Exemplary Leadership

November 11, 2017

When Leadership Traits Derail Business Success

Demonstrating leadership traits is not the prerogative of CEOs and MDs; or their leadership teams. In fact, it is the responsibility of everybody in your employ. In setting the mission, vision and values you decide what’s important, in terms of leadership traits and behaviours. And companies that are successful have […]
September 8, 2017

The Overwhelming Temptation to Micro-Manage!

Business leaders are proactive individuals. So, the need to interfere can be compelling! And yet, to micro-manage is to stifle creativity. More than that, we risk disenfranchising members of our leadership team. And we risk losing the good will of our people. We know that’s not how people learn or […]
August 25, 2017

Why is Humility Such a Challenge for Business Leaders?

When I think of humility I think of people like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. They are larger-than-life personalities. Their humility is surreal; a brand of leadership in its own right. I wouldn’t know where to begin emulating people like that, quite frankly. Feeling congruent comes to mind […]
August 18, 2017

Why Instant Gratification is a Curse for Employers

Those of us with years of work experience under our belt are used to biding our time. We’re accustomed to waiting for clients to be ready, willing and able to work with us. We wait for cash to come into the bank. And we wait for people to deliver on […]
July 21, 2017

Improving Performance Depends More on People Than Process

Improving performance is always high on the agenda; whether I’m in discussions as the client or the provider. And one thing has become patently clear to me. People have to come before process. I recall one supplier who would routinely bombard me with ideas as to how I could promote […]
June 9, 2017

Effective Leaders can Translate Strategy Into Practice!

Research has shown that the biggest continuous challenge faced by CEOs is the ability to keep all plates spinning in the here and now, whilst planning for the future. And effective leaders know how to do that. Typically, leaders are better at one than the other. Those of you who’ve […]
May 1, 2015

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss When You’re the CEO!

A quote from Dilbert’s CEO struck a chord and reminded me of some of the ‘real life’ characters I’ve worked with over the years: “I read a book about how to be a great leader, and realised I don’t do any of those things. I’m surprised that a book with […]