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Top 50 Leadership Blogs of 2012

Top 50 Leadership Blogs

This will not be the first or last article to list the top or best leadership blogs. However, apart from being up-to-date, at least for now, this list does have a different slant to others. Most top 10, 25, 50 or even 100 leadership blogs are often a catch-all for all authors who talk about leadership. This means that these lists encompass bloggers who may talk about a lot of other subject areas as well, and indeed may have greater experience or expertise elsewhere. This is not to say that such broadly based bloggers are not popular or interesting to know about and subscribe to – just not in a list that should be about organizational leadership and leadership development primarily. In the 50 sites below, therefore, you will find no mention of people such as Anthony Robbins (personal development), Guy Kawasaki (entrepreneurship) or Malcolm Gladwell (thinking/creativity) but only writers whose main focus is improved leadership or management in some way, shape or form.

The 50 blogs listed below are all “very good” and in that sense there is no sense in which one is relatively “better” than another (as this is so often about the focus of the writer and the relative interests of the reader). However, as a way of giving the list a defensible order, the Alexa rank has been used (www.alexa.com). This is an imperfect ranking raw score for web site popularity (as measured by traffic to each site) but it is a useful relative comparison metric. In essence it measures how popular a site is (from 1 being Google, 2, Facebook and 3, YouTube, all the way down to the 40 millionth or so active site on the web as of July 2012). This means that Seth Godin is top of the list because he has the 6,432nd most visited site on the web right now (in the top 0.02%). In fact, even our 50th blog site (John Baldoni) has the 5,330,891st most visited site. This seems low but actually puts him in the top 13% of sites in the entire world. And by the way, this does not mean that blogger popularity or status or even overall money earned follows this order at all. This is a function of who the person is (in career status terms), what they do, how long they have been blogging and even how social media “savvy” they may be, to name but a few factors.

This list includes the names of the individual blogger or blog owner on the left, and their primary role(s) in his or her working life. It also includes a brief summary about the focus of the blog, so that individuals can visit the ones that appear most interesting. Happy exploring.

# Blog Owner Alexa Rank (7/12/12) Blog Summary / Focus
1 Seth Godin
Author and speaker
6,432 Deep and ever-interesting blog from the popular author of many top ranked books. Blog mainly focuses on new ideas, creativity and change, with special interest in marketing.
2 Michael Hyatt
Author, consultant and speaker
17,699 Frequent and interesting blogger (3-4 times a week) on leadership development (intentional leadership) and related issues from popular author and trade publishing expert.
3 Michael McKinney
Leadership Now
Author, consultant, coach
108,092 Long standing leadership development blog (Leadership Now) with a focus on leadership across all communities and not just business (although organization life figures heavily).
4 Wayne Dyer
Author and speaker
124,038 Main focus of this blog from the popular multi-book author is personal leadership or self-development and finding ways to better motivate yourself and others.
5 Dan Rockwell
Leadership Freak
Coach, trainer, mentor
130,241 This blog seeks to offer broad leadership, coaching and mentoring to individuals in regular 300 words or less articles. Dan also well understands the ream of social media.
6 Daniel Pink
Author and speaker
151,190 This blog focuses on change in the world of work and self-leadership as a prerequisite to lead others but with an interesting neuro-scientific/psychological underpinning.
7 John Hunter
Curious Cat
Consultant
220,500 This blog is about managing through process thinking and improvement. Posts focus therefore on systems type thinking and all that goes with it (lean, total quality, six-sigma etc).
8 Mike Figliuolo
Thought Leaders
Consultant, coach, trainer
231,029 Main focus is providing practical skill-building articles mainly in the areas of leadership, strategy, career development, communications and customer service.
9 Bob Burg
Author and speaker
255,798 Blog’s focus is on many of the ideas contained in Bob’s books which essentially relate to building relationships and networking and giving more in order to achieve more.
10 Terry St. Marie
Consultant and coach
269,303 Optimistic blog focused mainly on the power of being positive as a person and a leader, and how to have more purpose, empathy and compassion, humility and love for others.
11 Dan McCarthy
Great Leadership
Author and consultant
329,990 This blog is focused on executive leadership development and skill building from an experienced author and academic. Better OD and HR practice thinking is also covered.
12 Gina Abudi
Consultant and coach
360,883 Main focus of this blog is leadership development plus project and process management, strategic planning for small businesses, and developing  strategic learning capability.
13 John Maxwell
Author, consultant, coach and speaker
374,239 Very popular and best-selling author in the leadership realm whose blog focuses on the qualities and competencies needed to be a leader in many organizational settings.
14 Kevin Eikenberry
Consultant and speaker
380,231 Main focus is ideas, thoughts and suggested action steps to help leaders-the path towards Remarkable Leadership (and a Remarkable Life) by travelling from learning to action.
15 Wally Bock
Three Star Leadership
Author and consultant
411,752 Aimed at leaders at all levels, this blog offers particular insights, information, tips, lists and pointers to help managers to perform at a better or higher level.
16 Mike Myatt
N2Growth
Consultant and coach
461,648 This blog is aimed at senior leaders and focuses mainly on strategy, innovation, career dynamics as well as organizational development.
17 Steve Roesler
All Things Workplace
Consultant and coach
619,720 Main focus is on providing articles which help leaders with coaching advice to draw on additional skills and methods to be more effective.
18 Tom Schulte
Linked2Leadership
Author and consultant
663,554 This blog is run by one editing author and many other contributors globally with a main focus on leadership development, organizational health, and personal & professional career growth.
19 Todd Nielsen
A Slice of Leadership
Author, consultant, speaker
695,061 Main focus is on how leaders can attain greater productivity and to reject the status-quo though concentrating on better processes/methodologies.
20 Mark Sandborn
Author, consultant, speaker
716,280 This blog focuses mainly on leadership development, personal development better customer service, and teambuilding.
21 Scott Eblin
Coach, author and speaker
720,537 Main focus is on leadership development and coaching managers to have “the right” behaviors and mindsets to tackle future strategy and change.
22 Bea Fields
Consultant and coach
728,917 This blog focuses mainly on leadership development, as well as marketing, sales, strategic planning and business development.
23 Jon Gordon
Author, speaker and consultant
852,529 Main focus is on providing leaders with ideas for inspiring people and organizations to work with more vision, passion, positivity and purpose.
24 Ben Lichtenwalner
Modern Servant Leader
Consultant and coach
876,660 This blog aims to promote the concept of servant leadership, helping leaders to increase awareness, adopt the practice and take action.
25 Ellen Weber
Brain Leaders & Learners
Author and consultant
884,337 Main focus is academic model for a left/right side of the brain approach called MITA™ which aims to foster more innovative leading and learning.
26 David Zinger
Consultant
948,636 This blog has a mix of research-based and  practical approaches aimed at building more authentic relationships and achieve better results.
27 Art Petty
Coach, trainer, author
958,215 Main focus is on developing leadership skills, through building professional presence. Also focuses on critical thinking and decision-making.
28 Mary Jo Asmus
Coach and consultant
1,044,164 This blog focuses on leadership development with a main emphasis on improving, and sustaining relationships with people.
29 Susan Mazza
Random Acts of Leadership
Consultant and coach
1,066,265 Main focus of the blog is translating leadership and OD theory into pragmatic strategies and practical applications to improve performance.
30 Steve Farber
Author, speaker and consultant
1,268,162 This blog promotes the “Extreme Leadership” approach offering ideas and coaching/ communication to leaders at all levels.
31 Gwyn Teatro
Consultant and coach
1,424,303 Main focus is on offering ideas on overcoming employees feeling under-valued and under-rewarded (who are likely to under-perform).
32 Rich Gee
Consultant and coach
1,503,923 This blog focuses on leader and manager development with a main emphasis on motivating people to think differently.
33 Lisa Rosendahl
Consultant and speaker
1,512,886 Main focus is on ideas for leaders to better manage human resources including leading people, inspiring commitment and managing change.
34 Michael Ray Hopkin
Lead on Purpose
Consultant and speaker
1,553,883 This blog mainly focuses on product/service management as a key leader task but also includes ideas on persuasion and working better.
35 Andrew Bryant
Self Leadership
Consultant, coach and speaker
1,609,735 Main focus is on leadership development, business communication, executive coaching and a range of ideas on self development.
36 Ed Brenegar
Leading Questions
Consultant and coach
1,786,888 This blog aims to assist leaders in developing transitional and visioning skills to meet organizational demands and opportunities they face.
37 Geoff Snyder
Author
1,823,881 Main focus is on leader ethics, different education systems, creativity, and overall collaboration to aid continual personal development.
38 Tom Foster
Management blog
Consultant
1,925,549 This blog focuses on the leadership of teams and whole organizations by looking at establishing better relationships at all levels.
39 Andrew Rondeau
Great Management
Consultant
2,079,020 Main focus is on better/smarter leadership in smaller businesses plus using social media in useful and beneficial ways.
40 Jon Warner
ReadyToManage
Author, consultant and coach
2,096,788 This blog covers many leadership/ management subjects as well as articles on soft skill development with a range of checklists and models.
41 John Spence
Consultant and speaker
2,166,704 This blog has an international experience focus and concentrates on strategic thinking, teamwork, and leadership development topic areas.
42 Frank Kanu
Genious One
Consultant, speaker
2,701,894 To the point blog on management and leadership strategy and matters but with lots of broader areas of focus to stretch the creative thinking.
43 Cheri Baker
Consultant and trainer
2,758,510 This blog is focused on handling dysfunctional teams and helping managers to become stronger and more capable leaders at the skills level.
44 Cheryl Cran
Consultant, trainer, speaker
2,860,180 Main focus is on offering practical advice and ideas of ways to lead for managers and the teams they lead plus multi-generational issues.
45 Michelle Malay Carter
Mission Minded Mgt
Consultant, speaker
2,888,993 This blog is focused upon a total system approach to managerial leadership, talent management, and organizational design and people empowerment.
46 Jim Stroup
Managing Leadership
Consultant
3,291,368 Areas of focus are practical steps for leader or manager development plus organizational strategy, design and execution.
47 Michael Lee Stallard
Consultant, coach and speaker
3,315,889 Main focus is on leadership and management productivity and innovation plus team building, communications and executive coaching.
48 Lisa Hanneberg
Management Craft
Consultant and trainer
3,630,380 This blog on management and leadership draws its lessons from life and other bloggers in the leadership realm with a twist of her own.
49 Erika Andersen
Author and  consultant
4,945,000 Deep blog focused mainly on organizational visioning and strategy, executive coaching, and management and leadership development.
50 John Baldoni
Coach and consultant
5,330,891 Long standing leadership development focused blog from widely published US consultant.

The above list was compiled by Dr. Jon Warner, himself a long-term blogger in the leadership realm (and number 40 on the above list). Any mistakes, errors or omissions are entirely his and should anyone have any suggested changes or input for inclusion in future blog postings such as this, please contact him at Jon.Warner@ReadyToManage.com

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33 Comments

  1. Stephen MathewsJuly 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

    A very useful list – thanks Jon!

  2. Jon WarnerJuly 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    No problem Stephen.

  3. Anne SandbergJuly 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    This is a fantastic list and a very valuable resource. There are probably hundreds of hours of valuable reading here.

  4. Geoff SnyderJuly 25, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put this list together, Jon. It’s humbling to be grouped with so many positive influences!

    Geoff

    • Jon WarnerJuly 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      No problem Geoff and glad you liked it. You have a great blog with many interesting artciles. I wondered if you might be interested in writing a fresh article for us at RTM in the near future as a guest author. If so perhaps you could email me at jon.warner@ReadyToManage.com and we can chat perhaps.

  5. Art PettyAugust 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Jon, I appreciate your sharing this and much like Geoff, I’m humbled even to be mentioned with the many great pros you’ve listed here. I learn from all of them. Best, -Art

    • Jon WarnerAugust 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Great leadership blogs are worth sharing more widely Art so keep up the good work.

  6. Erika AndersenAugust 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Jon –

    Like Geoff and Art, I’m thrilled to be included. And how cool to have instant insight into so many great blogs!

    Thank you –

    Warmly,
    Erika

    • Jon WarnerAugust 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Erika, as I said to Art great leadership blogs are worth sharing more widely so look forward to seeing more articles on your blog.

      • Ellen WeberAugust 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        Thanks Jon, for launching leadership initiative. Your post inspires us to take the time and talent that makes it happen.

        I was especially interested in your notion of networking as it impacts leadership in your thoughtful comment at http://goo.gl/vY1kl

        Sensed there are keys to networking that work and others that work against leaders.

        While networking is on rise, fewer use it effectively for innovative leadership to prosper. Thoughts? Ellen

        • Jon WarnerAugust 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

          I agree that networking is a key activity for a leader Ellen. It takes time and some of the effort appears wasted but I think on balance the initiation effort is infectious.

  7. Brain Leaders and LearnersAugust 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    […] Dr. Warner included names of the individual bloggers here, and a brief summary about the blog. Curious about leadership that ASTD suggests will be new and different in coming era, I added a question to each leader below. […]

    • Jon WarnerAugust 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks for the inclusion in your posting.

  8. Adam SmithAugust 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    This is a great list!

    • Jon WarnerAugust 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Adam.

  9. Mike RogersOctober 4, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Hi Jon,

    Love lists like this. It is a lot of fun to go through and discover blogs that I haven’t seen before. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

    I would also recommend (my own plug here and shamelessly too) Teamwork and Leadership Bloggings with Mike Rogers. The blog currently has an alexa site ranking of 351,871 which would put it at number 12 on the list. It is entirely focused on Leadership.

    Thanks!

    Mike

    • Dr. Jon WarnerOctober 10, 2012 at 9:17 pmAuthor

      Hi Mike
      Thanks for the supportive comments. Yours is a very nice blog-I like it a lot-Alexa says 1,027,514 today in the world but its still a popular one and would certainly make the list (so I have bookmarked it and a new list will come out in the new year).
      Cheers, Jon

      • Mike RogersFebruary 2, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        Thanks Dr. Warner. I look forward to seeing it up : ) I am in the process of moving it from Typepad to WordPress. It’s been a huge learning curve and somewhat difficult, but I almost there. Thanks!

        Mike

    • Dr. Jon WarnerNovember 29, 2012 at 8:25 pmAuthor

      You have a very nice blog Mike -thanks.

  10. Ron EdmondsonOctober 17, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Check mine out too. http://www.ronedmondson.com

    Thanks. Good list

    • Dr. Jon WarnerNovember 29, 2012 at 8:23 pmAuthor

      Nice Blog Ron. Thanks.

  11. Linda Fisher ThorntonOctober 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Jon, Thanks for sharing this list! A wonderful collection of people to learn from.

    • Dr. Jon WarnerNovember 29, 2012 at 8:21 pmAuthor

      Many thanks Linda.

  12. Ed BrenegarJanuary 11, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Jon,
    First, thanks for including Leading Questions. I’m honor by the company of the list.

    Second, I like your approach. There is something about persistence that is a leadership quality that we all should emulate.

    Third, to glance through this list, I recognize so many people from whom I’ve learned to think differently about leadership. They are both our peers and our mentors.

    Thank you for your leadership. May it find the impact you seek.

    Ed

  13. Mary Jo AsmusJanuary 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Jon, let me add my voice of gratitude for the work and the inclusion in this list. I’ve always felt that when I write from the heart, my posts become an extension of my own mission in the world. It is an honor to have my writing be recognized in this way and to “stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with the other giants on the list who are doing the same.

  14. Ben LichtenwalnerJanuary 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Honored to be included, Jon. You’ve got a fantastic site yourself. I especially like the way you’ve ordered the content and the overall theme – ready to manage… People, Information, etc. Great work. Keep serving.

  15. gordon tredgoldJanuary 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Have a look at http://www.leadership-principles.com

  16. Eric JacobsonFebruary 2, 2013 at 3:05 am

    This is a great list and I’ll be sure to share it. Thank you! Hoping you might check out my blog on Leadership & Management as well.
    Thanks!
    Eric
    http://www.ericjacobsonblog.com

  17. Melissa H.February 16, 2013 at 12:46 am

    It has been so difficult for me to find a NEW post that has a list of relevant leadership blogs 🙂 Thank you so much for compiling this list and allowing your readers to share their recommendations! With a background in psychology and my own brand spanking new business I am always searching for ways to effectively lead my staff, balance my work and play, and become successful (obviously!). In my research I was lucky to come across the book by author Bill Sims Jr. Green Beans & Ice Cream – the author also has a fantastic blog – (http://greenbeanleadership.com/blog/). The book stresses how important positive reinforcement is in the workplace and how it works to increase productivity, decrease costs, and enhance employee satisfaction. This management book is a little different in that it doesn’t offer a comprehensive set of management guidelines. Rather, it is a management book focused on employee motivation, team morale, and the role of positive reinforcement in achieving corporate goals. The book and his blog read like a conversation and it’s interesting, funny, factual, and really a fantastic read. I would recommend the blog and book to anyone in a leadership position (CEO, teacher, parent, spouse, anyone!)

    • Dr. Jon WarnerMarch 26, 2013 at 7:29 pmAuthor

      Thanks Melissa -I will check this out.

  18. Angela WatkinsMarch 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I will book mark this article/blog as well as share it with others. I love your blog on leadership. It shows that integrity, honesty and trust is a must.

    http://angelawatkinsblog.wordpress.com

    • Dr. Jon WarnerMarch 26, 2013 at 7:25 pmAuthor

      Many thanks for your support Angela.

  19. Louise MetcalfMarch 24, 2013 at 1:37 am

    As a fellow Dr and an Organisational Psychologist with over 20 years of experience… I will shamelessly post up my blog too. I practice and research in Leadership for Sustainability (complexity leadership, authentic leadership, ethical leadership etc). We’re a bit on the science side but we make it readable! Worth a look anyway.

    http://paxleaderlabs.org/index.php?page=blog

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