Leadership Development

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

In the following posts of the Align4Profit leadership development blog, you’ll find fascinating news, helpful advice, and easy-to-implement leader-as-coach techniques and tips for leaders in all kinds of organizations.

Read and enjoy. We welcome your comments!

July 15, 2013

Intimate Leadership Begins with an Accurate Self-Image

In my blog post Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword, I write about how your leadership assets can also work as liabilities. I advised you to balance the emphasis you put on driving accountability versus motivating engagement based on how you are perceived by your employees. But before you decide what behavior you need to dial up or down, you need to become keenly, intimately and accurately aware of how you behave.
July 8, 2013

Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword

Your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. This should not strike you as earth-shaking news. It’s the stuff of great stories and legends as well as real history. Many of our greatest leaders in literature and real life rise by merit of an outstanding quality only to fall because of the same trait. That’s why, as you grow into great leadership, I would like you to consider the flip side of your personal qualities and behavior. Your assets, […]
July 1, 2013

Selecting Your Accountability Partner

An accountability partner is someone who coaches you an helps keep you focused on and headed toward your goals as an intimate leader. The relationship uses the power of positive peer pressure to motivate and guide you. Peer pressure is a wonderful motivator and a great tool to help anyone along their transformation journey. Social physiologists learned a long time ago that your success is multiplied when you:
June 24, 2013

Use Environmental Reminders to Lead More Effectively

I’m not going to tell you my password, but I’ll give you a clue. It’s a reminder to me, from me, to work on one of my leadership development challenges—a skill, attitude, or behavior I want to improve. In this way, every time I open my laptop computer, I not only have to think about what I want to change, I have to write it. No way I’m going to forget my good intentions when I use this very effective […]
June 17, 2013

Your Big Five Leadership Priorities

So much to do and so little time to do it! That’s one of the most familiar complaints I hear from the leaders I coach. Too many get lured into taking on work they should delegate to their reports. I’ll bet you’re in the same boat. When you busy yourself with work you should delegate, you can’t lead. Worse, you forfeit power when you waste your time attending to business you have no business dealing with as a leader. Your […]
November 11, 2013

Six Steps to Changing Brains

Leaders who want to achieve high performance in their organizations recognize how difficult it can be to get people to change. It starts with changing brains. Even those who have achieved greater performance levels and are tempted to feel satisfied with the status quo understand that no matter how well their teams may be performing, they can do better. Furthermore, the way people behave today will have to change tomorrow, because if anything is certain, it’s that the things will […]
October 14, 2013

15 Questions Every CEO Needs to Answer

Great leadership consistently and effectively sets direction, creates alignment, gains commitment, and drives accountability. With this kind of leadership, your organization is either on top of your competition or will soon be there. If you think your leadership might have room for improvement, I offer a number of questions to help gauge just how much room there is. If you like, you can score your organization’s leadership. I’ll have some recommendations based on your scores following the questions. Scoring your […]
October 7, 2013

How you can be seen as a confident, intelligent, dependable leader

In studies by Cameron Anderson of UC Berkeley published in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, researchers have come up with some interesting insights into how and why some people take the lead in newly formed groups. In short, the people who lead are those who take the lead. But we can also find some deeper lessons in leadership in the details of the experiments. How leaders emerge in groups When researchers assigned subjects to group exercises, the men […]
September 23, 2013

Ten Steps on Your Way to Leader as Coach

I use the term Leader as Coach and train leaders how to lead as coaches. We define effective leadership as a manager’s ability to demonstrate the emotion, cognition, behavior, and communication that create rewarding employee experiences, and in turn, unforgettable customer experiences, which drive superior outcomes. The way you present yourself as leader is determined by how you Feel. Think. Act. and Talk. When delivered well, this behavior creates an environment where everyone profits, as illustrated below.