All leaders want to be effective. Whether we lead an operational team, are a member of a committee or running a project, it doesn’t really matter. In this post I want to talk about habits of effective leaders, rather than general characteristics. Why? Because habits can be developed over time. It’s no good saying that […]
Sam sat at her desk, shoulders slumped. This was the third time her boss had spoken to her about the proposal today. It was due in a few days and she noticed the situation was getting worse. She couldn’t make a move in the office without him asking her about it. What was his problem? […]
Here at Thoughtful Leader, I write a lot about how leaders should pay attention to the behaviour and relationships within their teams. The focus for a leader should be on making sure their team members can perform their role well. This is all well and good, but what about how leaders themselves feel? Being a […]
There are many and varied types of employees. They all require slightly different approaches when you’re leading them. People are complex, and therefore a one-size fits all approach will never work. You may need to adapt your leadership style to cater for the different types of employees. In this post I’ll discuss how to approach […]
These days, it is common to read about strengths-based approaches to leadership and development. The idea is to maximise the talents of the leader and concentrate on them, rather than focusing on their leadership weaknesses. However, it is instructive to know your leadership weaknesses. It’s not about beating yourself up and focusing on the negatives. […]
People like to work in teams and organisations where they feel valued. As if their work contribution means something. That’s why leaders should show gratitude for the work that their team performs. Some leaders have a tendency to only thank people for their efforts when they deem someone to have gone “above and beyond”. But […]
Collaborative leadership is a style that is popular these days. Directive leadership is falling out of fashion as people demand more input and respect. No longer do people want to be told what to do and how to do it. People want autonomy and the ability to contribute to team and organisational decisions. They want to shape […]
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