The best leaders I’ve been exposed to are the ones who practice situational leadership. They don’t treat everyone the same or communicate in exactly the same way with everyone, instead they get to know people, gauge situations, and tailor their approach to the person and situation they are working with. Interestingly, the worst leaders do exactly the same thing… The difference is that great leaders operate based on a strong set of principles and remain true to those as they adapt to different situations and audiences, and therefore are perceived as and respected for their consistent leadership. The worst kind of leaders, on the other hand, simply make opportunistic decisions based on what’s best for them individually, or for the few people they need to keep happy to push their agenda. The former commands respect even if people disagree with their ideas, but the hypocrisy practiced by the latter makes one wonder if those who support them are actually oblivious of what is going on or are just turning a blind eye because they see something in it for themselves.Read More
In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Tarvin, the world’s leading Humor Engineer! Andrew teaches people how to get better results while having more fun in the workplace. As you will hear in the interview, Andrew has not only figured out how to use humor to become a more effective leader and speaker, but he has also formulated very practical and actionable principles that anybody can use to to the same.Read More
Most organizations have some combination of a purpose, mission, vision, set of values, or principles, and unfortunately for many, these inspirational and aspirational words become mere decoration on the walls. Oftentimes they serve as an occasional reminder of how the people in the organization are not living by those words. In extreme cases, the words that are preached but not practiced feed the cynicism and resignation that they are aimed to eliminate.Read More
The American Thanksgiving holiday is always a great opportunity and reminder to step back and appreciate, and express gratitude for, all the blessings we have in our lives. In that spirit, I decided to dedicate this week’s post to expressing my gratitude to our very own team here at The Ghannad Group, by publicly acknowledging them for who they are and what they do to make it possible for us to pursue our passion as our profession. I hope you will forgive my indulgence in this one internally focused post, and I hope you will be inspired to take the time to privately and publicly acknowledge your teammates for the ways in which they contribute to your own success.Read More
Anybody who knows anything about leading others knows that no matter what style of leadership you subscribe to, ultimately people follow and offer up their discretionary effort to people they trust. Servant leaders realize this and proactively work to earn their people’s trust by consistently demonstrating their competence and proving that they are a person of high moral character. Dictators also know that without the trust of at least a small powerful group of people around them, they would soon be ousted.
Whether building trust is used as a force for good or evil depends on the leader’s intentions. Generally, bosses who are looking for some short term perception of trustworthiness to push their agenda are on the lookout for a quick fix, but leaders who are committed to building a solid foundation of trust know that, ultimately, it takes a genuine intention to serve others, backed by consistent action to create a virtuous cycle of trust within organizations.Read More