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How Leaders Can Gain Legitimate Authority

by Michael Holland  -   Do you have legitimate authority? What a great question.  Malcolm Gladwell in his intriguing book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, brings us perspective that we should know—or may already know—but that we often overlook. This perspective is contained in a principle of legitimacy and helps us [...]

By |2022-11-02T13:02:36-04:00November 2nd, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

What Will the Legacy of Your Leadership Reveal

By Michael Holland -   Adolf Hitler has a legacy.  He left a rippling wake from his leadership. As soon as you saw that name you had an immediate reaction to the legacy he has left and understandably a very negative reaction. Now consider Abraham Lincoln who also has a legacy.  He left a rippling wake [...]

By |2022-10-05T11:38:40-04:00October 5th, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

Why An Explicit Leader is as Rare as an Oak in the Desert

By Michael Holland -  You know a great leader within a few minutes of talking with them. There's no mistake.  They stand out like an oak tree in the middle of the desert. Their title - or lack of a title - bear no connection to their leadership impact.  They create a circle of safety [...]

By |2022-08-24T14:13:45-04:00August 24th, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

Hey Leader, What’s Your Destination

By Michael Holland - Recently I saw a commercial where a young couple throws a dart at a map and then take off for their weekend adventure to wherever the dart landed. How spontaneous and fun. Your employees are hoping you’re less adventurous. In the rush of work and the ever-changing whims of senior leadership, [...]

By |2022-07-20T16:31:52-04:00July 20th, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

The Traditions You Enable as a Leader

by Michael Holland -  What traditions have you created or enabled within your team or company? As a leader, you are in the powerful role of creating rituals, beliefs, values, and cultural norms by the ways in which you behave and enable behavior within others, both as individuals and in groups. Tradition sounds so impressive [...]

By |2022-05-04T11:52:45-04:00May 4th, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

Leadership 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 lead 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 |2022-04-13T11:50:44-04:00April 13th, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

What Echoes of Leadership Are You Creating?

by Michael Holland -   A toddler is amazed by the sound of their voice echoing off the walls of a large, empty room.  I’m amazed by the echo heard down a valley from a high cliff. The sound reverberates, seeming to go on forever. The leadership voice of a good leader is heard in the [...]

By |2022-03-23T11:46:08-04:00March 23rd, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

New Manager With One Direct Report = Failure

By Michael Holland -  I think one of the biggest mistakes seemingly well-intentioned organizations make is promoting someone to supervision/management and giving them just a single direct report. The logic seems to be that by giving them a single employee to manage, they can learn how to lead with less risk and more time to get the hang [...]

By |2022-03-09T11:11:06-05:00March 9th, 2022|New Leader|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 |2021-12-15T10:11:40-05:00December 15th, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments

3 Ways We Continually Fail Our Young Leaders

By Michael Holland -  Generation after generation of leaders have followed the same path: Get thrown into the position to take over leading their former peers Spend 10 or so years guessing at what they're supposed to do as a leader, and Then start attending leadership development programs which attempt to educate them on the [...]

By |2021-11-10T12:37:47-05:00November 10th, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments


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