Why you need to be doing more coaching as a leader and how it can help your team succeed

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Coaching is listening and asking questions to tease out potential solutions to specific problems. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as; “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”. Most people talk about a coaching leadership style, whereas I see it as more of a necessity for being a …

Defining leadership and the three most important traits a leader needs to develop to be effective

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Defining Leadership I believe that the best quote that captures the true nature of leadership is this: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams Let me paint you a picture of what I believe true leadership is. Leadership is a journey. Imagine your team …

Top tips for making yourself effective goals

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As a leader, you may have to build several goals throughout any given year. You could set organisational goals, programme goals, project goals, team goals, personal goals and the dreaded New Years goals. Goals can be financial, health-related, morale related, quality related – you name it. Now, be honest, how many of those goals have you hit? Do you even …

Top tips to lead with emotional intelligence and succeed

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Emotional intelligence is probably one of the most important aspects of being an effective leader.  It is all about understanding yourself, managing your emotions, understanding how your actions may affect others and what emotional impact these actions may have. Why bother? Being an emotionally intelligent leader means you are caring for individuals and are able to create a positive mental …

Transactional vs transformational leadership

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Definitions Today I am going to delve into two different leadership styles, transactional leadership and transformational leadership. We will have a look at what they are, how to employ them, what their pros and cons are and I will evaluate them against my own experience. Transactional leadership is about an exchange of reward for effort and compliance between team leaders …