Leadership Effectiveness Tips

Leadership EffectivenessOur mission is to optimize organizational performance by maximizing the effectiveness of leaders and leadership teams. Our philosophy is that the long-term profitability and growth of every organization is inextricably linked to the effectiveness of its leaders. Through The Power of Leadership®, leaders create a values-based environment where people perform to their full potential and maximize their contributions to the organization’s mission and vision. In support of that mission and philosophy, each month we publish Breakaway Performance – Ideas that transform the way you work — with tips to help leaders achieve leadership effectiveness. We hope you will enjoy our articles and find them valuable.

Alyssa Freas, Ph.D.
CEO & President
Executive Coaching Network, Inc.


Leadership Effectiveness: Great Leaders Balance Strength with Vulnerability

Leadership Effectiveness: Great Leaders Balance Strength with Vulnerability

Great leaders are capable of being strong (tough, effective) while at the same time being vulnerable (authentic, emotionally exposed). In our executive coaching practice, we have worked with leaders who believe they have to know […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Embrace the Obstacles

Leadership Effectiveness: Embrace the Obstacles

Sorry, but “no pain, no gain” is a reality. Truly remarkable leaders are willing to “lean into” their discomfort; they allow themselves to learn, grow, and sometimes, suffer to get to a better place. It is […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: The Gift of the Difficult Direct Report

Leadership Effectiveness: The Gift of the Difficult Direct Report

Every leader at one time or another has had their leadership effectiveness challenged by “the gift” of the direct report who drives them crazy. Have you ever had a person working for you who simply […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Sustaining the Power of Executive Coaching

Leadership Effectiveness: Sustaining the Power of Executive Coaching

Are you ever finished with developing your leadership effectiveness? Is executive coaching ever over? Clearly the answer to the first question is that you always want to continue the journey toward improving your leadership effectiveness. […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Dealing With Executive Ambiguity

Leadership Effectiveness: Dealing With Executive Ambiguity

We are all aware of the leadership maxims that leaders are meant to shine the light of understanding where there is murkiness, deliver clear mandates and expectations, and set the vision and direction. Well, what […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Executive Isolation

Leadership Effectiveness: Executive Isolation

One of my favorite headlines of the last decade and a half is from the New York Times, published on March 3, 2002, Another Quality of the Corporate Titan: Ignorance at the Top. The article is […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Do Not Attempt Executive Coaching In A Leadership Desert

Leadership Effectiveness:  Do Not Attempt Executive Coaching In A Leadership Desert

Trying to coach an executive in a system that remains broken is doomed to fail. It’s summer, let’s think about baseball. If one player is consistently hitting home runs but the other batters can’t hit […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Eight Reasons to Not Hire an Executive Coach

Leadership Effectiveness:  Eight Reasons to Not Hire an Executive Coach

Please don’t hire a coach. That may sound odd coming from a successful, committed executive coach who provides Strategic Executive Coaching® to senior executives and Strategic Team Coaching® to senior leadership teams. However, there are […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: What’s Inside Your Orbit?

Leadership Effectiveness: What’s Inside Your Orbit?

In our coaching practice, when we, Executive Coaching Network, Inc. (EXCN), deliver Strategic Team Coaching® we typically coach an executive team to formulate Team Agreements, Guiding Principles, Codes of Team Conduct, Standards of Behavior, or […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: “Nice” Can Be a Four Letter Word

Leadership Effectiveness: “Nice” Can Be a Four Letter Word

In many corporate cultures, “nice” can be a big problem. Being nice can lead to people not getting the feedback they deserve and need, to misunderstandings (due to lack of directness), to a culture of […]

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