It’s always fun to look back to see what resonated as the best leadership articles of the year at Let’s Grow Leaders. Most years, there’s quite a mix of topics and interests.
It’s not a shocker that this year, the most helpful articles were about creating a deeper connection with your team, leading well during times of uncertainty and disruption, and of course, practical tools for leading remote teams.
So here you go (click on the header link to access the article). These are our best leadership articles of 2020 based on your reading and sharing.
What do you think were our best leadership articles of 2020… what resonated most for you?
And of course, if you have a topic you like us to tackle in 2021 please let us know in the comments or drop us a note at [email protected]
The Best Leadership Articles of 2020
(According to You)
1. How to Start the Decade in Deeper Conversation
We wrote this most popular leadership article in January of 2020 BEFORE we had any idea what was on the horizon. And yet with the quick pivot to remote work, it turns out this easy team-builder worked wonders for creating trust and connection in remote teams.
We’ve had tremendous feedback from participants of our live-online leadership training programs who’ve used this tool as part of their action learning this year.
2. What Employees are Yearning For in Remote One-on-Ones
When the Pandemic first hit one of our biggest concerns was how many managers we saw canceling their one-on-ones. This was our passionate response. We captured the biggest needs we were hearing from managers around the world.
Also fun, this article was recognized in the CTO awards for best leadership articles of the year. If you’re looking to get better at one-on-ones in the new year, this posts for you.
3. How to Lead When Your Employees Don’t Have to Follow
Also a pre-pandemic hit, David shares one of our core philosophies: “everyone’s a volunteer.”
4. Practical Help For Exhausted Leaders Who Need to Get More Done
Okay, this was also interesting. We wrote this in February almost as if we knew what was coming next. Who knew that we had no idea of the exhaustion that lay ahead. In this practical article, we share some of our foundational tools and approaches to get results and improve relationships without driving yourself (or your team) into the ground.
5. How to Lead in the Midst of Urgent Rapid Change and Strain
In this early pandemic article, we share a great story from our very last on-site client visit of the year, along with practical tips for leading through a crisis.
6. Three Ways to Create a Virtual Watercooler for Your Remote Team
So much of the research about leading remote teams points to what employees miss most are the informal opportunities for interaction and sharing best practices. This article gives you practical ways to recreate that for your team.
7. How to Capture What You’re Learning From This Crisis Right Now
We wrote this right at the beginning of the Pandemic when everything was in total lockdown, Clorox and toilet paper were in short supply, we were sanitizing groceries before they came in the house, and our readers told us they were quarantining their copies of our books in their garage for 24 hours before they could read it.
And so we captured this “BED Talk”
8. How to Disrupt the Disruption and Help Your Team Move Forward
A lot of the training work we’ve been doing with our clients over this past year has included practical tools and techniques to”disrupting the disruption” to build a brighter bolder future. Here are a few practical approaches that can help as you continue to navigate this crisis.
9. How to Co-Create a Better Future
This article pairs well with our #8 winner, with more practical approaches to help your team do the best they can with what they have from where they are.
10. Four Words to Help You Build a Powerful Team
“How can I help …?” can go a long way in building a team. In this article, we share important ways to uncover the support your team most needs.
Most Popular Leadership Article of All Time on Let’s Grow Leaders
7 Ways to Help Your Team Deal with Ambiguity – Let’s Grow Leaders
This article continues to top our “best leadership articles” list every single year. And, Winning Well: Leading Through Uncertainty and Change continues to be one of our most requested keynote programs. You can’t always choose what you show up to, but you can always choose how you show up.
The Best Leadership Articles of 2020 (as seen in other media)
Leadership without Losing Your Soul Podcast (With David Dye)
David’s podcast audience has been growing quickly with over 80 episodes. Here are the top 3 for 2020.
How to Avoid Micromanaging Remote Employees
Burnout to Breakthrough – Interview with Eileen McDargh
Advanced Guide to Leading Online Meetings that Don’t Suck
Asking For a Friend Vlog (With Karin Hurt)
In the 4th Quarter 2020, Karin’s Asking For a Friend Vlog went live on Friday’s at 11:30 EST with a sprinkling of her old school pithy moments of leadership advice.
And the most popular Asking For a Friend Live was about Connection and Celebration in remote teams with Scott Friedman and Debra Fine. (you must be logged into LinkedIn to view)
We are so grateful to all of you who read and share our articles. We’re delighted to have you part of our growing Let’s Grow Leaders Community.