Wednesday, 13 May 2009


Abraham Lincoln: One of the greatest leaders of the modern world. Highly recommend reading about this guy if leadership interests you.

I just had to write to someone about what I thought leadership was about... It is a work in progress and would love feedback, but here are my initial thoughts:

  1. People: Hiring the right talent - if you get this wrong, none of the rest matters. Leadership is all about people
  2. Alignment: Getting that talent both strategically (long term) and tactically (short term / operational) aligned
  3. Enabler: creating the environment for that talent to perform – setting in motion processes that allow employees to do less administrative tasks and more value enhancing work. Also soft issues, like allowing them to fail
  4. Protector: protecting them from unnecessary noise (politics, process issues, escalations, etc.)
  5. Candour: Being as candid as possible. Most leadership manifestos disagree with this, but I am a firm believer in even sharing the bad news because that wins trust. Also, dont be a robot - wear you heart on your sleeve
  6. Wins: Acknowledge the wins / "smell the roses" – this is important because it sends a powerful message that this is what we are all aiming for
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