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In this 'Thoughts on Leadership' video, Paul Bridle talks about how important it is to support people to share their learning and knowledge with team colleagues.


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Exposing yourself to risk and failure can help push you up the career ladder. Just make sure someone’s watching.

During his 48-year career from owner of a small student newspaper to the head of a  multinational conglomerate with over 400 companies,  Virgin CEO Richard Branson copped the misses along with the hits,  noting that every error in judgment, whether a foray into cosmetics or a push into the high stakes cola market, brought with it valuable lessons.

“I’ll never again make the mistake of thinking that all large dominant companies are sleepy,” he blogged about his failed attempt to break the Coca-Cola and PepsiCo duopoly.

Learning to use mistakes well is an important leadership trait.  In fact, looking at how an executive responds to failure can be more telling than assessing their success when weighing up a person’s ability to take on the leadership mantle.  Great leaders learn from their errors. They are quick to recognise when a mistake has been made and are able to efficiently assess what can be salvaged or gained from the fallout. In many cases, feedback is immediate for anyone astute enough to learn from it.

Leave Room for Mistakes to Happen: At every stage of their career, high performers like Branson are prepared to take on assignments or challenges that have a reasonably high probability of failure. While moving outside their comfort zone – whether geographically or through the adoption of new technology or processes – undoubtedly exposes them to a certain amount of risk, it also brings new avenues for growth and the opportunity to develop valuable leadership abilities.

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Everyone in a leadership or management role has their preferred way of operating.

This self-assessment contains statements about leadership and will help you assess what leadership style you normally operate out of.  Six operational styles are identified.

 

Pioneering Leadership

Strategic Leadership

Management / Administration Leadership

Team Leadership

Pastoral Leadership

Encouraging Leadership

Completing the self-assessment will help you understand more about yourself and give you an insight into how your colleagues may also prefer to operate.

It can be used as a personal self-assessment or as part of a wider development activity.

LEADERSHIP STYLES INDICATOR


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Every leadership book you read will provide you with a different view of leadership.

To help give you an insight to the most longstanding leadership gurus thinking on leadership and what makes a great leader, we have pulled together a short introduction to the thinking of 8 of the 100's of the old-guard 'gurus' of leadership.

If you want to know about Burt Nanus’s Seven Megaskills Of Leadership,   James O’Toole’s Characteristics Of Values-Based Leaders, Steven Covey’s Seven Habits Of Highly Successful People, Warren Bennis’s Basic Ingredients Of Leadership,  John Gardner’s Attributes Of Leadership,  Stephen Covey’s Eight Discernible Characteristics Of Principle-Centred Leaders,  Max Depree’s Attributes Of Leadership, Warren Blank’s Nine Natural Laws Of Leadership - then this resource is for you!

 

 LEADERSHIP GURUS & THEIR THINKING 


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In this video, Paul Bridle explores the question "What is the difference between being a leader, and leadership?"

 


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An organisation is made up of people and when people are involved, emotions automatically come into play, and a workplace is no different.

It would be unwise to assume that a workplace is all objective, no-emotion only performance kind of a packed room where hormones have no scope to creep in, however, the fact is that emotions alone are the biggest motivator or de-motivator of an employee.

The emotions alone, govern the performance and efficiency of a worker and had it not been the case, we would have never talked about the importance of work-life balance and for the present context, the need of emotionally intelligent leaders.

The current times are very dynamic not just economically but also socially where the social fabric is rapidly evolving due to globalisation and other influences. The average age of the workforce is reducing and the leaders now look forward to managing people belonging to different cultures and backgrounds. In such a situation, it is important for a leader to be highly sensitised to the emotional aspects of his/her transactions with people.

Emotional Intelligence is basically the ability to recognise and understand one’s own feelings and emotions as well as those of others and use that information to manage emotions and relationships.

The 4 important aspects of EI as proposed by Daniel Goleman are:

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Management or Social Skills

A leader tends to have a huge influence on the thoughts and motivation of people. He/she has the capacity to enthuse optimism and confidence in the followers and lead them to constructive endeavours which is called resonance and on the other hand they can negatively influence them to destruct, e.g of such leaders being Hitler and d Osama Bin Laden which is opposite to resonance called desonance. (more…)


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