The Epitome of an Authentic Leader

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 | 3 Comments
The Epitome of an Authentic Leader

What kind of leadership makes for good business?

You’re Not “All That”

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 | 6 Comments

To be an authentic leader requires that you pay attention to the impact you’re having. You may be good at what you do, but that doesn’t make you “better than”.

Is Your Philosophy Stuck in Your Head?

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 | No Comments

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt There’s quite a lot of talk these […]

Commitment Without Guarantees

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 | One Comment

Last night I had the privilege of teaching Authentic Influence for SMU’s Certificate of Leadership program, and while the session is only three hours long, at the end I was wiped.  While the group responded quickly when I asked questions, with very thoughtful answers,  they were much quieter than I had anticipated.   After reading all […]

A Filter for Action

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 | One Comment

As our regular blog-readers and OnStage Grads already know, my favorite definition of authentic, in relation to leadership or influence, comes from former Medtronic CEO and Harvard Business School professor, Bill George:  Authentic:  genuine, worthy of trust, reliance, and belief.  The challenge with this definition (and indeed, what I love about it) is not whether […]

Improving Your Odds For Influence

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

When I met Jessica*, I was immediately struck by her passion and clarity.  She is a woman on a mission!  She could see that the way things had always been done in her company was causing the best-and-the-brightest to jump ship.  As she explained it, the purpose-driven-mercurial-millineals  needed to be able to see how they […]