Traits of a Great Leader

Two people can grow up in the same town, attend the same schools, hold the same social status, have parents with similar incomes, beliefs, and family values, yet one individual will excel in business far beyond the level of the other. One will succeed; one will settle. One will rise, one will remain. One will…

21st century leadership

Being an effective leader of people in today’s world seems to be much more complicated than in years past. In the previous century, for the vast majority, work was approached as a means for survival. That’s different today. People are always on the look out for more stimulating and rewarding work, as well as inspiring…

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,” said Gandhi. What happens when we apply that same definition to leadership? And how can we achieve that kind of leadership in our businesses? One of the most impactful lessons I have learned as a leadership development coach is…

Matthew and Janice are entrepreneurs who’ve been in business for nearly two years. They recently decided to attend a leadership conference to help them remain competitive leaders/entrepreneurs in a global economy. What began as a conversation about the occupational role of a leader turned quickly into an exchange over the most important traits of a…

leadership

At its core, leadership is about the influence you have on the people around you, and the ability to move them in a certain direction to achieve certain goals or objectives. When you think of leadership, you are actually thinking about influence. When looking for better leadership in your business or organization—perhaps in yourself—consider the following 12 factors to…

leadership success

Rubbing shoulders with successful people has taught me they all share certain characteristics. Some of those people came by the traits naturally. Others learned them one at a time from various sources. Below are six traits that serve as drivers to success. If you incorporate these 6 Pillars of Personal Power into your daily routine, you too can P.A.M.P.E.R. your way to…

millennial leader

Throughout history, the senior population tends to think each younger generation is “going to hell in a hand basket.” Today, these concerns seem to grow even louder, so “where’s the beef?” One common concern about the Millennial generation is that their values about work reflect a greater disconnect than we’re accustomed to seeing, and it could…

leave your mark

I wrote this poem and read it at the end of a commencement speech I gave on leadership to graduating high school students where I live in Vermont. Sometimes we learn and remember better when we see or hear lines in verses and rhymes. I also feel we could all use a little more poetry in our lives… Enjoy! As a great leader, you don’t…

entrepreneurial kids

In many ways, growing a business is akin to raising a child—you create it, feed it, nurture it and guide it as best you can so that over time, it becomes the success you knew it could be. For entrepreneurial parents, the struggles—and rewards—of business operation yield significant opportunities to teach their offspring not only…

being on time

If you have ever watched an Olympic swimming event, you know there’s a pre-swim routine for athletes. They stand behind their starting blocks pumping themselves up with music blasting through their ear phones as they get into the zone, ready to compete. Then they strip down to their bathing suits, stretch a little, and take…