Category Archives: Leadership

How Ego-Free Is Your Leadership? Part Two.

This is the second part of a two-part series on how we can reduce the damaging impact of ego as leaders. Leading Blog recently reviewed a new book, Ego Free Leadership.  Here are some key insights: “Intellectually it’s easy to decide that learning, growing, or creating authentic relationships is more important than not appearing incompetent, failing, or being hurt. Unfortunately, this is not how we feel at a visceral level, or we wouldn’t be continuously repeating these dysfunctional behaviors. Transformation comes when we consciously connect with goals not tied to our self-worth and use this emotional clarity to inspire action …

How Ego-Free Is Your Leadership? Transform Yourself and Your Organization

In the next two weeks, we’ll explore the cost of ego-driven leadership and the growth path to transform yourself and your organization. Recently I’ve been working with many clients to create high-performing leadership teams.  I’ve observed the breakthroughs that happen when leaders develop awareness into how reactive habits can get in the way of effectiveness, impairing communication, relationships and joy. Like it or not, ego is here to stay.  We need ego to navigate through the world.  The issue comes when ego becomes the driver, and we are hapless passengers, stuck in the perpetual cycle of trying to prove we …

The biggest competitive advantage is……

According to Patrick Lencioni, author of The Advantage, and Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Strategy, Technology, Finance and Marketing are still alive, well and important, but “as meaningful competitive advantages, as real differentiators that can set one company apart from another, they are no longer anything close to what they once were. That’s because virtually every organization, of any size, has access to the best thinking and practices around strategy, technology, etc.  In this age of the internet, as information has become ubiquitous, it’s almost impossible to sustain an advantage based on intellectual ideas.” Lencioni, believes there is “one remaining, …

Does Your Leadership Story Need a Re-Write? Part II

Last week we looked at the ways in which leaders can develop self-awareness around their personal story.  Inspired by Rosamund Stone Zander’s Pathways to Possibility, Leading Blog summarized ways in which we can shift to an adult story—one that is empowering towards who we are now. “When we are operating from the adult narrative: We know we survived childhood and staying alive is no longer a present issue. The mature mind is curious and devotes attention to what is not known. The adult mind is open and flexible: willing to entertain new thoughts and feelings without the need to protect …

Does Your Leadership Story Need a Re-Write?

In my book, Step Up Now, 21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others, the first principle is “Be. Know. Do.”  Leaders, to be effective, must possess self-awareness. Who are you being? Over the next two weeks, I borrow from Leading Blog on this exact question.  This week we explore the context and warning signs.  Next week we’ll examine possible solutions.   Rosamund Stone Zander, the author of one of my favorite leadership books, The Art of Possibility, describes in Pathways to Possibility that “often, our growth requires that we live a new story. We are not “trained to think …