Leadership Development

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

Leadership development may be the most important activity in any organization. In my quest to helping men and women become more and more effective leaders, I share weekly articles that are a quick read with a promise to give your leaders actionable tips they can implement immediately.

It’s my goal to share my experience together with candid and pragmatic advice founded on deep research.

Read and enjoy! To make sure you don’t miss any updates, let me send you a weekly article to your email.

March 4, 2013

Commanding Fear

Scientists define fear and anxiety very specifically. Fear happens when you encounter a real threat. Anxiety occurs when you worry about a threat you may confront. As a Leader, you […]
February 25, 2013

Mandela and Smith on Leadership Greatness

In a recent Leadership Attraction News, I challenged readers to consider a series of thoughts from two men who achieved greatness in two very different fields—Nelson Mandela, the father of […]
February 18, 2013

Leadership Styles Worth Avoiding

If you want to dramatically reduce your Leadership effectiveness, here are two styles guaranteed to do just that. Both approaches dramatically decrease the probability of gaining a competitive advantage and […]
February 4, 2013

Stop that Runaway Train!

Your busy life can feel like a ride on a runaway train. If you’re lucky, you eventually realize you are in control of this train. You can slow it down […]
January 28, 2013

Just How Wonderful Are You?

We learn at an early age to develop an image of ourselves. If you grew up with parents, teachers, friends, and family who were perfectly honest with you all the […]
January 21, 2013

One Goal vs. Many Obstacles Leadership Coaching Style

The last two things you ever want to see are the eyes of a lion focused on you. That’s because, should you ever see such a sight, there’s a good […]
January 14, 2013

Coaching with Courage

I’m sure you’ve heard your share of quotes advising you how to deal with fear. One of the most famous, of course, comes from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He reminded a […]
January 7, 2013

Going for the Green is great Leadership Coaching

Leadership Intimacy encourages extraordinary performance. And that encouragement begins at a very basic, even animal level. You learned in the previous post, that the human body interprets unfriendly human interactions […]
December 17, 2012

Running in the Red is poor Leadership Coaching

As exceptional as we humans are, compared to our cousin mammals, we are still heavily influenced by our animal nature. And while human culture has changed dramatically over the past […]
December 12, 2012

What leadership must KNOW, and must AVOID

Experience the Power of Coaching Could poor coaching be restricting the potential of your people and compromising performance? When handled effectively, coaching will drive High Commitment and High Performance. Join […]
December 3, 2012

4 Dimensions of Leadership Coaching Excellence

We live in 4 dimensions—three dimensions of space and one of time. It should be no surprise then that coaching has as many dimensions. Whatever goals you pursue, if you […]
November 19, 2012

Quick! Check your blind spot.

Certainly you’re familiar with the blind spot on either side of your car when you’re driving. As illustrated below, if you were driving the blue car you could not see […]
November 14, 2012

Coaching can Springboard Your Leadership to the Next Level

Could poor coaching be restricting the potential of your people and compromising performance? When handled effectively, coaching will drive High Commitment and High Performance. Join the team-based program and develop […]
November 5, 2012

A Seven-Point Definition of Coaching

Think back to any college 101 course you’ve ever taken. I’ll bet it began with definitions. The reason: many words have more than one meaning. Often a word means something […]
October 22, 2012

Feedback—the Breakfast of Champions

There may be no better model for excellence in leadership than the coach model, because no group of people works more effectively than a well coached sports team. Watching a […]
July 27, 2015

12 Ways to Give Great Feedback

Too often feedback afflicts both managers and employees with fear and loathing—the fear of an upcoming feedback session and the loathing that follows. All of it unnecessary. Keeping ten positive […]
July 13, 2015

Why Women Leaders Still Fall Behind

Women are making huge strides around the world. As I write, the victorious women of the United States national soccer team are enjoying their ticker-tape parade in New York City—the […]
July 6, 2015

Five Ways Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

Some leaders motivate much more effectively than others. The greatest examples come to mind immediately. Born in South Africa, I think first of Nelson Mandela. But we have many examples […]
June 29, 2015

How Rudeness Ruins Work

Christine Porath, an associate professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, has been studying the rise of rudeness in the workplace for nearly 20 years. Her disturbing findings […]
June 15, 2015

When to Coach. When to Mentor.

Coaches and mentors perform very different functions in the development of the people they help. Their responsibilities overlap, because both are concerned with another’s development. But leaders must recognize the […]
June 8, 2015

How to Lead Like an Octopus

The octopus could teach some leaders a thing or two about leadership. Specifically it can help leaders who micromanage, those who worry over the smallest details of the direction they […]