Wednesday, October 21

Tag: leadership

Leadership, Personal Life

A leader is born through vulnerability and courage

Reconciling vulnerability, leadership and courage It requires courage to be vulnerable.  A vulnerable leader is a strong leader, if he or she chooses courage. The age old debate is whether leaders are born or made.  Well, actually, it’s probably not much of a debate any more, I think it is pretty accepted that it is a mixture of both.  There is a certain personality mix that gives some people a head start on the leadership path.  However, the qualities, capacity and design of a leader are made, developed and forged.  Furthermore this would be by far the more significant factor to whether someone is a leader or not, well above personality, having the right start in life or any other inherent factor. In the process of being formed as a leader, it is my
Personal Life

LEADERS LEAD YOURSELF

It is impossible to be able to lead others before we have learnt the art of leading ourselves. A leader must lead from a place of progress in personal victories. Whilst it is also true that our strength is in our ability to connect through our brokenness, this only remains true for as long as we are learning to live well in and through our brokenness. This is about personal leadership. You can only lead where you have gone yourself. Proverbs 25:28 NKJV Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls. What does this require? A healthy self-awareness - It is essential we are aware of how we are being toward others.  The ability to take a helicopter view over your own life enables you to avoid pitfalls, see your weaknesses and pre-addres
Work Life

9 tactics to re-energize your team

I highly recommend this article, summarising Jon Gordon's book 'The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change'. As a manager, team leader or organisational owner he gives 9 tactics on how to keep your team and organisation and the people in it energised. Preventing weariness in the workplace.
Personal Life, Work Life

What the greatest Team Leaders do …

I want to show you that a great team is helped to become great by the leadership style of the Team Leader. Leadership 'style' is almost as varied as personality.  However, there are 3 types of leadership traits that are absolutely essential to the success of a team.  If these aren't present 'team' will be dis-functional. 1.  Consultative Leadership - it should be the default behaviour of a team leader to consult with his or her team.  Although decisive in outcome a team leader is not primarily directive in nature.  The level of involvement of the team in idea generation and decision making should grow as time goes on and trust and cohesion is built.  Begin consulting on the 'easy give-aways' before you involve on the tough decisions.  This leader will delegate, involve and consult.
Work Life

What the Greatest Teams Have …

The greatest teams have certain things going on that make them great. There is no team without what I call 'A Reason'.  Some call this a vision.  The word vision might seem a little too much for some team functions. But every team must have 'A Reason' for existing.  What is your purpose? There is no team without a 'Team Leader'.  About 15 years ago companies experimented with the concept of what they called 'Self-managed Teams' - it failed!  A team will never work at its maximum ability without a Team Leader - leadership is essential.  A leadership that can adopt a style suitable for any given moment of the day - coaching, directive, consultative, listening and developmental. Of course, needless to say, a Team is not a team without 'Team members'.  It's here where there are some k