

Tweet Bass (1990) states that “the study of history has been the study of leaders – what they did and why they did it” (p. 3). From the instruction of Ptahhotep in 2300 B.C., to Confucius, to Plato, to Machiavelli, and to Collins, the scholars of leadership study have focused on influence (Bass, 1990). Leadership […]

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