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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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Micro-managing: what is it, and do you do it?

Micro-managing involves over-control of a delegated project, task or issue. Instead of team members or employees taking instruction and getting on with the job at hand, the micro-manager keeps them on a short leash, and closely oversees almost every aspect of the process. Not only can micro-managing impact unnecessarily on your time, it could also …

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Why you need to know how YOU work before you can lead a team

Continuing the ‘team’ and leadership theme, I’m focusing today on new (or existing) leaders spotting gaps they may have in their management skills… We’ve all heard the saying that people are ‘born leaders’, but in reality, this simply isn’t true. Leadership is a skill like any other. It happens fairly frequently in corporations: a team …

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My tips towards a happy, healthy, effective work/life balance

Whilst technology and the ability to have a mobile office have made working easier it has also brought its problems. Being able to work anywhere and everywhere has left the decision of when to work firmly in the hands of the individual. Reports can be written during the commute; meetings can be held across oceans …

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We all have the same 24 hours: do you find yourself continually wishing there were ‘more hours in the day’?

I recently read a fascinating article about Harriet Green, the CEO of Thomas Cook, and someone who gets by on just four hours of sleep per day. Amazingly, this is not detrimental to her performance; like Margaret Thatcher during her career, Harriet positively thrives on such little sleep. Scientists recommend we get an average of …

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Can a manager be a friend as well as an authority to staff in the workplace?

As an employee, it can be good to class the people you spend eight hours a day with as friends, rather than just colleagues – if only so the day passes by more pleasantly and team spirit stays strong. However, do you think the opposite is advisable for executives, supervisors or team managers? Boundaries are …

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Delegation: what successful leaders learn to master…

Following on from my last post, and stemming from the help I give my executive coaching and management/leadership coaching clients, it’s clear that some leaders have difficulty delegating tasks. Moving up the ranks and gaining more responsibility are the aims of most managers when climbing the career ladder; however, a proportion find it a real …

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Executives: Does your approach to delegation mirror the mule’s?

Managing staff, responsibilities and endless work tasks can prove heavy loads to carry. Shoulder everything like a mule – the beast of burden – and you risk procrastination and obstacles that affect you and your staff. Delegation is a necessary element of management and team building – implemented correctly and your job will be infinitely …

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