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The 8 Common Traits of Great Leaders

The 8 Common Traits of Great Leaders

“Leaders aren’t born, they’re made.” Leaders are those who have the ability to command attention. They have the ability to make people feel confident in themselves and work towards a common goal. Not every leader is the same, that’s for sure, but every successful organization has strong leadership. Likewise, there are a few common traits shared among great leaders, and they are: Effort “There is no substitute for hard work” – Thomas Edison. That quote rang true when Mr. Edison

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My colleague and friend, Russell Raath at Kotter International, shares some interesting insights about Steve Jobs during his 1997 return to Apple. Earlier today JP Nicols (a friend and colleague) posted a tweet that caught my eye – it was a post honoring Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, on the 3rd anniversary of his passing and directed me to a brief video of Jobs. I took a few minutes to check out the video. You should too. The video shows an

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The One Trait All Great Leaders Share

The One Trait All Great Leaders Share

My friend and colleague Shaun Spearmon at Kotter International shares what we all know inherently about great leaders (and coaches), is that they can draw out our potential, stretch us, and take us farther than we can take ourselves. Read on… Have you ever worked for a boss who made you work harder than other bosses? This boss was motivating – not because they asked you to do a lot or placed outrageous demands on you. They inspired you to

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When Executives Blink

When Executives Blink

  My colleague Gregg LeStage, Executive Vice President for Kotter International, where he is responsible for global business development makes a great point about the little things that leaders can do to allow for big change to stay on track. Enjoy the Read.  ~Tom.   Picture this: You’re an executive responsible for setting your company’s strategic direction. It’s mid-year, and your organization has spent six months focused on a strategy that requires large-scale change. You might even call it a transformation.

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'Dangerous' Ideas Are The Key To Innovation

‘Dangerous’ Ideas Are The Key To Innovation

You must be willing to look at things from a different perspective in order to find new ideas for approaching challenges and moving things forward in an organization. As a change leadership speaker, it’s my goal to help people do just this. My colleague, PJ Chan from Kotter International has written a great blog post that shows you how you can foster the creation of new ideas within your team. (This content was previously published by Kotter International Engagement on

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