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What Leadership Is Not

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com This article is an adapted excerpt from Les McKeown’s book, Do Lead. In previous extracts, we first redefined what leadership is, in order to de-mystify it, and took a fresh look at where…

Are You Looking for Leadership in All the Wrong Places?

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com This article is an adapted excerpt from Les McKeown’s book, Do Lead. In the previous extract from Do Lead, I concluded with a definition of leadership which I’ve honed from 35 years of working…

What Leadership Is, and Where It Happens

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com This article is an adapted excerpt from Les McKeown’s book, Do Lead. Let’s start with the real secret of leadership: it happens all the time, almost anywhere you look, and it’s frankly not that…

How to Fire a Colleague You Love

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com It’s one of the severest tests of any leader: faced with the persistent underperformance of someone you’ve worked with for years, you’re contemplating the unthinkable – firing a genuinely trusted,…

31 Things Every Leader Needs to Know About Themselves

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com For most people, the key to becoming a better leader lies not in training or skills development, but in self-awareness. For most of us, it’s our blind spots that hold us back, not the things we…

3 Leadership Lessons from Linkbait Titles Like This

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com I have a confession to make: I have a love-hate relationship with this column. It goes without saying that I love working with the fine folks at Inc. (especially my wonderful editor – hi Nicole!),…

You’re Not a Leader Just Because Someone Says So

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Last week, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong was forced to issue an apology for singling out two employees as specific examples while explaining changes in the company’s health care policy (he also reversed…

Comfortable With Ambiguity? Or Avoiding Clarity? The Difference Will Kill Your Team.

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Even much-loved leaders can drive their team crazy. Of course, driving your team crazy is one way to incite heroic performance (with all the good and bad that entails), but eventually – if you…