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

Who Carries the Flag?

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This month was “watch a war movie month” for me. I watched again powerful movies of bravery like Glory, Gettysburg, The Patriot, The Big Red One, and Patton.  They featured great scenes of courage and dedication to mission.  One feature was the power of the flag.  When the flag carrier was killed, someone else always » Read More

Head, heart, and stereotypes

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The question posed to the five-member discussion panel was one of those-simple-but-loaded ones:  “How did you learn to change yourself?” The women who answered before me outlined impressive and proactive change strategies they’d used to propel themselves to positions of status and influence. One shared how she watched for unacceptable patterns in how she performed » Read More

You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

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I was speaking to a colleague last week about some problems he had working with his peers, and his boss for that matter. We talked about the dynamics when he and his teammates worked together. He was getting some feedback that put him in the position of “darned if you do and darned if you » Read More

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How Do You Check Your Leadership Intentions?

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Intentions are essential. Knowing if our intentions are showing up in the right way is challenging, less so if we take the time to define them and then really lead in this defined manner. Even then, intention is only a third of the formula. Leadership intentions, along with core beliefs and positive, growth-oriented actions, enable » Read More

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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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