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The Best Leadership Articles of 2021 (according to you)

by | Dec 27, 2021 | By Karin Hurt and David Dye |

Your Favorite Leadership Articles of the Year

Every year we take a really close look at our human-centered, practical leadership content that is resonating with you. And, use that insight to help us plan for what would serve you most in the new year. These are your favorite leadership articles of 2021 based on views and shares. Click on the headlines or pictures for links.

As we continue to support you and your teams in your human-centered leadership journey, we would love to hear from you. What was your favorite article of the year? Why?

What leadership articles would you like us to write about more in the coming year?

1. How to Provide More Meaningful Performance Feedback

provide meaningful performance feedback

Most employees yearn for more meaningful performance feedback—and are just not getting enough.

This leadership post covers some of the most popular performance feedback tools and techniques that we teach in our leadership development programs.


2. The Blight of Soul-Crushing Useless Negative Feedback

Don't let negative feedback sap your team's motivation

Unfortunately, negative feedback is destructive and all-too-common. Our second most popular leadership article covers how to prevent senseless feedback from zapping your team’s motivation.

3. End-of-Year Meeting: How to Make Yours Remarkable


Okay so technically this one is from December 2020, but it’s been so popular this year, we want to ensure you don’t miss it. Also, popular is this guide to virtual kick-off meetings.

4. Get Your Team Back on Track – Leading Through Distractions

Human-centered leadership work is always challenged by distractions. And this year, we know you and our team have had plenty of important challenges that made it even more difficult than usual to focus. This popular leadership article provides practice tips for keeping your team on track. And, if you find this article helpful, you might also enjoy this Asking for a Friend about empowering your team during times of uncertainty.

5. How to Deal with Team Conflict

How to handle team conflict
This popular leadership article provides six ways to deal with team conflict. And if you find this helpful, you might also like to learn how to surface conflict, so it can be addressed before it erupts.

6. A Manager’s Guide to Better Decision Making

This guide contains very practical tips for making better decisions and can help gain back lost time.

7. How to Give Your Team the Energy They Need

In one of our earliest leadership articles of 2021, David shares practical ways to give your team more energy and hope.

8. How to Build a Better Network of Peer Relationships

build a network of peers
This extremely popular article also includes a practical tool you can use to build a better network of peer relationships.

And … Our Most Popular Leadership Article of All Time

help your team deal with ambiguity

7 Ways to Help Your Team Deal with Ambiguity, continues to be our most popular article by a landslide. We would love for you to help keep the conversation going and leave a comment on your favorite leadership tip for dealing with ambiguity and change.

The Best Leadership Article Published Elsewhere (Training Magazine)

People seemed to really resonate with our article in Training Magazine, Building Teams that Speak Up and Solve Problems

Leadership without Losing Your Soul Podcast (With David Dye)

Most Popular Podcast Interview: Building a Human-Centered Culture- With Charlie Bailes

You build your culture one decision at a time—but how do you ensure that the decisions you make build the culture you want? In this episode, Charlie Bailes, VP of Human Resources and Distribution for ABC Fine Wine and Spirits shares practical ways you can build a human-centered culture in your organization, team, or department.

Most Popular “How To” Episode: Unleash Your Team’s Best Thinking

Have you ever watched a team member do something clever, solve a problem, or creatively improve a process, then ask them why they hadn’t shared it with the team? Too often, your team’s best thinking remains hidden.

Asking For a Friend Vlog (With Karin Hurt)

Karin’s Asking for a Friend show continues to gain traction. Her most popular interview was with Liz Wiseman.

Liz Wiseman’s book is based on research conducted with a variety of companies including Adobe, LinkedIn, and SAP, to determine what behaviors affect someone’s influence at work.

And the most popular show-on-the-road was “What Do I Do if My Team Doesn’t Like Me?” (with scenes from Yellowstone Park).

And in case you’re looking for more popular leadership articles, you can find the Best Leadership Articles of 2020 here.

Your turn. What were one or two of your favorite leadership articles of 2021? What would you like to read more about in 2022? Please leave a note in the comments.

See Also: The Best Leadership Articles of 2022 (So Far)

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Karin Hurt and David Dye

Karin Hurt and David Dye help human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results. As CEO and President of Let’s Grow Leaders, they are known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. Karin and David are the award-winning authors of five books including, Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. David Dye is a former executive and elected official. Karin and David are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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