When it comes to feedback I face an inner struggle.  I know it's character building and crucial for my personal growth, yet a large part of me doesn't want to hear it. I shy from wanting to know where I could improve.

For many of us feedback causes us to go into defensive mode, fight-or-flight.  That's because we see feedback as dangerous.  But Henry Cloud (Boundaries for Leaders) suggests that if we see it as a gift, we will hunger for more.  He says that 'to be the best you can be, you must develop a hunger for feedback. Good character welcomes feedback and foolish character fights it off'.

In order to grow and change we need to seek out...

How are you leading yourself?  Recently I was challenged by this question by Henry Cloud in 'Boundaries for Leaders'. As leaders we often get busy being reactive to the urgent, emails, daily demands and the volume of work that we shoulder.  But Cloud emphasizes the importance of proactively surrounding ourselves with an independent support network.

We need to open ourselves to outside input that brings us energy and guidance.  As leaders we all need a support system.  No matter how capable we are, working in isolation is not healthy for our personal growth or effective leadership.

He suggests that leaders who are champions are bolstered with a strong support system.  This may include an advisory board, a coach, mentors and...

Trust is a constant theme throughout all the leadership and management books I have read recently. Henry Cloud (Boundaries for Leaders) talks about the need to understand what we mean by trust, the nature, elements and components that make up trust.  One of the key components he refers to is that of 'intent'.

What does he mean by 'intent'?  To truly trust someone we need to know that they are for us and their intent is to help us.  We need to know they are looking out for us (as well as for themselves) and thinking about how things will affect the team.  Cloud suggests that being for the 'whole' and for the 'other' as well as for yourself builds...