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How to lead when you have responsibility without authority

You’ve been given an exciting new project at work, and you have a crystal-clear understanding of what your team needs to succeed. Your expectations are high. The problem is that you don’t actually seem to have the authority to realize your vision. Maybe you’re being...

Take one for the team: 6 leadership lessons from a coxswain

I recently learned I have something in common with Stephen Hawking, Anderson Cooper, and Bram Stoker. Yes, really. As it turns out, we were all coxswains on a rowing team. There is a reason why rowing is frequently used as a metaphor in business, and why...

Stop dreading feedback conversations

Feedback at work can be tough — no matter if you’re giving it or receiving it. Nurturing a great working relationship requires a balance of empathy and aspiration. In a feedback conversation, err too much on the side of empathy, and we tend to apologize and shy away...

On creativity: Nicolas Maitret, Principal, SYPartners

How do you see creativity as a part of your leadership? Being a designer, I chose a job that is “creative.” But over the last 15 years, I’ve been struck by how creativity is neither a job title nor a responsibility. I’ve seen lawyers and bankers be more creative than...

Start leading by leading from behind

Being a leader is a big, complicated job. Even with years of practice, there are new teams to figure out, new challenges to overcome, new techniques to apply. And yet a lot of people are still promoted to positions of leadership because they perform well as individual...

Steal this: The 90/10 decision making model

As a leader, one of the most important things you can do is empower your team to be in control of delivering results with the ability to make their own decisions. You want to provide enough room for the team to act autonomously while still providing enough direction...

Announcing the new Leadfully

In November 2015, we launched Leadfully to help leaders develop new behaviors and ways of working that are essential to leadership today. We had learned a lot from our parent company, SYPartners, and its 20+ years of experience transforming leaders and their...

Play to your team strengths

At Leadfully, we believe in superpowers. Superpowers are the strengths that define us. Not skills or areas of expertise that we learn over time, like managing projects or creating presentations, but innate talents or capacities that are part of our identity — for...

How to say the hardest things

In November 2004, Tysabri, a drug treatment for multiple sclerosis, received a rare boost from the FDA. Because the disease is so serious and the drug held so much promise, the FDA decided to fast-track Tysabri’s path to MS patients. A celebratory mood took hold at...

Learning to lead: 3 big questions to ask yourself

Leadership isn’t just about leading others — you have to first be able to lead yourself. This takes constant learning and self-awareness, a knowledge of yourself that’s best gained through reflection: understanding your superpowers, your shortcomings, and how you show...

The multi-generational workplace: One Gen Xer’s personal journey

Lesson 1 Collar, cuffs, sleeves, front, back. In that order. My first paid job was pressing my father’s dress shirts. He wore one every day with a sport jacket to his aerospace engineering job in Los Angeles. It was the late ’70s. The workforce was heavily represented...

Steal this: A way to come up with positive solutions

Let’s say it’s 4 p.m. on a Friday, and a client emails you: “We’d like to see another concept for the home page.” Oh, no, you think. There goes my weekend. From there, you start to spin: It’s going to take me all weekend to come up with the comps they need. And what’s...

Letters from leaders to leaders: Thank you for seeing me

Leaders are shaped by other leaders, especially former bosses. On one end of the spectrum, they might be case studies for what happens when leadership falls short. On the other end, they’re proof positive of how great leadership impacts people’s lives for the better,...

Leading in a world that will not stand still

This week's post offers a broader perspective on Leadfully's purpose — what we believe and why it matters — through the eyes of our parent company, SYPartners. There you stand. Seemingly on stable ground. And then the world shifts. You are untethered. It takes effort,...

On creativity: Gaella Gottwald, Creative Crusader and Art Director

Why do you believe creativity is essential for leading in the twenty-first century? First, the world is changing in ways that are increasingly hard to predict. It’s my belief that new solutions will come through new approaches, which are, as far as I am concerned,...

It’s a new year. What will you do with it?

This is your moment to chart a better course — or even a new one. The best leaders are fueled by a sense of purpose and clear intention that keeps them going — even when things seem fuzzy. It's not just about what you will do, but why and how. To lead fully in 2017,...