Authentic leadership, what is it?

Vision and the role of a Leader?

Leaders create a “vision” of where their team wants to be. This has to be able to be described so people can actually picture it. Leaders need to feel attracted to this vision and make this vision attractive to their team. It should provide  a common purpose. Leaders also need to ensure there is an [...]

The five ingredients for a leader.

I am often asked “what makes a good leader?” My answer is: leaders are like food, it depends on the time, place and people as to which meal is considered the best. However meals often use the best ingredients. So I thought about the great leaders I have met and the ingredients that set them [...]

Being present.

Being present is a top principle for leading. We need to be able to give undivided attention and have the ability to make others feel they are only ones in the room. It’s only then that we can communicate really well by taking the time to listen to what people are saying.

What leaders can learn from Glastonbury

For those who may have missed it another Glastonbury Festival happened this weekend. The Festival is widely considered the best in the world and the best bands fall over themselves to appear at it and tickets sell out every year, even whilst other festivals struggle. “There’s always a wish list, and only the best bands [...]

Inspiring leadership

What a great Olympics it’s been. I don’t know about you but I have been inspired and daunted at the same time. Here is what I have taken from it so far: 1. Astounding 10,ooo meters champion Mo Farah says he has to run 120 miles a week in training. Lesson.  There is no easy [...]

How to be an Absolute Beginner

Time to read: 1 minute. Time to get right: a Lifetime My Tai Chi teacher often begins classes by explaining how the best practitioners are able to practice moves they have done a thousand times and still retain a state of ‘beginners mind’. This is when they are really aware of what they are doing [...]

Facing up to a challenge

Time to read = 1 minute Everybody has a different idea of what a challenge is. I am running the Brighton Half Marathon in a few weeks time. For me the distance is a bit of a challenge, but I am pretty sure I can make it that far. Trying to do it in 1 [...]

What is real leadership?

Time to read  = 1 minute Time to act = Now I was at a client recently running a leadership training course. During the tea break I went to the kitchen with a couple of the managers to grab a cup of tea. The place was a right mess. Cups and plates were everywhere, except [...]

Why people need a purpose.

I went mountain biking the other day with some friends, because my mate had organised it and picked a place and date. I had been meaning to get out on my bike for a couple of months and just hadn’t got round to doing it.  Why hadn’t I organised it? Because there was no bigger [...]

Are you looking properly?

I recently lost my car key. I had just unloaded the boot and then couldn’t for the life of me find the key. I searched my pockets, likely places I might have put it down and had no joy. This spelt trouble as I had also misplaced the spare key a long while back. I [...]