Leadership Business Articles

Leadership skills development is paramount to the success of any employee who wants to gain influence and become an integral part of their company. In the following articles on leadership skills, Joel Garfinkle offers helpful tips on how to stand out and gain visibility at work and position yourself as a leader for ultimate success in your career.

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  1. What Great Leaders Do What happens when the star employee steps up the ladder to a leadership role? How does he or she handle this leap? How does this move affect them and their work? You’ll learn what great leaders do when they move into a “mover/shaker’s” role directly impacting the direction of the company.
  2. Five Ways to Excel as a Leader Why do so many fast-track executives perish while others flourish? The American Management Association conducted in-depth interviews with 41 executives and uncovered seven common traits that most often lead leaders to failure. Learn the five ways to excel as a leader.


  1. The Business of Placing Women in Leadership. How to help women rise in leadership in the business world. Learn the five actions executives can take to create a more level playing field and place women on the path to success.
  2. The Myth of Potential: 5 Ways to Develop Talent Developing talent — that is, helping every employee reach their potential — should be a goal of every leader. Here are the 5 ways a leader can develop talent.
  3. Develop Your Leadership Skill in Five Easy Steps Leaders don’t just happen. Learn 5 simple ways to develop your leadership skills so you can be the kind of leader others look up to and want to follow.
  4. Promoting yourself as a thought leader Writing about your leadership experiences and sharing your success stories with others positions you as a thought leader to the world. It will increase your visibility both within your organization and to the entire business world—which could help you land your next job. In this article, Joel talks about why and how to position yourself as a thought leader as well as where to publish your leadership articles.
  5. Stop Solving Your Employee’s Problems Leadership doesn’t mean holding your employees’ hands through every minor problem they encounter. If your people run to you first instead of trying to figure things out for themselves, you will find yourself overwhelmed, with no time to do your own work. Here is a three-step process to get your employees to take ownership of their jobs instead of relying on you to solve their problems.
  6. Trademarks of a great boss: Provide growth opportunities A great boss looks ahead to see where his or her employees might fit into the future structure of the organization. Here are some tips on identifying the right people, talking to them about where they want to be, and helping them develop the skills they need to get there.
  7. Minority Talent Development – Win the Human Capital War What steps can a company take to increase their minority human capital? Read this article and learn how to recruit, develop talent, and create an organization that values and supports minorities.
  8. Let your stars shine: Why your team needs a coach, not a manager Good leaders coach first and manage second. This requires a shift in focus from task management to employee development. In this article, Joel discusses the differences between management and coaching and offers tips to help transform your employees from good to great.
  9. Three Ways of Recognizing Women Business Leaders for Greater Profits Three ways to offer effective praise and recognition for women business leaders. How praise and recognition supports the company bottom line and creates loyalty and visibility.
  10. Executive leadership development program Hit these 5 essential ingredients for a successful executive leadership development program and you’ll maintain your competitive advantage and grow your skills.
  11. Great Leaders Turn Adversity into Advantage All great leaders have one thing in common. They recognize that someone must take charge and make the decisions. And when times get tough, great leaders turn adversity into advantage.
  12. Bottom Line Success: Men and Women in Business Leadership Using the best minds, regardless of race, gender, or age leads to company success. Learn why men and women working in business leadership promote results and how to make it happen for you.
  13. Five Mistakes Leaders Make And How You Can Avoid Them You’ve got both feet on the corporate ladder and you’re moving up. How can you avoid a slip-and-fall that could take you down a rung or two, and cause permanent injury to your career? Here are five common mistakes that potential leaders make and what you should do instead.
  14. 10 Ways to Become a Powerful Leader at Work Ever feel circumstances at work are preventing you from being the leader you once aspired to become? Read how one of Joel’s clients overcame this problem by following ten simple steps.
  15. Three Common Mistakes Women Leaders Must Avoid Women still lag behind in assuming leadership roles in business. Learn about three common mistakes you may be making and how to avoid them. These simple solutions will boost your profile and your prospects for leadership.
  16. 3 ways to retain and engage your valuable employees Employee turnover is expensive, but good leadership practices make employees feel valued and appreciated, which motivates them to excel at their jobs and keeps them from looking elsewhere for work. Here are three ways to engage your employees and improve employee retention.
  17. Seven Ways To Drive Your Ideas UpwardBeing able to influence upwards allows your ideas to be heard and implemented. This directly enhances your value because you are the owner of that idea. Here are the seven ways to drive your ideas upward.
  18. Succession Planning System – Matching Skills Desired by Employees Use this easy method to assess the key jobs you have. Then look for those skills among your employees to see which ones are ideal successors to your vital jobs. Quickly see how to groom your future leaders to step into the next job up.


