Category Archives: Leadership

More Leadership Lessons from Rwanda

Step Up Leadership traveled to Rwanda this month to share our principles with the young women of the Akilah Institute for Women. Akilah means “wisdom” in Swahili. I cannot think of a more fitting word to describe this remarkable place. Akilah is a college that offers a unique model of market-relevant education empowering graduates for success in careers and leadership roles.  I first learned about Akilah upon hearing Co-Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, speak about her vision. At the age of twenty-four, this extraordinary young leader foresaw an opportunity. Upon reading about the 1994 genocide there, Elizabeth decided she had …

Are You an “Engaged” Leader?

Last month’s topic was Leadership in the Mirror.   Here we explore how leaders can engage and participate after their reflection using the Step Up Leader framework. Engaged leadership requires a high degree of self-awareness. Leaders who learn that the way they are being impacts every single interaction, conversation and relationship are ahead of the game. It may sound obvious, but it is the first step towards truly engaged leadership. Being The first principle of “Step Up Now: 21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others” outlines the importance of Be. Know. Do. Being precedes knowing or doing. Leaders often act …

Are You Intentionally Connecting as a Leader?

This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from Leading Blog, reviewing a new book.   It supports my Step Up Leader foundational principles; using – Connection Mindfulness and Authenticity to access your powerful inner leader.  Everything Connects And because it does, “the depth of understanding that we have of ourselves and others will be the asset that we use the most throughout our working lives.” Everything Connects, by Faisal Hoque and Drake Baer, is a book about how to create an innovative, sustainable organization. But it is much more. It’s about being intentional about relationships to create the space to do …

Are You a Learning Leader?

It may seem like an obvious question because we are ALWAYS learning. However upon closer inspection are you learning intentionally? This question became super relevant as I was doing some work on my business, identifying the ideal clients I want to work with. I feel grateful in that I already HAVE ideal clients; yet in the interests of growth and scaling, I wanted to be sure I was clear about who I wanted to serve and was qualified to best serve. I am attracted to working with clients who are highly intelligent, focused, successful and articulate. In addition, my clients …

Leadership Impact: Where it Comes From

This week’s Step Up Leader tips come from Leading Blog. We appreciate how others in the field of leadership are writing about the importance of Leadership Impact – leading from the core. This is a cornerstone principle of the Step Up Leader process. Clients discover that creating influence and effectiveness begin with this subtle yet powerful “inner dimension.” “Why do some leaders make an impact, while others flounder after initial success? Tim Irwin says “leadership failures rarely reflect a problem with the leader’s competence. Most often the fall occurs because of a breach of something inside the leader.” This is …