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You and Next-Level Leadership: Video Tip

How does your manager describe you? Words like action oriented, dependable, driven, and collaborative are all admirable. But to demonstrate you’re ready for next-level leadership, you need words like strategic, innovative, influential and resilient. It might seem like a subtle shift, but the potential impact on your career can be enormous.

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Improving Your Impact: Video Tip

Credentials and years of experience aside, our real career success is driven by our impact on other people – how we lead them, collaborate with them, interact with them, and react to them. Find out how to manage that impact and accelerate the pace of your career trajectory.

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Presence: 4 Ways to Take Control of Your Leadership Brand

Have you ever noticed that almost all the coaching advice (solicited and unsolicited!) you receive is about how to deal with other people, workplace situations or a variety of outside factors that you don’t have direct control over? While this counsel is necessary and helpful, you may be looking for something that you have dominion […]

Authentic Leadership: Have We Gone Too Far?

While many professionals today have embraced the popular concept of the “authentic leader,” I often wonder whether that pendulum has swung too far to one side. In fact, this latest trend prompts me to think, “here we go again.”

Authentic Leadership

Don’t get me wrong; I think authenticity is an important attribute for leaders. It gives them […]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #6: Insightful

When Brad spoke during meetings, people listened. And I mean really paid attention—the set-down-your-coffee-and-stop-checking-Facebook kind of listening that’s usually reserved for announcements by top executives. Even though Brad was a mid-level manager, he was known for making observations or recommendations that invariably helped to solve pesky problems that had the rest of the team stumped.

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Next-Level Leadership Attribute #5: Executive

We see it happen in so many companies. Five or six mid-level managers all have about the same credentials and experience, but only a few of them seem to get more attention. And better projects. And greater opportunities. And the coveted promotions.

On paper, these leaders look very similar. In reality, only a few of them […]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #4: Influential

This is part of a series about the attributes and behaviors of professionals who have elevated their leadership impact and reached the next level of success. To read previous posts about next-level leadership, please click here.

Her frustration was clearly visible. I was meeting with a coaching client, and she described the progress she had made […]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #3: Strategic

This is part of a series about the attributes and behaviors of professionals who have elevated their leadership impact and reached the next level of success. To read previous posts about next-level leadership, please click here.

In my coaching sessions with leaders and high-potentials, I frequently hear comments like this: “My VP has asked me […]

Next Level Leadership Attribute #2: Resilient

This is part of a series about the attributes and behaviors of professionals who have elevated their leadership impact and reached the next level of success. To read previous posts about next-level leadership, please click here.

Today’s global economy calls for some serious staying power. Consider the diverse obstacles facing corporate employees: cost cutting, […]

Next-Level Leadership Attribute #1: Innovative

This blog is part of a series profiling the key attributes of professionals who have elevated their leadership impact.

Organizations that want to remain competitive are constantly looking to innovate and evolve. The burden of meeting that necessary yet frustrating goal falls on teams and individuals, so next-level leaders successfully weave innovation into the fabric of […]