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Best Leadership Articles of 2022

The Best Leadership Articles of 2022 (according to you)

by | Dec 26, 2022 | By Karin Hurt and David Dye |

Your Favorite Leadership Articles of the Year

Every year, we count down the best leadership articles of the year, according to your reading and sharing. Thanks so much for being a part of our human-centered leadership development community and for all you do to encourage courage!

We would love to hear from you in the comments. Which leadership article resonated most with you and why? What leadership topics are of most interest to you in the coming year?

Top 3 Let’s Grow Leaders Articles of 2022

1. How to Say No at Work: Powerful Phrases to Stand Your Ground

How to Say No at Work

Our number one most-read article in 2022 is on how (and when) to say no at work. And with the ever-growing demand placed on leaders and managers, it’s no surprise that being more strategic with your “No” piqued interest. 

If you missed this article, it’s never too late to use these 5 steps to feel more confident in what you’re saying no to and why.

2. Email Best Practices: How to Send a Better, More Effective Email

Email best practices

When you’re working in a remote or hybrid team, having a common agreement on your email best practices will save you gobs of time and frustration. Use these 5 best practices to send better, more effective emails.

3. How to Build a High-Performing Team: Ten Vital Conversations

High-performing team

Every truly high-performing team has one thing in common: They spend time in candid conversation talking about what’s working and consistently look for ways to improve. Get ten important questions to start with when building a high-performing team.

If you are looking for a structured way to have more meaningful conversations with your team in the coming year, we would love to set you up with a demo of our new Team Accelerator Program. Click here for more information. 

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4. How to Help Your Team Think Bigger – Let’s Grow Leaders

Help team think bigger

It’s a frustration we hear all the time: “Our managers think too small! How do we help people REALLY CONSIDER what they’re doing–to look for better ways to work smarter? They do their work, but we can’t seem to help them think bigger.”

Use the two questions shared in this post and follow with three steps to engage your team in the process of thinking beyond doing. 

Innovation and Results


If you’re looking for other ways to help you and your team think bigger, check out our strategic leadership and team development programs. Or, download our FREE eBook, 7 Practical Ways to Be a Bit More Daring. 

5. 3 Leadership Values to Encourage in Every Member of Your Team

3 vital leadership values

We’ve been asking this question of the leaders we work with around the world. Consistently, compassion, courage, and curiosity continue to top the list, closely followed by flexibility and authenticity. Learn how to deepen your team’s skills in three values for leaders to encourage in every member of your team. 

6. How to Be Less Negative – and Still Be Yourself

Are you often told “don’t be so negative” – but you don’t THINK of yourself as negative? It can be really frustrating when your good intentions are misunderstood. Try these 3 easy shifts to help you bring your best qualities to every team and conversation.

7. Ten Common Mistakes New Managers Make

This article was truly considered one of the best leadership articles of the year. It was just published in December and had only a few weeks to make the list.

8. True Gratitude – More Than Pleasantries or Recognition

true gratitude

True gratitude begins with deep humility. It changes us. True gratitude transforms our relationships and it changes the game. Learn what gratitude isn’t and get three practical ways to practice true gratitude.

And … What You Consider Our Best Leadership Articles of All Time (Most Popular)

We’ve been blogging since 2012, so it’s interesting to see which topics continue to resonate and show up on the best leadership articles list year after year.

Great mid-year review questions to make your team stronger


Funny story about this one. My son, Ben, is a manager at the University of Maine, looking to do a great job with his mid-year review. So, he googled “mid-year review questions.” Apparently was halfway through the article when he realized his mama had written it.  These powerful questions will help you engage in better conversations and deeper dialogue.  

And although it didn’t make the best leadership articles list this year, this post on How to Respond to Frustrating Performance Feedback.  If your manager struggles with giving reviews well, this article can help empower a deeper conversation.

7 Ways to Help Your Team Deal with Ambiguity – Let’s Grow Leaders

As a human-centered leader, helping your team deal with ambiguity well is one of the most important ways to spend your time when things are uncertain.  Use these seven ways to help your team deal with uncertainty, and get more creative in their problem-solving.

Help Your Team Deal With Ambiguity

19 Questions to Help Grow Confidence in Children


Questions are a remarkable way to grow confidence in children. Great questions work because they cause children to stop and think. Asking any one of these questions can be the start of a great conversation and of course, it gives you a remarkable opportunity to listen well. Nothing builds confidence faster than truly being heard.

Best Leadership Articles Published Elsewhere

Why do leaders embrace culture acceleration? Because it’s a high-ROI engagement that achieves multiple business outcomes. One of our most popular featured articles from the ATD Blog on How to Leverage Leadership Development to Accelerate Culture Change. 


And the next most popular article is How To Create A Culture Where Silence Is Not Golden featured in Forbes. 

Silence is not golden

Leadership without Losing Your Soul Podcast (With David Dye)

The most popular episode (and one of David’s favorites too) was this inspiring conversation:  Get Things Done in a Bureaucracy with Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai 

Get Things Done in a Bureaucracy

Another popular Interview (and one David highly recommends) is The Disciplined Listening Method featuring Michael Reddington

The Disciplined Listening Method 

And the #1 content podcast this year reflects some of the stress leaders and their teams have felt this year: Being a Human-Centered Leader When You’re Stressed or Anxious

Being a Human Centered Leader When You're Stressed or Anxious

Asking For a Friend Vlog (With Karin Hurt)

Most popular. Questions to ask before launching a leadership development program from Lake Dillon, CO.

If you prefer a written version of these questions (and an additional Asking for a Friend Interview) you can check them out here. 


Most popular interview, Is it possible to re-recruit an employee when they already have one foot out the door? Interview with Bev Kaye from the ISA conference.

How do you retain an employee who already has one foot out the door with Beverly Kaye

Check out the last few years’ “best leadership articles” lists.

Best Leadership Articles of 2021 (According to You)

Best Leadership Articles of 2020 (According to You) 

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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.

Be More Daring


Get the FREE Courageous Cultures E-Book to learn how

7 Practical Ways to be a Bit More Daring

Be More Daring


Get the FREE Courageous Cultures E-Book to learn how

7 Practical Ways to be a Bit More Daring

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