Leadership Blog Roundup:  Great Posts Worth Reading In One Place


I decided to restart my Leadership Blog Roundups.  It has been a while since I last posted, questioning the value it was bringing you.  Then I was getting some feedback from readers on how they enjoyed coming to one place to find posts related to Leadership.  The advantage is that you don’t have to sort through hundreds of posts in an RSS feed.  I have done that for you.


So back due to popular demand, here are more posts that I have enjoyed throughout the week.  Grab a Coffee or Tea and take the next few minutes to catch up on some great reads.  Let’s hope that these posts get you to Dream It!  Do It! And Inspire!


“You are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind.  You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” – Zig Ziglar


7 Things Steve Jobs Said That You Should Say Every Single Day – Jeff Haden in Inc.com


There was a lot of different views on what type of leader Steve Jobs was.  Some loved him while others felt his leadership style was too aggressive.  Whatever your thought on his leadership style, one thing is certain, he took Apple into an entirely new playing field.  He stretched people’s imaginations and challenged the status quo.  This article highlights, “7 Things Steve Jobs said that you should say every single day”.


Two of my favorites:


“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”  Ideas without actions aren’t ideas, they’re regrets.


“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”


When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders. – Simon Sinek


Famous for his Ted talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”, Simon Sinek started the “Why Movement”.  The importance of finding your Why to inspire action.  What I admire is his desire to help everyone become passionate about going to work.  A huge part in achieving that goal is through leadership.


Simon writes about the transition a leader must go through.   As you start in your career, you start as a junior.  Your goal is to learn to do a good job.  As you gain experience, you gain new skills and start increasing your impact in the company, maybe even getting a promotion.  What he challenges is how throughout this transition, companies do a poor job of helping leaders through this transition.  Very few companies teach us how to lead.


4 Ways to be an Intentional Listener – MarkMerrill.com


[tweetthis]”Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.”- Phillip Stanhope [/tweetthis]


Such an important skill but one not many exhibit.  Learning to become an intentional listener is one of the important traits of an effective leader.  Mark emphasizes this message through a personal story of his daughter’s wedding.


How to Tell If Your Leadership is Failing – Lolly Daskal


So now that you are a leader, you can do no wrong, right?  Of course not.  The title is not a guarantee that you are even leading.  Some leaders don’t even realize that their leadership is failing.  Sometimes, a leader’s team can probably answer that question better than their leader.


Leadership needs to be active, forever developing and improving.  As a leader, how do you know that you are on the right track?  This post shares 10 top symptoms that your leadership is failing.


Leadership Procrastinationitis – Linked to Leadership


A term coined by Dr. Barbel Bohr’s students, Barbel discusses “procrastinationitis”.  Around 20% of the population suffer from a chronic form of procrastination.  In this article, you can find some interesting facts about procrastination and even a top 3 list of advice on overcoming it.


One of my favorite messages comes from Joseph Ferrari, an associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago.


“Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up.” – Joseph Ferrari


 4 Important Leadership Lessons from the Final Frontier – Tanveer Naseer


Tanveer celebrates the 50th airing of the first episode of Star Trek by relating leadership lessons learned from the Final Frontier.  Even if you are not a Trekkie, you will find this post valuable.


The four important leadership lessons covered are:

  1. You have to care about your people as much as you do about your mission.
  2. It’s not about being right as it is doing right by those you lead.
  3. Even the best leaders feel vulnerable about not having all the answers.
  4. Risk is a necessary reality of leadership.


How to Manage 5 Difficult Personalities at Work – Great Leadership by Dan

Guest post from Merrick Rosenberg


You probably have an interesting story that you can tell about an employee whose personality made it difficult to manage.   What type of personalities have you encountered?  Merrick Rosenberg who wrote a guest post for, “Great Leadership by Dan” blog talks about four main personality types.  He writes about the pros and cons of each style and how to counter the extremes.


The names of the four personalities?  Eagle, Parrot, Dove and Owl.  He even details how to deal with energy vampires.  Read the post to find out.  Intrigued?


I hope you enjoyed this leadership blog roundup.  Did you recently read a post that you enjoyed?