What makes a good leader? Phew ... that's the million dollar question!
This page has two purposes. Firstly, to get you thinking about what makes a good leader. Secondly to provide you with a series of articles that explores the styles and characteristics of good leadership.
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Have you ever wondered, why it is, that we go the extra mile, and would walk over hot coals, for one guy, and yet, the guy in the next office can barely raise a yawn out of us?
What is it, that he or she, (the leader who inspires), says and does, that seems to enable him or her, to so easily influence others to change their mindset, or see something differently, or to get them to WANT to go out on a limb to get a result for their team?
My fascination with high performance leadership has made it very clear that there is not ONE or even TWO things that these leaders do that set them apart.
There are many different qualities, characteristics and traits that go into creating that 'x' factor which makes a good leader become outstanding.
The articles below are designed to help you build your own 'x' factor and become a leader who makes a dent by being inspired and inspiring!
Leaders arise from all walks of life and for all sorts of reasons. Leadership may be inherited, it may be unexpectedly thrust upon a person or it may be something that is deliberately pursued because of a big dream or goal.
Each of these famous leaders: Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Anita Roddick, Pol Pot, Richard Branson, Herb Kelleher, John Howard, Adolf Hitler, Queen Elizabeth, Francis of Assisi, Rupert Murdoch, Steve Jobs, Steve Bullmer have different qualities, styles and characteristics - some evil, some good, some loved, some feared, some brave under fire, some quietly diligent, some inspiring, some analytical.
And, the good news for you, is that if you focus on your strengths and make sure that your weaknesses don't derail you, you can be successful ... no matter your personality.
But there is one thing that I've noticed consistently about great leaders who have a powerful impact ... they love to learn, they love to share that learning and inspire those around them to discover their best.
If you are dedicated to being the best possible version of you, (like myself and the hundreds of leaders I have worked with and/or coached have been), you too can be a leader who makes a positive dent in the universe.
By the way, make sure you leave a comment below and let us know what you thinks makes a good leader.
Here are a few tips to help you inspire your team --- and it takes next to no time out of your day ... Now that's pretty cool right??
Spending time on what's wrong, what caused it, who is to blame is focusing the attention in all the wrong places and means you'll end up with people who are feeling drained, paralyzed and with diminished creativity. Having the skills to be a solutions focused leader will set you apart.
Five tips to help you develop your leadership skills, no matter how far along your leadership journey you are.
Do you think you could be inspired by leadership advice from Richard Branson's mother? Get some great advice and provide some of your own
Here are the qualities you need to refine so that it is easy for your team members to take the leap of faith and trust you.
The more frequently you tap into your leadership strengths the better your personal and your organizational performance. Discover what the research tells us
List of leadership skills that seem to regularly crop up in the Performance Appraisals of companies I have worked with
10 Qualities that set High Performance Leaders apart and help define what makes a good leader. How many of these leadership qualities are you really, really good at?
This leadership self assessment tool, identifies 99 areas that high performance leaders could use for success.
Want to know some of the best leadership assessment tools --- without a survey or a quiz in sight!
There is nothing worse than a snooperviser - make sure you aren't guilty of any of these 7 deadly sins of over managing.
Here are a series of time management tips that I have shared with many of my coaching clients. They are simple and easy to implement and sure to help you improve your productivity.
Taken from the ebook "Get It Done", this quick checklist is useful to use as you prepare for a delegation discussion
Taken from the ebook "Get It Done", this quick overview of the six steps for successful delegation is your quick review resource.
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Have you ever been trained in how to manage your inbox, so that you control it, rather than it controlling you? Randy Dean, the Email Sanity Expert, gives you email management tips and techniques from his new book, "Taming The Email Beast", so you are no longer chained to your desk in email overload
Business Performance Measurement Specialist, Stacey Barr, shares tips to help you design your performance measures and reports so you get the results you need.
Wondering 'What is the most effective leadership style to inspire high performance?'
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The old command and control style is dead. A different leadership style is needed if you really want to connect with your people.
Charismatic leadership is certainly one of the styles of leadership that can enhance organizational effectiveness. The trick is to use the positive aspects of this leadership style and avoid the traps
Blake and Mouton studied leadership behavior and described two extremes of leadership concern: Concern for Production and Concern for People.
A Proactive Leader tends to be more focused on achieving performance objectives. Whereas finding and fixing problems is the focus of the Reactive Leader
We've had a lot of change in the past 20 years and the speed of change is increasing. There are some distinctions between leadership and management that you may like to grasp
Transactional Leadership suggests that people are only motivated by rewards and punishment. If you are going to use this style of leadership make sure you implement the tips in the article
The Autocratic Leadership style enables the people running organizations to meet their instinctive needs (even though) they may not recognize or admit to them.
You will be more effective, at successfully bringing out the best in others, when you have the ability to flex your leadership style to suit the particular person and situation.
How good are you at working out which is the best style of leadership to use? Take this quiz and find out!
Use the comments box below and let us know what you think makes a good leader. Have you got any examples of the things, a leader you worked with, did or said that made you ready to 'walk over hot coals' for him or her?
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