Susan Ritchie

Want to maximize your influence? Here are 3 things to stop doing, now.

Want to maximize your presence, visibility and influence? Here are 3 activities you may want to

7 signs you’re about to fail (and what to do about it)

“Failure is an event, not a person.” I’m not sure who said that, but it resonates with me.

7 Little Acts Of Leadership

Leadership isn’t just for leaders, you know.   You don’t need to be the CEO in

10 Things You Need To Manage Before You Manage Others

Making a move into your first leadership or management post can be a daunting experience. I

How To Present With Authority—Even When You Have None

A few years ago now, I gave a presentation to a room full of influential businesswomen.

3 Steps To Restore Your Leadership Confidence

Selective memories. Do you have one? A lot of my clients do in one way or

Smart Ways to Be Seen and Heard At Work

As a professional woman, being good at what you do simply isn’t good enough these days.

7 Ways To Build Great Relationships With Your Team

The challenges facing new leaders in a business situation are many and varied. It’s a demanding

7 Ways To Lead Meetings Your Team Will Love

We’ve all been there. The meetings that run on endlessly, while verbose colleagues hold center stage

How To Speak So They’ll Listen

Whether you’re an aspiring, new or established leader, there’s one skill you’ll need in buckets-full to

10 Confidence Hacks For Leaders

Even the most confident/able/fearless leaders amongst us have moments when we lose that certainty in ourselves.

The One Question You Need To Answer – Before The Job Interview

It’s very easy to get yourself tied up in knots before a job interview isn’t it?

6 Ways to Overcome Your Dread of Delegating

Twice this week I’ve had two conversations about delegation. Once with someone about to step up

Would You Pass the Leadership Roadworthiness Test?

When you’re new to a leadership role, the first three months are a crucial time when

The Best Question I Never Asked

It was some years ago now, early on in a new role. I settled down to lead a

The Quickest Way To Shut Down Your Career

And that, dear reader, is to take any notice of people who tell you that you

A Grumpy Leader Doesn’t Make A Great Team

Emotional Intelligence is increasingly being seen as a key ingredient of the leadership role. In a

3 Ways To Manage Your Impostor Syndrome & Land Your Next Role

“If I don’t get this sorted out, it’s going to affect my whole career, ” she

Dealing With Difficult People: The One Thing You Need to Know

No matter how long you’ve been in post, the challenges of a tough team member never

Nervous About a New Leadership Role? Here’s How to Rise to the Challenge.

I was chatting to a client a while back who told me she was feeling nervous

Moving From People-Pleaser to Robust Leader

Being nice is good for business – until it’s not. You may think that being a

Confidence is Belonging

Confidence is a topic that is written about hugely – in fact I’ve done my fair

25 Questions to Ask a Mentor

Whenever I’m asked “What are some of the best questions to ask a ...

Four Types of Questions To Ask Your Mentor

Have conversations with your mentor gotten a bit repetitive lately? Perhaps you approached ...

25 Songs For Your Leadership Playlist

What are your all-time favorite leadership songs — the ones that make you ...

How to Shut Down a Colleague Who Takes Credit for Your Work

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in a meeting and the unthinkable ...

5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a manager and a leader? ...

11 Leadership Lessons Learned

Here are 11 lessons I’ve learned about leadership—mostly from much-admired colleagues, and just ...

10 Killer Leadership Skills: The Great Differentiators?

Last week at Hallmark I hosted a couple gentlemen from a partner company. ...

100 Leadership Qualities

What are your leadership strengths? That’s a question I ask in a survey ...

Influencing Without Authority—Using Your Six Sources of Influence

I am in the difficult situation of being unofficial project lead, responsible for ...

9 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

Truly great leaders are hard to come by, but it seems everyone thinks ...

4 Tips for Failing Forward
4 Tips for Failing Forward

After you make a mistake, it’s easy to focus intently on your defects. And then

Press Release: Be Leaderly’s Selena Rezvani Wins 2019 Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism
Press Release: Be Leaderly’s Selena Rezvani Wins 2019 Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—July 9, 2019—The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is pleased to honor Selena

4 Steps to a Flexible Work Arrangement
4 Steps to a Flexible Work Arrangement

Are you hungry for a little more flexibility in your day?  If so, you’re not

Dealing with a Bossy Coworker
Dealing with a Bossy Coworker

You might expect the occasional “order” or “command” from your boss. But it’s a whole

Press Release: Be Leaderly Wins Gold & Silver at the 2019 Stevie Awards
Press Release: Be Leaderly Wins Gold & Silver at the 2019 Stevie Awards

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—June 11, 2019—Be Leaderly, a globally recognized provider of women’s leadership development and

15 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Stretch Assignment
15 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Stretch Assignment

Stretch assignments are like the Instant Pot of career development. An intensely challenging, ambitious, go-big-or-go-home

How Can Pay Transparency Make a Difference for Women?
How Can Pay Transparency Make a Difference for Women?

It’s well known that women still deal with a pay gap relative to men. But

5 Things to Know About Your Coworkers with Kids
5 Things to Know About Your Coworkers with Kids

You might’ve attended a baby shower in the break room, or maybe you caught a

4 Underrated Elements of a Career Advancement Plan
4 Underrated Elements of a Career Advancement Plan

A vice president of a financial company once told me, “Make a plan—or someone else

Negotiate Through Your Next Performance Review
Negotiate Through Your Next Performance Review

With performance reviews around the corner, I wanted to write a how-to post on negotiating.

Ask Jo: How can I thank my mentor?

Question: I have an incredible mentor. She ...

Teamwork is a Skill. It Takes Practice!

Everyone wants to lead, or be a ...

It’s Worth the Risk (I promise)

This is Sarah. She’s one of my ...

100 Leadership Qualities

What are your leadership strengths? That’s a ...

Leaderly Quote: Great Leaders Know When to Step Aside

“Great leaders know when to step aside.” ...

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