Leadership: the Key to Success

If you believe leadership is a critical ingredient of personal or professional success, I encourage you to consider why the military is so well known for developing leaders.

Gallup and others (Pew, Harris) repeatedly rank the military at the top of their polls in such areas as confidence in the institution.

Are you challenged with:

  • Determining priorities and maintaining clarity or focus?
  • Motivating, influencing, or inspiring your staff or team?
  • Communicating your vision and gaining buy in from your team?

If you are interested in …

  • Developing leaders who are able to drive results
  • Building teams who achieve goals
  • Improving communication and productivity skills that include problem solving, decision-making, and time management

… for your organization or personal life.

It all starts with you.

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One reason the military repeatedly ranks at the top of the Gallup Polls is that soldiers aren’t given the option to just “try.” Instead, they are expected to accomplish each and every mission because others depend upon them.

Of course, you cannot simply tell an employee that they have to do something and expect that they will get it done, or be able to get it done. In order to achieve that type of expectation the organizational climate needs to support it.

A company or individual must focus on its mission (or purpose) by starting with the values they espouse. For the U.S. Army, these values centered upon this acronym, L-D-R-S-H-I-P:

  • Loyalty
  • Duty
  • Respect
  • Selfless service
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Personal courage

I invite you to explore this website for ideas that will influence your approach to individual, team (Teamwork), and organizational (Communication) leadership to improve the quality of your personal and professional life.

Years of personal experience as a career military officer showed me that an Army manual, FM 6-22, expresses it best:

A leader is anyone who inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals; they motivate others to pursue actions, focus thinking, and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization.

Since we spend the majority of our day participating in some event influenced by a coach, teacher, or other person in charge, that ability to influence has a significant impact on the experience.

Consider any new activity or recall youth sports. The ability of the coach to inspire and motivate influences our interest and desire to stay involved.

When those serving in these important positions are passionate and influence us in a positive way, we get excited and want to continue our involvement.

How important is leadership to you?  

Life is short -- why participate in an activity if we don’t enjoy it, and if we participate, why not do so with all of our energy?

  • It is about building teams and communicating so that everyone works together.
  • It is a key ingredient to successful businesses and championship teams; those that create this environment tend to be the ones on top.

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Coaching a Leader

Coaching a leader program provides developmental  coaching to committed leaders that seek to communicate and build teams as they move their career forward.

Military Leadership

Great examples for aspiring leaders. See how this perspective can help you improve your individual skills and build teams that will succeed.

Definition of Leadership

It is easiest to learn what makes a good leader when you have a great example to follow. Find the right example and learn from them.

Traits: Authority vs. Responsibility

Which of these traits best identify one of the key qualities of a good leader; authority or responsibility?

Managing vs. Leading

Management vs. leadership. Definitions and the impact of managing vs. leading.


An essential quality is the ability to care for each employee as an individual. A true leader treats employees as they would want to be treated.


One of the key qualities of a good leader is to understand styles and know when to change.

Command Responsibility

Command authority or command responsibility is a business imperative necessary for creating a team environment.

Importance of Teamwork

Teamwork requires trust in leadership and confidence in one another. Review how the importance of teamwork plays out in a life or death scenario.

Benefits of Teamwork

Leaders who instill a team player attitude recognize the benefits of teamwork and create an environment that enables others to feel that they can be a part of something greater.

Teamwork in the Workplace

Teamwork in the workplace means it is everyone’s job to make and improve the team. Good teams have good leaders, but great teams leverage informal leadership within the organization as well.

Team Building Skills

Great teams are no accident. It requires team building skills that guide everyone to work together toward a shared vision or goal.

Team Building Exercise

A team building exercise can develop leaders while simultaneously fostering a cooperative team attitude.

Effective Teamwork

Effective teamwork is critical for every successful organization. Ensure full communication and promote team building within your staff.

The Importance of Communication

Demonstrate the importance of communication by conveying your message through clear expression of your intent, vision, and values. Recognize and remove communication barriers.

Purpose of Communication

The purpose of communication is to create new or better awareness. Effective communication implies a clear expression of vision and values in order to more easily achieve goals.

Communicating Values

Communicating values is the quickest way to get others to support your vision and achieve business goals.

A Good Mission Statement

A good mission statement, along with your corporate values and vision, address all of the basic questions employees need to perform successfully.

Employee Empowerment

Employee empowerment is a part of what makes a good leader. It improves employee motivation, contributes to creating a positive work environment, and teaches others how to be a leader.

Employee Training Development

An employee training development program involves setting and achieving goals.

Employee Responsibility

Do not underestimate employee responsibility and your ability to influence.

Managing Employee Conflict

Managing employee conflict involves keeping employees motivated within a positive workplace environment.

Motivating Employees

Motivating employees is another key element of leadership. A good leader treats others as they would want to be treated.

Employee Development Plan

Your employee development plan should drive performance: set goals as your roadmap and provide constructive feedback to motivate employees.

Setting Performance Goals

Setting performance goals is the first step toward accomplishing your objectives. Set realistic and challenging goals that are achievable; the end-state everyone wants.

Performance Feedback

Constructive performance feedback is critical toward helping employees achieve great things. Discover the key to improved employee work performance.

Employee Performance Review

A constructive way of conducting an employee performance review is to hold interim session before the final appraisal, making them part of a continuous employee development process.

Employee Performance Evaluations

Reduce stress and get the most out of your employee performance evaluations. Make them a small part of the continuous learning process.

Time Management Principles

Assess whether you apply these time management principles to your daily work routine.

Time Management Plan

Develop a time management plan that positively influences your clients and staff.

Time Management Tips

Review your project management procedures and consider these time management tips to get better results.

Time Management Techniques

Incorporate time management techniques into your business and motivate your team to do the same.

Effective Business Meetings

Effective business meetings require preparation, respect for others’ time, and the responsible use of resources.

Online Book Reviews

Welcome to my online book reviews. Recommended books for works on leadership, teamwork, communication, employees, performance, time management, and more.

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