Leadership Skills: Validating, Asking the Right Questions

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 3 of 6 Validation Is Asking the Right Questions We conduct surveys with the wrong questions and are not looking for data. We are mostly looking for a validation of our idea, position, or plan. I meet many leaders in the concept stage for a proposed enterprise. Whether it’s a business or a tax-exempt organization, there are similar comments: … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Asking the Right Questions

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Having All the Answers versus Asking Good Questions

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. – Voltaire   Transformational Leaders Lead with Good Questioning Skills In Monday’s blog post this week, Leadership Skills: Transparency  I started sharing ideas about how transparency creates trust and also allows team members to function at a high level. If the leader has all the answers and claims to be the only one with the right … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Having All the Answers versus Asking Good Questions

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Responding vs. Reacting

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. – George Bernard Shaw Yes, there is a difference. Is been said that the difference in reacting and responding is about 10 seconds. Our normal animal behavior is to react to defend ourselves. The learned response is from our developed cortex brain. We must learn to override our instincts to react by thoughtful … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Responding vs. Reacting

Leadership Skills: Listening

“Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.” –David Oxberg   Listening is a primary skill for the Transformational Leader. My model for great leadership is based on the skills of the musical conductor, who is a great listener. Success is directly and immediately experienced as a result of effective leadership by the conductor. When the conductor … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Listening

Transformational Leadership Traits: Delegation

The Transformational Leader Effectively Delegates A common leadership challenge is defining how to empower teams to function at a higher level, producing more quality results. This is an opportunity to effectively manage one’s own schedule by getting things off the schedule that someone else can do. Delegation does not mean delegate it and forget it. Delegation does not mean micromanaging, either. Delegation is a high-level … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Delegation

Leadership Lessons from Parables – The Ten Virgins

4 of 5 in the series Being Prepared Mt. 25:1-13 – the parable of the wise and foolish virgins is a parable of judgment.  1. Five virgins came prepared with extra oil for their lamps, five did not; 2. When the bridegroom came, the five who were prepared entered the celebration; 3. The unprepared returned after the celebration began and were rejected. Here’s the key … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Parables – The Ten Virgins