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Gary Winters

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How to decide how to decide

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In a previous post, I described a continuum of five decision-making styles available to leaders: Now Hear This! Trial Balloon Buck Stop Life Raft You Tell Me! Successful leaders move across this continuum with grace, making it look easy. It’s not automatic, but you can learn to do it too. It might look a bit […]


Famous leaders are often remembered for one critical decision that shaped destiny, such as George Custer’s brash decision to attack at Little Big Horn, or Harry S Truman’s fateful decision to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’ve have been studying organizational leaders for two decades, and have come to the conclusion that […]


If you’ve just been appointed the new leader of a team, a department, a division, or perhaps the whole organization, congratulations! It’s an exciting time and can be overwhelming, since you want to put your best foot forward and make your mark. But before you hit that ground running, take a few minutes to consider […]


Absolutely! The old saw that “leaders are born, not made,” is bunk. Leadership skills can be learned. Were this not true, organizations wouldn’t be spending millions of dollars on leadership training. Personally, I believe almost anyone can become a better leader – if they’re willing to make a commitment, invest the time, and take action. […]