By Steve Adubato, PhD

There is much discussion and debate about how much a leader (whether a CEO or not) needs to be involved in the day to day operations of his or her organization. Being an engaged leader is essential, but that is not the same as being involved in virtually every minute detail of organizational life to the extent where the leader is driving, pushing or directing so much of what is going on that members of the team simply wait to be told what to do.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

When a carpenter builds a house, he must have a set of tools. When a golfer goes out to play 18 holes, he hopefully has the right clubs. And, when a great musician plays, he uses his instrument to create magic. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the same thing is true for the great communicators when it comes to using their voice.

By Steve Adubato, PhD

As leaders, we are often either asked or required to make team presentations, group presentations or presentations that require professionals and others to work together and communicate in a cohesive, coordinated and compelling fashion.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

When it comes to being an effective leader, the connection between leadership and communication cannot be overlooked.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

People often confuse being busy with being productive. One of the reasons professionals spin their wheels without moving forward is that they don't set realistic and relevant goals. People engage in a series of activities that cause them to work long hours. Yet, after six months or a year, what has been accomplished? Activities or a “to do” list might look like this; Answer all my e-mail by the end of the day. Or, meet with my staff once a week...

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

We all negotiate. We negotiate just about everything. Being a good negotiator is about being a first-rate communicator and empathetic leader. It doesn't simply mean being a good public speaker, but a thoughtful, sensitive and aware communicator and leader who understands and respects other people and the complexity of the process.

When asked, most folks say that they consider themselves leaders of one sort or another. But leadership is not an absolute thing. It is not black and white. Some days we are better leaders than others. In fact, we demonstrate superior leadership on one specific task and a short time later we fall on our face when up against another. Leadership is relative, and the really great leaders are constantly engaged in self-examination and finding ways to get better.