Empathy is What Kills Shame

When we are feeling shame, we often internalise it and keep the feeling to ourselves. Sharing deep feelings is being vulnerable, and makes us worry about appearing weak. The truth is that even though it may be uncomfortable to start talking about your shame, it’s what helps.  Discussing these feelings with someone we’re close to…

Lead with Courage

Excerpt from my book Leadership Attitude I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. -Nelson Mandela We have talked about confidence as I think this is pivotal. Leadership is also about…

4 Skills That Make Up Courage

Leadership isn’t easy; it’s much easier to read or talk about than it is to actually do. This is why courage is essential for being an effective leader. When you’re a leader you have to be accountable, do what you believe is right even if others don’t agree,  have difficult conversations, appear (and be) brave…

Clear is Kind

Telling a little white lie here and there in a friendship isn’t necessarily a bad thing – after all, we don’t want to hurt our friends’ feelings, right? It’s much kinder to say you do like their new hairstyle, even if you think it’s unflattering…isn’t it? Wrong. I’m here to tell you why being clear…

15 Everyday Acts of Courage

15 Everyday Acts of Courage There are so many different types and ways to be courageous. My favourite story is one of a young lady who was battling severe anxiety and depression due to bullying at school. She left school at 14 and spent time in and out of hospital for three years. One evening…

Courage is Valuing Yourself

Valuing those around you – appreciating the things they do for you, the things they say, who they are as a person – is often much easier than valuing yourself. Many of us struggle to appreciate the things that make us great, and the things we have, for fear of coming across as too cocky,…

Leadership a Deal Breaker for SME’s & Start-Ups

This week I am the keynote speaker at the Ignite Conference at the Gympie Chamber on Leadership for SME’s, Start-Ups and Family Businesses. I have been reflecting on Leadership for SME’s a lot recently as well as speaking to many owners, founders and Directors of SME’s, Start-Ups and Family Businesses. There is a direct correlation…