What is your definition of leadership?

What is leadership? Its subjective qualities make the definition of leadership a little different for everyone—and as Linda explains, simply developing your own point of view on what leadership is can make a big difference.


Personal characteristics are important drivers of behavior, but so are environmental characteristics. Linda explains why the simplest way to change someone's behavior is often to change their situation.

Focus on Strengths

Personal development is often focused on identifying and improving weaknesses, but as Linda explains, knowing how to leverage strengths can be even more important. Learn how starting from points of strength- in yourself, in your coworkers, in your environment- can be critical to success.

Make Leadership a Verb

Professionals are often labeled as "leaders" or "managers," but that dichotomy belies the fact that we can all lead when we choose to. Linda encourages you to change your verbiage to embrace the idea that while executives are people, leadership and management are actions.

Zeigarnik Effect

Most people appreciate the satisfaction of completing a task or answering a question, but in finishing the unfinished, we may lose productive tension. Linda explains how Hemingway leveraged the psychological phenomenon known as the Zeigarnik effect, and how executives can as well.

The map and the compass

The labels 'leader' and 'manager' create the impression that each of us is either one or the other- all the time. Linda describes how we can choose to be managers when we want to work within the terrain that's been mapped out already, and choose to be leaders when we need to explore uncharted territory.

The Ginzel Frontier

Just as good negotiators try to maximize the value of a deal, good executives should try to maximize the value of their experience. Linda describes how leaders can use data collection and experimentation to make the lessons of experience less expensive.