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Marlene Chism

Marlene Chism is a consultant, international speaker and the author of "Stop Workplace Drama" (Wiley 2011) and "No-Drama Leadership" (Bibliomotion 2015). Visit her at and, and connect via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Curiosity is a tool that can work for you or against you. The key is to understand how to use curiosity to your advantage.

To become a better leader (either of yourself or for others), you must learn how to live from an empowered state. Here’s how.


To become a better leader, you don't need permission or a classroom. You just need awareness and the commitment to specific improvement.

Becoming a leader means reassessing your habits. Here are three habits to eliminate before you start your leadership journey.

Listening is not necessarily about agreeing. Listening is about acknowledging the emotion so that the other person feels understood.

The real reason we avoid these conversations is because we don’t want to feel the emotions associated with difficult conversations. In short, the root cause of avoidance is to avoid our own discomfort!

Being a leader means shedding your old preconceptions of yourself and establishing a leadership identity.