Welcome to Thoughtful Leader
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 feel a burning desire to make a positive difference to leaders and workplaces around the world. I’m not happy with the way many leaders operate and I want to improve the situation. 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, they will make their teams happier, more productive and motivated. This will set a great example for the next generation of leaders.
Over time, this makes our workplaces into better places to work.
This is how work gets better, one thoughtful leader at a time.
I also write here to hold myself accountable. I only write what I believe in. If I’m writing one thing here, and showing the opposite behaviour in my work, that’s a problem for me.
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.
Thoughtful leaders think hard about how other people are feeling and the impact that their leadership has on those around them.
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.
Why I Don’t Like Theory and Models
I have an MBA and have completed leadership training at some of the world’s most well known international companies.
But I don’t like theory. I don’t like personality assessments that tell you what type of person you are, or who your team is.
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 like practical tools and techniques, not theory.
How Do We Make Sure We Don’t Fall Into Poor Leadership Behaviours?
What we do is think more before acting, develop strong communication skills and learn how to lead our teams so that they like coming to work.
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. 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 feel good about working for you, then becoming a more thoughtful leader is critical.
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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.