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The Leadership Template Explained – Attitude

Ever heard the saying, ‘Your attitude is your altitude?’ Your attitude determines your ability to succeed. It determines how you respond to challenges, change and deal with difficulties. Are you a ‘glass half full’ or a ‘glass half empty’ person? Attitude is something everyone can see in you. It’s visible through your actions and your language, which of course is directly influenced by your mindset. Some people believe they can disguise a bad attitude but I have never experienced this to be true. Perhaps you can for a short period of time but people’s true colours will generally shine through, especially when challenged. Attitude – How you choose to show up every day. What impact do you want to have on others and what do you want people to say about...

The Leadership Template Explained – Vision.

Last week you were introduced to the leadership template – the foundation to high impact and influential leadership of the 21st century. This week we’re exploring the first critical component of the Leadership template, which is vision. Vision is often spoken about and is something that is definitely necessary but what sort of vision do successful leaders need?

Vision – clarity on your why, your future, your goals and the plans that will help you get there. Where are you leading your people and why should they follow you?

There is no better example of a leader who had vision than Martin Luther King jnr. On the 28th August 1963, at the age of 33, Martin Luther King jnr delivered his ‘I have a Dream’ speech. It was a defining moment in the Civil Rights Movement and...

Is the Foundation to Your Leadership Rock Solid?

In the past, we’ve been encouraged to identify a successful leader and incorporate their success strategies for our own benefit. We’ve had the benefit of historical data that was still relevant to the future. We had the luxury of simply being able to tweak or change to ensure these strategies worked even better for us. But it’s not a case of just following the leader any more. To create a future from uncertainty, to lead through change, to manage complexity and inspire different generations of people we simply must challenge what we’re doing now and build a solid leadership foundation we can leverage from daily. Leadership can’t be left to chance. This is a huge and exciting opportunity for leaders because we now have the opportunity to lead from the front....

How To Know If You’ve Fallen Into The Workaholic Trap

Thanks to technological advances that have made us accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week and even higher expectations of us to perform and deliver in business from an organizational perspective and client demands, the lines between personal life and business life have become very blurred. The Bureau of Statistics reported that 5 million of Australia's 7.7 million full time employees put in more than 40 hours per week. 1.4 million put in more than 50 hours per week and around 270,000 put in more than 70 hours per week. And it’s normal for people to be putting in the extra and not be paid for it. It’s part of the job and in a competitive market almost expected. I also wouldn’t hesitate to estimate that self-employed people do much more than your 50-hour week....

Are You a Good Dancer?

As leaders, we can easily get caught up ‘in’ the business that I liken to being on the dance floor of a nightclub. We need to get quite good at dancing and busting out some moves to accomplish tasks! If you’re not good at dancing this can be a scary place to be sometimes. I know I’ve felt rather trapped on the dance floor the past couple of weeks due to short weeks and lots of back of house tasks that just have to get done. And I’m a little tired of dancing! To be an influential and effective leader we need to balance our time between in and on, proactive and reactive (let’s face it in today’s world we can’t eliminate being reactive). We can’t always be on the dance floor. The scenario below paints an effective distinction between the balcony and the dancefloor....

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