Developing a truly cohesive team is probably one of the most challenging tasks a typical manager will face throughout her career (hey, sorry but we get a little into advanced statistics in this post. Please bear with it). The challenges in team development are numerous, including things like:employees not getting along lack of coordination and communication between new and sometimes tenured team members political game-play and power collection lack of skill/role integration
Now a team could be a as small as 2 members or as large as a hundred or so. Teams by definition are project oriented, meaning they come together for a purpose and generally speaking [...]
“A good ruler doesn’t have to be a God… Not even God-like Stilgard. A good ruler must be sensitive to the people he rules”, Leto Atreides II, later named “God Emperor of Dune”, explained to a Fremen Naib (leader of small community called a “Sietch”). This is all fiction of course, but the mind of Frank Hervert does offer some interesting points about the general nature of leadership.
Frank Herbert, the Author of the “Dune” books and a genius of fiction writing, delivered an epic story spanning thousands of years of human evolution. The stories of Dune tell a tale of humanity’s evolution and expansion [...]
“Strength and Honor,” Maximus Decimus Meridius said as he walked along a path created by his cleaved and hungry soldiers; They were visibly tired, many were already wounded from past battles and yet they stood with resiliency fueled by abundant loyalty, admiration and love of their leader and his leadership qualities.
“Gladiator” is one film that truly inspires me to admire a trait view of a leader. But when his (Maximus) journey is analyzed however, one can see that Maximum was not only a trait leader but a transformational one as well. What’s also interesting is that we see this heroic leader in both victory and retreat. We see that he [...]
This leadership article was originally written in 2009.
I get a lot of questions about how to develop a personal development leadership plan for both self and a peer and/or client. So instead of pontificating about what the right way to do this SHOULD be. I thought I’d try and analyze how I would do it/have done it for myself, and hopefully you can glean some good lessons learned from it.
But before we get into details, remember: A good personal leadership development plan is goal intimate. That means it has to build around the end goal.
Let me start by telling you what I know about leadership…
I have learned much in the past few years about [...]