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The Primary Trait of Successful Leaders? Take a Guess

The Primary Trait of Successful Leaders? Take a Guess

“What’s the number-one trait successful leaders share?”

I ask this question at the start of some of our leadership workshops - in companies as varied in size, industry, age, and stage as you could imagine.

The answers are always interesting. Beyond the surface-interpretation of “these traits are what makes a good leader,” the responses also speak to each person’s values and to the organization’s culture.

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on the trait leaders should cultivate.

The Workplace Challenge We've All Encountered

The Workplace Challenge We've All Encountered

It’s great that you graduated top of your class and can write code - but can you give a peer feedback about what they just said in your team meeting? Feedback that will make a lasting and positive difference?

For many leaders, that’s a hard “No.”

Pencil or Ink founder Ellie Hearne on how companies are setting leaders up to fail - what can be done about it.

Managing Up

Managing Up

Managing up is all about getting the most from your working relationship with your boss. For some people, that can mean truly “managing their manager” because the boss is not delivering on basic things. For others, it might be more aspirational.

Ellie talks about what both types mean and how to succeed in your aspirations to “manage up.”

Making Workplace Feedback Work for You

Making Workplace Feedback Work for You

Feedback is a gift, but it shouldn’t feel like an ugly Christmas sweater.

So what better time than the holidays to look at how feedback can be used to help a team, an individual, or company excel - without causing hurt feelings or low morale?

Ellie Hearne shares more.

Trust at Work - and Why it Matters

Trust at Work - and Why it Matters

In the business world, trust is rarely talked about but always in demand. In cases where colleagues aren’t collegial, often some element of trust is lacking. 

So how you pin down as broad and amorphous a concept as trust and make it work for you? How do you apply it at work?

Leading Whilst Female: Our Latest Group Offering

Leading Whilst Female: Our Latest Group Offering

Qualities we often associate with leadership are overwhelmingly masculine.

So, as we and others work to improve diversity and inclusion in hiring and representation, what can we do in the meantime to enhance how we are perceived, received, and, yes, promoted at work? How can we define our own brands of leadership – and dial-up the qualities that work for us, rather than against us?

Our founder shares insights into our latest workshop offering.