Pieces of Encouragement Blog
Resources, Reflections, & Support for Leaders in All Stages of Growth and Development
Leading is not without challenges and problems. I’d argue leaders are most needed because challenges and problems are inherent to accomplishing any goal. While sharing some of my own challenges, a friend encouraged me to ask myself is this the problem I need to be solving?
Try to see things my way, do I have to keep on talking til I can’t go on… Anytime I can connect Motown and leadership it’s a good day. One of my favorite songs is Stevie Wonder’s version of We Can Work it Out. The song reminds me of recent conversations with leaders who are… Read more Can We Work It Out? Leading Until We Do →
Leadership presence includes behavioral (doing) and non-behavioral (being) qualities (Kerns, 2019). Leadership effect and affect are great examples of how doing and being come together as powerful pieces of leadership presence. Effect (noun): Something that inevitably follows an antecedent (such as a cause or agent); the quality or state of being operative; power to bring… Read more Presence Puzzle Pieces: Affect & Effect →
Photo by Nandhu Kumar from Pexels Long ago, when we were working in places known as offices, there was a mentor’s office I could pop into at any time. Her presence would evoke a sense of calm for me (much like the photo above). Sometimes I shared what was on my mind while other times… Read more The Mystery & Gift of Presence (Part 1) →
Should: an influential word used by leaders and team members and often intended to move people in the right direction. When used properly, should provides a path to direct actions while bringing clarity to priorities. When misused, should creates a dead end leaving one overwhelmed, and sometimes paralyzed, by competing priorities. Should is not a… Read more Should: Paths & Dead Ends →
Uncertainty is a regular part of leadership (Thank you 2020 for making this abundantly clear- as if we didn’t already know, but I digress…). One way leaders can navigate uncertainties, large and small, is to define their responsibilities and response-abilities. Responsibilities are what fall under our purview; whatever we are accountable for within our given… Read more Responsibility & Response-Ability →
Humility and curiosity are two significant pieces in the leadership puzzle. They are connected by the importance that learning plays for each piece. Together, they create opportunities for creativity and new ideas to emerge. Caldwell, Ichiho, and Anderson (2017) describe twelve interesting aspects of humility in leadership. These include, self knowledge, teachability, and dedication to… Read more The Humility Curiosity Connection →
Dear Leaders, I know some of you are exhausted, frustrated, and overwhelmed. I know you may be experiencing decision fatigue and the fatigue that comes with processing racial injustices, global/political/economic news, and a pandemic. 2020 isn’t the perfect vision you saw for yourself, your team, or community when you started making plans in 2019. Some… Read more Dear Leaders, Everything is Different Now: A Letter of Encouragement →
At some point in our journeys, we are all leaders. Apart from titles and degrees, leadership takes place in micro-level ways that have larger effects. Leadership happens in the way parents shape the dynamics in a home. Leadership happens on the playground when an isolated child is invited into a group activity. Leadership happens when… Read more Leadership in Moments →
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