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Tracy Spears and Wally Schmader are the Founders of Exceptional Leaders Lab, an industry-leading leadership consulting and training organization. They work with progressive leaders all over the world to increase influence, presence, and real-world leadership skill sets. ELL’s combination of innovative content and dynamic delivery makes them stand out in a crowded field of leadership training options.

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“EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS PLAYBOOK”

Today’s leaders often feel too busy for a leadership coach, or even a leadership book. Exceptional Leaders Playbook breaks it down, makes it simple, and allows busy leaders to quickly dive in and receive actionable advice on pressing topics.

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Founder, Signature Program & Author of Wisdom Warriors

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Finding & Fixing Accountability Leaks

High-performance organizations and teams depend on accountability. It’s the fuel that great teams run on, and a lack of true accountability is almost always the reason why some organizations underperform. Here’s a definition of accountability we can probably all agree on: Accountability = The obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for performance, and […]

The Six Secrets of Exceptional Closers

Everyone is in sales. It doesn’t matter what your actual job title is… if you want to get important work done, you need to know how to influence decisions. The only real question is: are you good at it? Do you know how to effectively sell an idea or recommendation? Do you know how to close? Closers are different. They […]

The 7 Most Common Mistakes for Sales Leaders

1. Confusing Manipulation with Leadership A lot of the “leadership” executed by non-developed sales leaders is actually just some form of manipulation. Manipulation can be used successfully and honestly by a leader who understands that it’s a short-term strategy. It can’t take the place of a real coaching or a clear mission for your team. Developed leaders can discern what […]

Your Leadership Energy Audit

Energy is one of your most crucial assets. What makes it so important for a leader is that it dictates how much you can use your other leadership assets. Your intellect, your attention, your sensitivity, your ability to listen and understand, your patience…these are all subject to your energy level. It could be said that personal energy is what fuels […]

David Foster Wallace on Leadership

Sometimes the clearest view of something comes from a non-expert. Their language and descriptions are usually original and not influenced or derived from another source. This is especially true when the subject is leadership. Very few topics have been written about and discussed as much as leadership, and an honest view from a non-expert can be hard to find. In […]

A Simple Analogy for Understanding the Difference Between Managers & Leaders

There’s been a lot said about the differences between managers and leaders. It is an important distinction that many of our most prominent management and leadership thought leaders have wrestled with over the years. In his important 1989 book “On Becoming a Leader”, Warren Bennis composed a well-known list of the differences. Here are some of his distinctions: The manager […]

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