The Leadership Lid...are you the lid?

Posted by Steve Whittington on Sep 17, 2016 9:16:40 AM

capped-potentialMany of us have been there: you report to someone that “doesn’t get it.” The frustration in the air is palpable. The leader of the group dictates the progress, the environment and ultimately the effectiveness of the team. The leader is the lid the team bumps up against in their desire to be more.

Every organization, every department, every team, board or division has a lid to its potential and that lid is its leader. The unit will only rise as high as the leader will allow it, either knowingly or unknowingly, based on the leader's capabilities. This principle is very self evident in professional sports: change the coach and the future of the team is changed without changing players.

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Topics: Leadership, features of leadership, Leadership lid, Leadership Series, Blogs

The top 3 qualities of leadership I learned from mountain climbing

Posted by Graphic Intuitions on Jun 2, 2016 9:00:07 AM

Even before I reached the summit of Mount Everest, I had discovered many components of great leadership. Like you, I have read a book or two about leadership. I started creating lists of leadership qualities I had gathered from mentors, books and colleagues. But my profound understanding of leadership came from my experience on mountains leading teams. And as our team descended from the highest peak on earth, I became even more convinced that some qualities of leadership are far more important than others.

What makes an effective leader? When I present my Alpine Leadership Keynote talk at conferences and events, I share how climbing mountains has helped to shape the three components of great leadership that I call on the most.

The leadership skills and qualities needed to be successful in the Alpine world are the same as in the business world; the difference is the level of consequence. In the Alpine, bad leadership has the ultimate price.

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Topics: leadership keynote speaker, features of leadership, great leadership, leadership qualities, Leadership Series, leadership training

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