7 things every superlative leader understands about problem solving

Rachel was a relatively new employee at a retail outlet. She was given the requisite week’s training in the training room and sent to the sales floor. Part of her job was to restock merchandise that had been returned. She had been on the job but a few days when an item was returned that … Read more7 things every superlative leader understands about problem solving

Kryptonite, even superlative leaders have to be careful

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, by high schoolers Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster in 1933, he first appeared to the public in Edition #1 of Action Comics in June, 1938. The son of scientist Jor-El, infant Kal-El was rocketed to Earth by his father just before the planet Krypton was destroyed. Landing in Kansas, he was … Read moreKryptonite, even superlative leaders have to be careful

16 Qualities of a Superlative Leader – Taking Leadership Personally – The symbolic side of the leader

Keeping Up Appearances Communication always happens. Even when you are not deliberately sending a text, speaking before a group, speaking with someone, making a call, or any of the other acts we would equate with communicating, leaders are always communicating something. That is the symbolic nature of the job. Someone somewhere is reading something into … Read more16 Qualities of a Superlative Leader – Taking Leadership Personally – The symbolic side of the leader

Qualities of a Superlative Leader – Personal Competencies #2 – Drive and Purpose part 2

Born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum in 1905 to a Jewish family in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ayn Rand, as she came to be known in the US, became one of the 20th centuries most controversial and influential authors and philosophers. After the Russian Revolution, her family’s business was confiscated by the government as the country became a … Read moreQualities of a Superlative Leader – Personal Competencies #2 – Drive and Purpose part 2

16 Qualities of a Superlative Leader – Personal Competencies #2 – Drive and Purpose, Part 1

The son of a British nobleman and an American heiress, Winston Churchill’s role in World War Two has become synonymous with excellence in leadership. Churchill saw action in Cuba, Egypt, Sudan, and the battles of WWI. His career as a statesman began at the age of 25 when he was elected to the House of … Read more16 Qualities of a Superlative Leader – Personal Competencies #2 – Drive and Purpose, Part 1

Qualities of a Superlative Leader – Personal Competencies #1 – Ethics and Integrity

On September 29, 1982, twelve-year-old Mary Kellerman of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, died after taking a capsule of Extra-Strength Tylenol. Over the space of the next few days, six more would die the same way. Most predicted that Tylenol would never recover from the sabotage. But Johnson & Johnson handled the crisis ethically, with integrity. … Read moreQualities of a Superlative Leader – Personal Competencies #1 – Ethics and Integrity

Qualities of a Superlative Leader – 29 Competencies

Jason (not his real name) was a perfectly irritating individual. There was just something about him that was abrasive and off-putting. He had been crossways with nearly everyone in the building. He had a Gomer Pyle intellect, a Barney Fife attitude, and a Machiavellian manner. Upper management moved him from department to department almost always … Read moreQualities of a Superlative Leader – 29 Competencies

Qualities of a superlative leader #4 – Competence, part 1

“Leadership means that a group, large or small, is willing to entrust authority to a person who has shown judgment, wisdom, personal appeal, and proven competence.” – Walt Disney.” Walt Disney was born December 5, 1901 at 2156 North Tripp Avenue in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood. His family moved around some while he was growing up, … Read moreQualities of a superlative leader #4 – Competence, part 1

Qualities of a superlative leader – #3 – Diligence

The son of a handloom weaver, Andrew Carnegie was born in the Scottish village of Dunfermline, Fife, in 1835. In 1848, at the age of 13 he, along with his family immigrated to the US where they settled in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He went to work in a factory earning the princely sum of $1.20 a … Read moreQualities of a superlative leader – #3 – Diligence

Qualities of a superlative leader – Experience, 8 reasons why

Three times a year I go to a local university along with a group of other members of my local SCORE* chapter. It is a nationally known school that trains and graduates medical technicians. Most are fresh in from high school and graduate the university with little more than internship job experience. We go there … Read moreQualities of a superlative leader – Experience, 8 reasons why