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July 23, 2019

Influence is a key part of a leader’s foundation.  Even with competence, experience, and the will to act; without influence you will be acting alone. 

Being a leader is being in a close relationship with the members of your team.  To think that mere title or positi...

June 12, 2019

The movie ‘Batman Begins’ is one of my favorite movies.  And one of my favorite scenes takes place on the ice, when Raz Algul tells Bruce Wayne, “Your parent’s death was not your fault.  It was your father’s.” 

“He had a gun!”

“Would that have stopped you?”

“I’v...

August 1, 2018

It's been a long few months.  The Rucksack of Leadership is nearing completion.  I am getting ready to start a new job.  And I am still relocating my family.  So today, instead of making a point with my post, I am going to pose a question.

When I was a br...

July 9, 2018

I love to say that leadership is heavy.  It’s hard to carry.  It requires a rucksack to shoulder the load.  One of the things that makes leadership so difficult day in and day out is that leaders can’t have bad days. 

That can be trying.  When everyone el...

July 9, 2018

One of the reoccurring issues a leader must face is “dealing with drama”.  Drama is a polite way to characterize the internecine feuding that can destroy a team. 

Like all things in leadership, it is not easy to fix.  But there are things that a leader can do that...

June 25, 2018

I've always said that leadership is a choice.  To be more exact, a choice in response to a situation.  In every day life, you are constantly faced with choices.  To be a leader, you must consistently make choices that put others first, take responsibility for your acti...

June 11, 2018

When I was a young leader, my natural inclination was to "be nice" to my subordinates.  To cut them some slack.  Fortunately, I had this largely burned out of me before I was commissioned.  

Learning to be a compassionate leader can be difficult because y...

June 4, 2018

Hope is not a plan of action.  Leaders should never 'hope' that things don't go wrong.  They should never 'hope' that the plan succeeds.  Instead, leaders should be prepared for things to go wrong.  A leader should anticipate problems, mitigate issues, and take steps t...

May 29, 2018

Leadership is a choice.  And no matter what the experience level of a leader, the willingness to choose will define them.  Once a leader reaches the state where they can't make leadership decisions, they cease to be a leader. 


Priorities affect a leader's wi...

May 23, 2018


Leadership begins on the first day you take charge.  For a leader, there is no "probationary status", you are either calling the shots or you aren't.  And even on your first day, decisions have to be made. 

On your first day as a leader, people will extend y...

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