Alexandra Franzen

How to say “no” to everything ever.

“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” –Steve

Teach people how to treat you: How to write clear, loving policies for business & life.

You teach people how to treat you. You teach people how to communicate with you. You

5 ways to write a blow-your-mind manifesto.

MANIFESTO. noun. /ˌmanəˈfestō/ A written statement to publicly declare your intentions, motives, or beliefs. From the

Temporary discomfort. It’s worth it.

When you push yourself beyond your perceived limitations, it is NOT comfortable. I once flew a

Today is not over yet

It was a glum, soggy, heart-sagging kind of Saturday. I slept in till noon — and

Trying Is Always Worth It

“Who can tell me why it’s important to do CPR?” My fellow students and I at

Desperately seeking a mentor? Read this.

Mentors. We all want ’em, we all need ’em, and someday, most of us hope to

How to Love Your Work… Even When You Don’t Love Your Work.

Maybe you’re doing data-entry just to bide the time while you search for a full time

How to Politely Say “No” to a Ridiculous, Unreasonable Request.

When M. wrote to me, she was justifiably annoyed. “I designed a website for a client.

Get some courage. Give some courage.

Susan is one of the bravest people I know. Not because she is fearless. But because

The Fear Choice or the Love Choice

It’s Saturday night. Vancouver Island. British Columbia. Damp. Cool. Just a slight murmur of rain. I’m

It’s Worth the Risk (I promise)

This is Sarah. She’s one of my dearest friends. Almost seven years ago — back when

Leaderly Quote: Teams break down when we don’t listen to each other.

“Teams break down when we don’t listen to each other.”  — Dr. Ann Quiroz Gates One

Read This If: You Are Anxiously Searching For Your Life Purpose.

For most of my life, I have anxiously wondered about my “life purpose.” Why am I

Leaderly Quote: It’s not too late…

“It’s not too late to do something kind, creative, generous, satisfying and courageous. Today. ” —

5 Questions to Ask Yourself on New Year’s Day… or Any Day

I posted these questions about one year ago — but I still like them a lot.

How to Write a Simple and Beautiful Manifesto

Traditionally, a manifesto is a written statement where you publicly declare your… – Intentions (what you

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Four Types of Questions To Ask Your Mentor

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

5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

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

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 ...

15 Songs for Your Leadership Playlist

It was one of those conference moments I’ll never forget: Carly Fiorina had ...

10 Killer Leadership Skills: The Great Differentiators?

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

6 Critical Missteps That Hurt Your Career Advancement

Let’s face it: it isn’t easy to break out and establish yourself as ...

Influencing Without Authority—Using Your Six Sources of Influence

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

4 Characteristics of Leaders Who Get Hired and Promoted

Imagine if you had the opportunity to sit down with a senior executive ...

Nine Qualities of Female Leaders Who Get Beyond the Glass Ceiling

I’m frequently asked to speak about women in law and specifically the issue ...

5 Things Women Leaders Should Stop Doing. TODAY.

Over the last couple years, I’ve had a front row seat to career ...

8 Types of Courage for Aspiring Leaders

“The truth is that courage resides within you; you must simply decide to ...

9 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

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

How to Manage Former Peers

Let’s talk about a potentially awkward situation. You get a new role and ...

11 Leadership Lessons Learned

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

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month
The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Are you curious what other emerging leaders have been reading at Be Leaderly.com? Here they

3 Acts of Career Courage
3 Acts of Career Courage

What was your first big, bold, act of courage? For Nithya Ruff, Senior Director, Open

Moving From People-Pleaser to Robust Leader
Moving From People-Pleaser to Robust Leader

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

Leaderly Quote: Getting to yes
Leaderly Quote: Getting to yes

A large part of a leader’s job is getting people to say “yes.” In a

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Rebekah Kofo-Kasumu
Emerging Leader Spotlight: Rebekah Kofo-Kasumu

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing

Feeling Overwhelmed by Work? Go Back to Basics
Feeling Overwhelmed by Work? Go Back to Basics

According to recent conversations I’ve had with both emerging and senior leaders, 2017 has (already!) been

Leaderly Quote: Dreams don’t work unless you do
Leaderly Quote: Dreams don’t work unless you do

I asked Angie Klein, Be Leaderly’s operations and marketing manager, what her all-time favorite leadership

Be Bold For Change: 10 Ways To Champion Women’s Advancement
Be Bold For Change: 10 Ways To Champion Women’s Advancement

International Women’s Day is kindof a big deal for us. At Be Leaderly, we try

12 Leadership Quotes by Emerging Women Leaders for International Women’s Day
12 Leadership Quotes by Emerging Women Leaders for International Women’s Day

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate

Leaderly Quote: Don’t wait for opportunities…
Leaderly Quote: Don’t wait for opportunities…

“Opportunities are yours to create, not gifts from a boss or your company,” says Liz

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

Leaderly Quote: My one criteria for taking on a mentee…
Leaderly Quote: My one criteria for taking on a mentee…

When it comes to being a mentor, Nehal Mehta sets boundaries in this role by

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month
The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Here are the top articles that other emerging leaders have been reading at BeLeaderly.com this

You Don’t Have to be an Expert to Share Your Expertise
You Don’t Have to be an Expert to Share Your Expertise

Feeling that you’re not “senior enough” to give a presentation at an event? Well, chances

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