Become a more confident and more effective leader
Leadership articles are plentiful, with hundreds and hundreds of ideas and strategies out there. All of them claim to give you answers, to earn you followers or solve all your problems. I come at this from a different angle. Here, you'll find the best thinking and strategies that have worked for me in my years of leadership roles, and for my clients.
Whether you're in an organisation, an entrepreneur or a solopreneur, these leadership articles will help you discover ways of leading that simplify your work and your experience, and bring you more meaningful success.
Dive in and explore.
Jacinda Ardern is perhaps the most effective and popular leader on the planet. There are good reasons for that – she’s a human-first leader. Find out more....more
How can you possibly expect to lead others, when you’re not willing to lead yourself? Here are some ways to be a leader in your own life, first....more
There are key moments as a leader when you need to lead by example. Find out what they are, and what leading by example really means....more
Sometimes as a leader your confidence vanishes, and you still need to lead. So here’s how to fake confidence as a leader....more
Leadership coaching is a method to become a better leader, but means different things to different people. Find out whether it’s right for you....more
Being a first time manager is like walking into the unknown, with heaps of pressure to perform. With these 3 tips to help you, you’ll nail it....more
Charismatic leadership is really misunderstood. Learn about the secret sauce of charismatic leaders, and how you can nurture it too....more
Becoming a better leader is a real challenge, with all kinds of pitfalls. Here then, are 5 ways you can become a better leader, starting now....more
Stress is all-too-often a part of work, but the way you respond to it is always your choice. Learn how to use stress so it doesn’t use you....more
Don’t hoard your knowledge and experience like you’re guarding a secret or protecting yourself. Share what you know, and elevate yourself and everyone else....more
The demands of leadership are many, and so being able to respond to those demands in smart ways is the key to great leadership.
I'm not going to offer you conventional thinking, and I'm not going to tell you how to go about the content of your work (you're the expert on that, not me). My aim here is to always give you the most important ways for you to:
- get out of your own way
- avoid some common traps that just make life more stressful
- bring your whole self to what you do
- deal with fear, self-doubt and second-guessing
- be a truly authentic leader
That's what smarter thinking is. Seeing what patterns of thought serve you well, what doesn't, and making smart choices about what to nurture.
I have zero interest in bamboozling you, selling to you or wanting to appear smarter than the next guy. I'm nothing if I'm not honest with myself first, and it's this same radical self-honesty that I encourage in my clients.
Importantly, none of the leadership articles here will amount to a hill of beans unless you're ready and willing to apply some radical self-honesty. So please be open and curious, because it's only by being willing to see and acknowledge what's true for you that you get to make appropriate choices.
Radical self-honesty is what drives meaningful growth. It's how you tap into and apply your natural self-confidence. It's how you become a better leader.
Question is, are you ready and willing?