When Teams Lack Clear Expectations

Trust, Healthy Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, Expectations, Human Factor, Inattention to Results, Dysfunction, Track Progress, Affirmation, Acknowledgement, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

I have spent the last several weeks talking about and looking at the function of teams. A team’s greatest success or failure often rests on the shoulders of you as their leader. Your understanding of who you are and how you show up with your team has the potential to greatly influence in how they […]

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When Teams Lack Accountability

Accountability, Teamwork, Peer-to-Peer, Commitment, Engagement, Dysfunction, Clear Vision, Us, Team, Clarity, Direction, Expectations, Trust, Vulnerability, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Why Accountability? Everyone talks about it. Leaders want it. Employees are often afraid of it. What about it is so difficult and elusive? Who do you need to be as a leader to make accountability stick? What does it take to establish accountability touch points? And, for the sake of what? I am always asking […]

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When Teams Are Not Accountable

Commitment, Accountability, Culture of Trust, Dysfunctional Teams, Trust, Lack of Trust, Avoid Confrontation, Disengagement, Ask Question, Be Curious, Invite Dialogue, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Commitment and accountability of team members is an area that challenges many of leaders that I work with. They stumble when contemplating how to have an effective, productive conversation regarding the lack of accountability of a team member. It often starts with ‘I trust you but….’ and then goes into repetitious conversation around expectations not […]

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What Happens when Teams Avoid Conflict?

Teams, Groupthink, Strengths-based Culture, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Trust, Conflict, Confrontation, Criticism, Reprisal, Discomfort, Strengths Intelligence Culture, Productive Debate, Grow Trust, Consensus, Authentic, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Working with executives and their teams is my privilege and honor. I’ve observed the best of courageous leaders who lean into conflict within their teams and experience amazing breakthroughs. I’ve also witnessed good leaders who avoid conflict and let the issues fester underground. Those issues are either pushed aside, leaving the team in ambiguity and […]

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Can Dysfunctional Teams Become Functional?

Team, Dysfunctional, Functional, Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, Results, Vulnerability, Feedback, Authenticity, Integrity, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Many leaders I work with discover that, when they promoted to a new leadership opportunity, they have inherited a troubled team. And they are now expected to fix it – making the team functional. Frequently, their new team is not interested in being fixed or functioning any differently than do currently. To further complicate leadership […]

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Earning Trust by being an Authentic Leader

Authentic, Leader, Self-Aware, Core, Principles, Feedback, Perspectives, Trust, Respect, Connect, Credibility, Freedom, Flexibility, Accept Blame, Accountability, Insights, Character, Mindful, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

The leaders that I coach tend to be self-aware, heart-centered leaders. They’re committed to making a difference and to leading from a place of empowering others to be their very best by employing their Strengths at work. These leaders desire the best for their people and for the companies and institutions they work for. While […]

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Authentic Leaders Convey Credibility

Authentic, Credibility, Leader, Genuine, Core Alignment, Trust, Core Values, Purpose, Vulnerability, Candor, Honesty, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

This week has been a whirlwind of lessons in authenticity. Observing and pondering conversations and circumstances through my Strengths Intelligence lens has reminded, me once again, how very different our individual common sense is because it is informed by our unique Strengths. When I step back from a situation and attempt to understand it through […]

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Authentic Leaders Engender Trust

Authentic, Authentic Leader, Self-Aware, Trust, Respect, Humility, Awareness, Connection, Value, Seek Feedback, Listen, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Being self-aware is not enough to be seen as authentic and to engender trust. I’ve learned this the hard way over the years. Through using the Strengths Strategy model and becoming self-aware through my Strengths lens, I’ve been inundated with insights on dimensions of my Strengths that I now recognize I need to monitor and […]

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Authentic Leaders are Self-Aware

Authenticity, Legacy, Authentic Leader, Self-Aware, Confident Vulnerability, Awareness, Self-Improvement, Values, Vision, Affirmations, Assessment, Development Tools, Habits, Practices, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

When I reflect on Authenticity I think of the retirement celebration I attended for someone who had worked in the same office for 38 years. She experienced many obstacles, challenges and adversity in leadership during those 38 years, always handling everything with integrity and courage. Throughout the celebration I heard over and over again how […]

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Becoming the Authentic Leader
Your People Need

Leader, Inside Out, Authentic, Trust, Hope, Vision, Assurance, Compassion, Well-being, Self-aware, Respect, Connect, Credibility, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

As we think about and talk about leading from the inside out we see that when leader, like you, slow down enough to focus on what it means and what it takes to lead from the inside out you become more authentic. When what you say, how you say it and the actions you take […]

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