Leadership Articles

  • How to manage somebody who is really defensive about criticism and/or feedback.

    How to Manage Someone Who is Really Defensive

    August 6, 2018

    The job of any manager is to get the absolute most out of their people. To achieve that, yes, you should recognize your employees' strengths and build them up. But, you also need to address their weaknesses, so they don’t hold your employees back. The problem? Some people get really, really defensive when you point out a weakness of theirs. And that makes...

  • Want to be a great leader? Always follow these three rules.

    The 3 Essential Rules for Being a Great Leader

    July 30, 2018

    Todd Dewett has spent a career researching leadership, taking on leadership roles himself and – through LinkedIn Learning, as an MBA professor, a speaker and author – teaching leadership to millions. After all that time studying the subject, he’s reached an epiphany. “I kept coming back to three things that, above all else, for me, capture the essence of what it...

  • How to close a presentation.

    The 6 Best Ways to Close a Presentation

    July 16, 2018

    In December of 2017, we did a blog post on how to start a presentation. It remains one of our most popular blog posts, but we realize it’s only half the battle. Yes, it’s critically important to open a presentation well, so you capture the audience's attention. Equally important – closing it well, as that’ll be what people remember most from your talk. So, you...

  • The three biggest mistakes managers make investing their energy and managing their time.

    3 Common Mistakes Leaders Make Investing Their Energy

    June 25, 2018

    Leaders will agonize over where to invest their budget. Or where to allocate additional headcount. Or, over the structure of their...

  • Want to have executive presence? Here are 10 steps to follow when communicating.

    10 Things to Do When Speaking to Have "Presence"

    June 18, 2018

    What does it mean to have “presence”? It starts with having a clear purpose, John Ullmen said in his LinkedIn Learning course,...

  • These are toxic words a leader or manager should never say.

    7 Toxic Words You Should Never Say as a Leader

    June 8, 2018

    True story – in a moment of honesty, one of my old bosses told me she was planning on “lowballing” me with her original salary offer,...