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!

March 18, 2013

6 Coaching Styles to Avoid, 1 to Adopt

As anyone who has attended one of my CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop can tell you, 93 percent of what you communicate comes across non-verbally. That is, with your tone of voice, physical posture, voice volume, word inflections, and body language. Let’s look at these non-verbal attitudes in terms of Coaching Style. I’ve identified at least six you should want to avoid, along with the Emotional Triggers that might kick-in with each style.
March 11, 2013

Coaching Leadership Checklist

Almost half the working population, according to one source I found, moves on to another job because of the poor training they feel they’ve received from their employers. So if you’re going to train your team, make sure you give them training they will find worthwhile and, more importantly, training that sticks. Most trainees find training helpful. They come back with practical tools and techniques. But that’s where the problem begins, back on the job. If the training doesn’t include […]
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 already know better than to intentionally create an atmosphere of fear. Now I’m recommending further that you become acutely aware of how your more subtle actions may cause anxiety, because when the slightest hint of either fear or anxiety presents itself, the amygdala—the little almond-shaped gland deep in the brain […]
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 democratic South Africa, and Will Smith, one of America’s greatest entertainers. The point was to demonstrate that if these two very different leaders agree on what it takes to achieve greatness, there must be something to it.
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 increase the probability of mediocrity and decline. And the beautiful thing is that if you avoid doing the things that define these two styles, you will dramatically improve your effectiveness as a Leader. You may recognize the behaviors. You see them in so many planning conversations, team meetings, employee interactions, […]
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.
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 the red car to your right using your rearview mirrors. Danger! Your parents or driving instructor warned you about driving blind spots. And you’ve probably warned your kids or friends. Yet I’ll bet you’ve either collided with another vehicle due to a driving blind spot or got out of the […]
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 entirely different in everyday conversation than it does in a professional discipline. Hang around professional dog breeders and you’ll hear them casually refer to their females animals with a word none of us would use in polite conversation. Scientist use the word theory when they talk about the most well […]
August 20, 2012

You Can’t Be Blindsided If You Don’t Have a Blind Side

The four-eyed fish can see above and below water at the same time. Mother nature gave this perceptive creature bifocal lenses. The bottom half of each eye sees clearly underwater, the top sees clearly above. Not a bad adaptation. And then there’s the dragonfly. Its eyes wrap around most of its head, so that it can see virtually everywhere. And we think we’re so clever! Our eyes have relatively limited peripheral vision compared to many of our mammal cousins. Our […]