Leadership Blog

Habits of Emotionally Intelligent People

In an article listing seven habits of emotionally intelligent people, psychology expert, Kendra Cherry[1], identifies some practical reflection that leaders can engage in if they are to improve their emotional intelligence.

Engagement - Not At Any Cost

We have regularly written about the importance of engagement and the leadership role in making it happen.  In a recent article authored by Tony Schwartz he argues that the original concept has to change.   Twelve years ago he co-wrote a book called “The Power of Full Engagement.”

Less Hours, More Focus Leads to Higher Performance

There is an argument that employees can be more productive by working fewer hours and taking more time for rest and renewal during the work day.

At US company, the Energy Project, they’ve tested this assumption over the years by progressively reducing the number of hours they ask employees to work.

The Importance of Naming Your Emotions

As a leader, you may not be aware of it but the impact of your emotional state has a great impact on others around you.  They can be acutely aware of your mood, even if you are not or indeed you think you have managed to mask it.

Leadership’s An Inside Job

You may be familiar with the idea of “leadership from within” and indeed there is something fundamentally principled and important about the concept.  In the world of leadership discussion we talk a lot about lists of behaviours associated with exemplar leadership but the concept of character, of leadership “as an inside job” is just so compelling and powerful.

The Oz Principle - Accountability

The Oz Principle[1] brilliantly uses the analogy of "The Wizard of Oz" to discuss a philosophy aimed in propelling individuals and organisations to overcome unfavourable circumstances and achieve desired results. This philosophy can be encompassed in one word: ACCOUNTABILITY.

Leaders Need Action and Results

Leadership without action is incomplete and ineffective.  We need action and results to complete the circle.  Without the ability to deliver, all other attributes of leadership become meaningless.

This requires leaders to practice the discipline of “execution” at all levels.  This has to be an explicit part of any organisation’s culture, strategy and planning.  As more than one guru has said, execution is the missing link between aspiration and results.

We liked some of the advice offered in “The Discipline of Getting Things Done”.  It suggests:

Is Leadership About to Become Automated?

Is leadership about to become automated?  The vision of an automated world is giving way to an altogether darker prospect in which algorithms make not just the workers, but many professionals, redundant.  What does this mean for leadership?

It looks like the way forward will be for leaders who best know how to work with (no, not people) robots.  That’s one version of the future - a new discipline which might be termed “artificial emotional intelligence”. 

The Leadership Equation

The equation “Leadership = IQ+MQ+EQ” strikes a chord.  By the way, don't think of it as frivolous.  It comes from a very serious piece of academic research.

Tips on How to Motivate Your Team

Every team suffers from occasional dips in energy and motivation, which can affect team performance.  There are many reasons why this occurs, and it can manifest itself in a number of different ways, whether it’s through a fall in productivity, high levels of staff turnover, a lack of buzz around the office or actual feedback from your team.  If you suspect your team members are feeling low, the following suggestions will help you form an action plan for boosting morale and increasing performance.