Leadership gurus have many opinions when it comes to the question, “What is a leadership legacy?” Those varying opinions all have two common threads, however. When it comes to building a true leadership legacy, individuals must be focused on their own strengths as leaders, but they must also focus their energy on developing future leaders.
While we typically think of a “leadership legacy” applying to high-profile, top-level leaders, it is never too early to start thinking about your own leadership legacy. Leaders should always be focused on the things that they will be remembered for and what imprint they will make on an organization after they depart.
When discussing performance and career development with individual employees several factors can influence the way the conversation is shaped. The criteria will differ for leaders than for individual contributors, because the skills and the responsibilities of leadership are quite unique from those who contribute to the team.
I am thankful to Dan McCarthy for allowing me to host November’s Leadership Carnival. This month features a wonderful collection of insights on How Leaders Influence and Impact the Performance of Employees. I want to thank the many contributors who helped make this possible. I have included contributors’ twitter handles and encourage you to follow […]
Leadership experts have spent a lot of time examining the use of annual performance reviews as a means of driving engagement. Most agree that even when they are executed well, once-yearly evaluations do little to drive real results or create meaningful change.
Leadership coaches spend a lot of time driving home the power of questions. Questions drive innovation and change. Without questions, there is no motivation for leaders to improve their own performance. If you aren’t asking questions of yourself and your team, it will be impossible to make strides. Effective leaders understand that they don’t have […]
Most coaching relationships focus on helping business leaders improve their emotional intelligence (EQ). Why? Because we can’t change our IQ, but with a little bit of work, we can all improve our EQ. We know that EQ is important when it comes to relating to our teams, but many experts argue that no matter how […]
As the economy slowly but surely begins to improve, many companies are beginning to take a closer look at their teams. At the height of the recession, hiring was stagnant and employees were forced to fill many roles. While shifting responsibilities may have kept things afloat for the short term, many of those recession-era “hats” […]
Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I spent the first five years of my life in Lexington, MA, and then moved to Concord for grade school. Growing up in the place where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired gave me a unique perspective on the birth of our […]
Developing productive and passionate employees requires a significant amount of attention from leadership. Managers must be able to identify future leaders, and must be able to help those future leaders gain the skills and knowledge they will need to advance in their careers. One of the best ways to create this type of development is […]