Evidence supporting the economic benefits for organisations with happy employees is overwhelming. How to do you start to create a happy, healthy working culture? Here are some handy pointers.
As a leader, it’s your job to spot what’s going right. So make it your business to find out. Here are 5 reasons why positive feedback is important.
You can learn to harness the ways of being that work for you so you only use them when you need to. In this article we look at how you can choose who to be.
How should you speak to people so they really trust you? Here are ten expectations your staff and colleagues have of you as a leader. These are some of the often unspoken things people are concerned about when you speak, change direction or priorities, have a “brilliant” new idea, or push them beyond where they think they’re capable of reaching. As a ‘follower’ I want to know that… …you’re authentic… read more →
Have you taken a look at how honest you are within your working environment? Use these six informative tips to kick-start your self-awareness. Being aware of your thoughts, beliefs and feelings, as well as knowing what drives your behaviour, goes a long way to reaching true self-awareness. Honesty with yourself also means recognising and admitting what values and standards you live by, what motivates and energises you and what switches… read more →
Authentic Leadership is the practice of accomplishment through enablement. It is distinct from the more familiar autocratic leadership which seeks aggrandisement through control. Everyone can be an authentic leader and the first step is to make the choice and the decision to pursue authentic leadership. Like a martial art, authentic leadership is both a lifelong study and an intentional way of life. The choice to be an authentic leader is… read more →
For the vast majority of people, collaboration is a matter of willingness, not ability. And unless there is a fundamental wish to collaborate, it won’t happen. When senior people in organisations tell their team leaders to work together, it will only happen if ‘they’ want it to. So how do you get people to collaborate? A first step is for the senior leaders of the organisation to set an example… read more →
Leadership is difficult work, and it can be easy to stray from who we are at the core in order to satisfy business imperatives. Being totally authentic may present particular challenges in today’s highly competitive environments where, for example, proprietary knowledge needs to be closely guarded, or where news of impending lay-offs needs to be managed in order to avoid losing key staff. We can be unwittingly mired in politics.… read more →
In part 1 of ‘Leadership 101’, we looked at what the key aspects and attributes of leadership are, those vital for developing skills that will last throughout your working life. In part 2, we turn our focus instead to leadership styles. Good leaders are agile, able to flex their leadership style based on the situation. Detailed below are four different styles of leadership. If you find yourself locked in to… read more →
With increasing worldwide usage of social networks, smartphones and on-the-go mobile technology, it now looks as if we have to live with transparency. Everything you and I do can and may be recorded and broadcast. How do you feel about this: nervous, trapped, outraged? Or calmly certain that whatever is published about you, your conscience is clear? It looks as if the only way to live authentically and with complete… read more →