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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

How Curious Leaders Succeed

By Dan Rockwell

March 27, 2015

Question what you know; explore what you don’t. Curiosity is a way of seeing.Curious leaders:1. Lower resistance.2. Ignite energy.3. Expand potential.4. Explore possibility.Seven ways curious leaders succeed:1. Enable thinking from a new point of view. “What don’t you know?”... Read more »

How Coaching-Managers Get Things Done

By Dan Rockwell

March 20, 2015

All managers get things done through people, the question is how. 7 ways coaching-managers get things done:1. Connect. Traditional managers believe business is relationships, except when it comes to their own team. Coaching-managers make work personal. Traditional managers use distance to instill fear.2. Choose many short ... Read more »

How to Energize Yourself and Others

By Dan Rockwell

March 13, 2015

I thought self-awareness was something for dope-smoking hippies. It doesn’t matter how you feel.  Just do your job. But, a lack of self-awareness limits leadership.Self-management requires self-awareness. Self-awareness enables you to monitor and manage personal energy. Managing personal energy is the essence of self-management.Energy ... Read more »

How to Find Your Great Contribution

By Dan Rockwell

March 6, 2015

Every act of service enhances your worth. As time passes, if you’re fortunate, you’ll make meaningful contributions to growing numbers of individuals, organizations and communities. The more competent you become the more opportunities you have to serve.5 sources of competence:1. Natural talent and aptitude2. Developed ... Read more »

Stop Talking About Transformation

By Dan Rockwell

February 27, 2015

Talk doesn’t produce vitality, eventually it kills it. Talk is important. But, the line between talk and rigor mortis is nearly invisible. Death arrives when organizational transformation ends.Talk is hypocrisy – a leadership smoke screen – until someone takes the first step. Behave your way, don’t talk your ... Read more »

How to Receive Criticism Without Becoming Cynical

By Dan Rockwell

February 20, 2015

Leaders are criticized when they take action and when they don’t. Nice critics try to help by pointing out failures and faults, but neglect positive suggestions. Tearing down makes nasty critics feel wise, powerful, and right.The hardest criticism to take is the one that’s ... Read more »

How to Become the Leader of Choice

By Dan Rockwell

February 13, 2015

Know and maximize the value you bring others. Would you choose to follow you? Why would anyone follow you?16 ways to be the leader of choice:1. Succeed in an arena that matters to others. Those who value money respect leaders who make money.2. Choose meaningful ... Read more »

How to Manage Optimists and Pessimists

By Dan Rockwell

February 6, 2015

Sometimes I feel like I’m surrounded by "red heads."There are two types of people on every team, those who see how it can be done – green thinkers – and those who see how it can’t – red thinkers. Both are dangerous. Both are necessary.Tension:Green ... Read more »

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