Category Archives: Leadership

Dr. Martin Luther King Was Also a Great Storyteller

On this day when we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought I’d examine his legacy from a different point of view. We all recognize him as a great leader and a great orator, but did you know he was also a master storyteller?

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Crisis Leadership Content Now in the Leadership Resource Library

Category : Leadership Training

“True leadership is revealed in the time of a crisis!”
– J. Bryan Bennett

In 2020, leaders were challenged by numerous crises, including a global pandemic, racial injustice and changing business models. This has been a stressful time for the many executives I regularly talk to and for many of the people who work for them.

That’s why the HCOE’s training arm, the Elite Leadership Academy, decided to add “Leading During a Crisis” and “Leading With Diversity & Inclusion” categories to the “Special Leadership Topics” section of our Leadership Resource Library. Like all of our categories, these libraries include some of the top leadership resources curated from leading online sources. Try it out today with a free 30-day trial. Just click on the link for more information.


Leadership Lessons From 2020

Category : Leadership

There’s a reason the rearview mirror is so small and the windshield is so big.
Where you’re headed is much more important than what’s behind you.
– Unknown

What leadership lessons did you learn in 2020 that you are taking into 2021? Which lessons do you want to leave in 2020?

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Inspiring Leadership Speaking Topics for 2021!

Ongoing leadership learning is critical to continued growth and lessons are everywhere. The year 2020 was tough for us all, therefore Professor Bennett has developed some entertaining and engaging speaking topics for 2021. Live events are being booked for post July 1st and virtual events all year. Read more about his speaking and schedule him.

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Preview the Elite Leadership Academy

Category : Leadership Training

We are very excited to share the news of the rebranding of our new leadership training site – Elite Leadership Academy. In the past, we have operated under the Professional Leadership Academy, but with the expected publication in the next few months of my new book, The Path to Elite Level Leadership, we decided to change the site to match the book.

The new site features new leadership development programs, master classes, a leadership resources library and even a virtual tour of our virtual academy.

As a subscriber, we are inviting you to preview the site and also offering you 25% off any of the training in our ‘Curriculum Catalog‘ with the coupon code ’25offpreview’ until November 30, 2020.

Please take a look at it and let us know what you think about it.


4th Principle of Professional Leadership

Category : Leadership Training

The 4th Principle of Professional Leadership is “An abundance of the innate leadership qualities of humility, empathy, vision and risk-taking (and the instinct when to use each).”

Although everyone can be taught leadership, the best leaders have that little something extra that sets them apart. That ‘something extra’ component is usually a number of innate leadership qualities, some that can be taught, but the best leaders have an abundance of these qualities innately. The more innate qualities a leader has, the higher their leadership ceiling which is what separates a good leader from an elite level leader.

Nominate an elite level leader today for the 2020 Professional Leadership IMPACT Award. Nominations are open until 7/17/20.


3rd Principle of Professional Leadership

Category : Leadership

The 3rd Principle of Professional Leadership is “A thorough understanding of the situational influences that impact leading their followers and the environment in which they lead.

Leaders need to closely watch for changes in their situational influences. These could be from primary influences such as their followers or the environment or secondary influences from peers or superiors. Changes in any of these influences requires an immediate response in the manner in which the leader executes their leadership.

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2nd Principle of Professional Leadership

Category : Leadership

The 2nd Principle of Professional Leadership is “Awareness of those moments in a leader’s life that shaped them to become the leader they are.”

Leaders must know those defining moments in their life that shaped them into the leader they became. It could be successfully facing a challenging situation, a mentor who took them under their wing or sadly, a tragedy. This knowledge helps leaders understand their underlying beliefs and how they influence decisions, guide problem-solving and drive behavior.

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10 Principles of Professional Leadership – #1: Knowing Yourself

Category : Leadership

The Principles of Professional Leadership are the selection foundation for the Leadership IMPACT Award. I will be discussing each of the principles over the next few weeks.

Principle #1: Knowledge of who they are as a person and as a leader.

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Thanking Our Workers in Healthcare

If a book was written with all the stories about the hard work and dedication our healthcare workers and leaders have put in over the last couple of months, it would be over 1,000 pages. Here’s to all the heroic healthcare workers who give their all every day to keep us safe and all the people who support them. Their bravery and commitment to caring for our sick country deserves a round of applause. God bless each and every one of you.

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