Tag Archives: Emotional Intelligence

Being in order to Become: A New Year’s Invitation

Welcome to 2018!   I’ve observed that the way we enter the year can have a strong impact on how the year unfolds. This year I offered all my clients a New Year’s gift on our initial calls these past few weeks.  I asked them to become intentional as they envision the year ahead.  We can’t choose what happens to us, but we can choose our attitudes and beliefs.  When we have clarity of intention around what matters, we can weather the tougher times when they do show up.  Like a compass, we can guide ourselves back to our true north …

Does Your Leadership Gift Include Your Presence?

I thought long and hard about how to wrap up this final post for the year.  It has been quite a year for many of us, experiencing big challenges, and also significant positive changes, sometimes all at the same time. As I reflected on what topic to choose, I return to that which has been a hallmark of my work as an executive coach; helping leaders transform themselves through presence so they can in turn transform others.  What began for me seven years ago as a whisper, has now become a shout.  Much has been written about the importance of …

9 Things Positive Leaders Do (continued)

This week we continue our post from last week, exploring the 9 things positive leaders do.  As an executive coach who works with high-performing, entrepreneurs who want to scale their organizations to the next level, I have seen first-hand the importance of modelling these qualities Leading Blog offers us a summary of Jon’ Gordon’s key takeaways: 4. Positive Leaders Confront, Transform, and Remove Negativity “Positive leadership is not just about feeding the positive, but also about weeding out the negative.” You must address negativity. Develop a culture where negativity is not acceptable. People will either change or leave. A positive …

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 …

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 …