What’s your concept of being a leader? One of the gang? Aloof and dictatorial? We give you pointers on how to develop your own effective leadership style.
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.
Great leadership is not about having the answers but asking the right questions. Here are 6 key questions to ask yourself so you can become a better leader.
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 →
From the myriad models of leadership, here’s our own three-dimensional approach. It’s a valuable perspective from which to think about, reflect on, and implement leadership. You can usefully explore ‘Leadership’ through three aspects: strategy, performance and culture. In relation to strategy, your role as a leader is about ensuring there are clear answers to questions like: What does this team or organisation exist for? What are we building? What will… read more →
There’s no one leadership style that will work in all situations. We look at the four main identified leadership styles and recommend which style to use in which circumstance. Does it matter if there isn’t really such a thing as a definitive leadership style? No, not really, because how you lead should be influenced by the situation, and by the people you are leading. A prescriptive style really won’t work… read more →
We look at where, as a leader, your formal authority ends, and where genuine leadership kicks in, in order to make real changes: Your formal authority cannot create genuine change Change often brings uncertainty, loss, and pain for those it touches – usually the very people who must embrace the change and make it work. Real solutions can only come from those involved, and real change requires that they alter… read more →
The most common misconceptions about leadership influence your way of thinking about yourself, your life and your everyday challenges. Do you recognise yourself in the following? “Leadership means dominating others” Your influence as a leader depends on many factors which vary from one situation and one person to another. Just a few of the many factors you need to take into account include the reliability of each team member, relationships… read more →
The mark of a great leader is the ability to get ordinary people to stretch beyond their existing limits to do things they ordinarily couldn’t do.