I first asked and had readers help me answer that question in July of 2007. We identified ten great blogs and had readers vote. We did the same in July of 2008 and 2009. This year we delayed the vote, but the process is much the same.
This year the field is so full of great blogs, we have nominated 11 great blogs all that speak entirely or to a large extent about leadership. Before I announce the ten finalists, let me tell you why we do this, and why you should care . . .
Encouraging Learning Leaders
This blog is is called Leadership and Learning for a reason. A big part of my goal for this blog is to encourage leaders to be learners. Blogs are of course just one of many ways that leaders can learn, but they are a great one! Great blog posts provide information and knowledge, provide a chance for you to reflect and think, and allow for you to interact and share your thoughts as well.
What’s in it for You
While having access to eleven great blogs is one great reason in itself for doing this (While I hope you read many of the nominees, I’m hoping there is at least one you’ve not read that will enrich you in the future), we wanted to give you more reasons to vote.
Like complimentary membership in our new Bud to Boss Community – this membership is optional after you vote, but as a learning leader you will definitely want access.
And how about prizes?
Each week we will pull names from the voters that week for some great prizes – both from us and some of our nominees! And at the end of the voting we will award ten stupendous prizes!
4 First Prize Winners will receive that two-pack of books, plus a three month Silver Membership in the Remarkable Leadership Learning System, starting in January (total value almost $500)
1 Grand Prize Winner – will get everything the First Prize Winners get, plus a brand new Amazon Kindle! (total value approaching $650!)
Plus, when you vote we have made it easy for you to invite your friends and colleagues to vote as well – giving them the chance to win, and giving you some immediately downloadable thank you gifts just for inviting them!
Here are the Eleven Nominees!
Here are the nominees, in no particular order:
Leading Blog – Building Community Leaders by Michael McKinney
Three Star Leadership Blog by Wally Bock
N2Growth Blog – Where CEOs Come to Grow by Mike Myatt
Great Leadership by Dan McCarthy
All Things Workplace by Steve Roesler
Lead By Example by John Baldoni
Leading Questions by Ed Brenegar
Ramblings from a Glass Half Full by Terry Starbucker
LeaderTalk by Mountain State University and Becky Robinson
Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber
Leadership Freak by Dan Rockwell
If you already have a favorite, of course you can go vote. The great benefit here though, is to check out each, blessing you with their individual wisdom, then deciding who to vote for!
About the Month
Thourough the month, we’ll be talking about the contest here, and the nominees will be doing the same. I will also be hosting a post hand selected by each nominee here too. These posts will feature the great ideas of that blogger, with additonal ideas and insights for me. So you will definitely want to come back throughout the month to follow these great posts and keep up with progress on the voting.
Why This Eleven?
The world of blogging in general, and leadership blogging in particular has changed drastically since the spring of 2007. There are more blog, more great blogs and more reasons why people blog. We used the list of people we read, who those bloggers read and several other long lists of leadership blogs to pick our nominees. Picking just ten was very difficult. Perhaps one of your favorites isn’t listed. If so, as the final selector of the list, trust me I know how you feel because there are many great blogs not on this list!
Each of our nominees was notified of their nomination and agreed to participate this month in promoting the event and providing at least one guest post that you will read here, along with my comments during the month.
I hope you will join me in voting, and telling your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter or Carrier pidgeon to vote as well.