Leadership Insights

Leadership is often about balance, and this quote nails it on the head.

Most new leaders want to impress their staff and Managers alike by tackling anything and everything they can - impressive to start with but tiring for all over time. The good managers and leaders learn to delegate, and the better few learn to pick good people (men or women - the quote is a little dated).

I was posed an age old question on LinkedIn recently through one of the leadership groups I am part of:

Can leadership truly be taught? Is it an innate skill that we are born withor can it be learned?

I have been asked this question hundreds of times, and my answer has changed almost each time I have been asked (with my thoughts often dominated by the more recent group of leadership participants). Now, I am not much of a gardener (more brown thumb than green!), but the metaphor of a growing tree seems to fit my current thoughts on leadership more than any other, having worked with adolescent and adult leaders for the past 4 years.

Leadership is a very popular topic at the moment. Politicians don’t show enough of it (or the right type), mining CEO’s are vocal about it and football teams have so much of it they have leadership groups and sub-groups. Everyone has an opinion on what is good leadership, and (according to the media) it seems that all of the identifiable leaders in Australia seem to lack it in some substantial way.

Have we made the definition of good leadership so unattainable that mere mortals can’t achieve it?

You arrive at work with a clear idea of what you want to achieve for the day. There is a morning meeting, you have a few reports to read and respond to, and you need to check on your team. You have a report due to your boss by COB, but you have the afternoon to complete it – plenty of time. As you settle in to complete the report, your office / workspace becomes like Heathrow Airport, no sooner does one person leave than you are faced with another question, another email, another phonecall, another interruption to what was a perfectly planned day.

Have you ever made a mistake in business?

I realised recently that I made a mistake within Kameleons - Developing Leaders, but it took me a while to realise it and quite a bit longer to accept it. Has this been you when faced with owning up to a mistake?

Are meetings taking up far too much of your work life? Feeling frustrated by poorly planned meetings or Chairpeople not controlling the participants? Feel like the meetings you attend are directionless or out of control? Are you often wondering why you were invited to the meeting at all?

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