Heroes make poor leaders

Heroes make poor leaders

When I became a manager, I was influenced by two people. The first was condescending, belittling and sucked the life out of any conversation. He was my manager at the time I was considering going down the management path. I promised myself that I would try very hard...
The three HUM’s

The three HUM’s

I was listening to a podcast profiling Naomi Harris when her former drama school teacher, Anna Scher, mentioned that Naomi was a great talent because she demonstrated the three “hum’s”, humanity, humility and humour. I loved the list because it is...
What sort of leader are you?

What sort of leader are you?

In this post, I want to introduce a theory of leadership that I use quite extensively in my training. It is based on Daniel Goleman’s Six Leadership styles. As part of his work researching Emotional Intelligence and its role in leadership, Daniel Goleman identified...

How many of you have had a bad manager?

Today, I stood up at a networking meeting and asked that question. Over half of the people nodded. Over half! My ambition is to rid the UK of poor managers, to give them the tools and skills and confidence to be better managers and leaders. My hunch is that most...

Leadership in Football

I am a football fan. Like any fan, I get passionate about how my team is playing, I get frustrated when we lose and elated when we win. But, over the past few years, I have noticed how people’s expectations have changed. Maybe it is the lure of the money in the...