Leadership Resources

What is Systems Leadership?

What is Systems Leadership?

Systems leaders – whether they are global leaders or community activists, working in Europe, Asia, Africa or the Americas – often apply a similar set of tactics and have similar experiences leading large, complex initiatives. Systems leadership is the result of:...

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What makes a “wise leader”?

What makes a “wise leader”?

Many business decisions end in tears, some more spectacularly than others! In today’s world, business leaders are under pressure to act quickly and make the “right” call. So what would make wiser leadership?

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Now is the time to tackle the mental illness epidemic

Now is the time to tackle the mental illness epidemic

  Business leaders have for decades boasted in company annual reports about how people are their priority. It is surprising, therefore, that mental health has taken so long to reach the top of their agenda. Until relatively recently, exhaustion was the official...

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Pacesetting Leadership Style

Pacesetting Leadership Style

The pacesetting leader holds and exemplifies high standards for performance. This leader is obsessive about doing things better and faster, and asks the same of everyone. S/he quickly pinpoints poor performers and demands more of them. These leaders expect excellence...

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Commanding Leadership Style

Commanding Leadership Style

Commanding leaders demand immediate compliance with orders, but may not always explain the reasons behind them. Rather than delegate authority, they seek tight control of any situation and monitor it studiously. Performance feedback is mostly focused on what needs to...

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Democratic Leadership Style

Democratic Leadership Style

The Democratic leadership style allows employees to reach decisions collectively. It achieves this by spending time one-on-one and in meetings listening to the concerns of employees, which keeps morale high. It gets buy-in and builds feelings of trust and respect. The...

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Affiliative Leadership Style

Affiliative Leadership Style

The Affiliative leadership style is about people and their feelings – putting less emphasis on accomplishing tasks and goals and more on employees’ emotional needs. They strive to keep people happy and to create harmony. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are...

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Coaching Leadership Style

Coaching Leadership Style

The coaching leadership style involves having meaningful conversations with employees that go beyond short-term concerns and instead explore the person’s professional and private life and aspirations - including their dreams, goals, and career hopes. By having...

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Visionary Leadership Style

Visionary Leadership Style

The Visionary leadership style moves people towards shared dreams. Visionary leaders articulate a vision that rings true for themselves and attune it to the values shared by the people they lead. Visionary leaders help people see how their work fits into the big...

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Organisational openness and transparency

Organisational openness and transparency

For CEOs organisational openness offers tremendous upside potential – empowered employees, free-flowing ideas, more creativity and innovation, happier customers, better results. CEOs believe openness will have the greatest impact on their organizations. They...

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What CEOs think about collaboration

What CEOs think about collaboration

According to the IBM Global CEO Study - 2012, collaboration is the number-one trait CEOs are seeking in their employees, with 75% of CEOs calling it critical. "CEOs have a new strategy in the unending war for talent. They are creating more open...

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What CEOs think about partnering

What CEOs think about partnering

The IBM Global CEO Study carried out in 2012 looks at the importance of partnering in organisations. One of the key findings is that compared to their less successful peers, out-performers are partnering for innovation more aggressively. Due to rising complexity and...

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Critical Leadership Traits

Critical Leadership Traits

CEOs believe the following leadership traits are most critical in order to steer their organizations effectively: - Inspirational leadership - Customer obsession - Leadership teaming across the C-suite IBM Global CEO Study (2012)   If you are a leader, which of...

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Questions for Executive Coaches

Questions for Executive Coaches

As an executive coach, you have no time to waste. To be at the cutting edge of this profession, you need to ask yourself how to get to the bottom line of what matters most to your clients. The questions below are from the model “4 E’s wrapped in a P”, inspired by...

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CEO Challenges

CEO Challenges

As Executive Coaches, we need to understand the challenges that our clients face. Below are some examples that have been drawn from an IBM study of 1700 CEOs in 64 countries. CEO Challenges: small or medium businesses Customer loyalty and retention Corporate...

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Coaching Areas for a CEO

Coaching Areas for a CEO

High potential employee development High value employee’s development Content integration from leadership programmes Inter-cultural skill development Group coaching Career management Career transition Life style and balance

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Why do CEOs Fail?

Why do CEOs Fail?

A successful leadership programme will tailor its content to the current and future challenges that leaders face. These are the ones I've encountered most often: Poor interpersonal skills An inability to change A preoccupation with turf protection/self A fear of...

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