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The ultimate lesson of leadership - from 6th Century BC to Chocolate Hob Nobs!?!

The ultimate lesson of leadership - from 6th Century BC to Chocolate Hob Nobs!?!

More than 20 centuries of leadership wisdom condensed into less than 20 minutes. Using wisdom from the ancient world, the modern age and chocolate Hob Nobs discover there are only 2 things about leadership that you need to know - and do!

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Perfect leaders don't inspire anyone

Perfect leaders don't inspire anyone

Last time I claimed vulnerability was the crowning glory that completes a connection.

Rather than describe it simply as a concept, let me show you what I mean.

I don’t know about you, but as I read books I find myself putting the author on some sort of pedestal. After all they’ve written a book and most people who talk about writing a book do no more than talk. The more books I read the more pedestals I create, and the more pedestals I create the taller they become, until I am left looking up into the lofty heights of authordom feeling woefully inadequate. And as I attempt to write my book all sorts of thoughts run round my head. What am I doing? Who am I to write a book? I’m not a professor. I don’t even have a PhD. What am I thinking?

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If listening is not the most important skill in a leader's toolbox - what is it? (Listening - part 1)

If listening is not the most important skill in a leader's toolbox - what is it? (Listening - part 1)

Despite what so many would have us believe, listening is not the most important skill in a great leaders toolbox.

Don’t get me wrong – listening is essential. Richard Branson frequently points to listening as an absolutely critical factor in the success of Virgin.

But we don’t need Richard Branson to tell us this – look back over all the bosses you’ve ever had and split them into two columns – in the right column write the names of those who really listened to you, made sure they were interested in what you had to say and gave you a chance to say it, and in the left column put everyone else. Spot the pattern? I guarantee that your best bosses are on the right hand side. Nobody’s perfect, but we believe listening is one of the biggest factors when it comes to sorting the wheat from the chaff.   Why? Because leaders who listen get the most important principle of leadership – it’s not about them! They have the wisdom to shut up and listen and so their teams open up and deliver.

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Frontal Lobotomies Are Not Required

Frontal Lobotomies Are Not Required

The MBA for leadership blaggers – Part 4

In  “Beware the ‘Heathrow Airport’ school of leadership”we introduced the last centuries’ key theories on leadership: 

  •       Trait theory
  •       Behavioural theory
  •       Contingency theory
  •       Transformational theory
  •       Authentic leadership

Having looked at the first two, lets look at the last three on one final bite of potted leadership history.

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