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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 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 »

12 Steps That Will Make Anything Better

By Dan Rockwell

June 5, 2015

Babies cry. Big boys and girls work to make things better.The essential ingredient of any real problem is the definition of better.“A problem only exists if there is a difference between what is actually happening and what you desire to be happening.” Ken ... Read more »

7 Powerful Ways to Reignite Your Energy

By Dan Rockwell

May 29, 2015

The less energy you have the more negative you become.Energized leaders are better.Low energy leaders: * Feel unappreciated. * Want to quit. * Blow up. * Can’t create or try new things. * Believe the world is out to get them.3 energy ... Read more »

Navigating Small Managers

Three Steps to Great Leadership

By Dan Rockwell

May 22, 2015

Small managers need to feel big.Egotistical managers walk around like they run the place. But, no one enjoys an insecure, heavy handed, meddlesome, manager.Small managers:Throw their weight around.Get huffy when challenged.Love control.Thrive on perks.Steal the spotlight.Put people down. Read more »

Never Tell Eagles to Stop Soaring

By Dan Rockwell

May 8, 2015

Exceptional people are advised to tone it down — you’re too organized, too compassionate, too visionary. “All you think about is getting things done. You need to tone it down.”Never tell eagles to stop soaring.Everyone loses when exceptional organizers are told to tone down their ... Read more »

Enough With the Curiosity

By Dan Rockwell

April 24, 2015

When you ask too many questions, people wonder what you’re after. The need to preserve image makes curiosity uncomfortable. Sincere curiosity is a gift to all but the insecure, skeptical, or status driven.Too many questions:1. The insecure feel threatened.2. The skeptical wonder what you’re after.3. Read more »

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