  1. Memo to managers: How to use the accountability factor to boost performance Are your employees performing at a lower level than expected? Don’t lower your expectations until you’ve read this article. Here, Joel tells you how to hold your employees accountable for reaching the goals you set for them without causing them to become discouraged and give up.
  2. Business Leadership & Executive Coaching for Leadership Five ways an executive coach with business leadership mastery can coach you to powerful leadership. Avoid pitfalls. Learn to praise. Be true to yourself as you gain leadership skills.
  3. Women in Leadership – Using Coaching to Take Charge of Growth No matter where you are on your career path, leadership coaching will advance your leadership skills. Women choose executive coaching to overcome obstacles and reach the top.
  4. 3 steps for protecting your most important asset What’s your company’s most important asset? It’s employees! The cost to replace employees who walk away from the company can be several times their salary, depending on the positions they hold. In this article, Joel provides three strategies for keeping your employees happy and reducing unnecessary turnover.
  5. Planning Succession Tool – Retain Your Employees A good succession plan can motivate present and future superstars as well as helping you avoid the financial impact of losing good people. Use this three-step process and you will avoid the gaps and glitches that inevitably occur when key personnel retire or resign.
  6. What Women Leaders in Every Business and Industry Need to Know to Survive To succeed, women in leadership must understand their strengths, skills, and problem solving abilities. Then they need to and value them and showcase them to receive the recognition necessary to progress.
  7. Top 10 Leadership Styles – What’s Your Style? Discover the 10 most common styles of leadership in this article and learn how to pick the the leadership style that’s right for you.
  8. Followership The Other Side of Leadership To be a good leader, you must first be a good follower. You need to experience what it’s like to be in the trenches so you will be able to emphasize with those under you when you reach the leadership position you aspire to. Here are four key factors you must practice to develop your followership skills.
  9. The great boss as a visionary leader Steve Jobs had it. So did Walt Disney. What is it? Vision! Great leaders not only have a great vision for the future, they also excel at sharing that vision with others and igniting their passion to be a part of it. In this article, Joel talks about how to develop visionary leadership.
  10. 7 Essentials for Training & Developing Happy Employees Do you know the seven keys to develop happy employees? Many will cost your company nothing but will add to the bottom line.
  11. Empower your people Empowerment can transform a competent team into a high-performance team that exceeds all expectations. Here are three practical steps you can take right away to shift more power and responsibility to your employees.
  12. 3 Killer Ways to Build Your Executive Presence No matter what position you’re currently in, you need executive presence to advance. Learn the three ways to develop your executive presence.
  13. Top 7 Most Common Mistakes That Managers Make Do you think you’re a good manager? Think again. Learn the top 7 mistakes to avoid in your aim to develop an effective management development strategy.
  14. Joel Garfinkle on Dealing with the Pressures of ManagementDealing with the pressures of management. Common problems faced by managers, and how best to deal with them.
  15. 7 Steps to Choose a Top Consultant to Manage & Motivate Your Talent Here are seven things to look for when you choose expert consultants for your talent management. Check out experience, testimonials, published works, and more to insure your coach will have the best fit for your company.
  16. Top 5 Personality Development Techniques to be a Better LeaderWant to be a better leader? Focus on these top 5 personality development techniques recommended by executive coach Joel Garfinkle.
  17. Succession Planning Assessment – What is your Succession Plan? If you haven’t taken out your succession plan, dusted it off, and examined it recently, now is the time to do it. It can save your company time, money and avoid costly hiring mistakes. Learn the seven reasons why every organization needs a succession planning assessment.


  1. Forget Leadership Style: 7 Skills of Effective Executives Defining an effective executive is no simple task. Top executives come in many shapes and styles, but there are a number of skills that every leader should aim to possess. Here are seven things that effective leaders do on a daily basis.
  2. Developing Leadership Skills Learn why “training” fails and “development” succeeds in building leadership skills. Don’t fail to become a great leader because you are too focused on leadership training. Instead, discover other ways to develop your leadership skills.
  3. Leading with an Attitude of Gratitude By putting more emphasis on leading with an attitude of gratitude, we can build confidence in others, improve productivity, foster innovation and develop positive relationships at work. Learn the five tips for leading through gratitude.
  4. 3 Ways Remarkable Leaders Get Noticed Being a good leader – or even a great leader – is just not enough if you want to keep moving up in your career. Learn the 3 ways remarkable leaders get noticed.
  5. Do you have BBS (Bad Boss Syndrome)? If your employees dislike you and projects get bogged down, you might have Bad Boss Syndrome. Fortunately, there’s a cure — and it starts with giving credit, publicly and often, to workers who do their jobs well. Let’s look at some of the characteristics of a good boss and see how you might be able to reverse the trend in just a few short steps.
  6. How to Take 5 Minutes a Day to Become a Leader Your Employees Love Learn leadership qualities and grab bite-sized executive skills by reading appropriate articles. Learn how articles can boost your leadership and find out where to locate great articles.
  7. Develop Effective Leaders by Understanding Personality Types Strengthen your leadership with the powerful “insider information” gained from personality assessments. Create stronger teams, resolve conflicts, know who to promote.
  8. Reverse Mentoring: How Young Leaders Can Transform Your Organization Because you’re probably already familiar with the mentoring concept, let’s look at a relatively recent variation: reverse mentoring. When your 5-year-old grandchild shows you how to tag a photo on Facebook, that’s reverse mentoring. We’ll discuss reverse mentorship and the three benefits it can provide.
  9. How do I Lead Former Peers Now That I’m the Boss? You were thrown to the wolves without training as you were promoted. It’s natural to have concerns and to take time to master the skills. But with these five steps, you can quickly gain confidence and become the leader your former peers respect and want to follow. Learn the five steps to help you succeed in your new position.
  10. Podcast Interview – How to Develop an Executive Presence (mp3 file) In this 21-minute Business of People and Leadership Podcast interview, Joel reveals the five key characteristics of executive presence, tells how his worst client discovered her biggest weakness and transformed herself as a result, and shares a simple roadmap for guaranteed career success.
  11. Podcast Interview – Learn how to Crack the Leadership Code (mp3 file) In this 30-minute Podcast Interview with Joel Garfinkle, he discusses how he began his career in leadership and how YOU can crack the leadership code today.
If you have enjoyed reading the leadership business articles above, contact Joel today to learn how you can put his expertise into action and become a powerful leader within your organization.