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Do Character and Competence Still Matter?

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Do Character and Competence Still Matter?

It has been a little while since a group of citizens stormed our Capitol Building. In the aftermath, I have wondered if leadership has come down to the loudest and simplest sound bite. I have asked myself if the character and competence of leaders still matters. I believe the answer is yes. In fact, I think it matters now, more than ever, and the evidence goes way back. Perhaps to around 400 BC, when Cyrus brought an army more than a thousand miles, from Greece to Persia, in an effort to usurp his brother, Artaxerxes II. During the battle between brothers,...

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Answering Yes to These 5 Questions Means Your Leadership Skills Are Better Than You Think

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Answering Yes to These 5 Questions Means Your Leadership Skills Are Better Than You Think

Five simple questions to evaluate where you stand as a leader.

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One Leadership Secret that is Truly Laughable

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One Leadership Secret that is Truly Laughable

My daughter was not a fan of hiking, growing up. She’d get halfway to the halfway point and start complaining. I would try to motivate her with a question, “How do you climb a mountain?” When she would avoid answering, I would offer an answer, “One step at a time!” It didn’t lessen the whining, and the scenario repeated itself, often. Grown now, I recently shared with her how overwhelmed I felt reviewing my to-do list. With a wry smile, she fed my words back to me, “How do you climb a mountain, Dad? One step at a time!” Jimmy...

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