What Thoughtful Leader Is All About
If you want to be a leader who wants to have a positive impact on the teams you lead, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re a leader who rules with an iron fist, acts on impulse and needs to be the most important person in the room all the time, well…this site is not for you.
You know that the teams that work best actually enjoy their jobs. You know it’s so important to be the kind of leader who is intentional about what you do and how you communicate. Sometimes, you probably care more about the development and job satisfaction of your team than your own.
But that’s what keeps you going. You want to be a better leader, so your team can perform at their best.
Thoughtful leaders think hard about how other people are feeling and the impact that their leadership has on those around them. In that frame of mind, you start to make better decisions that play to the strengths of your team.
Thoughtful leaders bring out the best in their teams. We’ve all been at the mercy of a terrible boss from one time or another and we don’t want to be like them.
You Can’t Put People In Boxes
I have three degrees, including an MBA and have been trained at some of the world’s largest and well known international companies.
But I don’t really like theory. And I don’t like it when people use personality assessments to put labels on people.
People are all different and they can’t be put in boxes. While sometimes leadership models and tests can be useful, they’re only a guide.
You learn how to lead your team and adapt your approach, based on how your team behaves and responds to what you do. Being observant is one of the most critical skills of a leader. I only like theory when it can be put into practice.
So How Do We Become Better Leaders?
For me, great (and thoughtful) leadership is made up of three main aspects, which are the focus of ThoughtfulLeader.com.
First, leaders need to develop better time management skills, so they have the time and headspace to lead strategically and support their teams effectively.
Next, leaders need to build self-confidence, so they have the conviction to speak out against bad behaviour, push back on pointless tasks and stand up for themselves and their teams.
Last, but certainly not least, leaders need to understand how to motivate their team members to improve performance and job satisfaction. This requires empathy, understanding and the ability to listen.
In my experience, when we do this, the quality of the work is better, your team operates with less stress and has fewer issues. You look like a great leader, because your team is doing great work. And that can’t hurt when you’re looking to progress your career.
Thoughtful leadership is not about being everybody’s friend all the time. It is not about always being the nice girl or guy. But if you’re passionate about helping your team thrive and develop their own careers, then you’ve come to the right place.
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About Ben Brearley, the Author
My name is Ben Brearley and I’m a leader, coach, MBA and consultant who has been leading people and teams for over 15 years.
I’ve managed people, teams and projects in all sorts of different industries, cities and companies.
I live in Perth, Western Australia with my loving and supportive wife and energetic dog.
What’s my own leadership like? Well, here’s part of an email from a former team member that covers it:
“I’ve worked with a lot of managers and quite frankly they are pretty crap. You care about the clients, team and work while understanding how it needs to come together.”
Why I Created Thoughtful Leader
I created this site because I am passionate about leadership and feel a burning desire to make a positive difference to leaders and workplaces around the world. I believe that leadership is the greatest driver of team job satisfaction and performance.
I want to improve how people feel about work, and how workplaces function. The best way I know how to do that is to help leaders become more thoughtful, intentional and effective.
If I can help other leaders improve, their teams will be happier, more productive and motivated. This will set a great example for the next generation of leaders.
Over time, this multiplying effect makes our workplaces into better places to work.
That’s how work gets better, one thoughtful leader at a time.
Note: The views I express at ThoughtfulLeader.com are not necessarily aligned with the views of any of my current or former employers. My employers have no part in creating, reviewing or approving anything that I write here.