Best Of 2013: Let's Grow Leaders

I’m humbled and energized by our growing Let’s Grow Leaders community. Thank you so much for your thought leadership and enthusiasm. We are growing this together. As we close 2013, I offer a recap of the “Best of 2013” as measured by engagement. Thank you for being part of our collaborative adventure. If you missed one of these, it’s not too late to join the conversation. If you’re new here, please subscribe to join our 2014 fun… there’s much in store.

Richest Conversation

Can We Teach Leaders Humility?

Can Men and Women Be Friends at Work?

12 Components of Trusted Strategic Partnerships

Impatience as a Leadership Virtue

and one of my Smartblog Posts… Why Volunteering Makes You a Better Leader.

Wonderful Comments

Thanks to all who commented in 2013. You make the community. I appreciate every one who enhances the conversation, once, twice, or many times. I highly encourage all of you who are reluctant to give it a try. I’d like to particularly thank my top commenters of 2013, every one of whom I’ve met through this social media adventure.

Top 10 Commenters

Ali Anani (always poetic perspective from Jordan, and the first to respond to others in the community).

Matt McWilliams (love his writing, inspiring and challenging)

Steve Borek (one of the first to join and a consistent blessing, sharing his coaching expertise)

Dave Bratcher (fellow leadership blogger with wonderful insights)

Dallas Tye (my biggest cheerleader on turning writing into a book, love the conversations from Australia)

LaRae Quy (beautiful energy, writes about strength and mental toughness)

Lolly Daskal (a wonderful friend, stay-tuned for some early 2014 collaboration)

David Tumbarello (his comments are often worthy of a post in themselves)

Alli Polin (always amazed at our parallel experiences; more insights from Australia)

Terri Klass (great ideas and practical advice)

Thanks to all who support the Let’s Grow Leaders community through subscribing, commenting and sharing. I appreciate your encouraging others to subscribe. The more minds on this journey, the more we all grow. I am taking of the rest of the year to spend time with my family. I’ll be back to the normal schedule on Friday, January 3rd.

Have a happy new year.



Let's Grow Leaders as Shared In Other Growing Scenes (a Sunday Supplement)

As a “growing” leader I am always inspired by the work of other leaders and thinkers. The online community stretches me beyond my own experiences and thinking. I engage in several leadership tribes and bring their thoughts and challenges back to you and the Let’s Grow Leaders Community. It’s fun to stir those pots as well. Here’s what’s up and what’s coming in some of these growing scenes.

Let’s Grow Leaders Beyond Borders (Guest Posts and Other Engagement)

This Friday, I was featured on SmartBlog on Leadership on one of our favorite topics, Trust and Transparency.

Read More from Let’s Grow Leaders on SmartBlog, Can “Those People” Be Trusted

A quick excerpt: 

Do you spend more time thinking about why people can’t be trusted or why they can?

When planning large-scale change, or developing a communication strategy, do you ever find yourself focusing on the lowest common denominator? How much time do you spend thinking about why people can’t be trusted? Do you worry about what could go wrong if some faceless person does or says something stupid with the information you provide? Do you stress about what will happen if “those people” get a hold of the information prematurely? Read More

Volunteering and Leadership?

If you missed, Why Volunteering Makes You a Better Leader (Also on SmartBlog), I would love to hear your stories of how volunteering has informed your leadership. This has been my most socially shared topic to date.

Yoga and Leadership, Really?

I am an active Instigator in the Lead Change Group, and this week I stir up more thinking on recognition. Last week I wrote on leadership and yoga, in Lead Asana

Please Join the Ongoing Conversation

I write for you. Please share what’s challenging you, and I will work to spark conversation about it. Please drop me a note with what’s on your mind how is leadership hard for you? I also stir up conversation on my Let’s Grow Leaders Facebook Page. I am currently using Facebook to collect ideas on a 2013 rebuttal to The 1943 Guide To Hiring Women. Would love for you to add your comments on Facebook. I will pull our collective thinking together in a future post.

The best part of this scene is your comments: I am delighted by your thoughts and ideas as you comment on posts. My goal is to create a safe community for exploration and conversation. Bloggers:  I am always looking for ideas to enhance the Let’s Grow Leaders Conversation. If you ever read one of my posts and are interested in including a link to your post in the comments PLEASE DO! The more ideas, the more we all grow.

Coming Soon: Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival

I have been overwhelmed with the response for the first Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival, which will premiere March 15th. Please be sure to log in on Friday to hear thought leaders around the world give their advice to frontline leaders.

Tomorrow’s post on Let’s Grow Leaders, In Defense of the Imperfect Boss, was inspired by an over 300 comment discussion in the Harvard Business Review LinkedIn Group Should make for great conversation.

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