Stress, Your Leadership Style and Its Impact

Stress impacts everyone in one way or another.  Some people withdraw while others lash out in frustration and anxiety.  As a leader, every decision, action and behavior you make impacts your direct reports, your teams and your organization.  Unfortunately, during difficult times, you can’t just hide, waiting until things get better or move on. This video blog explores stress on the impact on leadership


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Leadership Series Directory

Leadership Series

This  series specifically explores what leadership is and how we can not only understand leadership, but implement it.

Leadership series directory:

Leadership is… Three Theories of Leadership

Directing, Coaching, Supporting & Delegating Are What?

Who Are K&P and What is TLC?

Servant Leadership is….

Your Leadership Style and Its Impact

Listening – Leadership’s Common Denominator

Listening – Leadership’s Common Denominator

Intentions and Expectations

Leadership vs Management – Encourager!

The Most Challenging Aspect of Leadership?

Leadership is… About Who We Are Leading



I read this and just had to share with everyone today! – Happy Halloween!!



That is a common funny thing we say when something goes awry or doesn’t hit the mark. But a leadership fail? That’s just spooky. In our work, we spend our time helping organizations train and develop exemplary leaders and managers and we’ve seen our fair share of fails.

In honor of all hallows-eve, we’re rattling the chains on the leadership and manager cautionary tales that you don’t want to see


trick or treating around the office.

  1. The Ghost: Does your manager give you a project and never check back in? Disappear when you need support or clarification? Yep, you just got ghosted.
  2. The Mummy: This micromanaging leader just might be out to get you – they just won’t leave you alone, no matter how great of a job you think you’ve done.
  3. The Vampire: Lets face it. This is the leader who sucks the life and passion right out of you.blog_spooky_leadership-zombie-square
  4. The Zombie: This manager or supervisor is constantly taking your ideas and passing them off for their own.
  5. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: This leader says one thing and does another, leaving you confused and feeling like you’re always one step behind on what’s going on.
  6. The Werewolf: This mercurial leader sends you emails at midnight and during the full moon, leaving you to wonder if you should be responding.
  7. The Mad Scientist: Just when you think you’re going to leave work on time (for once) on Friday, this manager swoops in with an idea and last-minute deadline.
  8. The Jack O’Lantern: This manager does nothing. Sometimes you even wonder what they DO all day.blog_spooky_leadership-candycorn-square
  9. The Witch (or Warlock): You get it – this manager is mean.
  10. The Candy Corn: This manager is sweet. Too sweet! They will probably give you cavities (or maybe undermine you around the office.)

Thanks to Lauren Parkhill of Flashpoint Leadership Consulting  for this great post!

Why Soft Skills II

The IBM Institute for Business Value recently surveyed approximately 5,670 executives across 48 countries to learn more about the skills needed to execute business strategies. The top finding of the research is that approximately 120 million workers may need to be retrained or re-skilled as a result of AI and intelligent automation. Yet, the research also revealed that, while technical and digital skills were still in high demand, executives are placing highest priority on behavioral—or soft skills (Josh Bersin).

The Enterprise Guide to Closing The Skills Gap: Strategies for building and maintaining a skilled workforce IBM Institute for Business Value (2019)
Annette LaPrade, Janet Mertens, Tanya Moore, and Amy Wright


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Leadership Vlog Post 191017 – Why Soft Skills?

Having the technical skills and knowledge to successfully execute our job duties is only one part of being the best we can be in the workplace. In addition to these “hard” skills, we also need “soft” skills. As I stated above, Soft Skills are those skills that allow us to effectively work with others. No matter what our position, organization or industry, we work with people. Taking the time to build effective soft skills can lead to a more efficient, more harmonious, and more productive workplace, as well as to our own overall job happiness and satisfaction. Soft skills encompass both innate personality traits, such as optimism, and abilities that can be practiced, such as empathy. Like all skills, soft skills can be learned. Developing Soft Skills….