Thursday, December 8

Tag: leadership

How do I handle difference of opinion?

How do I handle difference of opinion?

Do you ever feel challenged by conflict, or something that may seem like conflict? Most of us don't like conflict. Now in many situations we are in, or meetings we are leading, what we are experiencing isn't conflict but the healthy expression of differing opinions. In a course I ran recently on Collaborative leadership I did a session on 'How do I handle difference of opinion?' - In my view this is probably one of the most helpful sessions of the course. If we do not create safe climates in our teams, whether the team leader or team member, we will not nurture some of the great ideas or course of actions we need to be taking. I know you will enjoy this session. You can find the full Collaborative Leadership series here ...
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


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.