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Vision: the framework for great leadership

Running one of our Ignite courses last week in leadership and coaching skills, I was struck by just how much power leaders have, regardless of their position in the hierarchy.  And it’s all down to one thing: vision.

The reason vision is so important is because it’s such a powerful tool.These carvings frame the doorway

It’s the difference between rich and poor.  Success and failure.  Or worse, stagnation.  It’s so easy to keep doing the same old things when you don’t know where you’re going.  It’s a completely different, richer and more dynamic, picture when you have a vision. Continue reading

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Developing Emotionally-Intelligent Leaders – Learning the lessons

Writing 10 blogs on emotional intelligence over the Christmas break, I was intrigued to see which of these would have current relevance to work in the new year.

One topic stands out for me:Developing Emotional Intelligence Continue reading


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Emotionally-Intelligent Leadership Number 10

Challenge #10: Emotional Intelligence as a ‘whole system’ solution

Leaders need to understand that Emotional Intelligence is a ‘whole system’ benefit; a positive and enduring solution. An investment for now & the long term.

The new leadership is organisation-wide.  Every team member is part of the whole system.  Emotional Intelligence at Work Continue reading


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Emotionally-Intelligent Leadership Challenge Number 9

Challenge #9 Leadership is no longer the role of a single ‘hero leader’

A connected organisation no longer relies on single ‘hero leaders’ or champions to take on that responsibility solo.  This challenges peoples’ individual egos – but it’s actually a reflection of the reality of complex organisations.leader as superhero

“Everything we’re doing is part of the system.  There is no ‘Archimedean point’ where we’re either failing, or, if we pull harder, we’re going to succeed.” 

(Paul Hawken) Continue reading


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Emotionally-Intelligent Leadership Challenge Number 8

Challenge #8: people are better motivated by positive emotions, but leaders prefer to motivate with the negative

Negative drivers, such as ‘burning platforms speeches’, or ‘carrot and stick’ methods are poor motivators – but seem easy and immediate.

According to Goleman “We’re better motivated by positive emotions: it feels more meaningful and the urge to act lasts longer.” Continue reading


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Emotionally-Intelligent Leadership Challenges Number 7

Challenge #7: leaders need to include themselves in the emotional intelligence conversation

This self-inclusion in personal and professional development takes willingness. When leaders talk about developing leadership competences, they need to include themselves – but may prefer to talk about the development needs of others.

I was working with a group of leadership development experts recently and, when I mentioned this challenge, they all nodded vigorously and smiled wryly. Continue reading


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Emotionally-Intelligent Leadership Challenge Number 5

Challenge #5: The Pareto Principle: seeing emotionally intelligent leadership as an organisational priority

It’s easy for me to say.  You just need to influence your board, to get them to invest in emotionally-intelligent leadership development

But today’s organisations are increasingly complex, with competing priorities.

From many options, leaders need to select the top 3 or 4 priorities that will have the greatest positive impacts in their organisations.

One of these (is) should be investing in emotionally-intelligent leaders. Because in today’s complex world of work, good leadership has a huge and positive impact on organisational success.  Prioritise your investment in emotionally-intelligent leadership and you’re impacting on the whole organisation. Continue reading