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About Michael Holland

Michael Holland unravels the mysteries of leadership. Michael is a professional executive coach and trusted advisor to executives who seek to become better leaders and build cohesive teams. Michael’s wisdom and insight are the product of 30 plus years of leadership experience and an uncanny, natural ability to perceive the questions that need to be asked. His newest book -- The Missing Leader: One Man's Journey to Leading Well - A Leadership Fable -- is available on (

Collisions to Tease Your Brain and Grow Your Leadership Wisdom

by Michael Holland    

What happens when you read Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, a book about President Lincoln’s leadership of his purposefully diverse cabinet, followed by C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, a transcription of radio shows communicating the common and basics beliefs of Christianity?  Collisions in the mind that stretch the […]

By |May 18th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

The Rituals I’ve Created to Become More Effective

By Michael Holland 

Creating rituals and habits in your life enable you to be much more efficient and effective. Many studies and books – The Power of Habit is a great one – delve into the inner workings of our brain and the role it plays in creating habits. The short story is that our […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Productivity|0 Comments

Avoid These 3 Types of Unwise Leaders

By Michael Holland     

When you happen upon a wise leader you’ll notice something very interesting.  They ponder.  They take a moment to dive into a pool of thought as they consider a decision, a course of action or a way in which to act.

The pondering may be just a second or two, or […]

By |April 26th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

There Are NO Do-Overs in Leadership: 3 Ways to Avoid Making Mistakes as a Leader

By Michael Holland – 

You cannot re-lead.  You can’t go back in time and lead in a different way.  You can’t wipe the slate clean and have people – your employees, peers and bosses – view you differently.  You can’t take back those words.  You can’t change the look that was on your face.

Every one […]

By |April 19th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

One of The Most Irritating Comments I Hear From Leaders

By Michael Holland – 

One of the most irritating comments I hear from leaders at all levels is along the lines of “. . . my team is my family . . . ” And when a leader above the rank of VP talks this way, I become extremely concerned for the welfare of the company […]

By |April 12th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

A Vital Skill to Help You Survive the Seemingly Clueless Leader

by Michael Holland – 

Solving difficult problems and making wise organizational decisions can tax even the most self-actualized, mature, enlightened, and cohesive leadership team.  A key to success is the capability to assume positive intent from the others on your team.

This means that when the tight-fisted CFO shoots down your proposal because the costs involved […]

By |April 5th, 2017|Managing Up|0 Comments

Why You Should Always Assume Employees Are in the Room

By Michael Holland

The moment you were first promoted to lead others you stepped across an enormous chasm.  You thought it was a simple small step forward; just a mere couple of inches to the first rung on the ladder up the organization’s hierarchy.  But in reality you were suddenly one of “them”, part of […]

By |March 29th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

Leading Naked: 3 Ways to Become a More Impactful Leader

By Michael Holland

Great leaders stand out like an oak tree growing in the desert.  You see it, feel it, know it when you’re around a great leader.  There’s an authenticity about them that is so endearing.  They are great because they have the capability to be vulnerable and seek as much information as possible […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

The Mistake New Managers Make in Setting Boundaries

by Michael Holland    

How far can a bungee cord stretch before it will break?  I squinted at the 4th bungee cord I was using to hold down my son’s modified couch for Young Life’s recent couch race (a story for later). As I stretched and stretched it, I held my breath, hoping it wouldn’t […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Managing Up|0 Comments

Why Great Leaders Say “Bring Me Problems”

By Michael Holland

Bring me problems.  Your leadership mantra challenge for 2017 should be Bring Me Problems.  We have so often heard the opposite phrase of don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.  We are too busy to solve all these problems and we want our employees to stand on their own, figure things out, be empowered, […]

By |March 8th, 2017|Building My Team|0 Comments