Distraught man holding his head in his hands.
  • Top-down, directive power doesn’t empower or engage employees.
  • If you feel frustrated and alone, it’s likely because you’ve separated yourself from your team.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most people will happily rise to meet you.
  • Take time to listen to your heart and soul so you can stay connected to your passion and purpose.
  • “Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” — Lewis Grizzard
  • “In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” ~ John Erskine
  • Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” ~ Gen. George Patton
  • “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “My way or the highway.”
  • “Failure is not an option.”
  • “Only the strong survive.”
  • Top-down decision making that excludes stakeholders
  • Gaslighting and coverups when things go badly
  • Hiring from the in-group
  • Harassment, hazing, and bullying
  • Executive washrooms and parking
  • Ask more questions and make fewer statements
  • Speak last in discussions
  • Ask for help more often, even when you don’t really need it.
  • Call out and compliment leadership in others
  • Learn to use coaching techniques rather than directing others
  • Eschew executive perks
  • Ensure you get 360 degree feedback
  • Display Vulnerability (Post about vulnerability coming soon!)
  • Institute check-ins to bring emotions and values into the workplace. You can read about check in’s here.
  • Implement checklists to democratize process leadership.
  • Onboard new employees with a comprehensive process that includes values alignment and relationship building.
  • Develop a formal mentoring program.
  • Include consistent and comprehensive Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion training and audits.



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Charles L Matheus

Charles L Matheus

Charles Matheus is podcaster, speaker, & writer who cares about the future of the planet and the future of men.