Complete Leader Articles

Are You in a Leadership Rut?

5 Ways to Break Old Habits and Shake Things Up By Whit Mitchell Many of us have experienced times in our careers when work seemed stale and personal progress slowed. This can be particularly true for a leader, especially if you’ve been leading for a while. Leaders can find themselves sticking with a single leadership style, instead of... read more
 

Hire the Right Candidate Every Time with These 3 Steps

Joe Smith seemingly has the whole package. He has a solid resume, great references, skills that showcase his expertise in his field and plenty of success stories to his credit. On paper, Joe seems like the ultimate “can’t miss” candidate. Joe looks the part and his appearance seems to match his resume. During the interview, Joe is well-... read more
 

Help Your Boss Understand Your Work Style

Using DISC Insights to Manage Up and Manage Down When Leadership Coach Lori McNeill first met Mike Molloy, Associate Director at Immunext, Inc., she noticed that he was experiencing frustration at work. “His speech was fast-paced, and he would strike the table for emphasis. You could physically see and hear the tension he was experiencing.”... read more
 

Who Makes the Best Leaders?

A Yin and Yang Look at the Eight Types of Leaders By Andy Johnson  In an interesting 2010 study, a team of researchers led by Adam Grant of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania set out to understand a nagging question in the leadership world. Who makes the best leaders? Adam Grant and I both identify as social... read more
 

5 Keys to Creating the Ideal Work Environment

One of my favorite interview questions to ask candidates is “what’s your ideal environment?” If the environment is not right, skills, values and other intangibles may not matter. Different individuals thrive in different environments. The key to craft an ideal environment is to understand a person’s drivers and primary behavioral style. ... read more
 

Make Your Team Better with DISC

By Whit Mitchell Why do people lose their jobs? Managers hire for skill, but they rarely fire for incompetence. Instead they fire because of bad behavior.  “Bad” behavior comes in many forms. It can be behavior that the manager doesn’t understand, or a reaction to a recent responsibility change or a promotion. What if you had a tool to... read more
 

5 Things You Need to do to be Successful at Just About Anything

By Dave Clark Like the elusive fountain of youth, people are constantly looking for the magic recipe or the secret sauce to become successful. While there are far more successful people in the world than I am, I would like to share some things that have worked for me over the years.  I am proud to say that I’ve been able to reinvent... read more
 

Why Should I Care About EQ?

By Ron Price  To some, emotional intelligence (or EQ) can sound like the modern version of standing in a circle holding hands and singing kumbaya. Many people undervalue the significance of developing emotional intelligence as part of professional development. However, there is an abundance of research that indicates this type of... read more
 

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

By Todd Fox An important life theme I’ve always tried to live by is to never to judge a book by its cover. Talking recently with a coworker who had an unfortunate incident at a local car dealership got me to thinking about that. In today’s fast-paced world, we tend to make quick decisions about everything, including how we judge people. In... read more
 

Optimize Your Leadership Potential

By Ron Price I am in my fifth decade of working on what it means to be a leader. When I amalgamate my personal leadership experiences and those I’ve been honored to witness or even guide, I have realized that leadership isn’t relegated to the workplace. Leadership is any situation that gives to you the opportunity to lead. Over the years I’... read more