Great leaders know how to get the best from people

Have you had a leader who influenced your career, or who still inspires you to go the extra mile? Dean Phelan and I are interviewing leaders for our upcoming book, ‘The Gentle Art of Leadership.’ One thing we have found is that leaders who practice the gentle art had role models who influenced them and helped shape their own leadership style. Maybe it was their parents who instilled good values into them when they were growing up. Perhaps their first boss showed them the value of empathy in an early stage of their career.… Read more

Are you connecting with the people around you?

Sunset through telescope – Photo by Phoenix 1029 on Unsplash

Dan knew for sure that one of his team members was a future senior leader. He first got to know her by talking to her about the range of her experience, both personally and professionally. Over time he discovered that she could be counted on to deliver on what she promised. He could see that she had a commitment to make a big difference. He also noticed a warning label, that she did not see, that she ‘may contain traces of perfectionism.Read more

Are you dealing with the non-performers?

When Paul weeded out some non-performers in his organisation, his team breathed a collective sigh of relief. He had exhausted the carrot tactics of encouragement and positive feedback but had deferred the stick approach, thinking that his team may react badly. On the contrary, once he acted decisively, they were upbeat and told him that it was about time. What Paul had not realised was that there was a rising tide of discontent amongst his team members.… Read more

Are you learning and growing?

Sunshine – Amelia Wall

A few months into a new job and Kevin was already asking himself how he would know when it was time to leave. It was a question that had come up often in his earlier career. He had moved jobs every year or two, so that he did not get stuck in one job for too long. But he also knew that he had to deliver game-changing results if he aspired to more senior leadership roles. On reflection, he realised that he would only leave his job when he stopped learning and growing. … Read more

Are you swimming against the tide without a stakeholder communication plan?

The Rip from Pt Lonsdale pier. Photo by Peter on Flickr.

Imagine swimming for more than 20 minutes without getting anywhere. That happened to Ally during the annual swim across “The Rip”, which is a 3.2km dangerous stretch of water at the entrance of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay. Currents often run in opposite directions to tides, creating turbulent swells, eddies and whirlpools. It is one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world and has claimed many ships and lives.Read more