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Mar 27, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

The Simple Thing You Can Do for Instant Leadership Improvement

Leaders look beyond "thank you" and "nice job."  

Leaders aim to create a sense of belonging and a genuine connection. They know that doing this one thing will help them to be more effective.  

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Tagged With: emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development, emerging leader

Mar 20, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: Being Manager vs Leader Almost Cost Me My Job

Customer Support Team Manager


Naomi's title wasn't Leader. It was Manager. That's why she was stunned when her annual appraisal included low marks for "effective leadership."

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Tagged With: emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development, management, management training, manager or leader

Mar 13, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Why Failing Should Be One of Your Leadership Development Goals

Failure is healthy. For leaders, it's an important part of development.  


It doesn't feel healthy when it's happening. But, like all good medicine, the right dosage of failure is occasionally necessary.  

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Tagged With: emerging leaders, failing forward, leadership, leadership development, emerging leader

Mar 6, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: Leadership in Management Changed My Life

"Just do your damn job." 

As soon as Ellen said the words, she regretted them. It was only a week ago that her boss had said the same thing to her. She remembered how it felt and didn't intend to make others feel that way, too. 

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Tagged With: emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development, ennoble, employee engagement

Feb 27, 2017 4:45:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

2 Important New Words to Add to Your List of Leadership Skills

Like you, I've been searching for a definitive list of leadership skills. 

But every time I meet another great leader, it seems my list is lacking. 

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Feb 20, 2017 4:45:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: "Developing Others Helped Me Climb the Career Ladder"

"Developing others? Are you kidding me? No one's been developing me." 

"Around here, it's every man for himself. I'm looking out for number one." 

Exactly. Because no one is developing you... because you're looking out for #1... That's precisely why you need to focus time and effort on the development of others.

When I first explained this to Kenneth, he was skeptical.  

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Tagged With: delegating, delegating for development, emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development

Feb 13, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Why Your Career Advancement Requires Letting Go

You're working harder than you've ever worked. Long hours, increasing levels of responsibility, more risk in every decision you make. So why does it seem like you're stuck in this role with no more opportunities for career advancement?  

The answer is that you're doing too much. No, really, you can't get ahead when you're doing all that work yourself.

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Tagged With: delegating, delegating for development, emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development

Feb 6, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: What Happens When You Don't Maintain Credibility

Linda felt like she'd been sucker punched. After all the 70-hour work weeks, all the personal sacrifices, all the ideas to accelerate and expand the scope of this project... this was the thanks she got? How dare they blame her for the turnover numbers, the team's negativity and her "inability to maintain credibility" when she was a victim like everyone else during times of rapid change!

Sure, Linda knew she was often double-booked and sometimes didn't make it to meetings. She'd also admit she was terse and impatient with people. But who could blame her? She was incredibly busy and getting pulled in a lot of different directions. So what if she was a little scattered or a little anti-social at times, right? After all, the work was getting done. Mostly.    

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Tagged With: credibility, emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development, emerging leader

Jan 30, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Before Asking It of Others, Define Personal Credibility for Yourself

We need to stop making excuses for ourselves and for leaders who fail to follow through on their promises. To start, let's define personal credibility because that's the rock-bottom foundation of leadership. 

The problem is that we don't consistently hold leaders, including ourselves, up to this bare minimum standard.

Follow through, we reason, isn't consistent because the leader is so busy... or has so many important things to attend to... Really?

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Jan 23, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: The Core Values of a Leader Often Require Boldness

This was the moment of truth. Robert inhaled, sat up a bit straighter, and said "NO." It was a bold move, only possible because he'd pre-defined what the core values of a leader would look like -- for him -- in action.

Robert was emboldened by the work he'd done beforehand, the work that would give him clarity about his own principles and values. Without that preparation, Robert says, he almost certainly would have said "yes." Doing so would have been disastrous. 

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Tagged With: emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development, emerging leader