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Boosting Your Resilience: Video Tip

The most successful people almost always exhibit resilience in dealing with life’s curveballs. In this video, Sara shares valuable tips to help you boost your ability to bounce back and remain agile despite adversity. By working to become more resilient, you’ll position yourself as a smart leader who is ready to handle whatever comes your [...]

Conveying Executive Presence: Video Tip

Certain leaders just seem to have that “Business X Factor”—something that propels them to the top of an organization almost effortlessly. Opportunities emerge. Doors open. Advancement occurs on a fast track. Some people refer to this intangible, success-attracting quality as executive presence. What is it exactly? And how can you incorporate those elusive attributes to [...]

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. Know someone [...]

Presence: 5 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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]