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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

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 »

Treated Like a Dog

By Dan Rockwell

June 19, 2015

We owned a miniature dachshund that joyfully welcomed us home every day. We miss the sound of his miniature paws following us.One day I arrived home to a “normal” welcome-home from my wife and realized that we acted more excited to see Spunkie than ... Read more »

The Greater Challenge

By Dan Rockwell

June 12, 2015

Problems are roadblocks to results.Exceptional leaders lean into problems; mediocre turn away. If you want to lead, solve a problem, the bigger the better.But, solving problems doesn’t produce results.5 un-leaderly responses to problems: * Hand-wringing: Worry coupled with lack of confidence in ... Read more »

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