If your goal is to succeed in life, leadership skills are necessary. These skills impact your work life as well as your personal life. We’ll leave it to the experts to coach and teach, but let’s take a moment to consider just a few reasons why leadership skills matter:
- Communication: A good leader initiates actions and gets results with his or her ability to communicate effectively.
- Confidence: A leader with confidence instills confidence in those with which they work.
- Morale: Want happy, productive employees and/or teams? Become a great leader with the ability to boost morale.
Give thought to how developing excellent leadership skills can truly impact your life. Do you manage a business? Are you a team leader at work? Do you have a household to run? Are you active in sports or part of any group? All of these areas and more require great leaders.
We encourage you to continue reading. You’ll find we’ve put together a list of the best leadership blogs all aimed at helping you become the best leader you can be. These blogs are created and written by experts all over the world with vast experience and enlightening wisdom. Click the title of the blog or the blogger’s name to be directed to the site.
Michael G. Rogers
Named one of Inc. Magazines Top 101 Great Leadership Speakers, Michael Rogers has put together a site full of information. From helping children to become great leaders to the fun side of leadership, you’ll find it all here. Visit his site to watch videos, learn more about teamwork and read interesting stories on both topics.
Bob Chapman brings compassion to leadership. Many often don’t realize that being an effective leader also means being human – caring for those you lead, showing empathy to those you work with and for. If you are someone who wants to lead in a compassionate way and not just manage, this is the ideal blog for you.
Professor Roberto is a Professor of Management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He’s also an author who has done extensive research on leadership, teams and decision-making. Visit his site to learn more about The Great Courses or check out his lecture series. Truly a great site for anyone keen on being an excellent leader.
Tom Schulte, Executive Director
This is a site created and maintained by a community of global professionals. They’re all dedicated to leadership and personal/professional growth. This is a fantastic site for learning and building leaders. Also, if you have experience with leadership they do invite guest bloggers. Their L2L Blogazine is a must read so be sure to subscribe.
John G. Agno
Mr. Agno is a corporate executive, executive coach and management consultant. He’s carefully crafted profitable and workable solutions for dealing with the strain, stress and frustration of those in leadership roles. On his site, you’ll find valuable tools such as a self-assessment center, self-coaching resources and leadership tips.
There is a great focus on empowerment here – empowered connectivity and empowered teams. This is another outstanding resource for bringing the human side to the workplace. Their declaration of purpose is to be inspiration, be heretical, do good. This blog is written by a team of experts and it is definitely one worth reading.
Mr. Black has an interesting and diverse background. He’s spent a great deal of time working with adolescents and has also been a drug/alcohol rehab case manager and behavior specialist. He’s earned an Associate’s degree in Theology and a Bachelor’s in Human Development. If you are searching for a place to learn more about leadership and personal development as well as learning how to maximize your strengths, then look no further. You’ll find all of that and more on his site.
Dr. Covey spent many years inspiring millions of people with his universal principles. His message was simple yet powerful – “To be successful, we must be principle-centered in all aspects of life.” Sadly, he passed away in 2012 but his books still sell all over the world. Dr. Covey’s teachings are an absolute must for any leader or person who wants to better themselves both personally and professionally.
A faith-based blogger, Sheryl is a contributor to Crosswalk.com as well as BibleGateway and Lead Like Jesus. She also has a popular radio broadcast. If you are searching for a Christian-based teaching platform, Ashes to Beauty is a good place to start. Her blog is engaging and will provide you with much to consider and learn.
Another faith-based blog with winning content. Doug Thorpe has a passion for coaching executive and business owners. He can provide a thorough diagnostic analysis of you and your skills. He can then provide you with the steps you need to take for growth and success. His book titled The Uncommon Commodity was written from over 25 years of experience and outlines a clear common-sense approach to leadership.
With a full career as a CEO and business leader, Mr. Prichard has quite a lot to bring to the table. He considers himself a lifelong student of success. He speaks on various topics including leadership, personal growth and growth strategies. If you are someone who has a goal of managing while making a difference, his blog is one you’ll want to visit. While you’re there, look for the many inspirational quotes.
This is a site dedicated to those in sales leadership positions. Here you’ll find perceptiveness on marketing and B2B sales. There are always guest bloggers who work in top-level sales positions. You’ll also find experienced marketing leaders who contribute their expertise, as well. This is a highly recommended site for sales leaders who wish to grow and learn. There is also a Selling Power magazine that is worthy of subscription.
Well-known for his inspirational speeches, Tony Robbins has founded and partnered in over thirty companies in various industries. Multi-millionaires, celebrities and business entrepreneurs all seek Tony’s wisdom. This is an excellent site for learning more about leadership success. You’ll also find informational content on personal growth. There is a free life assessment on the Home page that some readers may find helpful.
