Author: Eric Douglas Blog

Eric Douglas is the senior partner and founder of Leading Resources Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on developing high-performing organizations. For more than 20 years, Eric has successfully helped a wide array of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations achieve breakthroughs in performance. His new book The Leadership Equation helps leaders achieve strategic clarity, manage change effectively, and build a leadership culture.

Five Qualities of an Inclusive Leader

What are the qualities of an inclusive leader? They welcome diverse viewpoints. They treat people respectfully and fairly – and make people feel valued. Perhaps most of all, an inclusive leader is genuinely collaborative in the way in which they approach any task or project. Here are some of the most important qualities of inclusive …

Tips for Enhancing the Performance of Hybrid Teams

This blog focuses on leadership practices that we’ve found are key for enhancing the performance of hybrid teams. 1. Make sure expectations and priorities are clear It is easy for expectations and priorities to get jumbled in the world of hybrid work. People hear different things from different team members. New work comes in each …

A 5-Step Cycle for Effective Non-Profit Board Governance

One of the questions we frequently get is: How do non-profit Boards provide effective oversight? What is their governance role and how do they execute it effectively. The diagram below shows a 5-step cycle that can help illuminate the important aspects of non-profit Board governance. Step 1: The cycle begins with the Board providing overall …

Eight Habits of Highly Effective Leaders

Leaders need a combination of hard and soft skills to be effective. Hard skills relate to your technical understanding of your field and your ability to make sound decisions related to the work you do. Soft skills relate to your effective leadership of people and making sound decisions about how best to lead them. Developing …

Developing a Values-Driven Organization

My son, when he was 8 years old, asked me, “Daddy, what do you?”  I smiled and said: “I work with groups.” Since this shed little light, I tried to explain. “Sometimes groups need help and I help them have good, productive discussions.” I imagine my son, even today, still wondering what his dad does.  …

Six Competencies of Agile Leaders

Leading and managing an organization through times of uncertainty and unpredictability requires a variety of leadership competencies and skills. Here are six important ones: Situational Awareness Situational awareness is understanding how external and internal trends, such as changes in consumer demand, economic shifts, or new government policies, can impact the organization. For example, leaders with …

The 4 Stages of Team Development

Does your job require you to serve as a team leader? Do you know how to develop a highly effective team? High-performing teams go through four defined stages to reach their potential. This is true whether your team works remotely or works in person. Keep reading to learn more about this process. Don’t have time …

New Manager Coaching Dilemma: How To Manage Your Former Peers

When people are elevated into management roles from within, it often results in them overseeing former peers and taking on bigger responsibilities. In this blog, we explore strategies to navigate this transition successfully. The first rule of thumb is that once you become a supervisor, staff will view you differently. Trying to maintain the same …

How To Build a Positive Workplace Organizational Culture

How do you build a productive, positive culture? What are the important things that a leader can do to influence an organization’s culture? What levers can you use? Organizational Culture Levers Let’s start by looking at some of the ways cultures are described. Here are some largely positive descriptors: Mission-driven Supportive Creative Aligned Innovative Empowered …

How Leaders Communicate and Manage Decisions

As you rise to higher levels of leadership, your orientation toward the work you do needs to change. For people used to serving in a technical role or a role as an individual contributor, this can be a challenging transformation – because it requires you to change the very model you have in your mind …