Gut Check for Leaders

Author: Vince Molinaro - New York Times bestselling author, speaker and leadership expert

  • Gut Check: Are You Ready For Your Mid-Year Leadership Gut Check?

    Gut Check: Are You Ready For Your Mid-Year Leadership Gut Check?

    Take a few minutes to reflect on your own leadership in the first six months of this year, and ask yourself these questions to guide your midyear leadership gut check.

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  • Gut Check: Have You Succumbed to Hubris?

    Gut Check: Have You Succumbed to Hubris?

    Hubris is seen as a character flaw in people of power when they become extremely arrogant and disconnect from reality.

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  • Gut Check: Can You Avoid A Downward Spiral?

    Gut Check: Can You Avoid A Downward Spiral?

    The term ‘downward spiral’ is defined in contemporary terms as an unstoppable downward trajectory – used to describe the state of people, companies, and even entire countries.

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  • Gut Check: Can You Adopt a New Leadership Mindset?

    Gut Check: Can You Adopt a New Leadership Mindset?

    The path to acquiring an entirely new mindset may require leaders to first acknowledge that all of their past experience may no longer be useful in dealing with new and unforeseen challenges.

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  • Gut Check: Do You Relish the Pressures You Face in Your Leadership Role?

    Gut Check: Do You Relish the Pressures You Face in Your Leadership Role?

    Jack Ma, the CEO of Alibaba, has a message that is pretty straightforward: if you want your life to be simple, you shouldn’t take on a leadership role.

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  • Gut Check: Are You Leading at Clock Speed?

    Gut Check: Are You Leading at Clock Speed?

    There was a time not so long ago when CEOs were all-powerful. But today, CEOs are more vulnerable than they have ever been before.

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  • GUT CHECK: Do You Have the Courage to Own Your Failures?

    GUT CHECK: Do You Have the Courage to Own Your Failures?

    Few of us become leaders thinking we’re going to fail. But at one point or another, everyone in a leadership role will suffer a setback.

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  • Gut Check: Does Your Company Have a Leadership Accountability Gap?

    Gut Check: Does Your Company Have a Leadership Accountability Gap?

    All over the globe, in businesses big and small, we have people occupying leadership roles who simply are not up to the task.

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  • Gut Check: Are You Living Up To The Terms Of Your Leadership Contract?

    Gut Check: Are You Living Up To The Terms Of Your Leadership Contract?

    It's important as a leader to create a contract that spells out what you plan to do. But be very careful not to create a contract that you can’t live up to.

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  • Gut Check: Do You Help the People You Lead Become Extraordinary?

    Gut Check: Do You Help the People You Lead Become Extraordinary?

    Many great leaders help others become better people and better leaders. I believe this is what employees are yearning for today in our organizations.

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  • Gut Check: Who Is Your Leadership Guru?

    Gut Check: Who Is Your Leadership Guru?

    Anyone can be a self-proclaimed leadership expert in today’s world. One doesn’t even need to have any relevant experience.

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  • Gut Check: Do You Really Know How to Create a Culture of Innovation?

    Gut Check: Do You Really Know How to Create a Culture of Innovation?

    It seems that the real test of whether or not you have a culture of innovation happens not when one is successful, but when one fails.

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  • Gut Check: Can You Lead Your Company Through a Critical Inflection Point?

    Gut Check: Can You Lead Your Company Through a Critical Inflection Point?

    A strategic inflection point occurs when a company experiences a major change in its competitive environment, requiring a need to make fundamental changes in business strategy.

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  • Gut Check: Do You Give Only After You Get?

    Gut Check: Do You Give Only After You Get?

    In my travels around the world, I have frequently seen a troubling dynamic among aspiring leaders, those who demand to get something before they give their all to a leadership role.

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  • Gut Check: Are You Clear on the Triggers that Would Force You to Leave Your Leadership Role?

    Gut Check: Are You Clear on the Triggers that Would Force You to Leave Your Leadership Role?

    It was big-time news earlier this month when Jeff Jones quit his post as president of ride-sharing at Uber. What conditions would cause you to leave?

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  • Gut Check: Are You Part of the Past Or the Future?

    Gut Check: Are You Part of the Past Or the Future?

    The shrinking shelf life of the average company shows us that there are no guarantees of success.

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  • Gut Check: What Are You Doing to Pave the Way for Women Leaders?

    Gut Check: What Are You Doing to Pave the Way for Women Leaders?

    Everyone in a leadership role has a fundamental obligation to pave the way for women leaders.

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  • Gut Check: Do You Have the Courage and Humility to Apologize After a Screw Up?

    Gut Check: Do You Have the Courage and Humility to Apologize After a Screw Up?

    When all was said and done, last Sunday night at the 2017 Oscars, all that people will remember is the apology.

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  • Gut Check: How Good Are Your Soft Skills?

    Gut Check: How Good Are Your Soft Skills?

    After working with thousands of leaders over the years, I’ve come to the undeniable conclusion that it’s the strength of your soft skills that will make or break you as a leader.

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  • Gut Check: How Would You Lead When Faced With a Death Spiral?

    Gut Check: How Would You Lead When Faced With a Death Spiral?

    It was three years ago when a colleague and I sat in a downtown Toronto restaurant and watched the demise of a once great company unfold before our eyes.

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