Management

Leadership 1 – Direction

by David Ferrers

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 […]

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The winners of the Leadership awards in The Sunday Time 100 Best Companies to Work For survey are notable for the fact that they value their staff so highly. Most large company leaders tend to focus on shareholder value and this may be why they do not feature well in this type of survey. But […]

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According to the Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for survey there are 10 factors that most closely correlate with how much employees appreciate their employer. These are: Having confidence in the leadership skills of your manager. This puts the spotlight on middle managers and gives them great opportunities. Staff believing that they have […]

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The following series of articles is based on the results of “The Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for in the UK” survey published in March 2012. The survey canvassed 231,000 employee’s opinions about the organisation for whom they work. The first notable fact about the survey results is that only 11 out of […]

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When I was a young manager a senior manager who had befriended me gave me a piece of advice. He said, “become a life-long learner. It will keep you up with the game. It will stimulate your thinking. It will open your mind to new possibilities. It will give you a lot of fun.” My […]

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Now that you have broken state, analysed the situation, set a well-formed objective and developed a strategy for solving your problem, what’s next? Feedback. This is a good time to check whether you are about to set off in the right direction. Does it not make sense to check with your mentor or your business […]

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The skill of accurate, complete and inspiring communication has to be one of the most prized ¬†leadership qualities of all. It is remarkable how few leaders take the trouble to ensure that all their communications incorporate the full set of: who, what, when, where, how and why into every single one of their communications. Yet […]

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It is wisely said that first amongst the leadership qualities is a good sense of direction for if the leader does not know where he/she is going how can others be expected to follow? But direction can be more difficult to calculate than it might appear. The decision as to “which way?” can require a […]

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When we think about leadership qualities the subject of considerateness is rarely on anyone’s list. Yet when anyone complains about their up-line manager it is often the lack of consideration for the needs or situation of the individual that is prominent on the list of complaints. Being considerate about others is a highly prized quality […]

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Your self-confidence depends on the beliefs you hold about yourself. To paraphrase Henry Ford’s famous remark, “If you believe you can do a thing or believe you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” So what are beliefs – beliefs are thoughts that we accept as being true. The key point here is that they are […]

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