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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 (

One Habit That Will Make You a Better Leader

By Michael Holland - Many leaders are challenged with having coaching conversations with their employees. Coaching is a process of letting people know that what they do matters to you. Coaching provides direction and timely feedback. Coaching inspires, encourages, and challenges employees. Coaching should be continual.  It's small things that the leader sees and says [...]

By |2020-06-03T10:26:56-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Managing Performance|0 Comments

#Leadwell Virtually Tip of the Week – Coaching & Feedback in the Virtual Work World

Working virtually likely means that conversations which need to happen are likely not happening. It’s easier to put off conversations when you are not working face to face.  You can hang up the phone or “end the meeting” and breathe a sigh of relief. It’s time to build in coaching and feedback to your leading [...]

By |2020-06-03T18:08:04-04:00June 1st, 2020|#Leadwell Virtually|0 Comments

The #Leadwell Daily Ritual: Becoming a More Effective and Happier Leader

By Michael Holland - Having worked with hundreds and hundreds of leaders, I find so many lack focus on working to become effective at leading well. The key is micro-behaviors.  Those little things that we do that have longer term ripple impacts.  The gap for most leaders comes from not intentionally creating habits that enable healthy micro-behaviors [...]

By |2020-05-28T11:51:31-04:00May 28th, 2020|Productivity|0 Comments

#Leadwell Virtually Tip of the Week – Time for a “Team Time-Out”

Our reality is that working virtually - in some form - is here to stay.  You are now creating your team’s virtual or blended work culture – and it’s time to do it purposefully. With the rush of getting established remotely, your team’s habits and norms happened spontaneously. It’s now time for your team to [...]

By |2020-05-26T15:19:38-04:00May 26th, 2020|#Leadwell Virtually|0 Comments

The Curse of Knowledge in Your Delegation to Employees

By Michael Holland -   When a leader delegates he can picture very clearly what it is he wants done.  So he believes that he is communicating clearly to his employee.  But there’s a villain of natural psychology that limits our capability to communicate clearly and that villain is the curse of knowledge*. The curse of [...]

By |2020-05-20T11:15:08-04:00May 20th, 2020|Managing Performance|0 Comments

#Leadwell Virtually Tip of the Week – Virus Lethargy

Most people are feeling it: “Virus Lethargy” Tired of being on Zoom or Teams and having virtual meetings Struggling with the fog of what’s ahead Bored of their surroundings from being at home so much The result:  things are feeling slow, dull, monotonous The treatment:  an energy boost Ask yourself:  What boosts your energy?  (And [...]

By |2020-05-18T16:34:35-04:00May 18th, 2020|#Leadwell Virtually|0 Comments

Management 101: The 8 Things 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 |2020-05-13T11:23:13-04:00May 13th, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

#Leadwell Virtually Tip of the Week – Leading Well During Change

While leading during any major change, remember, there is always a trough – a low time during change when we feel “stuck.”  Keep these three change principles in mind as you are leading. Expect Multiple Reactions:  From Others and Yourself At times you may be feeling optimistic and encouraged. At other times you may feel [...]

By |2020-05-11T15:25:01-04:00May 11th, 2020|#Leadwell Virtually|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 [...]

By |2020-05-06T11:13:48-04:00May 6th, 2020|Your Development|0 Comments

#Leadwell Virtually Tip of the Week – Rejuvenate

People are in a variety of places with the WFH (work from home) and COVID-19 situation. Many are exhausted, and facing potential burn out due to added work responsibilities, added home schooling responsibilities, and the worry about staying healthy. We’re finding many leaders who are on video calls and phones calls for most of the [...]

By |2020-05-04T12:45:05-04:00May 4th, 2020|#Leadwell Virtually|0 Comments