Allison began this blog while working as the chief staff for a non-profit. She’s brought many years of experiences and honesty to her blogs and shares what she knows – good and bad. She does this with intelligence and humor making her blog one that is fun and educational.
Michael Maynard and Andrew Leigh (Co-Founders)
The goal of Maynard and Leigh is to educate on what it means to be an ethical leader. They can help with understanding how ethics in leadership play a role in your organization. They’ll demonstrate practical ways to put ethics and leadership to work and help those in leadership roles develop confidence. This confidence enables leaders to enthusiastically promote business ethics.
Mr. Harvey is the mayor of Buckingham Town and what better position could one be in to acquire skill as a leader? He has over 28 years of experience in public service and commercial work. His Inspirational Leadership blog is a community of leaders and managers who are able to help all leaders reach their full potential.
Jasbindar is a psychologist and executive coach with over 27 years of experience. Her passion is working as a business consultant in the areas of leadership development as well as integrity, values, employee engagement and emotional intelligence. She’s announced a new course titled “Influencing for Success” and it’s not too late to receive notifications about the course.
Corry’s focus is on coaching and transformation. Her goal is to help leaders engage their employees. She has over 20 years of experience and her credentials are impressive. She has developed signature coaching programs that are organized and structured. On her site, you’ll find a well-laid out and informative blog that touches on many issues organizational leaders regularly face.
Stephen is known as one of the most influential leadership experts in Denmark. He is an executive coach who has written more than 400 columns and articles on the subject. While visiting his site, be sure to check out The Personal Business Plan and Your Next Career. There is a fee for both but if you are truly dedicated to changing and improving your life and leadership skills, these plans may be worth your investment.
Dr. Beth Triplett
Dr. Triplett’s philosophy is “the connecting of dots is intentional – linking small steps in the short-term while seeing the big picture in the long-term.” What you’ll find on her blog are helpful daily lessons meant to inspire and create change. She’s created an easy-to-follow blog that you can subscribe to for free to receive her lessons.
Faith-based and loaded with opportunities, the CLA works to train, unite and equip Christian leaders to “think higher.” This blog focuses on 8 core leaderships disciplines from executive leaderships to tax/legal information. No leadership stone is left unturned. They offer conferences, mentoring, numerous resources as well as the latest event news. When you visit the site, be sure to take a look at their Outcomes Academy. It is a detailed program that can earn you academic credit.
Ms. Barrett is the CEO and founder of SkyeTeam and the goal of this endeavor is to build successful teams. They have 5 core values: to have fun, to work with great clients, to have fun, to do great work and continue to learn, to have fun. Did we mention fun? The SkyeTeam offers numerous services and their blog (look under Resources to find it) is full of engaging content that asks questions and makes you think about your role as a leader.
Lisa’s passions are visionary leadership and true empowerment. She’s gained immeasurable experience working with C-Level executives and brings to the table impressive credentials that speak for themselves. She offers workshops that are relevant to all C-Level executives. Her workshops focus on the difference between mission and vision, developing/committing to a new vision for the entire organization and the importance of aligning strategies and objections with organizational vision among many other topics. For those who tend to be more introverted yet are in leadership roles, she’s written a book to cover that subject, too.
Rick Conlow works with managers to help reignite their passion and achieve success. On his site/blog are course offerings, videos, and other resources to assist you in achieving your goals. If you are someone who feels they are in a rut or maybe lost interest in your role as a leader or manager, look here for a new spark.
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Matt has taken his experience in the military, combined that with his work in the corporate world and created C4. You may ask what is C4 or what are the 4 C’s. The concept is simple yet powerful: conceive, communicate, command, complete. This is a leadership process in which all elements of projects, tasks, etc. are learned and mastered. Matt tackles this process with expertise and wit. You may also be interested in his many presentation.
Leadership Now has an all-encompassing approach to leadership. They want to reach everyone – men, women, children, businesses and communities. Their belief is that everyone has the potential to be a leader. This site provides many tools to help you cultivate this skill. You’ll find books, blogs, features and multimedia among other resources. Visit Leadership Now if you are ready to tap into your full potential.
Michael is a virtual mentor and has equipped his site the tools you need to succeed. He’ll help you gain confidence and clarity while helping you to reach your hidden talents/skills while at the same time helping you become more productive. Visit his site if you wish to earn how to build your influence and build teams. Subscribe to Michael’s emails and receive his latest e-book for free.
Duncan established Goals & Achievements in 2006. His focus is helping others build management and leadership abilities. His approach is flexible and takes into account that each person/organization is unique. He understands a “one size fits all” plan doesn’t work. His blog is informative and if you subscribe, you’ll receive 2 free e-books on successful organizational changes.
Debra has worked within a school system for over 23 years. Her program is aimed at the teachers who wish to develop their leadership skills. Her blog is a great place to start if you are an educator who wishes to bring this program to your school. If you’re interested in observing a “model” teacher, be sure to contact Debra. This is an insightful approach to teacher leadership and the way a great leader can impact the lives of their students.
This blog focuses on lean thinking leadership and improvement practices. Tim defines lean thinking this way: “Lean is not about the destination but rather the direction or path you take towards this idealistic place.” If you are searching for tools and resources to aid you in improving your situation and reaching your idealistic place, this is the blog for you.
John E. Michel and Matthew T. Fritz
This is a privately-owned organization aimed at providing leadership perspective as well as conversation on integrity and character from senior military leaders. They offer 3 programs: MentorsMatter™, Vet2Vet Connect™ and LeaderView™. They also welcome contributors/writers. This is an incredibly interesting viewpoint on leadership from expert military leaders.
Steve has served primarily in leadership roles throughout his career. He has experience with business improvement, transitional and cultural change with many companies and organizations. This is a great site for anyone interested in leadership development, learning to coach/mentor or leading remote teams. Look for personal values assessments, self-assessments and additional resources under Leadership & Management Development.
This is a compilation of blogs all written by experts in their field. They offer their readers information on subjects such as the Life on Life Initiative, Financial Fitness and of course Life Leadership. They are all fascinating blogs with riveting and enlightening content. Be sure to take the time to view each blog.
John G. Agno
Mr. Agno makes our list again but for a different reason. This time we’d like to invite you to read a blog aimed at women in leadership roles. He has dedicated this blog solely to women who serve or wish to serve as leaders. It is often tough for women to gain these positions and this blog addresses why it is difficult and how to overcome those difficulties. There are numerous articles written by women for women, including a survival guide for women.
Mick views leadership as “the energetic process of getting people together fully and willingly, committed to a new and sustainable course of action, to meet commonly agreed objectives whilst having commonly held values.” Energy is the key and it is the force behind success. Signup on this site to receive free materials such as book chapters, articles, help with using the self-assessment, presentations and more.
Jeff has many years of experience in leadership and has valuable wisdom to impart on the topic. On his site, you’ll find an incredibly useful blog. Because Jeff is faith-based, he’s also included a sort of parents’ guide on raising virtuous kids. He’s created what he calls “Character Conversations” which can be downloaded for free. If leadership as a parent is your focus, be sure to visit this site.
Stephen created this blog to serve as what he calls his reflection time. He feels it is important for leaders to take time to reflect. He not only writes about leadership but also shares personal experiences. He also teaches an interesting process call Reflectback™ that anyone in leadership/management roles may want to study. As a side note, his blogs also contain nice photos.
If you are reading this article, it is presumed you have an interest in growth. Karen calls herself the Frontline Leadership expert and it is easy to see why. Her tagline “growing frontline managers into frontline leaders” says it all. Managing and leading are two different concepts and Karen does an excellent job of explaining the difference. If you are in management and wish to develop true leadership skills, Karen’s blog will certainly help.
If you live, breathe and love leadership then you have that in common with Sonia and her team. Along with the educational blog, the site also offers various diagnostic assessments in which they are accredited to administer. There are many programs to take advantage of as well. Look for Leadership Coaching, HR Leadership, and a Women’s Platinum Program to name just a few.
John has many blogs. To find a complete list of all of his sites with links, click on Author at the top of the page. He has experience in leadership, management improvement and technology. He is also the founder of Curious Cat, LLC. He brings a fresh look into what it means to be a leader so be sure to look for his interviews as well as additional resources.
Gordon has developed what is called FAST™. This is a reliable method that anyone can learn, use and master. The goal of this program is to create routines of success while incorporating ways to achieve goals while at the same time building engaged and inspired teams. His blog is loaded with compelling content that will set any leader on the right path to success.
Dan has over 20 years of experience helping leaders to succeed by inspiring them to improve their capabilities. He is an award-winning author, a consultant and executive coach. It is recommended you look for his book The Great Leadership Development and Succession Planning. It is available from his site and extremely affordable. This book is a collection of his instructive and engaging blog posts.
Susan is a keynote speaker who delivers an inspirational speech titled “Leading Made Simple™: 3 Ways Anyone Can Lead Every Day.” Visit her site to take a leadership style quiz which you may find helpful. Upon visiting her site, you’ll discover topics such as featured books/authors, general leadership, inspiration, personal leadership, thought leader interview and leading organizations.
Randy and his team have a goal and that is to help you and your organization create an integrity-based leadership. This what he and his team call a holistic leadership approach and it is quite interesting. In addition to the educational blog, you’ll find other resources such as books, field guides, e-books, assessments and videos.
Tim’s idea of lifelong leaders is anyone willing to take responsibility, develop relationships and achieve results. He helps leaders or those who wish to become leaders take daily experiences, mistakes and teachable moments to a level of learning and preparation for opportunities. He has books on his site for sale but also has many free downloads for student leaders. You’ll also find helpful forms and worksheets.
Kevin is a widely recognized leadership expert, author, speaker, coach and consultant. He’s been in the business of helping leaders and organizations since 1993. Topics you’ll find on his site include leadership/supervising skills, coaching/developing others, team building and inspirational quotes. There are only a few of the areas covered by Kevin and his team. Please visit his site to learn more.
Mike Henry, Sr.
This is a virtual, global community where members can share with thousands their knowledge and experiences. Members can participate in virtual seminars, book launches, webinars and other events. The blog is compiled of engaging content by many bloggers who are experts in their fields.
Chris owns and leads the Poimen Group, LLC and has spent years helping people reach their full leadership potential. His blog features podcasts, articles on excelling at leadership and if you subscribe you’ll receive a free e-book. He also has a nice feature where you can leave him a voice message on his site with your questions and comments.
Huffington Post has called Lolly “the most inspirational woman in the world” and for good reason. She possesses cross-cultural expertise that spans fourteen countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. She’s also a best-selling author. Along with her books and workshops, she provides a blog loaded with information all leaders should know. It is also a well-thought out blog in an easy-to-read format.
Mark works as a leadership coach, consultant and strategist who focuses on four areas: leadership of successful teams, optimization of mental performance, leadership psychology and high performing teams. He offers several courses and training opportunities – all at a cost – but his blog, which is free, is quite enlightening. Subscribe for free regular email updates. To subscribe, you’ll need to visit his Contact page.
This blog hasn’t been updated in a while but the content provided is still very much relevant. He’s a New York Times best-selling author who has written over 100 books. The resources you’ll find here do include free lessons. You’ll also find DVD training kits, online learning, audio and books.
This is an independent organization and a member of the Harvard Square Business Association. It has a large academic network. Their goal is to empower professionals to cultivate a network of like-minded fellow leaders. You’ll need to apply for membership ($99 bi-annual fee). Membership benefits include networking with other leaders, learning from tops experts and personal branding. Be sure to visit the site to learn details of each of these benefits. If you are serious about networking, the investment may be worth it to you.
It’s a common misconception that a leader’s job is to only lead. The reality is a good leader will also serve and this is what you’ll learn more about here. They define servant leader in this way: “The servant-leader is a servant first…it begins with a natural feeling that one wants to serve, serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” Along with the blog, look for resources and take advantage of the free course, videos, lists and assessments.
Paul considers himself a leadership junkie, purpose weaver and catalyst. He’s the founder of QARA, which is an organization aimed at twenty-somethings to empower themselves and reach their full ability. He also describes himself as a servant leader so if that’s a topic you wish to learn more about, this is another good source. He has a free book download. The book is titled He Said…She Said…And You? and it is filled with leadership inspiration. Along with his blog be sure to look at his Resource page.
Charles works from a faith-based perspective and can offer motivation, encouragement and what he calls “Actionable Tactics for Achieving Success in Life and Business.” Subscribe to his weekly newsletter and receive a free e-book titled Ambitious: 7 Keys to Living a Life of Extraordinary Greatness. His blog is quote motivational and will provide you with thoughtful insights.
John is the top authority on Intelligent Leadership (IL) and created the IL Executive Coaching Process and Certification. He is widely recognized as one who can help strengthen the inner-self and talents of leaders. His site features multiple valuable resources, information about JM University as well as a blog that anyone who strives to be a great leader should read.
The title of this blog alone is enough to make anyone want to jump right in. Dan says himself he’s freakishly interested in leadership so if you share that same vibe, check out what he has to say. His blog really is great with short, well-written posts that are simple to follow yet powerful. These are posts that will make you give real thought about your role as a leader and your path to success.
As you can see, if you’ve perused any of the above blogs, leadership can be just as diverse as individuals. With so many styles of leadership, it’s important you find the style that suits you and your organization best. Take the assessments, participate in courses, read books and when you find something that clicks, you’ll know that’s the kind of leader you wish to be. We wish you nothing but success!