Category: Leadership

The Two Problems with the Strengths-Based Approach

Strengths-based leadership has been a popular topic for nearly two decades. I’ve had the opportunity to teach the concept and administer several strengths oriented assessments. While the strengths approach has great merit, there are a couple of problems that exist.   First, we have to make sure we don’t over-rotate toward developing our strengths and ignore Read More …

Power Words: Using Words to Move People

  One of the most powerful environmental influencers is a leader or authority’s language. I call the empowering words a leader uses, Power Words.    A parent, teacher, pastor, supervisor, manager, or leader’s use of words can have a major impact on the people they lead.   Numerous research studies have investigated the impact words have Read More …

Leadership vs. Management

Leadership is not management.   Many use the the words manager and leader synonymously, but a leader is not necessarily a manager and a manager is not always a leader.   So what’s the difference?   Warren Bennis makes several differentiations in his book “On Becoming a Leader.”   – The manager is a copy; Read More …