Tag: Leadership

My Decision to Move to Rural Zimbabwe – it Just Felt Right!

“What are you doing?” said Marianne Knuth’s friends. “You’re moving in the wrong direction – to Zimbabwe!?” They called her foolish for wanting to move to Southern Africa and start an educational program — Kufunda Learning Village. There was no guarantee of support, infrastructure or financial help to make it happen. The decision to move […]

Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World 2020

When you’re in a leadership position at a Fortune 500 company or simply want to motivate yourself or a small team of highly focused professionals to rise to the next level, you can learn from some of the top keynote speakers. Actively seeking focused, key messages from high-achieving men and women across the worlds of […]

9 Ways to Become a Climate Positive Leader

For most of us, climate change looms large, threatening to overturn every aspect of how we do business. But as a leader, you know that within every challenge lies opportunity — and climate change is no exception. With an eye towards innovation and partnerships, you can harness this moment and establish your company as a climate-positive leader, […]

How to Lead with Sensitivity During Trying Times

Editors Note: Real Leaders is making its archive of magazines freely available to all visitors to our website as part of our contribution to the Covid-19 pandemic. We believe you’ll emerge stronger and wiser when this crisis passes, and we hope our stories will keep you entertained and inspired while we sit out this challenging time. Sign […]

10 Impact Investing Strategies

Impact investing has moved from the fringe toward the mainstream, but individual investors still have many moving parts and challenges to consider. If you’re committed to impact as well as wanting to protect your financial future, you can attain various levels of financial return together with the generation of social and environmental impacts. And you […]

3 Lessons All New Leaders Should Learn

Becoming a new leader in a small or new business is not like becoming a new officer in the military. Have you ever attended a military promotion ceremony? If you haven’t, the ceremonies go something like this. Like all formal occasions, you get a formal invite. Then on the special day you walk into a […]

Finding Opportunity in a Changing World

As social entrepreneurs continue to push the boundaries of capitalism and seek solutions to the world’s largest problems, Tom Bird offers this advice: “Build your ‘stone, sponge, crispness’ skillset.” Bird elaborates on that skillset in the interview below, but it’s a repertoire that has served him well. From a career in technology to decades on […]

Navigating The Challenges Of Leadership

Navigating the corporate world today is more of an art than a skill. It requires you to balance being aggressive and inclusive, assertive and diplomatic, passionate and composed, and often simultaneously. There’s no real “how-to manual,” and each organization and team have its own unique way of doing things. Learning how to plot a course […]

A Grassroots Activist Swims Against the Tide

At first glance, Marina Silva is a politician who served as the Minister of Environment in Brazil. At second glance, you realize that she is also a grassroots activist who has fought to protect local communities and against deforestation in the Amazon. “I had to swim against the tide in many situations- political and personal. […]

5 Key Business Stakeholders Driving Change

Five years ago last month, the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh was a stark reminder of the need to improve corporate management of human rights. Half a decade on, we can reflect on some positive signs of progress on human rights from the corporate world and its wider stakeholders. 1. The corporate world is getting […]

Elevating Humanity Through Business Just Got Real

Conscious Capitalism cofounder and chairman emeritus Raj Sisodia, had just given a presentation at the Lead with Love Leadership Summit in Aspen, Colorado, when a woman approached him. “You and Larry Fink need to meet,” she said before setting the meeting in motion. Just days before the meeting, Fink, cofounder and CEO of the BlackRock […]

How to Build a Business and Still Have a Life

In the 17 years it took me to build Pacific Direct into a multimillion dollar business, I drove myself very hard. From the day I started, at 23, a second sense told me I had to keep myself in peak fitness to succeed. My trainers and my swimming costume were always packed and ready to go. I […]

10 Things I Learned From Sheryl Sandberg’s New Class About Resiliency

Sheryl Sandberg’s life changed forever the moment she found her husband, successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, dead in a hotel gym during their 2015 family vacation in Punta Mita, Mexico. Goldberg, 43 at the time of his death, had suffered heart complications and is survived by Sandberg and their two children. Coping with Goldberg’s death was, and still isn’t, […]

Leadership is Like Climbing a Mountain

When I was invited to speak at the Real Leaders magazine launch last September, I was asked to share my thoughts on leadership. I wondered what I could say about real leaders that was fresh, inspirational and personal. I hiked up Hawksbill Mountain in the Blue Ridge the day before the launch so I could clear my […]

Every Investment Has Impact. What’s Yours?

