The Most Important Leadership Characteristic

July 17, 2019 | Tanny Joyce and Dale Harris

As consultants, we are constantly asked about our opinion on many topics. Ranging from the best way to measure ROI, to how to motivate employees, to what is the best question to ask in an interview. One question that often comes up is, “what is the most important leadership characteristic needed to be an effective leader?” It’s difficult to narrow it down to one thing, so we often “cheat” and offer a list of 3 to 5 characteristics. Recently, we were put on the spot again with this question, so we asked ourselves, “is there really ONE KEY characteristic of leadership?”

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Five Things Inspirational Leaders Do

May 23, 2019 | Tanny Joyce and Dale Harris

What makes a leader inspirational? There are the obvious answers; ability to paint clear vision of the future, effective communicator, charismatic, great motivator, etc. But digging a little deeper, what are the key behaviors that inspirational leaders display beyond the obvious answers? Thinking back about all of the leaders we have worked with over the years and thinking about the ones that did a great job at inspiring others, there have been a few commonalities. Here are the Five Key Behaviors of inspirational leaders:

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The Secret to Employee Engagement

April 22, 2016 | Ali Meyer Dale Harris

There is no arguing that a highly engaged employee is a productive employee. Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They care about their work, drive innovation, and m

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Leadership Lessons from Network Science: PART II

March 29, 2016 | Dale Harris

A couple weeks back I wrote Increasing Career Success Through Network Science: Part I.  In that article I described the value of participating in multiple, open networks and how positively that can affect one’s career (Forbes, 2015).

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Leadership Lessons You Don’t Learn in a Textbook

July 29, 2015 | Dale Harris

When I first got married 5 years ago, my father-in-law and many other men told me The Number 1 Rule to always remember is “She is always right!” After all this time, I have to admit I don’t always take that advice even though I know I should. But last week, my wife went into labor and let me tell you: those words have never been more true! NEVER EVER! They were in fact the mantra that I chanted, mumbled and recited silently in my head; over and over again.

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Do Leaders Hide Behind Collaboration?

July 21, 2015 | Tanny Joyce and Dale Harris

It’s always interesting when we ask employees to describe the culture of their organization and they happily tell us how “collaborative” it is. As they smile and say how everyone has input into decisions and all em

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