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Tips and Traits for Excelling in Leadership in a Competitive World

In today’s fast-paced and ultra-competitive world, being a good leader is more important than ever. But how do you become a better leader when the competition is fierce and the stakes are high?

According to Lee J. Colan, author of Healthy Leadership: How to Thrive in the New World of Work, there are several key traits that great leaders possess. Here are a few tips to help you become a better leader:

  1. Develop a clear vision: A good leader has a clear idea of what they want to achieve and can communicate that vision to their team. This helps everyone stay focused and aligned towards the same goal.
  2. Build a strong team: It’s important to surround yourself with talented and motivated people who share your vision. As a leader, your job is to inspire and empower your team to achieve great things.
  3. Communicate effectively: Clear and open communication is essential for any successful team. Make sure you are regularly communicating with your team and actively listening to their feedback.
  4. Lead by example: Great leaders set the tone for their team. By modeling the behaviors and values you want to see in others, you can create a positive and productive work environment.
  5. Embrace change: In today’s world, change is constant. A good leader is adaptable and able to navigate through uncertainty and change with confidence and agility.

By developing these key traits, you can become a better leader and help your team thrive in an ultra-competitive world. Remember, leadership is a journey, and it takes time, effort, and commitment to develop these skills. But with the right mindset and a willingness to learn and grow, you can become the leader your team needs to succeed.

In this episode, Lee Colan shares his insights on how to become a better leader in today’s ultra-competitive world. He discusses key traits of great leaders, including developing a clear vision, building a strong team, communicating effectively, leading by example, and embracing change. Join us as we learn from Lee’s extensive experience and expertise in leadership development.

Lee Colan was born in Long Island, NY.  Lee moved to Ft. Lauderdale when he was 7 (also known as the southern tip of Long Island). 

Lee’s parents tried for a second child for 12 years and finally had his older sister.  Then three years later that got a BIG surprise…. Lee! So, his sister is 3 years older and his brother is 15 years older. Both parents were part of The Greatest Generation with roots from Italy and Turkey. Colan is short for Colantuono.

Youth sports and school leadership roles triggered Lee’s thirst to learn more about leading people. He always seemed to be coaching and helping others be there best and this continued with leadership roles in college at Florida State University.

While Lee was earning his doctorate in Organizational Psychology, his passion for people and leadership accelerated as he served in executive leadership roles. This enabled him to apply the science of human behavior in the world of work. These roles also gave him the opportunity to help his team members grow both personally and professionally.

In addition to his corporate leadership jobs, Lee also worked with two premier consulting firms and knew he would want to build his own firm at some point.  That happened on Jan 12, 1999, when he co-founded The L Group with his wife, Julie. It is a leadership advisory firm dedicated to healthy growth for the leader, the employees, and the business. 

Lee life to say, “Our lives were meant to give away.” So, he believes in living your legacy instead of worrying about leaving it, so he strives to serves each day – serve his family, his friends, his clients, the community, and most importantly strangers. 

He lives in the Dallas area and has been married for 35 year to Julie who is also co-founder of their firm and co-author of 8 of Lee’s 16 books).  They have three grown children who have written a book on parenting from a child’s perspective and who now work for Tik Tok, Proctor & Gamble and KraftHeinz.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

Listen to @LeeColan get over the hump on the @FastLeaderShowClick to Tweet

“Good results aren’t good enough.” – Click to Tweet

“Truth is truth no matter when. It’s timely yet timeless. But the application of that truth can look very different.” – Click to Tweet

“We need to do a better job of looking at our wake.” – Click to Tweet

“The 3 principles of healthy leadership are love, positivity, and growth.” – Click to Tweet

“Positivity is not just about your positive thoughts, but it’s also about your emotions.” – Click to Tweet

“Leadership is an inside job. It starts from the inside out.” – Click to Tweet

Advice for others

Take a deeper sense of faith in yourself and your Lord.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

The things I don’t know about. More self-awareness.

Best Leadership Advice

Your job as a leader is not to know everything but to be able to fill in your ignorance within 24 hours.

Secrets to Success / Tools

3W’s – What, Who, When.

The Greatest Salesman in the World

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