As anyone who’s ever been managed can tell you, good leadership is a skill that takes plenty of practice – and it might just be the factor that transforms your company culture for the better.
According to a recent study from Ken Blanchard Companies, employees cite trust in their managers and company leadership as one of the most significant factors in their willingness to work hard and stay with the same company over time. The Blanchard study also found correlations between employee trust and productivity, engagement, and performance.
But that probably doesn’t surprise you. Who wants to work hard for a company or a manager they don’t trust?
As it turns out, lack of trust in management is a pervasive problem in the workplace. Companies across employment sectors report that as many as 70% of their employees struggle to stay engaged in work – and plenty of that discontent comes down to poor employee-manager relationships. That means that inspiring trust at work should be no small priority – especially for managers and those who hold leadership positions.
Whether you’re gunning for a big promotion or just want to brush up on your leadership and management skills, these 25 blogs from executive coaches and best-selling authors will take you where you need to go.
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12 Lessons From A Personal Journey Through Burnout and Engagement
SmartTribes Institute translates the latest neuroscience research into practical tools that help leaders and their teams experience new highs in emotional engagement, performance and fulfillment. We believe every company culture can be a tribe where all are safe, belong, matter. This results in passionate teams, predictable revenue and profitable growth.
Why Leaders Need to be Great Storytellers
The Leader’s Digest
The Leader’s Digest blog has been described as “jaunty” and “quirky, but with a hard-hitting leadership message.” Founder Suzi McAlpine has even linked leadership to olives, the All Blacks and a horse named Puzzle. The Leader’s Digest blog is designed to give you ideas and practical tips on how to lead better – but at the same time, be informative, interesting and a little bit different.
Get Sh#t Done: Eight of the best productivity hacks for leaders
Just Coach it
This blog is about personal, career and leadership growth and effectiveness in uncertain or turbulent times. It is about taking a counter-intuitive, but critical look at changes, challenges, stressors even failures as levers for one’s greatest potential and results.
Leadership, Success and Peace of Mind in Uncertain Times
Mark Sanborn Leadership Blog
Mark’s blog inspires leaders at every level and teaches them how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. He writes on diverse topics that give leaders the tools they need to better their best.
The Reflecting Quadrant: Meditating On Success
The intent of this blog is to share thoughts on leadership, sales, entrepreneurship, and influence that is congruent with the message from The Go-Giver book series: mainly that shifting one’s focus from getting to giving (giving – in this context – meaning constantly and consistently creating value for others) is not only a pleasant way to life life and conduct business, but the most profitable way, as well.
Advice for Future Leaders?
Ron Edmondson blogs about life, leadership and culture. Although his focus is geared towards the church his long history in the business world makes his posts practical for readers in every field.
7 Guarantees in Leadership
The Kevin Eikenberry Blog
The Kevin Eikenberry Blog is focused on helping leaders become more effective and confident to serve their teams, their organizations, and themselves to make a bigger difference and get better results.
One Thing People Want From Their Leaders
Tom Peters Blog
Tom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence, the book that changed the way the world does business, and is often tagged as the best business book ever. Sixteen books and almost thirty years later, he’s still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented.
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Time Leadership Blog
Time Leadership is a place where Jim Estill shares his philosophies on Leadership, Time Management, Marketing and Doing the Right Thing. The blog started in 2005, and it tracks best practices and inspirational ideas.
Great CEOs and How They are Made – The 7 Imperatives
Modern Servant Leader
ModernServantLeader.com is the #1 blog, globally, for servant leadership awareness, adoption, and action. Find free content, tools, and resources to help you learn and practice servant leadership. Come take a survey to assess your (or your boss’s) leadership, take the free Leadership 101 course, or view lists of companies and schools practicing servant leadership.
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Steve Farber’s Extreme Leadership blog
Steve Farber’s Extreme Leadership blog teaches real-world, inspiring, and practical ideas to advance your leadership development and create a best-place-to-work culture. If you’re striving to create an environment that people love working in and customers love doing business with, spend some quality time here.
