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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 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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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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Succession planning and talent management: helping those itching to climb the ladder make the best of each rung…

I’ve talked a lot about leadership and the different styles of managing teams, but there are always those in an organisation who are skilled at adapting and could slot into most teams or departments. Their ability to move and flourish makes climbing the career ladder easier, but how does this inflict on their colleagues? The …

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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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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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A Team-building Day: does your heart SINK or SING at the thought?

Away days, team-builds – whatever you call them – when contemplating this post, I realised I have a bee in my bonnet about them: specifically, three aspects of their typical features. Perhaps you share the same bugbears? Here are my concerns about what’s inflicted on teams, in the name of ‘team-building’. Firstly, the dreaded mission …

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