Resources to Contact Elected Officials

Since President Obama's prime time address calling for Americans to "raise the roof" and contact their elected officials, many of us have been doing just that. If you're looking to get in touch with your elected official to make your voice…
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What do you know about leadership?

Can you identify a leader in a crowd of other people? What is it about the person you're seeing that tells you they are a leader?  Often when we are pressed we may find it hard to identify specifics that make a person a leader.  Kind of…
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First steps in leading from where you are

But how do you do this if you've never been a leader before or other people don't necessarily see you as a leader?  1. Take a look in the mirror. Take a look at yourself and think about what you're passionate about and what you're good at.…
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A recognized need requires a response

Chances are that each week, each of us recognizes a need that somebody should to do something about. Whether it's the homeless person sitting on the curb, active-duty family members trying to deal with their military family member's frequent…

Expectations

Congratulations! For the first time, you are now responsible for leading others - a work team, a volunteer effort, or just a group project for school - now what? People will now see you and expect you to be a leader.  The leadership realization…
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Getting involved first steps

On Lead Without Authority there is a call to action—a call to serve--a call to respond to a need.  During conversations about future articles and possible direction, we talked about the need to provide resources to help others get started…
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A Closer Look at Leadership Traits

Looking at leadership traits can help us understand what we see when we observe leaders in action.  Lets take a closer look.  Gaining a better understanding of basic leadership traits can also help us evaluate leaders to determine if they…

How am I helping to bring out the best in others?

Ask yourself, "How am I really helping others?" This is a critical question that can help the new and experienced leader help everyone achieve their best possible results. One of the first things to see with the question is that it is "other…
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What to Do First?

When we see a need for change what should be the first thing to do in order to get off to a good start? The subject of leadership and change go together because leaders are associated with being agents of change. Credible leaders are those…
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Leading Without Authority

This is a repost of an article by Jim while finishing up his M.A. in Leadership.  It takes a look at what leading without authority looks like in the context of the classic movie, 12 Angry Men.  Read on, in Jim's words... As an opportunity…