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If you clicked on the above headline, you probably fit into one of the following two groups.

The first group is expecting a nuanced argument for voting for an unexpected party. If you are in the first group, you will be disappointed.

The second group is likely doing a digital rubberneck to see if I’ve given up on some value they think I shouldn’t have given up on. “I can’t believe Shaun abandoned blah blah blah…” This group will be even more disappointed than the first group.

Now, let me tell you a story about my childhood.

I grew up…

The signs are there… now what?

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You may be asking yourself if unleader is a real word. It isn’t. But it does work nicely to describe the kind of leader this article discusses.

In my experience, there are three different ways leaders look at leadership development. I want to look at only one of them. And I’ll try to use mostly real words to do it.

The first category of leaders, and the ones I work with most, are already aware they have gaps in their skills and are seeking to eliminate those gaps. These leaders completely buy into the…

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One of the most powerful investments wise leaders make in their team is a constant infusion of joy.

You read that right.

Be happy in front of your team. Be happy first. Be happy often. Be the most happy.

The king who wrote Proverbs told his son “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Some leaders believe their joy will lead to unproductive foolishness. Such notions are, ironically, unproductive and foolish. There is nothing about their grumpy attitude that makes people want to respect, follow, or serve them. …

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The storm did not strike like that first bolt of lightning on a spring afternoon — the kind that comes unexpectedly and is the first sign dangerous weather has arrived. No, this storm came slowly like the dark clouds you watch for hours from the beach wondering if they will come close enough or be violent enough to force you to pick up the tent and toys and retreat inside.

It isn’t necessary for you to know what my storm was. We all experience soul-altering disturbances in our lifetime. …

Shaun Hair

I am the owner and founder of WooTrain, LLC, where I provide leadership coaching and consulting services in the digital publishing field. (

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