There are three main components of leadership. Where are you strong? Which weakness is limiting your impact?
The more I reflect on leadership, the more I see it as a combination of three things – that all helpfully begin with the letter C!
Character – your inner life: what people see when they look beyond your sales pitch and pep talk!
Competence – your experience and mastery of the levers of leadership:your ability to articulate the vision, identify what needs to be done and when, anticipate the roadblocks, push for success, and organise the team.
Connection – your charisma: your ability to touch hearts, convince the undecided, and take people with you
If one of these three elements is too weak compared with the others, More…
Last week we reflected on the fact that your ability to lead sets a ceiling on your personal effectiveness and on that of your organisation. Let me share three steps to measure how well your leadership skills are doing.
Leadership is the art of impact … but perhaps we should actually say it is the art of influence.The reason? Leadership is about More…
Think about some of your major goals that you are aiming to achieve over the next few quarters or years.If you can’t think of any, then stop right now and do some life and career planning! They may be work- or career- related, but may also be in your community, voluntary organisation, church or other context.Do any of those require the involvement or cooperation of other people?
The fact is that almost all major goals require the participation of others.So leadership ability will greatly impact your ability to achieve your goals. In other words, leadership skills are foundational for achieving so many things!
So… we are aiming for increased impact, and leadership is the More…
Have you ever found your ability to effect change hampered by something you overlooked? You were working hard to lead your organisation to change in some way, but got tripped up by something unexpected.We need a framework to avoid missing an essential leadership ingredient.
We’ve probably all been there We’ve a compelling vision, built a great plan – but are not getting people on board.Or we’ve launched a changed initiative and it is getting bogged down and stalling.The reason is probably that we’ve forgotten to cover one or more of the bases.Successful leadership requires spinning a number of plates – from personal integrity to More…
How much impact is your leadership having in your professional and personal responsibilities? What leadership legacy are you hoping to leave? Maybe this year is a good time to ‘level up’.
A new year, and a new thread to this blog. Making good on my strap-line of ‘technology disruption | strategic thinking | leadership’ I am going to dedicate Tuesdays over the next few weeks to exploring the art of leadership.
Hopefully my short reflections will prompt you to examine and grow your personal leadership skills and increase the legacy that you will leave those who come after you.
For those of you who follow my blog for the telecoms & technology analysis, don’t fear, there will still be some of that (on other days of the week) and hopefully you will find the leadership thinking equally helpful in your role. (If this change in tack makes you groan, don’t suffer in silence, leave me a comment!)
Why leadership? Well, I have decided to make this year a time to grow my leadership skills further, and there here are three reasons why: More…
How are your summer vacations shaping up? A time of rest and connecting with others – or will you be too… connected… for that?
There will be no blog posts during August, because I am respecting the essential Rhythm of Healthy Productivity. In this post, I pause the telecoms analysis for a minute and take time to explain the 4 phases of this essential discipline, and why you need to take your summer vacation seriously! More…