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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 (

6 Ways to Lead Like Albert Einstein

By Michael Holland      While reading a biography on Albert Einstein by Walter Isaacson, I became very intrigued with how great a man Einstein was even given some of his flaws.   Here are 6 ways you can learn to lead like Einstein. Dress the Part Einstein’s iconic ruffled hair and disheveled appearance fit perfectly [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

5 Mistakes New Leaders Make

by Michael Holland     Most leaders take on their first management role between the ages of 28 and 32.  They are put in charge of their former peers and expected to continue producing top notch work while they take on managing the team.  New to the job and with no training, these new leaders fall into habits which [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|Role of the Leader|0 Comments

3 Ways to Convert Leadership Mistakes to Wisdom

by Michael Holland     In 1994 I made a classic management mistake. It involved a very stressful job, a struggling team, and two bags of marshmallows.  The short version of the story is that a consistently tardy team member to critical team meetings received a barrage of marshmallows when he arrived late again to our meeting. [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Building My Team|0 Comments

Management 101: What You Wish Your Boss Knew

by Michael Holland -  Your role as a leader – should you choose to accept it – is to effectively manage the people asset you’ve been charged with owning.  This means: You are responsible and accountable for the effectiveness and productivity of each individual person on your team, as well as the team as a [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments

What’s Your K-Cup Coffee Management Style?

by Michael Holland      This morning, I brewed a fresh cup of coffee on our Keurig brewer, as I have done many times before. As I watched the coffee trickle into my cup, I began to think about the many different flavors of coffee that are available. In many offices today, you have access [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

How to Tell If You Are a Wimpy and Dishonest Leader

By Michael Holland I worry at times that the gap which exists between leaders leading well and those who won't is growing wider and deeper.  Recently I re-watched the TED Talk  "Why Good Leaders Make Us Feel Safe" by Simon Sinek.  In the talk, Sinek inspires with stories of how true leaders provide a circle [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Building My Team|0 Comments

One Decision That Will Help You Create Healthy Leadership Habits

By Michael Holland As a leader, how do you analyze recent events, interactions, situations, encounters?  Do you have a critical eye seeking intelligence regarding how you have behaved and how your behavior impacted others? Looking closely at what we haven't completed or improved or how we behaved or could've behaved is a good habit.  Deciding where you're [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

Why You Should be an Everyday Leader With Lollipops

By Michael Holland New leaders waste so much energy.  They have to invest so much time and thought into how to do this leadership thing.  One day they're working side-by-side with coworkers and the next day they are walking in as the boss.  Think about the moment they walk through the door that morning into [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Do Your Leadership Habits Need a Wake-up Call?

By Michael Holland The habits we create as leaders cascade into continual behaviors; sometimes for the good, other times not so much.  We’re not entirely sure what we do or don’t do, we just walk through the day doing this "leadership thing."  We sit in the same seat each day at the same meeting, we [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

Why “Tension” is Your Leadership Word for the Year

By Michael Holland I'm so tired of hearing people talking about balancing their workloads, balancing their lives between home and work, balancing commitment to goals, balancing the needs of employees with the needs of the business. The reality is there is not a balance or equilibrium.  We have been trained to think this false belief [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Productivity|0 Comments