Often leaders face their greatest challenges when navigating through shades of gray rather than facing clear decisions between right and wrong. To lead, one cannot rely solely on cold logical calculus, but must balance many different factors: logic, context, situation, outcomes, and extended ramifications. Leaders must demonstrate a measure of flexibility in thinking and action while remaining true to their guiding principles.read more
Read to Lead: Military Leadership in Pursuit of Excellence (4th Ed.), by Taylor, Rosenbach, and Ulmer, Jr.
North of Center coaches teach leaders to preserve and strengthen their own credibility by identifying and closing critical “say-do gaps” so they lay a solid foundation upon which trust can be built and sustained — during good times and bad!read more
We start coaching and consulting relationships with one or More no-cost “zero calls” during which we ask all sorts of frank and intrusive questions about your leadership style, your mission, and your organization.read more
I share the principles Communication-Based Leadership with my coaching clients and emphasize that trust must be given freely. That it cannot be demanded or expected. That it must be built over time through credibility and words and actions that are consistent and aligned with each other. And that, once shared, trust strengthens bonds that will survive time and distance and hardship.read more
Two characteristics common among successful leaders are introspective self-awareness and a thirst for knowledge.
Put another way, leaders read.read more
One of the four cornerstones of my personal leadership philosophy is initiative, which I took the liberty of defining in this context as, "recognizing and realizing (literally, making real!) the potential and possibility in those around me." The other three...read more
The military’s chain of command is made of links to give it structure, but those links are made of hands gripping forearms, of leaders and mentors helping lift others up to ensure they excel and succeed as individuals. At the same time, that sort of culture contributes directly to the success of the organization. Here are three tips to help leaders create an organizational culture in which the chain of command is seen as a chain of linked arms.read more
Trust, whether within teams, or between teams and the customers and clients they serve, is vital to the enduring success of leaders and their organizations. Yet extensive surveys by Pew and Gallup indicate the general public's trust in institutions, public and...read more
From my earliest days as a young Marine Corps officer I would set aside time to meet personally with every one of my Marines and explain my leadership philsophy. One of the things I would tell them is, "If I can trust you to choose whether or not to take a life, I can...read more