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

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

You’re Going to be Judged

I was teaching a writing class. Towards the end, someone asked: “How can I get over

10 Questions for Mid-Year Reflection

Is it just me… … or does it feel like the first half of the year

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Four Types of Questions To Ask Your Mentor

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5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

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

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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 ...

9 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

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

8 Types of Courage for Aspiring Leaders

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

11 Leadership Lessons Learned

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

How to Manage Former Peers

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

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Maria Stoica
Emerging Leader Spotlight: Maria Stoica

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

Want to Become a Leader? First, Find Your Cause.
Want to Become a Leader? First, Find Your Cause.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all

Leaderly Quote: Step out of your career comfort zone…
Leaderly Quote: Step out of your career comfort zone…

Step out of your career comfort zone and step into your greatness.

10 Questions for Mid-Year Reflection
10 Questions for Mid-Year Reflection

Is it just me… … or does it feel like the first half of the

Leaderly Quote: Companies need risk-takers and rule-breakers
Leaderly Quote: Companies need risk-takers and rule-breakers

“Every company is under fierce competition,” says Holly Meidl, Senior Vice President of the Healthcare

Why Are Female CEOs Out-Earning Male Peers?
Why Are Female CEOs Out-Earning Male Peers?

It’s well known that women are under-represented in C-suite leadership positions, but some fascinating statistics

How to Get Your Mojo Back When Your Confidence Is Knocked
How to Get Your Mojo Back When Your Confidence Is Knocked

There’s nothing worse than having your confidence knocked, and if it’s not dealt with quick

Five Steps for Revealing Hidden Career Opportunities
Five Steps for Revealing Hidden Career Opportunities

Some people have all the career luck. You know the ones I’m talking about: they

Leaderly Quote: Be a leader who develops leaders…
Leaderly Quote: Be a leader who develops leaders…

Don’t just be a leader. And don’t just be a leader who develops other leaders.

Top 5 Most-Read Articles this Month
Top 5 Most-Read Articles this Month

Here’s what other emerging leaders have been reading at BeLeaderly.com this month. Like any of

Three Ways To Transition from Doing to Leading
Three Ways To Transition from Doing to Leading

It’s possibly the toughest transition you’ll make in your career: the shift from doing to

Leaderly Quote: Don’t get bogged down in work…
Leaderly Quote: Don’t get bogged down in work…

In her article, Feeling Overwhelmed by Work? Go Back to Basics, Tara Jaye Frank writes:

Are Your Emails Killing or Boosting Your Reputation?
Are Your Emails Killing or Boosting Your Reputation?

Whether you like it or not, you are being judged every day by the people

Leaderly Quote: Persistence
Leaderly Quote: Persistence

“Don’t let your fire be fizzled out by the weight of the world,” says Chaka

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Ask Jo: How can I thank my mentor?

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

Teamwork is a Skill. It Takes Practice!

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It’s Worth the Risk (I promise)

This is Sarah. She’s one of my ...

100 Qualities of a Leader

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

Leaderly Quote: Great Leaders Know When to Step Aside

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

Leaderly Quote: Mentors talk with you, sponsors talk about you.

“What’s the difference between mentors and sponsors?” ...

5 Ways We Act Small When We Don’t Mean To

Not long ago, I wrote an article ...

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