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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 (

Questions to Prompt Your Leadership Reflection Muscles

By Michael Holland - Since December 17, 2014 I have been writing a journal entry for each day. Each morning I write about the previous day. Then I get to read what I wrote on the same day each of the previous years in my journal. This habit has helped me to gain tremendous perspective [...]

By |2023-05-03T16:12:56-04:00May 31st, 2023|Your Development|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 |2023-05-03T16:04:50-04:00May 24th, 2023|New Leader|0 Comments

Watch Out for the False Summits in Leadership

By Michael Holland - The Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY provide a beautiful opportunity for hiking. There are 46 mountains that are higher than 4,000 feet. I’ve spent some time climbing a few of the "46ers" and one challenge appears often: the false summit. After a few hours of hiking you come to a spot [...]

By |2023-05-17T12:22:36-04:00May 17th, 2023|Building My Team|0 Comments

Stop Wasting Money on High Potentials and Do This Instead

By Michael Holland -  If you're still spending money on high potential programs, stop now and deploy your investment to a group of employees who need it more. I do believe that some high potential development programs have proven fruitful.  But most fail in their selection process and expend an exorbitant amount of executive time [...]

By |2023-05-03T15:37:18-04:00May 10th, 2023|Executives Should Know|0 Comments

3 Reasons Why Your Employees are Frustrated With You

By Michael Holland -  Your employees are frustrated with you.  Yes, even though they may love you, admire you, work their tails off for you, they are frustrated with you.  Some leaders cause so much frustration with their employees, they dream of how you will look when they finally tell you they are leaving for [...]

By |2023-05-03T12:26:05-04:00May 3rd, 2023|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Quit to Win

by Michael Holland -  Steve Jobs was a grand quitter. While he was immensely successful building and running Apple, he strategically leveraged quitting. He quit acclaimed Reed College after one semester and then dropped in periodically on creative classes at the school.  He later recounted how one course in calligraphy developed his love of typography. [...]

By |2023-04-27T11:14:08-04:00April 26th, 2023|Productivity|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 [...]

By |2023-04-05T11:07:26-04:00April 19th, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

It’s Not the Team Failing, It’s the Lack of Ideal Team Players

By Michael Holland -  The team is not the problem.  The team itself is not dysfunctional. The team didn't wake up today and say hey, I'm going to be a dysfunctional team. The team is simply a label being placed on a group of people who together create a entity that can enable tremendous success [...]

By |2023-04-05T11:04:01-04:00April 12th, 2023|Building My Team|0 Comments

The Question You 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 [...]

By |2023-04-05T10:32:29-04:00April 5th, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

8 Concepts That Are Vital to Effective People Leadership

by Michael Holland -  Leadership is not only about achieving goals and driving performance; it is also about empowering people and creating a positive working environment. As a leader, your ability to effectively manage and inspire your team is crucial for your organization's success. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of people [...]

By |2023-04-03T15:38:49-04:00April 3rd, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments


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