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,…

The carrot or the stick?

For decades organisations have focused on the power of reward and punishment as a way to get their people moving in the right direction.  You’ve probably seen it in action. The rewards: “If you meet the deadline I’ll let shout you lunch,” “Get this done by 2 o’clock and you can knock off early” or “If you do…

The Best Leaders Put Others First

Within some corporate structures, the leader is at the top of the pyramid, on higher rung than others, without peer. The financial bottom line can make these structures appear successful and model-worthy at first, but their profit is gained at the expense of the well being of everyone else who makes up the organisation. Typically,…

The 250 Most Influential Women Leaders

Richtopia is a digital business magazine that is dedicated to bringing today’s leaders the latest news and interesting stories from the worlds of business, tech, finance and economics as well as providing insights from the world’s most innovative, successful and inspiring people. The platform seeks to be the go-to resource for seekers of valuable knowledge…

Sweat the Small Stuff in 2016

Women still occupy less than 16% of all board level positions, even though the need for greater gender balance is garnering a lot of attention these days. While setting benchmarks and other goals and developing strategies to recruit more women into the leadership pipeline is a welcome start, if we truly want to increase gender…

Power of the Mix

Men and women are different – physically of course this is obvious – but what is not so obvious from first glance is the difference in the brain’s form and function between the two.  As a leader it is important to understand this fact because the power of your team lies in the mix of…