Leadership In Management

As we looked at some of the most Essential Qualities of Leadership recently, I made a few references to things we’ve likely all seen folks with authority do that pushes a team away from them rather than earning the kind of influence necessary to truly lead. While I believe possessing leadership qualities, and being very intentional about actually using them, can help anyone in a position of authority be more effective, holding a title alone does not equate to being a leader!

I can’t count the number of times over the last twenty years where I’ve heard an organization’s senior managers referred to as the leadership team. There are certainly plenty of examples where the folks in management roles have also earned the kind of influence necessary to truly lead the people reporting to them but I’ve seen just as many scenarios where someone supervising or managing a department has struggled leading silent prayer. In many of those situations, it only takes a...

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Get Excited to Hear from Jeff Henderson at LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021!

Join us on October 22nd for LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021 hosted by Dove Development & Consulting at Blue Ridge Community College - Virginia to hear from Jeff during this leadership development experience. Grab your ticket today and don't miss her bio below.  Plus, check out the entire speaker lineup for this simulcast event here.

Jeff Henderson believes in the power of words. As an entrepreneur, speaker, pastor and business leader, Jeff is a master communicator at his core. He has witnessed firsthand the capacity for language to dictate vision and for vision to transform the cultures of companies and organizations worldwide. Recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of twenty speakers you shouldn’t miss, Jeff has helped lead three of North Point Ministries’ churches in the Atlanta, GA area since 2003. As a much sought after thought-leader, Jeff knows the value of effective communication to spur growth and believes it is the key to impact change in one’s...

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LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021 Announces Valorie Burton as a Keynote Speaker!

Join us on October 22nd for LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021 hosted by Dove Development & Consulting at Blue Ridge Community College - Virginia to hear from Valorie during this leadership development experience. Grab your ticket today and don't miss her bio below.  Plus, check out the entire speaker lineup for this simulcast event here. 

This event is already 60% sold out so don't delay.  We want you with us!

Valorie Burton, life strategist and international speaker, is CEO of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute. Her life-changing message has an intriguing, research-based emphasis in the pioneering field of applied positive psychology - the study of what happens when things go right with us.

Her company provides coaching, coach training, and resilience training and has served clients in all 50 states and 20 countries on six continents. Since 1999, she has written 13 books translated into multiple languages, including Let Go of the Guilt, It's About...

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Announcing Ed Mylett as a LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021 Speaker!

Experience the wisdom of Ed Mylett at LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021 happening on October 22nd.  The 7th Annual LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg event hosted by Dove Development & Consulting will be held at Blue Ridge Community College on Friday, October 22nd.  Tickets are over 60% sold out already so grab yours today and come join us.  Just click here for event tickets and details.

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Don’t’ miss Ed Mylett’s bio below!!

Ed Mylett grew up in Diamond Bar, CA. as the only boy in the family with three younger sisters. His father was his first example of what it takes to succeed in life.

Ed decided from a very young age that since he would have to work in life, he might as well work for himself and call his own shots. He realized right away that he was not going to spend his life working for someone else and building their dreams. His wife Kristianna, who had been his sweetheart since they were teenagers,...

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Get Excited to Hear from Jamie Kern Lima at LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021!

Jamie has a story that resonates in the hearts of most!  Join us on October 22nd for LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021 hosted by Dove Development & Consulting at Blue Ridge Community College - Virginia to hear from Jamie during this leadership development experience. Grab your ticket today and check out the entire speaker lineup for this simulcast event here.

Jamie Kern Lima is a New York Times bestselling author, American entrepreneur, billion dollar business success story, champion of women, philanthropist, culture-shifter and highly sought-after keynote speaker. She Co-Founded IT Cosmetics from her living room, grew it into a top-selling makeup and skincare brand, then sold it to L’Oréal for $1.2 Billion, in their largest US acquisition to date, making Jamie the first female CEO of a brand in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history. She’s the author of the new book Believe IT: How to Go From Underestimated to Unstoppable, an instant New York Times...

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Learn More About John C. Maxwell as a LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021 Speaker!

Announcing John C. Maxwell as he bookends the 7th Annual LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2021 simulcast event bringing world class thought leaders to the table. Hosted by Dove Development & Consulting, we personally invite you to this leadership development experience!

You can check out John's recent bio below.  And if you don't already have tickets don't delay... this event is over 50% sold out. 

We hope you can join us along with leaders in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond for this leader development day happening Friday, October 22nd at Blue Ridge Community College.

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John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider...

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The Buck Stops Here!

I ended the last post by emphasizing how ineffective barking orders and cracking the whip is for a leader who needs to get long term engagement (and results) from their team, and I also referenced how that can often look like an easy approach to someone who hasn’t held leadership responsibility or someone who isn’t considering the impact it will have moving forward. As leaders, we need to consider the future as much as we need to take care of what’s in front of us right now. If we choose to bark orders, crack the whip, blame our team when things go poorly, and take all the credit when things are great, leader isn’t likely a word that will be used to describe us and we probably won’t have any of those strong alliances I’ve referenced previously.

One of my good friends owns a growing company locally and has a sign on his desk that reads “The Buck Stops Here!” In many cases, that could be interpreted as him saying he’s in charge and...

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Effective Communication Won’t Happen Without This

In order to become really effective with that idea of Alliance Feedback that I referenced as I closed the last post, and form authentic alliances (relationships) with the team members we’re responsible for leading, we need to develop another essential quality of leadership; we need to become intentional about how we listen.

As he describes more around the idea of Alliance Feedback, Jeff Henderson suggests that “we take the time to get to know the person and their aspirations, hopes, and personal standards.” If someone in a leadership role isn’t willing to invest time and energy into doing this, which can often only be done by really listening to what their team members have to say in various situations, it’s unlikely that the relationship will ever be strong enough to form alliances.

Additionally, leaders are nearly always responsible for moving the organization forward. If we’re leading but not willing to listen enough to develop alliances, not...

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The Single Most Important Ingredient

I truly believe that one of the most essential qualities of leadership is serving the team we’re leading. Unfortunately, the idea of serving those team members is often mistaken for catering to those team members, which doesn’t serve anyone!

As we worked through that quality of service in the last post, I closed by sharing that some of the most effective servant leaders I’ve ever known weren’t willing to accept mediocre performance; they certainly certainly weren’t ones who catered to each passing whim any of the team members came up with. In fact, the leaders I’m picturing as I share this had some of the highest expectations for their team of anyone I’ve ever been around. And because they led by providing a consistent example, their teams delivered on those expectations!

Here’s where I need to stress a critical point… Those expectations weren’t met simply because the leader demanded that level of performance. Those...

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Essential Qualities of Leadership

Not long after writing what I believe to be one of the most foundational leadership books of all time, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell put out a companion book to that called The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. His thought process was that while there are indeed leadership laws we can each apply to lead our teams more effectively, there are certain qualities we need to have and/or develop internally in order to get the best possible results as we apply those laws! While I won’t be going into depth on much of what John shared, with the exception of a few quotes that help drive some points home, I will suggest you grab a copy of that book or give it a listen on Audible. It’s powerful!

So what are some of the most essential qualities of leadership? Before answering that question, let me challenge you to consider that by thinking about the best leaders you’ve had a chance to interact with personally. What specific things did they do on a...

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