Leadership Intimacy

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!

May 1, 2015

Align4Profit Wins for Leadership Excellence Again

Once again this year Align4Profit was awarded the Top 3 Leadership 500 Excellence award for Midsize Leadership Partner & Providers. For over 30 years, Leadership Excellence, now in association with HR.com, have identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and their development programs in their yearly ranking issues. The 2015 awards were presented in my home town of Dallas this April in an event titled LEAD2015. Companies from around the world competed for awards in a host of categories. […]
April 27, 2015

Why Leading Is Not About Winning

Yes, the university catalog cover you see below was a huge, insensitive, socially out-of-touch blunder. We don’t even have to go into the gender and racial insensitivity it conveys. But if you missed the flap and want background on the original controversy, read Jessica Roy’s article “University Catalogue Cover Accidentally Becomes Perfect Metaphor for America” in New York magazine. As leaders, and especially readers of this blog, you certainly see just how widely the catalog editors missed the mark in […]
April 20, 2015

13 Traits of Courageous Leaders

Courage can be obvious, as demonstrated by the firefighter who rushes into a burning building to save a life. But you don’t have to throw yourself on a grenade to demonstrate courage. Everyday acts of leadership courage make themselves much less obvious. They may not threaten life and limb, but the results can bring pain and embarrassment rather than glory and honor. Every time you make a decision that you fear your employees will resent, it takes courage. Delivering tough, […]
April 13, 2015

Sitting — How to Stop It from Killing You

First the bad news. We—that’s you, I, and most people—sit on average 9.3 hours a day. That’s more than we sleep, about 7.7 hours a day. We have to sleep, but we don’t have to sit all those hours. And why not? Because sitting hurts us. Medical experts go even further. It’s killing us, they warn. Statistics tie breast and colon cancer directly lack of physical activity. They blame sitting for about ten percent of those cancers. Six percent of […]
April 6, 2015

Fit in or stand out? Inclusion means both.

Belonging to a group, a team, or an organization doesn’t have to mean conforming. You can be both unique and be a team player. In fact, that’s what you as a leader want to encourage. To go beyond diversity and champion inclusion. Your reward will be higher employee commitment and engagement. To illustrate the difference between diversity and inclusion, imagine that you’re throwing a party. Diversity occurs when you invite someone different from most of your other guests. Inclusion happens […]
April 15, 2013

Ten Questions that Motivate Engagement and Drive Greater Accountability

Do you want to move an important project ahead faster? Would you rather motivate and engage than give orders and ride herd? How about inspiring greater accountability? Why do I ask so many questions? Because questions deliver better results. As you read the questions above, I have no doubt that you at least began to consider answers. When someone asks questions—especially when you as a manager ask questions of a direct report—the listener can’t help but begin to formulate a […]
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, […]
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 want to achieve the kind of Leadership Intimacy that fosters high commitment and high performance, I suggest that you take each dimension of coaching as far as you can, to its limit.