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Category Archives: Leadership Coaching

Do you know, or can you think of a collective noun for leaders?

Later today, I am previewing a new leadership workshop.  For the icebreaker, I have created posters of a number of leaders that will be on the walls as participants arrive. I plan to invite the participants to choose a leader who they think best merits the title of leader, and then say the single most …

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What’s new in the field of leadership?

The progression of our society, shifts in values, and even technology, influence us greatly. In turn, these mould our behaviour – for example, consider how many of our attitudes today vary from those of our parents’ generation. The only constant in life is that things never stay the same. Leadership is more about the people …

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What qualities must a good leader have?

I’ve talked many times on the subject of leadership, and what successful leaders need to do in order to get the best from their team – and it’s always good insight and advice to repeat. I’ve compared styles of leadership, and even leaders themselves, such as Alan Sugar and Nelson Mandela, who have huge variations …

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Leaders: Three tips for developing an effectual, entrepreneurial team…

I’ve made much about entrepreneurialism and effectual leadership recently, and the improved results that come from applying this perspective when problem-solving. One of the benefits of visionary thinking, and making effectual rather than causal decisions, is the occurrence of innovation and creative ideas. Sticking with predictable, proven strategies and making plans that feature little risk …

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How to develop effectual leadership qualities…

A change of approach doesn’t establish itself overnight, whatever it applies to. As with any new habit or practice, it takes time to develop and practise. As I detailed last week, emulating the mind-set of an entrepreneur can help problem-solving when faced with high uncertainty and new limitations regarding any resources. Though not traditionally taught …

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Entrepreneurs and effective leadership

There’s no doubt that having an entrepreneurial streak is a benefit, in today’s companies and organisations. As competition grows, and as fewer ‘trails’ are ‘blazed’, it’s often innovation, of an existing product or service, for example, that gives businesses the edge against their competitors. But the entrepreneur in us isn’t restricted to product development or …

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Weathering stormy seas: how to deal with a hostile employee…

However painful it may be to deal with conflict, it’s obvious why disgruntled team members can’t be ignored. Not only does their own productivity drop, if their issues aren’t listened to or resolved, their unhappiness can start to affect their colleagues, too. Contention is not the nicest thing to have to deal with as a …

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The culture of personality vs. character: why do we like our leaders to be charismatic?

Does this make them a better leader? A better person? There’s no doubt that an ability to communicate helps, when leaders need to mould or steer their team, and, therefore, an extrovert personality seems ideally suited. But following on from my last post, it’s not a direct link that ‘he who shouts loudest, shouts the …

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Does brainstorming actually work?

In a recent post I suggested that certain qualities were perhaps underrated in today’s leadership ideal. In the post, I included Susan Cain’s argument that the world needs a balance of both introverts and extroverts (extraverts), that without the quieter amongst us, we wouldn’t have Google, the theory of gravity, Harry Potter or the PC. …

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Why boundaries are so important in a team situation…

I’ve talked in detail recently about team structure and establishing clear leadership and direction. Boundaries are something I’ve touched upon, if only so anarchy doesn’t rule, but it goes much deeper than that. Boundaries are important for order, of course. Keeping team members clear on parameters makes achieving objectives easier, and the performance and process …

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