5 Great Leadership Risks
The ConantLeadership blog
The ConantLeadership blog is devoted to championing leadership that works in the 21st century. Anchored in the leadership philosophy of ConantLeadership Founder & CEO Doug Conant (former President Nabisco Foods, former CEO, Campbell Soup Company, former chairman, Avon Products), their blog provides actionable insights aimed at empowering leaders to serve with greater impact in a complex world. Posts often celebrate the idea that today’s leaders need an evolved approach – one that expects competence, honors people, celebrates kindness, and demands high performance.
The best teams have these 3 things
Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog
The Curious Cat Management Improvement blog exists to encourage the adoption of customer focused continual improvement management practices and to help those adopting such practices to succeed.
Improving Management with Tools and Knowledge
Lead From Within
Lead From Within is the name of Lolly Daskal coaching and consultant practice. It is a coaching philosophy that Lolly has created that allows each person to tap into who they are, who they want to become and how to unleash their own greatness.
It is based on Lolly Daskal’s decades of experience, with a mix of philosophy, science, and psychology. It’s a technique that each person can apply and implement, and it gives readers the tools and techniques to become the leaders they are meant to be.
The Best Leaders are Great Coaches
Scott Eblin Blog
Scott Eblin is an executive coach, global speaker and best-selling author who writes his blog for managers and executives who want to lead and live at their best.
The Ten Behaviours of Strong Personal Leadership
Stephen Drain’s Leadership Blog
Reflections on Authentic Leadership by Stephen Drain, PwC Partner. Leadership insights are developed wherever we go by keeping an open mind to all that is around us. Doing is important and leadership needs reflection time – which is why Stephen blogs.
Let’s make leadership great again!
All Things Workplace
Steve Roesler is an executive coach who has developed leadership training programs for executives from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, among many others. At his blog, Roesler offers advice on everything from projecting confidence in the workplace to becoming a thought influencer in your field.
Coaching: The Four Essentials
Learn how to become a more effective communicator, start a mentoring program, or master your next interview with executive coach Dan McCarthy. In addition to McCarthy’s expertise, the blog features regular guest posts from best-selling authors and coaches.
How to Manage 5 Difficult Personalities at Work
Wally Bock’s Three Star Leadership Blog
Whether you want to catch up on thought leadership from around the web or dig into how to solve problems effectively, the Three Star Leadership Blog has got you covered. Wally Block is an author, as well as a leadership and writing coach with a background in technology. The unique combination makes his blog fresh, fun, and interesting.
The Secret To Becoming A Better Boss
Tanveer Naseer’s award-winning leadership blog features insights and solutions into some of the pressing issues facing leaders in today’s organizations. His straight-forward, no-nonsense approach and engaging writing style have made his leadership blog a must-read among both seasoned and newly-minted leaders.
Why Expressing Gratitude Through Our Leadership Matters
Leadership coach and speaker Dan Rockwell has a fresh and fun approach to management training on his blog, Leadership Freak. Whether he’s writing about employee motivation, giving positive feedback, or coaching others, Rockwell offers insight in easily digestible bites.
You Aren’t Fit to Lead If Your Greatest Strength is Seeing Weakness
Aspire- Mary Jo Asmus
As an executive coach, thought leader, and writer, Mary Jo Asmus knows what it takes to help others develop confidence and courage in the workplace. Check her blog for regular posts on attaining success, the value of making mistakes, and climbing the corporate ladder.
6 Ways of Being and Approachable Leader
You might recognize Jon Gordon’s name from any one of his 5 best-selling books on leadership, including The Power of Positive Leadership and Training Camp. Whether you want tips on how to overcome fear and patterns of negative thinking or writing a killer book proposal, Gordon has plenty of wisdom to offer.
4 Stages of Greatness
Let’s Grow Leaders
As a former Verizon executive, executive coach Karin Hurt knows a thing or two about success in the C-suite. Her blog offers regular insights on team building, employee motivation, and becoming a more effective communicator.
7 things your high performing employees long to hear you say