First-Level Leader Blog

FranklinCovey's First-Level Leadership blog is designed to help new and existing leaders to succeed in their roles. This longer-form content is ideal for leaders who want to focus on taking their leadership skills to the next level.

  • Redirect Credit and Motivate Your Team

    Redirect Credit and Motivate Your Team

    As the face of your team and their work, it’s common to receive more of the credit (and more of the blame) than you might deserve. Here's why you need to share the credit.

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  • Leadership Tips for 3 Difficult Behaviors

    Leadership Tips for 3 Difficult Behaviors

    Temper flare-ups, passive-aggressive avoidance, and the other difficult behaviors are a normal part of life. Here are 3 tips on working with difficult behavior.

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  • 9 Tactics to Lead Without Micromanaging

    9 Tactics to Lead Without Micromanaging

    So many strategic decisions depend on knowing your team’s workload. Learn how to asses how your team spends its time with these 9 tips.

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  • 4 Tips on Team Communication

    4 Tips on Team Communication

    Imagine never having to wonder where things stand with a direct report’s project and never feeling caught off guard by a status question from your boss. These 4 tips can help make that a reality.

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  • 3 Common Ways Managers Destroy their Team's Trust

    3 Common Ways Managers Destroy their Team's Trust

    When we surveyed more than 300 direct reports, they revealed six effective ways that managers build trust. But what about behaviors that break trust?

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  • Don't Let Nerves Affect your Presentations

    Don't Let Nerves Affect your Presentations

    Presenting is something most people dread, but it isn't always escapable. If you're nervous to present, here are some helpful tips.

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  • Work/Life Balance for Leaders

    Work/Life Balance for Leaders

    Work/life balance seems like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Try these simple tips from Todd Davis to boost your energy and renew yourself.

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  • 5 Steps to Avoid Burnout

    5 Steps to Avoid Burnout

    Burnout happens when you work for a long period of time and forget to take care of yourself. Here are 5 steps to avoid burnout.

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  • Lead Through Change

    Lead Through Change

    Change is now the norm. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by change. Here are some tips on leading through change.

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  • Common 1-on-1 Mistakes

    Common 1-on-1 Mistakes

    1-on-1's are a great way to regroup with your team members and correct any issues that might arise. You can effectively deliver 1-on-1's by avoiding this mistakes.

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  • Know When to Deliver Feedback

    Know When to Deliver Feedback

    Feedback can be insightful to direct reports, but when is the right time to give it? Here are 5 tips to know when to deliver feedback.

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  • How to Prepare to Give Difficult Feedback

    How to Prepare to Give Difficult Feedback

    Giving feedback can create significant growth within direct reports, but giving difficult feedback isn't always delightful. Here are ways to prepare to give difficult feedback.

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  • 3 Keys to Deliver Critical Feedback

    3 Keys to Deliver Critical Feedback

    Feedback is necessary for growth and development in others, but it isn't always easy to give. Here are 3 keys to delivering critical feedback.

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  • 3 Steps to Increase Ownership of Goals

    3 Steps to Increase Ownership of Goals

    Once goals are set, teams must take ownership for them and follow through. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Here are 3 steps to increase ownership of goals.

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  • How to Set Team Goals

    How to Set Team Goals

    Team goals are essential to leading a great team. The next time you are setting team goals, try these six steps.

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  • How to Effectively Delegate

    How to Effectively Delegate

    People want to exceed your expectations, so set them up for success by using these tips to effectively delegate work.

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  • Feedback and Behavior Change

    Feedback and Behavior Change

    Much more than an emotional boost, reinforcing feedback can influence behavior change. Use these tips to start giving effective feedback.

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  • How to Handle 1-on-1s

    How to Handle 1-on-1s

    It’s easy to let 1-on-1s become monotonous and to basically turn into boring status updates. Use these tips to hold effective 1-on-1s and reveal concerns you wouldn’t hear otherwise.

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  • The Key to Engagement and Accountability

    The Key to Engagement and Accountability

    Make 1-on-1s part of your leadership toolkit with these seven steps and keep the wheels turning on your team.

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  • How To Lead Remote Workers

    How To Lead Remote Workers

    Use these tips to give remote workers the trust and attention they deserve. Doing so can make them your highest performers.

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