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Courage in Leadership: How the Best Leaders Rise to the Fight

When you think of the word courage, what comes to mind? Is it the hero who runs into the fully engulfed building and rescues all of the puppies? Is it the woman who donates her kidney to save her best friend? Most of our minds instantly go to these extreme scenarios. We think of courage as some grand gesture. But let’s reframe this. If you take a minute to think, it is likely that each one of us has demonstrated courage recently, maybe even today. Did you pick up the phone and have a conversation with a team lead that you’ve been putting off? Did you agree to take on a big project even though you’re not confident in the scope? Did you respond with your true, real feelings in a situation where you normally would have clammed up and kept the peace? Each of these are instances of courage. Sometimes these small acts of courage, are actually the hardest. In the earlier more drastic examples that I gave, adrenaline or love moves you into action. Most of the...

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Leading with Creativity: The #1 Tactic the Best Leaders Use to Harness Creativity

The highest achieving leaders make the time and the space to just THINK. Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Arianna Huffington, Tim Cook and the Sheryl Sandberg’s of the world have one thing in common. They make the time to contemplate. They take the time to get their ideas and thoughts on paper. Many of them attribute their success in business and as leaders to this is a deliberate practice. And I use the word “deliberate” for a reason. You and I both know how fast your day, week, year…heck, your life goes. As leaders and as people in general, we have about a million things coming at us each day causing a great deal of stress – stress literally shuts down the part of the brain where creativity and innovation are born.

If you’re like me, you have several thoughts and ideas bouncing around in that nugget of yours all day long. They are often half-formed thoughts, some of which you forget about. They are still in there somewhere and then something will remind...

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The Most Influential Leaders Have This in Common: Presence

Leaders – your presence is a present. Seriously. When you reflect on your life and think of a leader or mentor that has influenced you the most in a positive way, what traits did they have? I bet at least one of the traits that come to mind is that they were present, engaged or made you feel seen. Influential and successful leaders know the importance of being present in the moments that matter most.

Presence takes work. As a leader, you have a lot of responsibility, stress and people competing for your attention. Like many of you, I’m going 100 miles an hour every day, I’m scheduled super tight with one meeting or activity moving right into the next. Before I implemented “triggers” as a leadership tactic, I’d often find myself thinking about what was next, rather than being present and engaged.

Like most leaders, I’m a planner and strategist by nature, so it’s a challenge for me to not be thinking about what’s next. I used to...

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