Justice: something leaders exercise, or something more? - Not long ago, I was on a Virgin Airlines flight from Sydney to Melbourne and decided to watch, Jobs, the biographical drama film depicting the life of Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs. Although many inaccuracies have been raised about the film, and notwithstanding Steve Jobs was an amazingly talented and brilliant...
Should self-control be more fashionable? - As I sat down for breakfast the other morning, my mobile phone rang. A CEO had rung to let me know his company had terminated him. He had been working on a turnaround strategy that had simply met with resistance at every turn. Naturally, he was angry and upset that...
What happens when leaders lose their courage? - “We can’t afford to take the risk” “If I follow through with this decision, I run the risk of losing the support of my staff” “I wish I had made the decision to set aside budget for innovation when we had it instead of waiting six months until we were...
, Justice: something leaders exercise, or something more?

Justice: something leaders exercise, or something more?

Not long ago, I was on a Virgin Airlines flight from Sydney to Melbourne and decided to watch, Jobs, the biographical drama film depicting the life of Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs. Although many inaccuracies have been raised about the film, and notwithstanding Steve Jobs was an amazingly talented and brilliant...

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, Should self-control be more fashionable?

Should self-control be more fashionable?

As I sat down for breakfast the other morning, my mobile phone rang. A CEO had rung to let me know his company had terminated him. He had been working on a turnaround strategy that had simply met with resistance at every turn. Naturally, he was angry and upset that...

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, What happens when leaders lose their courage?

What happens when leaders lose their courage?

“We can’t afford to take the risk” “If I follow through with this decision, I run the risk of losing the support of my staff” “I wish I had made the decision to set aside budget for innovation when we had it instead of waiting six months until we were...

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, Why the “right” decision is better than the “best” decision

Why the “right” decision is better than the “best” decision

We can all recall moments of regret, particularly as it relates to decisions we made that didn’t quite get the results we were looking for—a word that should not have been spoken, or an act that can not be undone. This shouldn’t be confused with decisions that often have to...

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, What happens when someone else’s lack of character results in you losing your job?

What happens when someone else’s lack of character results in you losing your job?

It seems that some of my recent articles on needing to change the dialogue on leadership, and the importance of character (‘Character: Does it really impact the bottom-line?’) have generated a lot of discussion. Thanks for your emails and calls. I am in the process of researching another article on...

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, Why understanding culture can open up new opportunities for leaders

Why understanding culture can open up new opportunities for leaders

Culture plays a key role in the practice of leadership and how it is viewed. There are two important facets of culture commonly considered in the context of leadership: our internal culture or work environment, and the environment an organization interacts with. Internal Culture First, every organization has its own...

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, Which model of leadership is the right one?

Which model of leadership is the right one?

In my work with leaders around the world, one of the most frequent questions I get, is “What model of leadership is the best one? or “What leadership characteristics are best suited to my organization?” As a follow up to my article on transformational leadership, how do we choose a model...

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, Are transformational leaders merely “feel-good” leaders?

Are transformational leaders merely “feel-good” leaders?

Leadership is defined both narrowly and broadly in different contexts and many terms are used such as competencies, capabilities, traits, behaviors, and styles. These terms are often used interchangeably, sometimes leading to confusion and misapplication. In view of this, it is important to establish what they are. Contrasting Leadership Paradigms...

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, Is it time to change the leadership dialog?

Is it time to change the leadership dialog?

Is leadership changing? Does it need to change? Is there a need for a different leadership paradigm in the light of some well-known corporate collapses and the fallout from the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09 (GFC) that continues to reverberate far and wide? It seems the leadership literature is beginning...

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, Character: Does it really impact the bottom-line?

Character: Does it really impact the bottom-line?

I’m sitting on a Virgin Airlines flight returning home contemplating the dialogue and the questions asked from some of the 70 business executives and leaders attending a breakfast sponsored by Bridgeworks at the Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, Australia. I was asked to speak on ‘Leadership: More Than Competence’, and...

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