Leadership Love from LinkedIn

I ❤️ to write, and these days, I mostly write on LinkedIn. I've included copies of my daily posts here for your convenience. Please enjoy these inspirations from all around the world of leadership and everything else that enters my brain.

Relating to Others Apr 26, 2021

Your ability to relate to others will enhance—or limit—your leadership effectiveness.

Here’s how to build the rapport you need to lead with confidence:

Let them know how much you care by making time to connect and to be fully present with them. Put away your phone and set...

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Commanding Attention Apr 23, 2021

You won’t be recognized as a leader if you can’t get noticed.

That’s why commanding attention is a foundational leadership skill.

Here’s how to show up like a VIP:


> Speak clearly and confidently.
> Speak loudly enough for everybody to hear.
> Match your pace...

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Making a Commitment to Lead Apr 22, 2021

Making a change—even a positive one—can be difficult.

Old habits die hard, it takes time and effort to re-wire patterns of thinking, and it’s uncomfortable to operate outside of your comfort zone.

We’ve all been there.

Yet the only way we can make a positive and lasting...

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A Leader's Mindset Apr 21, 2021

Feeling confident as a leader is a state of mind.

Or should I say: a state of mindset?

Your mindset will either propel your leadership forward or anchor you at your current level.

If you’re feeling stuck or that you may never get tapped for a promotion—check yourself before you wreck...

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A Leader's Motivation Apr 20, 2021

There are many reasons someone may want to become a leader.

Not all of them are the right ones.

In some organizations, the only path to career advancement is to hop on the manager train by taking on direct reports.

Some would-be leaders may think they know better than those currently running...

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What is 5X5 Leadership? Apr 19, 2021

Leadership is all about communication.

If the signal you’re sending isn’t coming through properly, you won’t get the results you want.

In the Marines, we used radio communications ranging from high frequency to satellite depending on whether we were on the ship, in a vehicle, or...

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What is Leadership? Apr 16, 2021

What is ‘leadership’ anyway?

For all the time I spend thinking about it, I have to admit that I don’t have a pithy definition of it.

Merriam-Webster defines leadership as the “capacity to lead”.

So not helpful.

The three M-W amigos go on to define what it means to...

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Feedback Apr 15, 2021

What you don’t know CAN hurt—your performance.

I have a relatively strong sense of self-awareness, but there are aspects of my behavior and mindset that show up in my leadership without my realizing it.

I’ve been fortunate to have people in my life who are willing to tell me...

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Competencies Apr 14, 2021

I felt the crowd lean in as I toed the free throw line.

This was a lot of pressure for an eight grader with a bowl cut hairdo and gleaming white tube socks pulled up to his knees.

I didn’t let it phase me.

I confidently dribbled the ball, lifted it to my chest, and heaved it toward the...

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Attention Apr 13, 2021

Our first priority as leaders should be developing a high level of self awareness.

I struggled with self awareness for a long time.

I was intimately familiar with everything I needed to DO BETTER.

I was much LESS comfortable recognizing my strengths or accomplishments.

I’m doing much better...

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On Purpose Apr 12, 2021

Are you playing small?

Most aspiring leaders do.

Insecurity, uncertainty, and imposter syndrome are real—and they really keep you stuck.

There IS a way to break out.

If you want to get to the next level in your leadership, you have to get crystal clear on your answer to the question:


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Creating Future Leaders Apr 09, 2021

Each day presents you with opportunities to develop the leadership capabilities of those around you.

You just have to be willing to hold up a mirror.

Let’s say that you participated in a group decision meeting that was called by one of your direct reports.

> During the meeting, some...

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