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

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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. ...

Influencing Without Authority—Using Your Six Sources of Influence

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

6 Critical Missteps That Hurt Your Career Advancement

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

11 Leadership Lessons Learned

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

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 ...

4 Characteristics of Leaders Who Get Hired and Promoted

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

9 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

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

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 ...

How to Manage Former Peers

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

Thank You, Leaderlies
Thank You, Leaderlies

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we consider ourselves to be extremely lucky to know you, our

My Favorite Salary Negotiation Tactic (That Recruiters Love, Too).
My Favorite Salary Negotiation Tactic (That Recruiters Love, Too).

How many of you negotiated your first job offer? I have to admit I didn’t.

Transform Your To-Do List With This Quick Productivity Hack
Transform Your To-Do List With This Quick Productivity Hack

You’re probably familiar with the story for a jar that represents the time available in your life.

Why You Need a Sponsor Not a Mentor!
Why You Need a Sponsor Not a Mentor!

Could your career use an influential advocate? When you first begin your career, it’s important

Leaderly Quote: Dream. Do. Dream.
Leaderly Quote: Dream. Do. Dream.

“Don’t let a dream become a fantasy, which is what happens when you never act

Don’t be the Best Kept Secret in Your Organization
Don’t be the Best Kept Secret in Your Organization

“I feel like I’m the best kept secret in this organization,” said Tina. She had

Technology, Peace and Sanity
Technology, Peace and Sanity

A few years ago, I sat down and did some math. I tallied up how

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

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

Don’t Let Fear Steal Your Dreams
Don’t Let Fear Steal Your Dreams

Fear steals our dreams. Think about the last time you really longed for something but

Leaderly Quote: See yourself as a leader now.
Leaderly Quote: See yourself as a leader now.

“See yourself as a leader now. Leadership is an action not a position.” — Cindy Pace,

4 Ways to Improve Your Financial Intelligence
4 Ways to Improve Your Financial Intelligence

Let’s be honest: Most of us who did not start our careers in finance would

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Mindy Seiffert
Emerging Leader Spotlight: Mindy Seiffert

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

Improving Diversity in Hiring
Improving Diversity in Hiring

Caveat: Diversity is more than gender. I’ve used gender in some of these examples because

Leaderly Quote: When you fail, it diminishes your fear
Leaderly Quote: When you fail, it diminishes your fear

You took a big risk… and failed. What now? This is a question I asked

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