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An unconventional way to develop your leadership brand

Previously I have written about practical ways of being a more effective communicator. Today I hone in on an unconventional way of developing your personal leadership brand. I want to start by acknowledging one of my clients, Steven (I have changed the name for confidentiality).  Steven sought greater clarity on what he wanted to achieve in this chapter of his work and life. [...]

5 Important and Universal Leadership Facts

Leadership today is a complex process.  It is no longer enough to set a compelling vision and hope that your team will follow you. In my experience effective leadership is: getting others to perform at the best letting them know their key qualities and the value of their contribution helping them grow personally and professionally. Drs [...]

Being Committed: Strong starts, full resolve, and people smarts

There have been several articles written this week about the incredible 5000-1 odds on Leicester City winning the Premiership.  Interest is high on the many reasons for their success including their sense of team, their self-belief and determination.  I would also like to add another - their commitment. The team members committed to their purpose and [...]

How to spark your creativity for effective leadership

Being more creative is never easy. It is a constant challenge to keep coming up with great ideas which is why creativity scores high as a skill among great leaders. A study by IBM in 2010 of global leaders across 60 countries and 33 industries revealed that creativity outweighs global thinking as a leadership quality. [...]

5 Practical ways to be more compassionate at work

If you want to be a more positive influence on others and achieve higher success in life, learning how to be more compassionate is one way of achieving that. Compassion is finding the proper balance in caring for others, for the business, and for yourself. More importantly, compassion is going out of your way to [...]

The roadmap to success: clarity

Part of being a good leader is knowing the direction to take and having faith in the reasons behind your decisions. Clarity is not an easy quality to cultivate because in today’s world, every person who is given responsibilities finds themselves struggling with priorities. Once your priorities are unclear and you don’t know where your business [...]

No-one is listening to me! How to become a more effective communicator – Part 2

Clear communication makes for effective communication and great leaders Since 90% of all business and personal relationships have to do with communication, learning how to be an effective communicator, clear about your message content will make life a lot easier to manage. 5 Quick Steps for clear verbal communication: Know what you want to say. [...]

No-one is listening to me! How to become a more effective communicator – Part 1

Leadership is described in the dictionary as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. There are different leadership styles and each style has its pros and cons. For instance, the authoritarian leadership style is necessary if you have a life and death situation like a war while a relationship-oriented leader works [...]

3 Reasons why and how curiosity will improve your effectiveness (part 2)

How to be curious There are many ways to develop curiosity: Start developing a love for books. Read material on different topics. A great way to start is to look for books on topics that interest you. It could be biographies of people you are impressed with, it could be the latest bestsellers, or you [...]

3 Reasons why and how curiosity will improve your effectiveness (part 1)

Every success story started with curiosity. From the time you were a child, you probably got asked the question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Questions such as this continue to be asked by others and to ourselves as maturity develops. These questions are what triggers the start of self discovery. [...]