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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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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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How to ensure your teambuilding ‘away day’ is a success; follow my 5 top tips

Last week I brought up the subject of ‘away days’ – the teambuilding initiatives that claim to boost collaboration, morale and company culture for employees, managers or other groups of people. Without the correct foundations, vision or measure of these days, however, they can be wasted exercises, so here are my five top tips for …

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How to lead a team to success

I explained last week the differences between a group and a team, and used the Tuckman model to demonstrate the stages team members go through to become a cohesive, effective and purposeful unit. But what about the leader?  If you’re the one everyone looks to for direction, how should you tackle, or react to, each …

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Are you part of a TEAM? Or are you one of a GROUP? What’s the difference?

To most, they probably sound the same: a number of people, together at the same time, for the same purpose. However, they are different entities. A group tends to be a more informal gathering of individuals lacking specific roles and a shared vision.  A team, by nature, is more action-orientated. Containing a firm structure – …

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Compare Nelson Mandela and Alan Sugar: humility and inspiration versus charismatic delivery and strong opinions. Who would you consider to be the better leader?

 Though the majority of people reading this would assume Mandela’s model to be perfect for the workplace, it may surprise you that the stereotypical style of leadership – the confident, almost ‘pushy’ approach – is still one favoured by many. Labelled as ‘charismatic’, the talkative, extrovert manager is one likely to be more successful. Is …

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Do we always notice someone in need? Homelessness: a Big Issue

I made a discovery recently that my maternal great-grandmother had been homeless at some point in her life, walking from Doncaster to Leeds or Halifax, accompanied by my grandmother, selling her wares to make enough money to eat and stopping at workhouses en route. When I was chatting to Mum about it, she was dismayed …

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