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Dan Rockwell

Dan Rockwell

Dan Rockwell is author of the popular Leadership Freak Blog. He has 35 years' experience as a public speaker and teacher, and 15 years’ experience as a consultant. Currently, Dan resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife, Dale. He leads a local nonprofit organization, writes, teaches, and coaches in the leadership and social media arenas. Follow Dan on Twitter at @leadershipfreak or email him at

Articles from Dan Rockwell

7 Ways to Make Team Meetings Work Today

By Dan Rockwell

August 14, 2015

Team meetings that don’t work drain vitality. We’ve all been there. The leader is in love with their own voice, for example.When everyone groans before team meetings, it’s time to:1. Restructure the way you do things.2. Refocus on purpose and mission. Why meet ... Read more »

Changing Your Life and Leadership

By Dan Rockwell

August 7, 2015

I’m surprised at how much I want others to change and how much I resist it in myself. Change is exciting when it’s about others.Growth is change. No change; no growth. Life without change is death.Everything that lives changes.13 Things That Are Changing My ... Read more »

The Toxic Leaders Score

By Dan Rockwell

July 31, 2015

Your Toxic Leader Score* (TLS) is the level of unnecessary irritation you cause others. If you occasionally irritate colleagues by arriving late, you’re a 3 on a range from 1 to 10.If you frequently irritate colleagues, but don’t realize it, your TLS is 9. The worst leaders don’t ... Read more »

Breaking the Glum-Leader Syndrome

By Dan Rockwell

July 24, 2015

I’ve met some unhappy leaders. Perhaps they love position, power, prestige, or the paycheck. But, they drain energy from people and teams.Unhappy leaders lead unhappy teams.Do something else if leading makes you miserable. It’s not worth it.12 Ways to Break the Glum-Leader Syndrome: ... Read more »

10 Words of Advice for Advice Givers

By Dan Rockwell

July 17, 2015

The number one complaint of advice givers is people don’t listen.If you enjoy giving advice, chill out.You might be qualified to give advice if you’re reluctant to give it.I’ve never met a great advice giver.10 words of advice for advice givers:1.Connect ... Read more »

How to Focus on What Really Matters

By Dan Rockwell

July 10, 2015

What matters:When you end the day saying, “I didn’t get anything done today,” you spent your day doing what matters to others, not to you.It’s tragic – even pathetic – to pour energy into things that matter to others, but not to you. Read more »

How to Become a Fascinating Leader

By Dan Rockwell

July 3, 2015

Fascinating leaders ask questions. The rest are dullards.Leaders who don’t ask questions are uninteresting, short-sighted, self-absorbed, and ineffective.Bores don’t ask questions. Success requires curiosity.Tips from the best:Bob Tiede, owner and author of, “” * Most of the best questions are short ... Read more »

How to Reach the Ultimate Goal of Leadership

By Dan Rockwell

June 26, 2015

Getting things done is the lesser goal of leadership.The ultimate goal of leadership is nothing less than transformation.The biggest roadblock to transformation, within organizations, is the false belief that information is transformation.4 things transformation isn’t: * Information. Information apart from changed behavior ... Read more »

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