Blog Posts

Do Effective Leaders Use Fear or Love in the Workplace?

March 22, 2017 by Thuy Sindell & Milo Sindell

It’s the age-old leadership question: Is it better to be loved or feared? And an August study published online in the "Journal of Business and Psychology" finds there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

3 Subtle Signs of Bad Leadership (and How to Fix It)

February 23, 2017 by Thuy Sindell

According to a 2016 survey by Paychex, 44.6 percent of the 2,000 employees surveyed said they left their previous job because they didn’t like their boss. But bad leadership isn’t always easy to spot, especially when those leaders have the best intentions. Here are three telltale signs of ineffective leadership and how to address them through leadership development:

How to Lead in the Virtual Office

January 16, 2017 by Thuy Sindell Milo Sindell

With the increase of technology and sophisticated work tools, more and more employees are working from coffee shops, couches and the virtual office. In fact, 52 percent of employees surveyed by Workfront in July, expect the majority of employees will work remotely in the next few years.

5 Things You Need to Do to Set Yourself Up for a Promotion

December 12, 2016 by Thuy Sindell Milo Sindell

Everyone wants a promotion, but it’s not as simple as waiting a year or two to “get” one. That’s because promotions are earned, not given. This is especially true at the leadership level; professionals need to prove their worth and show that they’re ready for career advancement. Demonstrating value isn’t making a one-time presentation to senior leadership about why a promotion is deserved. It requires a conscious effort to improve and grow as a leader and simultaneously position yourself as a high-performing professional. Here’s how:

When It's Not You: How to Handle a Boss (or someone with whom you work) with a Mental Illness

October 20, 2016 by Thuy Sindell

People complain about their “crazy” boss all the time. But what do you do when your boss actually suffers from a mental health condition? It sounds absurd, but it’s more common than you might think. The latest numbers from the National Survey on Drug Use and Healthfound that, in the previous year, 18.1 percent of adults had suffered from a mental illness. For 4.1 percent of the population, it was a serious mental health problem.

7 Ways Women Leaders Can Excel Being Their Authentic Selves

October 11, 2016 by Thuy Sindell & Milo Sindell

Women in leadership positions are often told to behave in ways that are viewed as more masculine to be successful. But it’s not that simple. Because when women act like men, their peers and employees tend to think that one thing -- that they’re bossy. In fact, research conducted by our company, Skyline Group International, Inc., found a significantly lower perception of effectiveness when women express the masculine behavior in 57 percent of the 28 leadership competencies studied.

Find Overlooked Talent by Providing Every Employee Opportunity for Career Development

September 6, 2016 by Thuy Sindell & Milo SIndell

Leadership coaching is typically reserved for the top one percent of employees. In other words, those nearest the top are getting all the development needed to get to and stay at the top. But what about everyone else? Do they get the same opportunities? Without coaching and development, employees at lower levels can never reach the next step of their careers, and they never reach the top. The same people get better and move forward, while everyone else stays the same. It’s time to level the playing field.

'Mentoring' and 'Leadership Coaching' Are Not the Same. Do You Know the Difference?

August 23, 2016 by Thuy Sindell & Milo Sindell

When companies talk about leadership development, words like "coaching" and "mentoring" often get tossed around. Not only that, but the terms are used interchangeably. So, most listeners just assume they mean the same thing. Certainly, at first glance, they do seem to be one and the same: Both, after all, involve an authority figure who helps guide a leader to success. And that's the same thing, right? Well, no. In reality, there's a big difference between mentoring and leadership coaching; and both tasks are essential. What's more, when development programs combine or mis-label the two, leaders miss out. So, what’s the difference, and why should we care?

The Gender and Leadership Conversation Needs New Focus

August 16, 2016 by Thuy Sindell Milo Sindell

The current conversation on gender in leadership is at a standstill. Professionals and employers alike recognize there’s a problem, but can’t seem to move forward to a solution. Traditional leadership development addresses the problem by telling women to become more masculine and men to act less like jerks -- but that approach isn’t working. While women make up 53 percent of entry-level employees, there’s a serious lack of women leaders -- a 2015 analysis published in the "Journal of Applied Psychology" found that women account for just 24 percent of senior vice presidents and 19 percent of c-suite executives. And men and women agree that bias has a large impact on the lack of women in leadership positions. In a 2015 Pew Research study, 40 percent of Americans agreed there is a double standard for women seeking to achieve the highest levels in either politics or business. The same study found that 52 percent of women and 33 percent of men agree the double standard exists. The problem is well acknowledged and well documented, yet the conversation is stuck. Here’s why the issue isn’t moving forward and what employers and leaders can do about it:

The Lack of Innovation & Tech in Leadership is a Major Problem

August 15, 2016 by Milo Sindell & Thuy Sindell

Technology changes so rapidly that it’s a challenge to keep up. And not only our personal technology, but we see this in the workplace, too. Almost every aspect of business has been made better by advancements in technology -- except leadership training.