Leadership is an Attitude

Attitude, not aptitude determines altitude Zig Ziglar A few months ago I was speaking about Leadership and Confidence to 200 University students. It was one of the best days I have had this year. What struck me was not only their commitment to being there, listening and really being involved in the presentation, but their…

Why leaders must be authentic

Authenticity can transform a good leader into a great one as the ability to be authentic in a leadership role can, in turn, foster the development of authenticity in others. You may know leaders who show the opposite traits of authenticity?  They are the leaders who tell people what they want to hear, often saying…

10 Ways to Engage Your Team

10 Ways to Engage Your Team and (more importantly) keep them engaged! “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things…

How to help your Team Learn

Leaders should never stop learning. They should never stop teaching, coaching and mentoring others. I love that about what we do. Why? We help leaders learn to be the best they can be. How? By doing. We might teach, coach, mentor, facilitate and educate – but we also show them, make them practice, have discussions…

Being the Jamie Oliver of Leadership! Do you have a ‘‘why’’?

It’s not something we might spend a lot of time considering but the ‘‘why’’ behind what we do has a major impact on the choices we make and the actions we take. What do I mean by the ‘why’? Simon Sinek describes it as “The purpose, cause, or belief that inspires you to do what…

Squashing Those ANTs

Do you have ANTs running freely in your mind? ANTs, or Automatic Negative Thoughts, are dangerous creatures. ANTS are those negative thoughts that always seem to be in the back of your mind, regardless of the situation. ANTs make it impossible to relax and enjoy the moment, because they manage to sniff out the negative…

Workplace Collaboration

Workplace Collaboration Working with Your People, Transforming your Leadership As leaders, if we want our organisations to remain competitive, it’s imperative that we transform them into literal engines that drive increases in efficiency, productivity and innovation. In the past, leaders achieved results simply by controlling their resources and their people. This type of leadership, controlling…

The C Word

Compassionate. Is it a dirty word in business and leadership? Or is it the difference between highly effective and mediocre leaders? When we think of highly effective leaders, it’s often in terms of their decisiveness, strategy and clever thinking. It’s not often that interpersonal traits like compassion spring to mind. Yet no leader can lead…

15 Leadership Books Every Future Leader Should Read (or anyone actually)

Jack Nicholson once said, “When you stop learning, I believe you are dead!” One of the things that helps me to conquer the imposter syndrome is my ability to keep it real and tell people that I am a semi-expert.  Having an unquenchable thirst for knowledge makes it possible to learn new things, grow as…