Coaching

5 Tools to Delegate Effectively and Unlock Your Team’s Potential

By Melissa Eisler |

Learning to delegate effectively is not just about offloading tasks; it’s about strategic empowerment and trust-building. It involves understanding the strengths and potential of your team and leveraging them in a way that supports their growth and enhances overall productivity. By using these five tools, you can transform delegation from a chore into a powerful leadership strategy.

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new year's resolution blueprint

New Year’s Resolutions Blueprint: 5-Part Reflection, Vision, and Goal-Setting Process

By Melissa Eisler |

December is the perfect time to set goals, intentions, and New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. This 5-part process will make sure your goals and focus for next year is strategic, thoughtful, proactive, and personally meaningful for you, and ensure you’ll spend 2024 working smarter and not harder.

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Courageous Communication

Courageous Communication

By Melissa Eisler |

There are many ways courage is critical as a leader, but the most common place I see leaders lack courage is in communication. Courageous communication is a pillar of effective leadership, and there are countless nuanced reasons why leaders don’t say what needs to be said, but most come down to fear. What is the antidote to fear? Courage.

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three levels of awareness

The 3 Levels of Awareness: Self, Other, and Systems Awareness for Stronger Leadership

By Melissa Eisler |

What are the three levels of awareness, and how do they relate to leadership? Learn all about what they are and get some ideas on how to expand your awareness on all levels.

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receive feedback

How Well Do You Receive Feedback?

By Melissa Eisler |

How a leader receives feedback signals how valuable feedback is on the team and in the culture. Learn five tips to receive feedback in a way that encourages a growth-minded culture.

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communication mistakes

8 Common Communication Mistakes Leaders Make

By Melissa Eisler |

There are dozens of communication mistakes leaders make, particularly when they need to communicate something tricky like behavioral feedback or ideas for improvement. Let’s take a look at the most common mistakes leaders make in communication, so that we can learn from them and avoid the common pitfalls.

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The Collaborative Feedback Framework

By Melissa Eisler |

There are dozens of frameworks and tools about how to deliver effective feedback conversations. The collaborative feedback framework focuses on collaboration, positioning feedback as a two-way dialogue and partnership, rather than a one-way conversation. Start here if you want to prepare for a feedback conversation that stays productive.

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curiosity

The 4 Elements of Curiosity: Leadership’s Superpower

By Melissa Eisler |

Curiosity is complicated and multidimensional, which is why the benefits are so broad. It is not simply that you are curious or not; there are different flavors of curiosity that come in handy in different situations and environments. Let’s take a look at the four elements of curiosity.

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personality assessments

5 Top Leadership and Personality Assessments

By Melissa Eisler |

Personality assessments can play an important role in helping you gain insight into your innate tendencies and strengths – which will ultimately help you become a more balanced and effective leader. They can also illuminate any areas that don’t come as naturally for you. The goal of this kind of self-discovery is to gain an honest representation of what development you might need; assessments can fast track this learning.

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360 feedback

360 Feedback: How Do Others See You?

By Melissa Eisler |

360 feedback instruments and processes are designed to gather feedback and perspective from the people who work closest to the leader, and then reflect those perceptions back to support their leadership development. Here are three approaches and four tools to getting 360-degree feedback, depending on your budget and needs.

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personal board of directors

Your Personal Board of Directors

By Melissa Eisler |

When you are a leader, it can be difficult to get candid feedback from those who work for you, which is where the concept of a personal board of directors is helpful. A personal board is a group of individuals that can help you make sound decisions, give you advice and feedback, challenge your assumptions, brainstorm ideas, and generally expand your thinking. Who do you want on your personal board?

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routine reflection

Routine Reflection as a Leadership Development Tool

By Melissa Eisler |

Self-awareness is the foundation for growing as a leader. Building a self-reflection plan is one way to not only develop greater self-awareness, but also to help you focus on the aspects of your leadership you need to grow, based on your unique goals. Keep reading to learn about a framework and example plan for routine reflection.

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Both/And Leadership Mindset

6 Ways to Embrace a Both/And Leadership Mindset and Communication Approach

By Melissa Eisler |

A both/and leadership mindset can lead you to more informed decisions, more collaborative teams, and stronger relationships and results. Keep reading to learn six tips on how to embrace this productive and collaborative mindset as a leader.

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Right Wrong Trap

Escape the Right/Wrong Thinking Trap in Leadership

By Melissa Eisler |

The right/wrong thinking trap is more dangerous than you think. Find out the risks of holding onto your idea of “right” too tightly, and what kind of leadership mindset to embrace, instead.

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4 Frameworks for Feedback Conversations Leaders Can Use

By Melissa Eisler |

You know you have to give someone feedback, but the idea of giving constructive feedback has you in knots. What’s the best way to say what you need to say so it is productive for everyone? Learn four frameworks for feedback conversations you can use to deliver feedback in a candid, compassionate, and productive way.

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Goal-setting exercise

Goal-Setting Exercise: Reflect and Plan for Next Year’s Success

By Melissa Eisler |

At the end of each year, I always take some time to reflect on the past year and design what I want the next year to look like. In this article, I outline the steps I take for my goal-setting exercise, and how you can use the same steps to set yourself up for a successful year ahead.

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getting honest feedback

11 Steps to Getting Honest Feedback as the Boss

By Melissa Eisler |

The higher up you climb in an organization, the more valuable feedback tends to be. The problem is, the more power you have, the more difficult it is to get honest feedback. This presents a huge dilemma to leaders who want the honest truth about where they need to grow. Find out what you can do as the leader to encourage honest, direct feedback from your team.

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Melissa is the founder and executive coach at Wide Lens Leadership and a Partner at Evolution. As an ICF Certified Executive Coach with a Master's degree in organizational leadership, Melissa has coached hundreds of leaders ranging from C-suite to entrepreneur, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and across diverse industries. Her work focuses on helping high-performing senior leaders and their teams magnify impact by building trust, collaboration, accountability, and healthy communication skills.

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