Our research on almost 2000 leaders suggests that self-confidence is an important factor in effective leadership. However, this is not as straight-forward as one might think. Those who are rated as effective leaders by their coworkers have a healthy balance of belief in themselves and their capabilities but recognize their…


There are many approaches to making an effective decision

Decision Making: A Critical Leadership Skill

Making effective decisions is crucial to a leader’s success. However, given the pressure to make decisions quickly, often without having all of the data necessary, it is easy to make the wrong choice. “On an…


The most powerful method for improving the quality of your decisions is to follow a disciplined decision-making process. Decisions are often contaminated by biases, a tendency to jump to conclusions, emotional reactivity and by pressure to act quickly. In this blog we will review both the benefits of following a…


There is an old saying, “Leaders are paid to make decisions.” Whether in business or any other field, making decisions is one of the most critical things leaders do. Look at any company’s performance, and you can immediately see the results of its decision making. It is not an exaggeration…


There’s a common understanding that executives are hired to make decisions. True enough. But they are also hired to insure that the decisions are implemented. Coming to a decision — choosing a direction, formulating a strategy or deciding on an action plan — is difficult enough in these complex times…


Good communication is vital for effective functioning of any team. However, if you have ever been on a team where the team leader openly criticizes team members, aggressively interrogates them to pick holes in their ideas, dismisses member’s contributions or plays one off against the other, you have witnessed how…


Good things happen when people are motivated and inspired. Creative juices flow, ideas proliferate, people work harder, productivity rises, and results improve. When this motivation is sparked by the leader, the organization or the country can thrive and survive the toughest of times.

In more than 40 years of coaching…


Trust is a central component of all healthy relationships. Teams are no exception. “There’s no team without trust,” said Paul Santagata, Head of Industry for Retail/Tech/Telecom at Google. “In Google’s fast-paced, highly demanding environment, our success hinges on the ability to take risks and be vulnerable in front of peers.”…


Factors That Distinguish Effective Team Members

Building the senior team is critical to the organization’s success and an important part of the leader’s job. But often, the criteria for selecting team members and the process for recruiting, interviewing, selecting, and onboarding are flawed or haphazard. Hiring decisions that are made…


Defining the Team’s Rules of Engagement

It would be great if you could put together a group of individuals, call it a “team,” and have it function in a cohesive and productive manner. This actually happens occasionally, but much more often, the different backgrounds, work styles, and variations in social competence lead to less happy results.Almost…

Richard Hagberg

I’m a consulting psychologist, serial entrepreneur and leadership coach for startup founders of fast scaling companies with over 40 years of coaching experience

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