6 Ways Leaders Can Start Banishing Their Inner Critic

Denise Jacobs is a speaker, author, and creativity evangelist. The author of Banish Your Inner Critic, she is committed to helping leaders release their full potential. We're thrilled she's written this post for our Concord Leadership blog readers. If you want more,...

The surprising three levels of hardwiring

While we start Quadrant 3 coaching wherever the client is, a common place to start is with the "Hardwiring" circle. As a leader, you’ve likely heard a lot about "hardwiring." I believe it is one of the most misunderstood parts of leadership. Too often, hardwiring...

Leadership involves understanding others

One basic tenant of good leaders is that they discover frameworks to help them work with people. Not all frameworks are healthy - I once had a boss tell me that fear was one of the tools in his leadership toolkit. Really. Fortunately, there are plenty of perspectives...

The biggest reason leadership is challenging

There are many reasons leadership is challenging: staff, clients, budgets, demands on our time. But the biggest reason leadership is challenging? As a leader, we're calling the shots. Before getting into a leadership position, you want to call the shots. You know you...

Leadership styles and philanthropy

In our most recent nonprofit leadership study, one of the things we looked at was how four different leadership styles affected a nonprofit's "culture of philanthropy." The four styles were: servant leadership, transformational leadership, charismatic leadership, and...

As leaders, why aren’t we meeting all the demands?

Nonprofit leadership has got to be the toughest job in the world. You have to be a big-picture visionary with a close attention to details who also has an incredible ability to initiate and grow relationships. Nonprofits do such great work. And leaders seem to know...

Check your caller ID

As leaders, we often delegate tasks to others. Tasks like making sure the phone lines work. But, as leaders, we're ultimately responsible. Anonymous calls can easily be blocked I know a number of nonprofits, especially hospitals, that are using antiquated telephone...

Leadership is hard

As we discovered in the latest nonprofit leadership report, leadership is hard. There are competing demands on us. And unclear expectations. Even our own expectations of ourselves can be unclear. Most of our life, we've had someone else set the agenda and tell us what...

The magic question to ask to hire the right Millenials

Traveling around the country, I'm constantly asked for the secret to hiring Millenials. Leaders tell me, "They don't stay in the job. And when they're here, it's hard to tell what they're working on." First, a warning For starters, let me just say that we need to stop...

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