The New Rules of Leadership

There is a trend that has been emerging over the last 30 years and is still gaining steam as its benefits are seen in the workplace and the bottom line. It has been called servant-leadership – a leadership philosophy in which the goal of the leader is to serve. This is different from traditional leadership where the […]

How to Become a Coach-Style Leader

For those of you in supervisory positions – whether designated “managers” or leaders of another kind, this article is for you! A good leader is someone whose people are productive, innovative and excited to be part of the team. How does an employee — particularly one new to a leadership role — develop the skills to […]

A New View on Leadership

“Today was exceptional in that I learned leadership is not a responsibility–nobody has to lead. It’s a gift, shining silver-that reminds people huddled nearby why each shimmering moment matters. It’s in the eyes, the voice, this swelling song that warms up from the toes and tingles with endless possibilities. Things change when you care enough […]

Lead From Where you Sit (or Stand)

Benjamin Zander on “Leadership”: In the remarkable book, The Art of Possibility, Mr. Zander offers 12 paradigm-shifting tools designed to allow us to learn to see possibility in any situation. One of the tools he calls “leading from any chair.” The metaphor is an orchestra in which there are many “chairs.” Mr. Zander, the conductor […]

On Leadership and Possibility

On Leadership “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams We are all leaders. We may not always show up as leaders, but the potential is there, in every one of us. We may lead in our professions. If we […]

Is the Manager the Problem?

I read an interesting conversation this morning. These indicators of a poor manager are also indicators of any staff member who needs coaching, training etc. And if the company gets rid of this “bad” manager, how do we know the company won’t hire and support another of the same kind of manager? I believe […]

The Manager as Coach – a New Paradigm

Reflections on Management and Coaching Coaching for a manager is enlightening and extremely productive. Whether you have received an education in management or just learned through trial and error, taking the next step in your career is completely achievable through coaching. Since managing people is not “black and white,” coaching will help you find the […]

What it Means to be a Visionary

Who would you call a “visionary?”  Who stands out in your mind?  For me, it’s people like Ghandi, Mandela and Martin Luther King.  People who took the long view and could see the future and who were so clear on their vision that it gave them the passion and commitment to take bold action in […]

The Easiest Way to Find the Solution to Any Problem

Often attorneys and managers have similar characteristics.  For one thing both groups, which overlap to a great extent in law firms, tend to spend a lot of time figuring things out on their own.  I am not sure why this is.  I think both groups, believing they have been hired for their talent, fear that […]