29 Aug 2021

You know that feeling when a quote just 'speaks to you'? That is how I felt when I heard Brene Brown speak about her work in her Ted talk, The Power of Vulnerability. Leadership - and leadership training and coaching - can be messy. While Brene was talking about research into vulnerability, empathy and shame - it had me think on my work with leadership and teams. Yes - it can be messy...

25 Aug 2021

Responsible or Accountable Leader
Are you a more responsible or accountable leader? When it comes to leading others, leading teams and leading high-performing teams, there is always a balance between getting your own work completed as well as that of your team. Often we can get caught doing all of our own work, and not paying attention tot he work of our team. Likewise, we can easily be focussed on the team's work and ne...

24 Aug 2021

Leaders Own Their Mistakes
We all make mistakes - so why do so many leaders (and many with a public profile) find it so hard to admit it? Leaders own their mistakes. Admitting you made a mistake is not a sign of weakness - it is a sign of growth. You may have learnt more, understood more, realising your opinion didn't consider a particular point of view. Why is that so hard to admit? For many leaders, instea...

21 Aug 2021

First You Must Lead Yourself
Before leaders can lead others, you must be able to lead yourself - as well as look after themselves. I ❤️❤️ Adam Grant's post here - especially the parts about rest and breaks. For many leaders, the idea of a rest or a break seems like a sign of weakness. I have stopped counting the number of managers and leaders that I have coached, that when asked if they take a lunch break, an...

20 Aug 2021

Leaders Take Responsibility - Not Blame
Leaders take responsibility - not blame. This recent post from Leadership First doesn't quite get this right - I understand the sentiment but not the practicality in real teams. Rather than 'leaders take all of the blame' - I would focus more on leaders take all of the ownership and responsibility. They should certainly shoulder the blame for the team under their control - but all of ...

18 Aug 2021

Ineffective Leaders
'The most ineffective leaders are those that have the dangerous combination of both arrogance and ignorance.'Why? They do not learn. I was actually recently in a forum group who are the most difficult types of leaders to coach. It was a tough question to answer because honestly, in recent years, I haven't been asked to coach this type of person. The answer is simple on reflection -...

16 Aug 2021

Emerging Leaders Program
I am very excited about today (and its a Monday)! We have the opportunity and privilege to work with some amazing managers and leaders from Summer Foundation Ltd as part of their Emerging Leaders Program, which officially starts today. For the next 6 months, we will be honing some leadership and behaviour skills with some amazing people who work in a demanding and challenging industr...

09 Aug 2021

Testimonials - Coaching = Asaf Ziv - CardioScan
Wednesday is all about gratitude at Institute of Management & Leadership Development - and I must admit to be ing truly humbled by this. It is a pleasure to work with goal oriented leaders - and it is easy to be dedicated when the people you work with are so willing to challenge themselves to improve their leadership behaviours through Executive Leadership Coaching. Thank you ❤️#exec...

07 Aug 2021

Everyone deserves to be part of a great team
Yes - everyone deserves to be part of a great team BUT are you doing enough to deserve to lead a great team?What does it take to lead a great team right now? It certainly looks a lot different to what it did 5 years ago - even 2 years ago. Have you adjusted your leadership style to cater to the current needs of your team and the environment around you? If you haven't changed and adapt...

06 Aug 2021

Small Businesses are the heartbeat of a community
I was trying to think on a post that inspired / felt positive this morning upon the announcement of yet another lockdown. I couldn't find it. Small businesses are the heartbeat of a community - seems to fit the bill. Just prior to lockdown, I found this written on the wall of a local pub and it resonated with me. I am lucky enough to work with many leaders of small businesses - the li...