by Steve Adubato, PhD

One of the characteristics of a great leader is making a commitment to being a lifelong learner. Growth is a conscious decision. Exceptional leaders decide they want to grow and learn. They want to understand different ways to be more effective at their craft. Following are practical tips that will help you develop as a leader and learn something new every day:

by Steve Adubato, PhD

We all know intellectually that change is inevitable, but we sometimes resist or fight it as if this were a real option. Yet, the great leaders EMBRACE change. They understand that while it may be scary and unnerving, change also offers opportunities to challenge yourself and your team to be more creative, flexible and strategic. So stop fighting change and consider the following keys to leading it:

by Steve Adubato, PhD

Listening is not simply hearing what someone is saying. The kind of listening that a truly exceptional leader engages in is active, responsive and in the moment. It requires a much deeper level of commitment than simply being silent when someone is talking, but rather, a level of concentration and engagement in the conversation that takes hard work. Following are key leadership tools that will help you become a more active and engaged listener:

by Steve Adubato, PhD

As a leader, it’s not enough that you are the best at what YOU do. Rather, your success is often judged, in large part, on how those whom you have coached, developed and mentored have made their OWN mark. Following are leadership lessons which will make a big difference in your efforts to develop those around you:

by Steve Adubato, PhD

Ben Carson is on a crusade – a mission – to argue that he is being unfairly targeted by the mainstream media. He is not. What he is going through is what people go through when they decide to run to become the leader of the free world, otherwise known as President of the United States.

by Steve Adubato, PhD

One major challenge many leaders face is handling rejection or how to react when given an answer they were not expecting. For great leaders, it's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. This couldn’t be truer than when, as a leader, you are dealing with a “no” in a business or professional situation, particularly when hours, days and even weeks or months have been spent trying to land a particular client or account. Clearly, no one wants to hear “no.” Yet, the exceptional leader is able to take rejection and turn it into something positive. Consider the following leadership tools for seeing “no” as an opportunity to grow and come back stronger than ever:

by Steve Adubato, PhD

I joined my New Jersey Capitol Report co-anchor, Rafael Pi Roman, and the terrific MetroFocus team this past week to provide analysis on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts 3 years after this devastating storm hit our region. Let us never forget that tens of thousands of home owners and business owners, especially at the Jersey Shore, have been unable to return to anything like their pre-Sandy lives.