President Trump’s Leadership Style

In this episode of Audio Tidbits Podcast I return to six leadership styles I shared with you in an earlier podcast. In this episode I discuss the leadership style of President Trump and consider which of the six styles best characterize his leadership style. I also share some thoughts about how well he does as […]

Leadership at Your Fingertips

Jacobsen, Ian. Leadership at Your Fingertips: Proven Ways to Handle Your Challenges. Los Altos: Westchester Publishing Company, 2003. When you hire, you hire a whole person. It is naive to assume that people leave the rest of their life on the doorstep as they come to work. Organizations need to be prepared to help employees […]

The Leader Quiz

Are you a leader or striving to become a leader? If so, it is important to identify your leadership style and to be aware of why you prefer a particular style. As becomes clear, there are alternative and distinct styles and each has its strengths and limitations. The better you understand your style, the more […]

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership

Jackson, Brad and Ken Parry. A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, Ltd., 2008. You have some clear convictions about what you think constitutes the right and the wrong way to lead someone or to be led by someone. While the importance of the role of […]

Personality and the Fate of Organizations

Hogan, Robert. Personality and the Fate of Organizations. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 2007. …all managerial jobs have one important feature in common: They help accomplish the work of an organization through other people. This means that managers are responsible for the performance of their staffs. The word leadership has two meanings. On the […]

Feedback Can Be Dangerous

Give people clear, frequent, and accurate feedback. This unusually complex strategy starts with being as quick to tell people what they have done right as you are to tell them what they have done wrong. That does not sound difficult, does it? What if the order is reversed though? Be as quick to tell people […]

Leadership Comes Last

This episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast is an eight-minute lesson in leadership. It shows us that leadership comes last, always. Perhaps it might have been better named as the five prerequisites to leadership. Either way, leadership is at the end of the learning curve, not where it starts. DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android […]

On Mission and Leadership

Hesselbein, Frances and Rob Johnston. On Mission and Leadership: A Leader to Leader Guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002. Intellectual capital is an organization’s primary asset. Knowledge workers seek meaning and purpose in their work, a climate of trust and optimism, and results. Technical competence: business literacy and grasp of one’s field Conceptual skill: a facility […]

Collaborative Intelligence

Hackman, Richard J. Collaborative Intelligence: Using Teams to Solve Hard Problems. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2011. A team is akin to an audio amplifier: whatever comes in, be it Mozart or ear-grating static, comes out louder. To perform well, any team must include members who have the knowledge and skill that the task requires; […]

Popular One Year Ago: Adaptive Leadership (013)

This is the final section of the adaptive leadership series. Some may find it somewhat difficult to integrate into their leadership practice if they do not have the benefit of the earlier sections. Nonetheless, this section consolidates the leadership strategies from the earlier sections and incorporates the adaptive leadership philosophy when making decisions and working […]