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What Makes A Good Leader

What makes a good leader? Phew ... that's the million dollar question!

This page has two purposes:

  1. To get you thinking about what makes a good leader, and
  2. 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 the leader who inspires says and does, that seems to enable him or her to so easily influence others

  1. to change their mindset or
  2. see something differently, or
  3. to WANT to go out on a limb to get a result for their team?

This is what my deep research into high performance leadership and having worked as a leader in a high performance team tells me ... 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, Majora Carter 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.

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Within the categories listed below, there are articles, filled with tips, ideas and tools to help you grow your capability as a leader.

High Performance Leadership

Improving Your Productivity

Leadership Styles

By the way, make sure you leave a comment below and let us know what you thinks makes a good leader.

High Performance Leadership

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My Top 7 Leadership Tips To Get People Performing

These leadership tips help you to get your people's emotional connection and improve their performance

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7 Easy And Inspirational Leadership Acts

Here are a few tips to help you inspire your team and it takes next to no time out of your day.

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How To Be A Leader In Tough Times

If your team is frozen because of an uncertain future, these 3 easy to implement tips will get you moving again.

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Being A Solutions Focused Leader

Spending time on what's wrong, what caused it, who is to blame is focusing attention in all the wrong places. Being a solutions focused leader will set you apart.

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Build On Your Leadership Strengths

The more frequently you tap into your leadership strengths the better your personal and organizational performance. Discover what the research tells us

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Advice from Richard Branson's Mother

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

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Trust In The Workplace

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.

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From Manager to High Performance Leader

This leadership self assessment tool, identifies 99 areas that high performance leaders could use for success.

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Good Leadership Skills

I've taken a look at a lot of performance appraisals, and these seem to be the leadership skills that most organizations are looking for

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Qualities of Good Leadership

10 Qualities that set High Performance Leaders apart. How many of these leadership qualities are you really, really good at?

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How To Develop Leadership Skills

Five tips to help you develop your leadership skills, no matter how far along your leadership journey you are these tips

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Leadership Assessment Tools

Want to get your hands on some of the best leadership assessment tools? And not one single survey or quiz in sight!

Effective Leadership Styles

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Is There One Best Leadership Style?

Wondering "What is the most effective leadership style to inspire high performance?" Your culture will have a lot to do with how you lead

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Focus On Task Or People?

Blake and Mouton studied leadership behavior and described two extremes of leadership concern: Concern for Production and Concern for People.

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A Different Leadership Style

The old command and control style is dead. A different leadership style is needed if you really want to connect with your people.

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Charismatic Leadership

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

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Rule Based To Principle Centered Leadership

Is your organization over-burdened with rigid policies, rules and procedures that stop team members from meeting customer needs? Ready to become a more effective?

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Reactive vs Proactive Leadership

A Proactive Leader tends to be more focused on achieving performance objectives. Whereas finding and fixing problems is the focus of the Reactive Leader

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Leadership Vs Management

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

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Transactional Leadership

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 otherwise you could be in hot water.

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Autocratic Leadership

The Autocratic Leadership style enables people running organizations to meet their instinctive needs. Staying stuck in Stage 1 "Here's What To Do" leadership is not fun for anyone - including the leader stuck there.

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Situational Leadership

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.

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Situational Leadership Assessment

How good are you at working out which is the best style of leadership to use? Take this quiz and find out!

Improving Your Productivity

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Micromanagement and Delegation

There is nothing worse than a snooperviser - make sure you aren't guilty of any of these 7 deadly sins of over managing.

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Time Management Tips

Here are a series of time management tips that are simple and easy to implement and sure to help you improve your productivity.

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Delegation Checklist

Taken from the ebook "Get It Done, Done Well, Done on Time", this quick checklist is useful to use as you prepare for a delegation discussion

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Delegation Steps

Taken from the ebook "Get It Done, Done Well, Done on Time", this overview of the six steps for successful delegation is your quick review resource.

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Get it Done, Done Well, Done On Time Ebook

Download the ebook - Get It Done, Done Well, Done on Time - and upgrade your delegation skills

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