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Think, Feel and Act Like a Leader

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Here are your latest articles, links, hints and tips on being a better leader.

Think Like a Leader

Should you aim to be a bland leader?  There have been many debates about this in the political sphere and in recent years we seem to have swung from one extreme to the other. Curiously some of those seen as bland have been accused of being ‘managerialist’ as if it is a bad thing. But good management is what gives us a strong modern economy. Do you see yourself as bland – or as exciting and vibrant?

Feel Like a Leader

Most of us want neither to be seen as boring nor too ‘off the wall’. But leaders sometimes need to adapt their ‘modus operandi’ to the particular situation they are in. And that means going outside our comfort zone. The important thing is to recognise a role you need to play for a limited period of time as opposed to feeling you are somehow being ‘inauthentic’.

Act Like a Leader

To thine own self be true’ is the famous Shakespearean quote from Hamlet, and remains sage advice for us in the modern world. Learning about leadership and the actions you take, is as much about understanding yourself and how you act in the many and varied situations you find yourself.
Terry O’Reilly is another of my favourite podcast hosts – and one I have listened to for years. Ostensibly about marketing and advertising it is much more, with brilliant insights into the modern world.

Originally broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation it is now a family business show – but remains a great listen! Terry reminds us that globally the much maligned ‘vanilla’ is by far the world’s most favourite ice-cream!
Leaders Listen!
Is leadership the bland leading the bland? This article is from an HR perspective and is useful as it highlights many of the limitations that we have towards understanding how to really develop leaders.

Frequently cited as an organisational priority, success has proved elusive across all sectors – private, public and not for profit. And one of the biggest gripes? “Leadership programmes are simply starting to resemble (and therefore be dismissed as) a procession of passing fads, each replacing the one before, each new one professing to be the improved way to go forward.”

A thought-provoking article with a resonance over a decade after it was written. Click through to read it in its entirety.
Leaders Read!
Your colleagues won’t think you bland if you are interested in them. Take a look at this 2 minute video which reminds us of the importance of being interested in others – not yourself. And includes some mentions of other great leadership ideas.
Leaders Watch!

The Leader's View

Bland or beautiful? The new St James Quarter in Edinburgh replaced what some regarded as a carbuncle of a shopping centre.  Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and the striking entrance leads through to a modern strong building – well ventilated of course! Are we seeing a long-term shift in what we want from public spaces? Do we care if they look bland?

Longer Read

The Magnetic Leader How Irresistible Leaders Attract Employees, Customers, and Profits is written by Roberta Chinsky Matuson and was published by Routledge in 2017. 

She is a business consultant who has used her experience to pull together a range of useful insights into what makes for a magnetic leader. Her observations are that what matters is being authentic, selfless, communicative, transparent and resilient. They gain influence and persuade without manipulation.

And what do they offer their staff?  Respect, meaningful work, frequent feedback, direction, professional development opportunities and fair compensation.


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...and finally

...without a little reflection, there is no Insight Added.
"There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when one day he passed away,
His insurance was denied,
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never really died.”
(Anonymous poem)
quoted by John C. Maxwell in
‘The Leader Within You’
Lead well
Graham and Lesley
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