Lessons in Leadership

and a few personal stories

 Sharing what I have learned, tested, and trained about leadership mindset and skills. My hope here is to inspire and activate the extraordinary leader ​that lies within you.
Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling

Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling

Big news for women in leadership:  For the first time in American history, a woman of color — Kamala Harris — is nominated as a vice-presidential candidate (only the third time for any woman, and as one of only two Black women ever elected to the Senate). It is indeed...

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Why do most leadership models fail in the workplace?

Why do most leadership models fail in the workplace?

In the past 50 years, many changes have occurred to shape the workplace into what it is today. The civil rights movements of the ’60s and ’70s transformed voting rights and salary laws in the workplace, but those weren’t the only changes. Women entered the workforce...

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What is the best way to influence your team?

What is the best way to influence your team?

As a leader, you rely on your team to take the necessary actions to move your projects forward, don’t you? So how do you motivate them to take action? Here are some ways NOT to do it: One of the most common methods of influence is to use money as a motivator. While...

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The Power of a Leader’s Words (And How I Rebuilt My Life)

The Power of a Leader’s Words (And How I Rebuilt My Life)

I am 7 years old.  My mother has signed me up for a drama class.  We are presenting a Christmas story. I stand up straight and proud – and begin: 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The...

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The Practice of Public Speaking: Why I’m Loving Toastmasters

The Practice of Public Speaking: Why I’m Loving Toastmasters

In all my years of teaching, training, and public speaking, Toastmasters has always been a group that I avoided.  I don’t know if it was because of my history with public speaking and feeling that I couldn’t do it well. Or that I couldn’t just get up and talk...

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Top 7 Traits That Make Extraordinary Leaders

Top 7 Traits That Make Extraordinary Leaders

Great leaders in any business or enterprise possess solid social intelligence, a drive for change and, above all, a vision that allows them to set their sights on the things that truly merit attention. Leadership takes on many differing components, factors, and shifts...

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The Need for Change and Leaders to Make it Happen

The Need for Change and Leaders to Make it Happen

You can’t hide from it. “The only constant in life is change,” said Heraclitus (although death and taxes were added later). In fact, change is moving at an even faster rate in the digital age. When I entered college as a freshman back in the sixties, we were given a...

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Are woman born leaders? Can leadership be taught?

Are woman born leaders? Can leadership be taught?

My mom had tremendous musical talent and performed classical music with her sister on dual pianos. She and her sister spent hours learning and honing the skills and nuances of playing professionally, which occupied most of her time to the exclusion of pursuing other...

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Five Keys to Mastering Delegation

Five Keys to Mastering Delegation

Let’s face it. You can’t do everything. And even (especially) the best leaders don’t go it alone. You need a team so that everyone pitches in and does their part to make things happen. Yet delegating is the one skill that puts fear in the hearts of many leaders, and...

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My Journey to Define What a Leader Truly Is

My Journey to Define What a Leader Truly Is

I came out of the military – just like those before me and since – schooled in command based on the masculine model of leadership designed for warfare. When you’re training for life-and-death, in the trenches, on the battlefield types of situations, there is clearly...

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