I read many leadership-related articles, blogs, magazines and books. I also listen to leadership-related podcasts and television shows. If I find something interesting and I think it would be of value to you, I will mention it here.
On the “Leadership Articles Reviews” page you will see a link to the post that I created about the article. Each post will usually contain my summary of the article, or at least my favourite quote. Sometimes, however, I will include some deeper analysis of leadership aspects. What you will NOT find, however, is the transcript of the article; rather, I want to “whet your appetite” and get you reading the original article on the original site – there is a link to follow at the top of every post.
Please feel free to comment on any of the articles – let’s discuss leadership!
The 7 Common (And Totally Avoidable) Mistakes New Managers Make by Laura Vanderkam at Fast Company on 2 September 2014. This quick-read article highlights 7 areas where people can have troubles switching from employees to managers. VOCL readers / listeners know that...read more
Overcoming C-Suite Leadership Insomnia by Rajeev Peshawaria at Forbes on 3 September 2014. So you've worked hard for many years and you are now a C-suite executive - perhaps even the CEO. What now? This article provides eight areas of personal development that you...read more
Leadership Lessons From Much Further Afield by Drew Marshall at Forbes on 28 August 2014. Many readers / listeners of VOCL are leaders in their own towns and cities, but what does leadership look like if you are in another country with a dissimilar culture? The...read more
Leadership is a life skill by Kendra Moyses at Michigan State University Extension on 26 August 2014. An interesting article on how to gradually develop youth leadership skills through the ages of 5-19. Most of you reading this post are most likely to have children...read more
Great Leadership Isn’t About You by John Michel at Harvard Business Review on 22 August 2014. An article that highlights that leadership is not about the leader, but rather the follower. Using the story of General George Washington at Valley Forge to set the stage,...read more
Crisis, cynicism call for 'servant leadership' by Tom Urbaniak at Cape Breton Post on 12 August 2014. An article that highlights the importance of servant leadership in the public and private sectors. Tie in the fact that the author is from Cape Breton and you know I...read more
First Know Yourself, Then Your Team by Manfred Kets de Vries at Forbes on 19 August 2014. An article that highlights the importance of knowing yourself before you lead others. As the author set the stage for the article, I thought I knew where he was going. It...read more
Article Review | Customer Service Leadership: How To Transform The Behavior Of Customer-Facing Employees
Customer Service Leadership: How To Transform The Behavior Of Customer-Facing Employees by Micah Solomon at Forbes on 13 July 2014. A great article on the “how” of incorporating fantastic customer service within your organization, yet it does a good job of explaining...read more
Manage Your Leadership Agenda Through The Agendas Of Others by Glenn Llopis at Forbes on 14 July 2014. Although the article uses the term "leadership agenda", for me it mostly speaks to office politics. Perhaps the term "agenda" was used because politics is considered...read more
What It Takes To Be A Great Leader by Roselinde Torres at TED.com on October 2013. I came across this very interesting TED talk from Roselinde Torres - she provides three questions that she asks in determining whether someone is a great leader in today's culture:...read more
64 Promises That Every Leader Should Make by Todd Nielsen at toddnielsen.com on 22 July 2014. In this article, the author provides 64 promises that he makes as a leader. It seems like a rather large list, but it makes sense when you think about it. You may not fully...read more
5 Ways to Lead More Authentically by Karin Hurt at letsgrowleaders.com on 21 July 2014. This is a great quick read about being an authentic leader. It provides several occasions on which you may have been "less than authentic," yet highlights the need for being more...read more
Can Leadership Urgency Be Taught? by Cindy Wahler at Forbes on 20 June 2014. This article is an interesting thought piece on whether "urgency" in leadership can be taught. The author defines urgency as being composed of a number of attributes - being a self-starter,...read more
Leadership Is About Enabling The Full Potential In Others by Glenn Llopis at Forbes on 29 July 2014. This article is not about directly developing your leadership skills, but rather developing others to their potential - a responsibility of leadership. The author...read more
Leadership lessons from The Apprentice and Undercover Boss by Patrick Wright at hrmagazine.co.uk on 15 July 2014. An interesting article that presents two models of leadership that are found on the television shows The Apprentice and Undercover Boss. What I like about...read more
Talent Acquisition: Sometimes Less Is More by Jane Williams at Forbes on 24 June 2014. Can you really have too much talent in your organizations? In this case, and using professional sports for context, the author provides two related reasons on being cautious about...read more
Leadership Secrets From Yum! Brands CEO David Novak by Kevin Kruse at Forbes on 25 June 2014. Some of the best ways of discovering how to be a better leader involves looking at what other leaders are doing - in this case, the article looks at David Novak, CEO of Yum!...read more
7 communication tips for millennial leaders by Linsey Pollak at Smartblogs.com on 17 February 2014. The Millennial generation (or Generation 'Y' - born from early 1980s to early 2000's) have begun assuming (significant) leadership roles in today's jobs and...read more
Judging Good Advice from Bad: 5 Opinions That Will Undermine Your Leadership by Holly Hamann at LinkedIn on 10 February 2014. The author makes the case that you need to be careful about taking advice from others - she sums it up nicely with the following quote: Trust...read more
If you're a leader with all the answers, that means you don't listen to your staff by Hugh Arnold at The Globe and Mail on 9 March 2014. As a leader, you want to make sure that your followers are engaged throughout the entire undertaking. This article cautions that...read more