For Liesel Pritzker Simmons, there’s no shortcut to raising the bar on impact investment performance.  As Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, a family office she co-founded in 2012 with her husband Ian Simmons, this millennial is showing how investors of all ages can maximize the positive social and environmental impact of their investments while generating […]

5 Ways to Find Your Personal Leadership Brand

What if your life had a purpose… a particular purpose? There are almost 7.5 billion individuals alive right now. As far as I know, there are no duplicates. So, what if you were unique because you could make a difference that no one else can? What if you could make your difference every day, if you […]

Four Investments You Can Make Today to Increase Your Love Life

You can’t do a good job, if your job is all you do. The aspiration for work-life balance is dead. It was killed by technology. If you want to be happy in life and happy in your primary love relationship… Over the past two years with almost every Executive I coach and every audience I […]

Mindfulness as a Path Toward Achieving The Global Goals

The world is a beautiful place, but somehow it seems that humankind’s presence here has done more harm than good. As a species, we kill other species and our own; we destroy natural habitats of wildlife, while mindlessly depleting our food supplies. Poverty and inequality plague us and have done so for decades. We are […]

Transforming The Way The World Views Failure

Fear of failure is an epidemic that stifles human potential and it’s time we rethink it. Whether stemming from a lack of confidence or negative past experiences, the effect of fear of failure can be immobilizing, stopping most people before they even get started. Over the years, I’ve coached hundreds of clients from all over […]

Notes on Movement Building From a Convener

Movements happen when people who thought they were alone discover valuable strangers who become unlikely allies. I am flying to Armenia tomorrow to keynote the Impact Investing for Development Summit (IID) convened by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and knowledge partner INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. The Summit will bring together development agencies, sovereign funds from the Nordics, Eastern European […]

How to Stand up For Yourself in a Gender Bias World

Right now, I am very busy teaching companies how to create gender synergy.  This requires a change of culture as well as a change of behavior of both men and women who want to work together more effectively. The process of combining the strengths of blue brains and pink brains into a purple brain culture […]

The Digital Side of Leadership

Digital transformation has become the buzzword of our age, and while the economy is becoming ever more digital, the demands on management are constantly growing. The expectations on managers in respect of their digitization skills are increasing, and this is expressed clearly in the vacancies that are waiting to be filled. And not just in […]

Bring Your Love to Work and Leadership

Bring your love to your career and leadership style. Share your most valuable intangibles, such as your knowledge, to promote success of others. This is a key message I’ve been sharing for 15+ years, and now, I’m ready to introduce it to a new generation. It’s time for us to champion the idea that you […]

Leadership in the Spotlight

As women business owners, when we think about the topic of leadership the theme of this month’s issue of NAWBO ONE a lot of things come to mind. We are leaders in our businesses, households and communities. We have friends, customers and vendor partners in prominent leadership positions in corporate America. And, of course, with election […]

Equality: What Does it Mean?

Equality means different things for different people and generations. For the women who founded NAWBO more than 40 years ago, it was about being able to take out a line of credit to start or grow their business without their husband, brother or father cosigning. For women business owners today, it’s about equality in pay, […]

Six Great Sustainable Building Ideas

Young architects from around the world have created some amazing sustainable structures that are helping to solve everyday problems, while also decreasing carbon emissions and utilizing natural materials. Below are six innovative and sustainable architectural solutions that are contributing to a better world.   "Den Grønne Ambassade" i Aarhus (DK) For et fantastisk møtested av arkitekt Steffen Impgaard ? #visitaarhus […]

