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Articles related to self-leadership, the first prerequisite for character-based leadership.

The Day I Got Schooled on Respect. Again.

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Apparently the number of lessons to learn about respect is limitless.  See example below. Recently I was invited to a workshop I was not interested in.  An acquaintance sent me a personal note inviting me.  She also mentioned a project we had worked on together.  I felt compelled to respond, to relive old times about » Read More

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The Oath of Leadership

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Every president since George Washington has started the role of president by taking the oath of office specified in the U.S. Constitution.  Our founding fathers saw it as a crucial pledge to be made by the highest leader of the country.   “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President » Read More

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Are You Getting an A in Social Excellence?

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Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others… the highest level of societal participation and contribution. What is social excellence beyond » Read More

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Leadership: From Transference To Transcendence

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We all have heard these phrases and sentiments spoken from various people in leadership positions: “I’m not here to make friends; I have a job to do” “We – can’t afford/don’t have the budget for – training” “You don’t have to like me, but you have to respect me and do what I say” Dan » Read More

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What Title Would Others Place on Your Card?

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Recently, we gathered as a group of leaders to discuss change and how to lead through, around, or over organizational roadblocks. Our conversations at Authentic Leadership Dallas are always engaging, honest, and fun. Just what a group should be! As we were discussing change, one of our leaders said that CEO is the title on » Read More

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Master Delegation – The Secret Ingredient

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Yes, But… If you’ve been a leader for any length of time at all, you know you’re supposed to delegate. You understand that you can’t achieve big goals on your own, that leadership is all about achieving results through relationships, and that when you delegate, you multiply yourself. You may know all that, but delegation » Read More

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Will this project manager make a good people manager?

Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project managers, whose results aren’t as stellar. Maybe he can teach them a trick or two? In theory, a good project manager can become a good » Read More

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The Real Battle of Leadership

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In a recent video post, I shared the 5 word secret to servant leadership…. “It. Is. Not. About. Me!”  These five simple words are easy to add as a daily mantra or prayer to ground you in servant, other-oriented leadership; however, behind those five simple words is a fierce battle.  It’s an unseen battle that » Read More

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How Embracing Risk Is Vital For Your Leadership

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When it comes to business, no successful leader has made the big time by being overly hesitant and inhibited. Being bold and brash is not necessarily the key to success, but taking chances and embracing the notion of risk is. Playing it safe can certainly lead to profitability in the short term, but it greatly » Read More

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Job Security: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

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“…The only real security you have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford Take the lead to create your own job security. My first experience in wrestling with my personal thoughts on job security happened in 1992. My employer planned to cut a few hundred people from my » Read More

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