Leadership can be a loaded term. Ask someone what it takes to be a leader, and you’ll likely get different responses. However, there is an expectation for leaders, including a skillset leaders are assumed to master.
So, I’ve taken the time to carefully craft a list of recommended literature along those expectations. Then I combined it with the topics most frequently requested in coaching.
This article organizes 29 of the most influential leadership books into eight categories.
“It’s not an accident that successful people read more books.” Seth Godin
Reading is vital to your growth as a leader, personal development…
Over the past six months, I have written a book: “High-Performance Virtual Work: How Leaders Create Effective Virtual Workplaces.” Drumroll… The book launched today!
A publisher approached me to write about virtual work. In fact, this was due to my twelve years of virtual work experience. A request to author a book is a great honor to me. Additionally, this request sparked new excitement about a topic I am passionate about. Over the years, I addressed many misconceptions and learned a lot in the process. I learned about myself, leadership, communication, time management, and other topics that require special attention…
Most leaders share that they care about their teams. Many of them say they have their finger “on the pulse” of the organization. Do you?
There is no health without mental health. — David Satcher
A recent survey by Ginger, a mental health app, showed that there is a gap between how CEOs view the needs of employees vs their employees assessment.
Have you been giving an important presentation or and suddenly heard a voice in your head saying something like, “That was a dumb idea. Now they will find out that you don’t belong here”?
Maybe it was something similar. Let’s call this voice your inner critic. Today, we’ll talk about dealing with it so it won’t get in your way.
Where the mind goes, the man follows. — Joyce Meyer
Our thoughts are so powerful that books exist about it, and famous sayings have addressed the astounding effect of mere thoughts on our destiny. …
We’re halfway through the year and a few miles away from your New-Year’s Resolution. How are you progressing on your goals?
If you’re like most people, you have tried and stopped, perhaps tried again, and are still trying to create consistent change. You want to reach your goals (of course!). Maybe you’ve thought about giving up, but then someone told you that you haven’t lost until you’ve given up, so you’re determined to keep trying.
If your approach so far hasn’t worked, let’s try a new approach and keep you from entering insanity. Deal?
Let’s say you want to change…
By this time of the year, work is moving at a fast pace for most leaders. We’re long past the holidays and past setting plans. We’re directing, aligning, enabling, achieving, reporting, challenging, problem solving, and making decisions along the way.
It can make us dizzy or throw us of track if we don’t remain alert. This week’s Leading Choices talks about keeping focus when you’re in a storm or when the business train is running at a mind-blowing speed.
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is. — Wayne Gretzky
How has your week been? Time flies, doesn’t it? Does it feel like your time went down the drain, without any stopper to help you use your time before it’s gone?
Let’s talk about reclaiming some of your time.
When people share concerns about time escaping them, they often view it as something that makes a decision to walk away. But time is a constant: every day has the same 24 hours. The sun rises and sets. What you do alongside of this timeline is entirely in your hands.
Of course, there are exceptions. There are things beyond your reach…
Most people cringe when they think about conflict. The response is natural. Conflict imposes a danger and the human brain is wired to escape danger. You may have heard of the expression “fight-or-flight mode.” Our response can be ad hoc, defensive, or even inflated.
For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. — Margaret Hefferman
We want harmonious relationships so we can collaborate and get things done, even in a competitive environment. What do you do when conflict arises in your team? What do you do when you are in the middle of it?
Have you ever wondered how much influence you can have on your career? How much do your choices impact your leadership? How many decisions are made by external factors?
The question about external factors influencing your future hardly matters. That’s because you have the power of choice. Even if unfavorable circumstances hit you, you can choose to respond in different ways.
What happens when you find it hard to make any decision or remain inactive? The same will happen as with every other choice because indecision and passiveness are choices. …
Let’s talk about the most unappreciated power to your leadership and productivity: rest. Yes, you heard right.
Ok then. What are you made for?
Perhaps you’re so full of energy and ideas and have a firm belief that more hours (at work) are better. Let me challenge that belief. Do you know why you believe more is better? Do you believe you achieve more in more time? Do you hold to the Silicon Valley paradigm that the office is the living room of the successful?
Science has debunked the myth that more work hours equal more productivity. In fact, there…