Richard Branson: Reinventing how we live and work to become a force for good

The energetic and playful entrepreneur believes the time is right for a radically different approach to business. He’s ready to explore the next great frontier. Your new vision for the future is a marked departure from the “business as usual” model. At what point in your career, and based on what personal experiences, did you start to recognize that business needed […]

3 Ways to Communicate Better

The world today is a very different place than it was 20 years ago. Technology has made an abundance of information, voices, and services available to us at any time we choose to seek it out. In fact, many of us use technology in such a way that we do not have to seek information […]

Don’t Work For A Jerk

Work should be a source of joy. Okay, if that’s too strong, it should at least be a source of well-being. Gallup’s research confirms that work is the second most important factor in promoting our life satisfaction. (The first is the quality of our relationships.) We spend half our waking hours working. It is a […]

Why ‘WHY’ Is So Critical for Performance and Innovation

The second principle of 5-Star Leadership is answering the question, “Why?” Remember the first principle is setting a clear direction by answering the question “What?” What am I trying to accomplish… what’s the goal here? Most seasoned leaders have no problem telling people what to do. They are goal-setting machine guns. However setting goals without establishing […]

How to Compassionately Deal with Poor Performance

Does being a compassionate, servant leader mean that we should keep team members who are not performing well? Using the approach below, we can often help an underperforming team member to improve and grow. And, when necessary we can use the approach to compassionately let someone go without having to fire them. Addressing Poor Performance […]

A Leader For All Time

Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. While many still debate his political standpoints, one thing is clear: he was a moral compass for more than just South Africa, his compassion for people reached around the world and influenced statesmen and ordinary people alike. His tenacity and strong will are legendary, part of what has […]

The Solution to Leadership Failure

An earlier post produced a huge and thoughtful response from many senior leaders around the world. Responses confirm that leaders are having a difficult time getting the right things done on a timely basis in this time of ferocious competition. Several responses also brought up new challenges that I will deal with in future blogs. One […]

Are You Your Biggest Problem?

I am. I am a big fat problem for myself. So are you. We all are. That’s the way life is. It’s natural to think you are normal…but you’re not and neither am I. We are all quirky as hell. Of course we have a self-protective inner story to tell us that we’re not…but we […]

Becoming Great is Simple, Just Not Easy

(Note to readers: the response to my recent blog, Three Reasons Why We Need Women Leaders Now has been nothing less than astonishing. What’s clear to me is that there is a deep thirst for practical leadership advice for women who want to excel as leaders, as well as a business need to elevate more […]

What’s Your Promise?

When I was in eight grade, I read 25 biographies of great leaders. They ranged from Alexander the Great to Benjamin Franklin. One thing I noticed even at that age is that they all had one thing in common. They accomplished something significant, in some cases, world changing, because they had the will to do […]

George Fink: I Tip My Hat to You

I sat next to a well-dressed older gentleman on the plane the other day. For quite a while he and I exchanged pleasantries, nothing more than the typical, “do you mind getting up so I can go to the rest room,” kind of exchange. And then, about half way through the trip he struck up […]

The Leadership Chain

My purpose for writing this on-going column about conscious leadership is nothing less than to promote a shift in the thoughts and mindsets of leaders; ensuring organizations are run more effectively. By that I mean that organization becomes more fluid and productive in the long run, and that it contributes to a healthy, sustainable planet […]

The Growth Agenda Of The Future is: Good, Grow, Gain

The popular and currently accepted MBA-approach view of business is as a stockholder wealth-creating machine. MBA PowerPoints reveal a business logic mindset of Gain, Grow, Good. This business logic directs leaders to first think of a way to make money (Gain), then use a more-with-less business model to grow profitable revenue (Grow), and if there’s […]

From Financial Success to Significance

As leaders, many of us think that we’ve already succeeded in one or more aspects of our lives. And we have. Many of us have been blessed with the opportunity to create much financial success for ourselves and those around us. Yet, how many of us will be able to say that we’ve achieved significance […]