Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Leadership 4 – Optimism

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Optimistic leaders have an extra energy about them. They tend to walk more purposefully and speak with greater emphasis. As a result they stir up enthusiasm as they move through the world.

Optimism has a positive quality about it that ensures that optimistic leaders are always moving forward towards bright, shiny goals. There is an enthusiasm about the way that optimistic people speak about the future that shows that they have the belief that what they are aiming for will come about.

All leaders should, in my opinion live with the words of Jack Layton:

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”


Leadership 3 – Responsibility


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A responsible leader sets clear, achievable short and long-term goals for himself and his team in consultation with his team.

Responsible leaders trust and give responsibility to the members of their teams.

The responsible leader takes ownership of decisions and strategies and does not try to “duck” when the going gets tough.

Responsible leaders ensure the development of those in their team.

A responsible leader calculates the odds carefully and does not take unnecessary risks.

A responsible leader  generates the motivation and will to do within the members of his team by generating trust, camaraderie and a sense of purpose.

Responsible leaders ensure that their communications are always clear and, whenever possible, inspiring.

Responsibility is a personal choice, but it is only by giving and taking responsibility that control can be achieved.

Those who take responsibility enhance their own self-esteem and thereby grow their self-confidence and belief in their own abilities.

The responsible leader coaches the individuals within his team as well as his team so as to bring out the best performances of which they are capable.

Leadership 2 – Awareness

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A good leader is constantly aware of what is going on around him/her. Their antennae are acutely attuned to the atmosphere, to the body language of each member of their team, to the tone of voice that is employed by those talking to them. They are also keenly aware of the impact of their own body language, the words they use and their own tone of voice.

The keys to awareness are: Alertness, Focus, Concentration and Clarity. The good leader employs his eyes, ears and feelings to connect with his surroundings.

As those of you who have read and are practicing Power Affirmations will know you can amplify the effect of all of your senses by enlarging, colouring, increasing volume. bringing closer, framing, adding movement, increasing speed and creating shapes.

When you get yourself into the state of being aware you will find that you have far greater control of your team and the quality of your communications will improve greatly.

Leadership 1 – Direction

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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How can a leader lead if he does not know where he is going?

Why should anyone follow a leader who does not know where he is going?

How can a leader create a vision to inspire himself and his team if he does not know what he is aiming for?

It seems axiomatic to me that the first requirement of leadership is that the leader must be crystal clear about where he is headed.

On my bookshelf I have 13 books with the word “leadership” in the title. All of these books have good points to make about leadership, yet very few of them lay sufficient emphasis on the importance of direction.

Lucius Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher said: “If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him”.

A good leader should know where he is headed and he should be constantly reviewing and checking the value of his goal.

It is only when you are clear about your goal that you can develop the strategy to achieve that goal and build a team with the talents and abilities to succeed.

To make good decisions about direction you need to ensure that you are aware of all available information. Then you should consult with history, precedent, those who have travelled the road and those whose advice you value. Finally you should exercise sound judgement.

For this week you may wish to make “Direction” the subject of your Power Affirmation.

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Your Self-Worth is The Value You Put on Yourself

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Perhaps it is because we are brought up with the idea that we should be modest and not blow our own trumpets most people tend to value themselves as less than they actually are.

Pause here and review what you have done recently for a few moments. Have you visited a friend who is sick, have you smiled at a stranger to bring a little lightness into their day, have you shared some humour with a colleague at work, have you helped someone who does not have your ability in a certain area, have you made or done something for others (like cooking a meal, or a giving a presentation that enhances their understanding, or giving directions to a stranger)?

There are a thousand and one ways in which you constantly add value to the lives of others. Many ways that you give pleasure or reduce stress for others. All of these can only happen because you have a value. Sometimes this value will be great, at other times it will be small, the important point is that whatever you do gives value to others. You should recognise that you have value and use that recognition to give yourself the gift of self-worth.

You are worth more than you give yourself credit for.

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