All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

The History of Labor Day and Its Leadership Significance

Did you know the first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882 in New York City, and became a federal holiday in 1894?

Labor Day is dedicated to the achievements of workers that made, and make, the United States strong and prosperous.

We’re relatively certain that many that celebrate Labor Day are unaware of how, when, and why it became a national holiday (it’s really an international holiday with some variances on the day of celebration).

Sadly, the holiday came about because of conflicts (and even deaths) during labor strikes. Many believe President Grover Cleveland was instrumental in the creation of the holiday in order to improve labor relations, and as a way to pay tribute to the American worker who supplied the country with strength, freedom, and leadership.

The labor movement and the American workplace has come a long way since 1882, but strong leadership and the ability to inspire others and obtain results continue to be key drivers for all businesses and organizations.

Labor Day is not just celebrated in the United States; it’s an international holiday recognized around the globe, with some variances on the day of celebration.

Reflect on your leadership contributions. How could you be even more influential? What could you change to become even more successful?

Enjoy the holiday!

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Coaching Has Evolved

Once seen as the last step for an executive about to fall off the ladder, leadership coaches now help smooth a promotion, teach outsiders about their new culture, and tune up talent.

A coach is like a personal trainer for business.
–Erika Andersen, author of Being Strategic, and coach to many media executives

Also, check out this great article to find out if coaching is right for you.

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