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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 (

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 |2019-05-29T08:44:42-04:00May 29th, 2019|New Leader|0 Comments

Why Leaders Fail to Create Responsible Employees

By Michael Holland -   There’s the strong, powerful, charismatic, self-absorbed CEO attempting to guide a senior leader forward, or their team forward. After a moment or two of seemingly good leadership technique he finds his natural groove and drops the “S Bomb.”  The “do it my way because I said so” command. His order is [...]

By |2019-05-22T09:42:46-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Managing Performance|0 Comments

12 Questions Every Leader Should Ask Themselves

by Michael Holland -  What can be learned from a survey of 1,000,000 employees and 80,000 managers about why talented employees decide to stay in a job or go?  What can you learn about yourself as a leader if you looked at yourself first as employee who has a manager? At times leaders believe -- [...]

By |2019-05-15T11:56:10-04:00May 15th, 2019|New Leader|0 Comments

How Are Your Employees Consuming Your Leadership?

By Michael Holland -  I was recently asked if I knew about a local restaurant.  My response was immediate.  It's a great place, a little pricey but every meal I've ever had there is great.  The food is always good and I've had different dishes there over time.  The service is great, even on a [...]

By |2019-05-08T13:28:40-04:00May 8th, 2019|Building My Team|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 |2019-05-01T12:00:31-04:00May 1st, 2019|New Leader|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 |2019-04-25T17:59:51-04:00April 24th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

Why Great Leaders Say “Bring Me Problems”

By Michael Holland -  Bring me problems.  Your leadership mantra challenge for the rest of 2019 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, [...]

By |2019-04-17T12:10:08-04:00April 17th, 2019|Building My Team|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 [...]

By |2019-04-10T11:09:13-04:00April 10th, 2019|Productivity|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 [...]

By |2019-04-03T11:34:31-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Your Development|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 [...]

By |2019-03-27T11:31:15-04:00March 27th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments