Blog posts written by John Neufeld

Great Leadership Requires Commitment

John Neufeld

Am I a leader worth following? Am I building teams built to last? There are 3 components to each of these questions.  Competency, Commitment, and Character are essential to the first question: “Am I a leader worth following?”  Competency was covered in my last series post. This blog will focus on the commitment required for leadership. Commitment is persistence with … Read More

Building a Team to Last Through Engagement

John Neufeld

employee looking at her colleague during discussion of data

The Challenge – Disengaged Employees Great leaders want to create change and have an impact.  This can only be accomplished through the teams they lead and build.  Stephen Covey, in his book The 8th Habit, describes a poll of 23,000 employees drawn from a number of companies and industries.  He reports the poll’s findings: Only 37% said they have a … Read More

Why Character Matters

John Neufeld

A leader worth following has three key ingredients: Competency, Commitment, and Character. Today’s blog will focus on Character. Competency determines what we can do. Commitment determines what we want to do. Character determines what we will do. A few years ago I had the privilege of spending a week at one of Canada’s prominent business schools with public-good sector leaders … Read More

2 Fundamental Questions All Great Leaders Ask

John Neufeld

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One of the hallmarks of great leadership is asking good questions. Questions can help clarify, crystallize, and ultimately bring about change. Often the questions we ask are external in that they refer to situations or other people. But what about the questions we need to ask ourselves? Having served and presently serving with great leaders, I have observed that great … Read More

3 Ways to Equip Your Team for Success

John Neufeld

This blog completes my series on the two questions great leaders ask themselves. The first question was: “Am I a leader worth following?” The second question all great leaders ask themselves is: “Am I building teams built to last?” There are three components to this question: Engage, Empower and Equip. Today’s blog will focus on Equip. Where Are the Skates … Read More

How to Empower Your Team to Make Progress

John Neufeld

This blog continues my series on two questions great leaders ask themselves. The first question was: “Am I a leader worth following?” The second question all great leaders ask themselves is: “Am I building teams built to last?”  There are three components to this question:  Engage, Empower and Equip. Today’s blog will focus on Empower. The Long Walk It was a … Read More

15 Competencies of Great Leadership

John Neufeld

In my previous blog post – 2 Fundamental Questions All Great Leaders Ask  – we focused on these 2 questions: Am I a leader worth following? Am I building teams built to last? There are 3 components to each of these questions.  Competency, Commitment, and Character are essential to the first question: “Am I a leader worth following?”  This blog … Read More