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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 (

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

Setting Tripwires: How Great Leaders Create Things to Trip Over

by Michael Holland    

Rock stars and celebrities often have eccentric requirements for their pre-gig preparation rooms.  The famous band Van Halen had a clause in their contract that specifically said they wanted bowls of M&Ms backstage, but that all the brown ones must be removed.  Seems ridiculous.  But there was a method to lead […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

How to Own Your Day and Be an Intentional Leader

By Michael Holland

I love the look of that frantic leader who is lost in the world of overbooked meetings, a flooded inbox with hundreds of emails, and employees frustratingly lined up at the boss’ door to ask questions.  It’s that scene in a movie where you don’t want to watch the dramatic climax but […]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Productivity|0 Comments

What a Leader Can Learn From a Snowy Road and a 16 Year Old Driver

by Michael Holland    

A foot of snow provided the perfect opportunity to teach my then 16-year-old son how to drive in the snow.  He was several months into his learner’s permit process and, all things considered, was a fairly good driver.

To start off, we found a nice big parking lot.  “Floor it towards that […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

How Leadership Muscle Memory Can Help You to Lead Well

by Michael Holland    

So much of what we do every day is executed via muscle memory.  Walking to a meeting is so simple that we don’t even think about the physics of how our body works. We can unthinkingly create a fluid motion that moves the mass of our weight away from a desk, […]

By |January 25th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

The Question Your Need to Ask Yourself as a Leader

By Michael Holland

I’ve asked the question countless times and more often than not I get the same basic answer.  The question: who in your past has been a great leader, someone you can visualize and model your leadership behavior after?

A few moments of staring off into space ensues while they think back through the […]

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

Do You Have a Balanced Portfolio of Leadership?

By Michael Holland

My keen financial planning colleagues can speak for hours about the art and science of balancing portfolios.  For the rest of us, we know that it’s good to have a balanced portfolio whether it’s with financial assets, the food we choose to consume over a week, or the selection of adult beverages […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments