Achieving operational excellence requires driving continuous improvement in all aspects of your organization but especially in leadership development. And being realistic, you likely face new leadership challenges nearly every day. Whether you’re challenged by the need for a more innovative culture, managing disruption in your market or dynamics amongst your team, brushing up on leadership skills can support you.

Finding time to devote to your own development can be a challenge. We believe a quick read on leadership can be a great way to round out your more formal development engagements. We actually would recommend committing to an hour of reading each week for personal development. We’ve taken a fresh look at our blog list to keep you up to date on the latest leadership blogs.

So when Inc.’s top 100 is too much to digest, turn to our top 10.

PS – This year we have expanded our list to include a few podcasts (and a few more than 10 favorites!), since these also provide valuable leadership insights and are great for learning while on the go.

Here we go, in no particular order, our top 10 Leadership Blogs of 2018:

1. Lolly Daskal

– Great for all levels of leaders – Purely leadership focused with all-around leadership lessons.

Award winning executive leadership coach, speaker, and best selling author.

After decades coaching compelling bigwigs worldwide, Lolly Daskal started her blog to motivate and inspire anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader. Her signature strategy is to lead with heart to foster success and inner strength.

Check this out: Two Rare Skills You Need to be a Great Leader

2. Harvard Business Publishing’s Leading The Way

– Great for all types of leadership challenges for all levels of leaders.

Get direct access to the voices and ideas from a variety of members of Harvard Business School’s faculty and Harvard Business Review’s accomplished authors. Sign up for their Management Tip of the Day to receive one actionable way to be a better manager delivered to your inbox daily.

Check this out: Measuring The Impact Of Leadership Development: Getting Back To Basics

3. Michael Hyatt, Lead to Win

– Great to inspire intentional leadership at work and home.

For more than a decade, Hyatt, the former Chairman & CEO of Thomas Nelson, the largest faith-based publisher in the world, has been sharing his wisdom through his blog. Hyatt is a best-selling author, and successful entrepreneur with his business recently being named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. His mission is to give readers the clarity, courage, and commitment they need to succeed. Hyatt also hosts a weekly podcast, Lead to Win, on the subject of intentional leadership and has written the New York Times bestseller Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

As a father to five grown daughters, his advice is about more than excelling in the boardroom. His tips will resonate with people aiming to be stronger leaders at work and at home.

Check out this podcast: The Very Best Way to Motivate Your Team

4. Wally Bock’s Three-Star Leadership 

– Great all-around leadership lessons for all levels of leaders (specifically managers). Great for recommendations to other resources too.

With 35 years in the industry, Wally Bock can attest to the fact that leadership is a lifelong learning project. He shares techniques, skills and new approaches that can help bosses of all levels strengthen their management muscles. Bock’s experience ghostwriting books with successful CEOs and business executives gives him direct access to the tips and expertise from other powerful minds as well. Get the “Boss’s Tip of the Week” and every week you get quality posts from independent business bloggers that provide great content but don’t get as much publicity.

Check out this recommended read from Wally: Business Book Classics: Managing for Results, and his leadership definition

5. A.J. O’Connor HR Studio: Building the Next Generation of HR Leaders 

– Great to inspire emerging HR leaders as well seasoned HR leaders.

HR Studio Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast designed to support the development of aspiring, new and established HR leaders, and create a forum for HR leaders dedicated to their growth and development. The podcasts include keynote speakers and industry thought leaders whose contributions to the field of HR and leadership development. HR Studio has become a podcast and networking community to help aspiring HR leaders to listen, learn and leverage.

Conveniently, AJO has designed the podcast with your commute in mind, as each episode is the length of the average drive time: between 15 to 30 minutes.

Check this out:  Creating a Culture of Innovation

As an added note, we were so impressed with these podcasts that our own leadership facilitator and Experience to Lead owner, Dick Richardson joined A.J. O’Connor to discus the impact of disruption and crisis on organizations.

6. Bersin’s The Business of Talent

– Great for research and quick stats to inform decisions, primarily for Human Resources leaders.

Access insights and strategies from Bersin’s renowned team of analysts. More than 5,000 organizations worldwide use their research to guide their HR and talent strategies. Get a peek at their learnings in easy-to-digest blog posts without a full membership.

Check this out:  The Future of Performance Management Is Not Just about Technology

7. Joseph Lalonde 

– Great all-around leadership lessons for emerging leaders.

Youth minister Joseph Lalonde uses current events and blockbuster films to illustrate important lessons for emerging leaders. Each week he also picks the brain of key players in the leadership community on his Answers From Leadership Podcast.

Check this out: Quotes and Leadership Lessons from First Man

 8. Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)

– Great all-around leadership blog, touching many challenges leaders face.

You may have used their tools for assessing job candidates or taken one of their leadership development courses, but did you know that the CCL has a blog too? Many of their posts stem from the research they’ve conducted. Topics range from the individual (how sleep affects leadership) to the organization as a whole (how to instill a coaching culture at your workplace).

Check this out: Navigating Disruption: A VUCA Alternative

9. Leadership Freak 

– Great for quick tips on various leadership challenges; very short reads but insightful.

Busy leaders don’t have unlimited time on their hands. That’s why Dan Rockwell keeps his blog posts short and impactful—and no more than 300 words each. Rockwell was voted one of the greatest 100 leadership speakers by Inc. and his blog is one of the most socially shared leadership blogs on the Internet.

Check this out: 16 Ways CEO’s Shoot Themselves in the Foot

10. Trish McFarlane Leading the way in HCM and HR Technology

– Great for rising HR leaders to keep their finger on the pulse of  human capital and HR technology.

Trish has received numerous accolades for her blogging and online efforts. She is the author of the HR Ringleader blog, and is also the CEO and Principal Analyst for H3 HR Advisors. As a former HR executive and HCM product leader with over 20 years of experience, Trish brings that knowledge to her blogs. She is also co-founder of HRevolution, an industry-changing conference in the US for the human resource industry. It began as a single tweet on Twitter as a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed.

Check this out: 40 Years of HR Changes and Growth

 11. Talent Culture

– Great for all HR leaders tackling today’s HR challenges.

TalentCulture is a community of big thinkers and problem solvers bringing a variety of blogs and podcasts to HR leaders. Led by talent management veteran, digital strategist and HR tech analyst Meghan M. Biro. Talent Culture has been connecting and engaging professionals who want to understand and shape the human aspects of business since 2010.

Their podcast, #WorkTrends, is also a real gem that you should check out. Megan Biro and Kevin Grossman co-host these podcasts.

Check this out: Leadership: Adapting to Today’s Harsh Realities

12. Let’s Grow Leaders

– Great for leaders across all functions from mid to senior levels.

Karin Hurt and David Dye have partnered in marriage and in business, both as authors and keynote speakers as well. Their blog is inspirational and practical, covering a range of everyday challenges and higher-level issues. With their combined background, transformation is at the core of what they want to help leaders achieve.

Karin and David are a truly complimentary team: Karin, with over two decades of experience in customer service, sales, and human resources, was also recently included in Inc’s Most Innovative Leadership Speakers and American Management Association’s 50 Leaders to Watch. David, as a former executive and elected official, has over two decades of experience leading teams, building organizations, and working with Boards of Directors to transform their effectiveness.

Check this out: How leaders can get the most from criticism

13. Leadership Now

– Great for everyone who wants to be a leader in life.

LeadershipNow, believes that we all possess the capacity for leadership, but only those who cultivate it will ever become truly effective leaders. They want to change the way you think about leadership. That it’s not about your position, it’s about being able to influence without formal authority no matter the sphere of life.

LeadershipNow provides resources to encourage you to develop the leader in you — to become an active participant in shaping your future and the future of others. These resources are a combination of reflective, practical articles and digests of powerful books on leadership.

Check this out: Leadership in Turbulent Times  

14. The Leadership Examiner

– Great all-around leadership lessons for mid to senior leaders.

We know it’s our own, but we can’t help but love our blog. Experiential learning is a tool that we believe is the lynchpin in all best in class leadership development efforts. It enables leaders to be inspired and think differently in a more lasting way.

However, we also want to expand our readers and clients’ development into their daily efforts with The Leadership Examiner blog. It is our aim to give you the inspiration needed to know the key principles of great leadership.  And the practical ways to apply that wisdom. Hence, the memorable stories behind them will help those principles to stick with you.


We hope you enjoy our picks for the Top 10 Leadership Blogs of 2018 (plus the bonus picks). Together with the podcasts sprinkled in, we are hopeful that you will gain valuable insights to help meet your challenges.

Start your commitment to personal development today. Read, listen, learn and reflect on the insights these experienced leaders have to share. Try some new things out. Change always feels uncomfortable at first, but like any habit, great leadership can be learned one day at a time.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Share your favorite leadership blogs in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.