Leadership Central is an attempt to bring together a collection of leadership resources for leaders from all walks of life. It's a place where leaders can come to find inspiration, suggestions and to be resourced by the best materials available.
I've listed below some of the leadership sites that I have found most helpful. I hope that you find them helpful as well. I encourage you to spend some time exploring these to find tools and lessons to help grow your leadership. If you have any suggestions, plese feel free to share.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It can be found by clicking on the lnk above. You might not agree with every idea that is shared, but it will certainly broaden your mind and help you to think creatively. You will find videos with talks from a wide variety of people on an incredible range of topics.
Click here for John Maxwell's leadership site. John has been a mentor of mine for many years though I've never had opportunity to have a conversation with him. I have read many of his books and have benefitted from his many leadership lessons. He has been a "leadership guru" for many both in the church and business community. He has written many books on the subject and is a much-sought-after conference speaker. I've attended many over the years and have gained a great deal from each one.
Jim Collins is the author of "Good to Great" among others. He is also a well-known speaker with a tremendous capacity to think outside of the box. He is one conference speaker I have loved listening to. At this site you will find videos and audio files exploring some of the concepts from his books as well as other resources.
"GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of organizations never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good-and that is the main problem. "Those who built the good-to-great companies, however, made as much use of 'stop doing' lists as 'to do' lists. They displayed a remarkable discipline to unplug all sorts of extraneous junk." - Jim Collins
I consider Ken Blanchard to be "the Godfather" of leadership. Over and over again I've heard the best leaders refer to Ken as one of the people who has most influenced them. That, in itself, is good enough reason to visit this site and find whatever resources you can glean.
"The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority." - Ken Blanchard
Dr. Stephen Covey is the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and has been used as a teaching tool for many. He is also the co-founder of the Franklin-Covey organization. I've used their organizational tools for over 15 years, which has saved me a lot of frustration. On his site you will find learning audios and videos, learning tools and forums.
"To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground." - Stephen Covey
Jack Welch is best known for his leadership of GE over the 20 years he was their CEO. He is a well-respected business leader who was named "Manager of the Century" by Forbes magazine. You will find a great many helpful articles and links at his web-site. His wife, Suzy, is a well-known leadership speaker in her own right. She is a best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist.
"Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be." - Jack Welch
Michael Hyatt is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers and has a site that is constantly being updated with helpful leadership material. Highly recommended.
"Never do anything that someone else can and will do when there is so much of importance to be done which others cannot or will not do." - Michael Hyatt
I have also found a site that lists 48 Favorite Leadership Sites. If you are involved in leadership in business you'll find all kinds of great material here.